Chance the Rapper has accused a Chicago amusement centre and bar of discrimination after a recent visit.
After attending WhirlyBall sports bar and game centre in his hometown, the Colouring Book musician took to Twitter to air grievances. Uproxx reported that while he and some friends were bowling at the centre, some more friends tried to enter but were turned away at the door because of their attire. Chance believed the dress code rules lead to racially-motivated actions.
A statement from WhirlyBall read: “Upon learning from management that a few of their friends would not be able to join inside, Chance and his group decided to leave WhirlyBall. The owner of WhirlyBall (Sam Elias) has personally reached out to apologize for the inconvenience.” They declined to comment further.
The 23-year-old tweeted: “Crazy how I was just treated at @whirlyball. Been coming here for awhile, this new management doesn't know how to treat customers.”
He added: “Don't go to @whirlyball it’s very inaccessible if you’re black or friends with black people, they’ve clearly outlined in their dress code”.
"Don't bother trying to speak with the MGMT @WhirlyBall the new armed security will make sure you can't, per managements request” he said in a following tweet.
WhirlyBall's dress code bans sleeveless shirts, hats, baggy trousers and accessories with "explicit art", as well as oversized chains.