Critics are calling out the new BarclaysÂ Center in Brooklyn for employing metal detectors for Jay-Z’s concerts but notÂ using them for Barbra Streisand’s shows at the venue.
Security at the $1 billion arena in theÂ Prospect Heights neighborhood was tight when the hip-hop mogul gave a series ofÂ concerts starting in late September, the inaugural event at the highlyÂ anticipated venue.
But the strict security measure wasÂ noticeably absent on Thursday and Friday nights, when Streisand took the stage at the same space causingÂ some to question if there was a double standard.
The disparity in security was pointed out byÂ fans of Babs on Twitter, many of whom noted the difference in fan demographicsÂ for the 70-year-old Streisand, who was born in Brooklyn, and the 42-year-oldÂ rapper, who also hails from the New York City borough.
Earlier in October, one concert goer to theÂ Jay-Z show had tweeted about the detectors, which are not widespread at sport’sÂ venues, ‘I’m a little confused by the metal detectors at the Jay-z show atÂ Barclays Center. Because this is Brooklyn, or hip hop?’
But when the detectors were not in use forÂ Streisand’s event, Twitter tongues began to wag.
‘The metal detectors are not in use forÂ Barbra Streisand @barclayscenter. Racial profiling?’ tweeted one StreisandÂ concert-goer.
‘Streisand fans get wanded. No metalÂ detector, as with Jay-Z attendees,’ another remarked.
She will also be performing on SaturdayÂ night.
Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James told the New York Post she thought the difference inÂ security ‘sends a bad message.’
‘There shouldn’t be a double standard; thereÂ should be one rule of law. If you have metal detectors for people coming to seeÂ Jay-Z, the same should apply for Barbra Streisand.’
‘It shouldn’t matter if you come byÂ limousine, subway or your own two feet.’
But the Barclays Center has denied that theÂ use, or lack therof, of the metal detectors was motivated by racial profiling.
‘We’ve only been open two weeks and areÂ trying to make things go as smooth as possible,’ the center’s spokesman BarryÂ Baum told the Post.
He continued that the Center isÂ ‘experimenting with a variety of security measures to enhance our customers’Â experience, while also, of course, ensuring a secure and safeÂ environment.’
Source: The Daily Mail