A Texas man alleges that a Corpus Christi nightclub refused his entry until he wiped off the makeup he was wearing on his face and removed his false eyelashes.
What are the details?
According to the Caller-Times, 21-year-old Bobby Rodriguez showed up to Corpus Christi's Whiskey River nightclub only to be turned away because "men need to dress like men."
"I approached the door I handed my ID to the security at the door [and] his words were and, I quote, 'Unfortunately, you cannot enter because you are wearing makeup and we have a rule here that says men need to dress like men,'" Rodriguez told the outlet.
"I literally had to walk back to my car and rip my false lashes off and wipe off my lipstick," Rodriguez added. "I was so upset, I mean, who wouldn't be?"
Rodriguez told Buzzfeed News that he responded to the security guard, and said, "I'm a dude. I know I’m a dude. I just like to put on makeup. You will not catch me out and about without makeup."
He also told the outlet that he'd been to the club a week prior — wearing makeup — and had no problems at that time, having gained entry through a different doorman.
"I was there for three hours and [the club] had no problem with it," he said. "I wear makeup to every bar and no bar has ever had a problem with me. If you didn’t want a dude wearing makeup, why not address it the first time?"
On Facebook, Rodriguez wrote about the experience, noting that he'd never been so offended in his life.
"This homophobic security guard at the door told me i couldn't come into whiskey's [sic] unless I wiped off my makeup because there is a rule which thier [sic] are no signs stating that men need to dress like men and so on for women," he wrote. "I've never been so offended in my life WOW."
Has the nightclub responded?
The outlet reported that the club's owner, Angela Blohm, confirmed and defended the nightclub policy, despite fear of retaliation.
Blohm said that while Rodriguez's allegations were "just a bunch of frivolous baloney," she did note that a dress code that stipulates clubgoers make themselves up in a "gender appropriate" manner is in place.
"Whiskey River has a standard dress code that states everyone must dress gender appropriate to the gender stated on their state-issued driver's license," Blohm explained, noting that "the conversation that was held at the door cannot be verified."
The Caller-Times noted that there was no posted signage outside of the establishment at the time of publication.