Turner vs Bow Wow, and the Coronavirus Club Problem

Updated at 19:52 on January 19th

The Alcoholic Beverages Commission in Texas Suspended the alcohol permits for Clé and Sapir. Easy will not be able to sell alcohol for 60 days starting Tuesday, January 19th, while Speyer will not be able to sell alcohol for 90 days starting Tuesday, January 19th. This is Sapphire’s second suspension and Sapphire’s third.

Posted at 11:48 AM, January 19th

In case you tried to avoid disagreements for a while (We totally understand), maybe you missed what happened between Mayor Sylvester Turner and rapper Bau Wow this weekend.

Okay, Bow Wow (formerly known as Little Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Moss) showed up at Clé, Houston’s nightclub that was under fire in the past for letting a lot of people celebrate without face masks despite Covid’s 19 presence on Friday night. And of course, since it was easy, there were a lot of people there, and it certainly seemed like many of them were not wearing masks. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about crowded rooms, a masked face, and a lot of close contact in the middle of an epidemic that is now intensifying in our city.

But the tension between Turner and Bao Wow was already shown in the hours leading up to the show. Turner was not really excited to know that this show was about to take place, so he went to Twitter to find out his feelings. The rapper was in town that night to celebrate the birthday of Larry Morrow, an entrepreneur from New Orleans. Turner directed one of the events – you know, the one featuring Bow Wow – and explicitly read the rapper.

Then the incident did occur, and shocking, A video popped up Of that crowded light floor mentioned above, where only a handful of people seemed to be wearing masks. Bow Wow was on stage. Then, apparently, the rapper finally saw Turner’s tweet and went to the platform to unload it.

Turner responded, noting that he does not hate Bow Wow. It was the fears of Cubid’s spread that motivated him.

On Saturday, Another of those Larry Morrow events closed By firefighters, as it was most likely a fire hazard. This party was in Sapphire, also run by the people who run the easy.

We’re not sure why Turner noticed Bow Wow, other than the fact that he was one of the biggest names to appear in it. A public birthday celebration for the whole weekend Held during an epidemic. Other artists who performed or were scheduled to perform included Meek Mill, Mani Fresh (from Big Timer), Trey Songs and Fabolous (spelled it out with me), but none of them got a Turner name check on Twitter.

Intriguingly, Turner did not specifically call for a lightweight team, though Zack Trozdal from that team Told ABC13 he feels his business (which has been hosting gatherings with a lot of masked people for months) has been unfairly targeted. Trusdal pointed out how the videos that always pop up tend to show black people in clubs when, he added, he knows that white people packed clubs equally during the plague.

It’s definitely food for thought. Trozdel also told ABC13 that he believes big parties are taking place all over Texas. And he probably has a point: check This video of a blonde in a bottle on Washington Avenue And try to identify a mask. And yes, the word Rooftop is in the new Rise Rooftop, But it’s a lot of crowded people For a party, even if it’s on a rooftop.

So yes, these parties are happening everywhere. Why? Well, there it gets even more interesting. Clubs have found some creative ways to circumvent the closures set by state officials starting last year. Some of these clubs are able to be reclassified as reception halls. Or they’re reopened as restaurants because they’ll sell enough food (that must make up 51 percent of their sales) to pass the Texas Liquor Commission. Either way, what happened this weekend is not just Clé Group’s fault – from its point of view, all the other bars and clubs are open, and it will take its business if its concepts are not open.

And so, although it was easy to blame his teacher for throwing this shingig in the first place, the responsibility is not entirely on his shoulders. While a public party celebrating your birthday during the plague is wrong, Moro just did what he could within the set rules. (There are some questions about the degree of responsibility that should fall on the group that owns Easy and Sapphire, because the videos show no indication of mask enforcement, and if that’s a 50 percent capacity – and it certainly can be – it’s still a lot of people gathering now.) Remember, this guy from New Orleans Celebrated in Houston this weekend. And it’s definitely not just Bow Wow’s fault – yes, he did not have to show up for the party, but his presence should not make him the fall pick. (He did finish Apologies to Turner.)

But let’s go back to the reasons why these clubs are able to host these parties in the first place. Governor Greg Abbott quickly reopened bars and restaurants during the first days of the plague, which has now cost more than 32,000 lives across the country since last spring. Then, after the state experienced a spike in cases, Abbott ordered the closure of bars again, but he did not close the loopholes that allowed these clubs to continue operating. On top of that, he did almost nothing to help restaurants, bars and other small businesses once they had to close, meaning owners and operators across the country lost a lot of money and had to entertain the reopening and endanger workers.

As for the federal government? Hey, there are places that have gotten loans! Cool. But as Congress spent months debating a second round of stimulus, PPP loans were also not enough to prevent restaurants and bars from closing.

So while it’s frustrating to see all these pictures of places as easy not quite doing things the way we would like them to do, there are other reasons these things keep happening. We’re been almost a year into the epidemic, and the quarrel between Bow Wow and Turner is just another result of our action … and inaction.

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