Jay-z Faces Criticism for Choosing Chateau Marmont as Oscars After Party Location
The Oscars afterparty hosted by Jay-Z and Beyoncé is one of the hottest tickets in town. Gold Party is scheduled to return on March 27 after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hov has received criticism for choosing to hold his concert at the lavish Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A boycott of the Sunset Strip hotel has been backed by Hollywood unions due to claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
“For JAY-Z to choose the Chateau Marmont for their Gold Party is shockingly insensitive,” said co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11 Kurt Peterson. “They must move their event and choose an after-party hot spot that treats its workers, especially Black women, with dignity and respect. JAY-Z has a responsibility to do better.”
“We hope JAY-Z joins Gabrielle Union, Spike Lee, Issa Rae, Robin Thede, Quinta Brunson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Ashley Nicole Black and Samira Wiley in boycotting Chateau Marmont.”
An African-American former server at the hotel, Thomasina Gross, filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in 2021, claiming she was "repeatedly passed over for higher-paying roles in favor of several white hires.”
“I can’t help but think if JAY-Z knew how Chateau treats their workers, they wouldn’t ignore this fact and continue to throw parties there,” Gross added.
Hov and Beyoncé, the latter of whom is set to perform at the Oscars, have shown no signs that they are moving the afterparty because of public pressure just days before the Oscars.