Dubai nightclub rejects racist tirade from alleged staff

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Dubai - If we removed all the Indians and Filipinos from Dubai, Dubai would be perfect, the comment on Facebook said.


Bernd Debusmann Jr.

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Published: Tue 25 Jul 2017, 5:11 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Feb 2023, 3:58 PM

A Dubai nightclub has distanced itself from racist comments made on social media by someone alleging to be an employee.

On Sunday, an American woman going by the name of 'Jill Movida' and claiming she works for the Movida nightclub in Dubai, posted on her Facebook in a public post that "if we removed all the Indians and Filipinos from Dubai, Dubai would be perfect".

The comment quickly met with a large number of comments and likes, many of them seemingly in agreement with her statement. The post went viral, but was removed from Facebook the next day.

Alberto Barbieri, the operations director of Movida, noted that 'Jill' is not affiliated with the club in any way, despite her claims on social media.

"This lady already made a very negative comment on Facebook a good few months ago about Arabs. We noticed this as her profile says she works at Movida," he said. "I can categorically say that (she) does not work there...from the people I've have asked, she (has not) ever worked there."

"I told everyone that could to report it, and now we have seen this latest comment from her," he added. "Again my staff have reported the comment."

Barbieri added that that the nightclub "would never condone such behaviour from any of our staff".

'Jill Movida' could not immediately be reached for comment by Khaleej Times.

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