NBC Miami reported today that Swinging Richards Moved from North Miami Beach to Pompano Beach Because of Discrimination.
Swinging Richards’ General Manager Roman Dickerson made up a tale that’s so freaking bogus, this column just begged to be written.
The article reports, “We left North Miami Beach because we felt like that we were not really wanted there,” Dickerson said. “There were always ongoing issues and we felt there was a chilling effect that we couldn’t overcome.”
Oh, puh-LEEZE! Really, Roman? Playing the race card is bad enough, but the “gay card?” REALLY, ROMAN?
Give me a freaking break! No one in North Miami Beach gave a rat’s ass that Swinging Richards was a gay club. You have delusions of grandeur if you think we gave you that much thought.
Dickerson’s claim that the “a city ordinance prohibiting alcohol and nudity in strip clubs … was only being enforced at their club,” IS A FLAT OUT LIE!
Not only was that ordinance NEVER ENFORCED on Swinging Richards, but it was never enforced on ANY of the North Miami Beach strip clubs.
NEVER, EVER, EVER!
When Swinging Richards decided to lease the building at 172nd Street and Biscayne Boulevard in the spring of 2012, and that ridiculous ordinance was “discovered” by the self-appointed Morality Police, Swinging Richards filed the discrimination lawsuit because they assumed they were going to be targeted because it was a gay strip club. They also assumed that the other two strip clubs in the city would be exempt from compliance.
Guess what? THEY WERE WRONG! The City Council quickly spun into action and found a way to overturn that law. By the time Swinging Richards opened, they were free to serve alcohol and dance naked.
The city actually bent over backward to make sure Swinging Richards and the other clubs wouldn’t be deemed to be in violation of this archaic ordinance. By May of 2012, WELL OVER A YEAR AGO, Swinging Richards dropped the lawsuit.
Dickerson’s claim that this discrimination lawsuit has been ongoing is disingenuous.
For him to state that it was only dropped after they left for Pompano Beach last month is a complete falsehood.
NBC Miami’s decision to run with this bogus story without checking all the facts and claiming they have “new details” on a dead story is nothing but a ratings stunt. And a really dumbass one at that. (I mean, hellooooo! Sweeps month isn’t until November. DUH!)
SHAME ON THEM!
Roman Dickerson, you are hereby entered into the Gadfly’s Hall of Shame for lying through your teeth, playing the “gay card,” and sporting a Beiber.
Seriously, sweetie. That is just so 2010.
After welcoming your club into our city, changing our city’s ordinance to accommodate your business, granting you extended hours, providing off duty police officers at your convenience, and in general making sure you were a part of our NMB family, this is the thanks we get?
Talk about UNGRATEFUL! Really, Roman, that was so bitchy of you.
As far as I’m concerned now, goodbye and good riddance!
“Spreading the Wealth”