West Hollywood, CA – JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s Oscars afterparty is one of the hottest tickets in town. After taking last year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opulent Gold Party is slated to return on Sunday evening (March 27).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hov has received criticism for his location choice at the lavish Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.
The Sunset Strip hotel property has been the target of a recent boycott backed by Hollywood unions due to unfair treatment of workers with claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment being made.
“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, Issa Rae, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Ashley Nicole Black and Samira Wiley in boycotting Chateau Marmont.”
Thomasina Gross, who is a Black former server at the hotel, filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in 2021 claiming she had been “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 who is expected to perform at the Academy Awards ceremony, haven’t shown any inclination that the public pressure will force them to move the afterparty to a different location with the Oscars just days away.