A bar owner in Melbourne was criticized after saying that he "was afraid of being the host of African shows."
Justin Stanford, owner of The Night Cat in Fitzroy, Melbourne, made the comments on Facebook in response to a recent incident at its headquarters.
"I am very afraid to present African shows now," he said.
Mr. Stanford (in the center of the photo) issued an apology on his nightclub's Facebook page on Friday night, admitting that his comments were "culturally insensitive"
Justin Stanford, owner of The Night Cat in Fitzroy, Melbourne, made the comments in a thread of Facebook comments (pictured) in response to a recent incident at his headquarters.
He then referred to the young people who, he said, caused problems in his place and described them as "so big, so high on ice and so committed to violence for fun."
Stanford issued an apology on his nightclub Facebook page on Friday night, admitting that his comments were "culturally insensitive" and "do not reflect the views of the staff."
"I deplore the discrimination that is being perpetrated against these communities by elements of the media and I apologize without reservation for my comments," he said.
His comments came after a fight involving 200 people at The Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood following the release of a record label, which left an 18-year-old boy with severe leg injuries after being immobilized on a parked car. .
In July, an Afro-Australian teenager was found dead after a fight at a party in Melbourne.
He admitted that his comments were "culturally insensitive" and "do not reflect the views of the staff."
However, his apology fell on deaf ears with Melbourne-born Melbourne singer Sampa Tembo.
In a Facebook post, he said: "Justin Stanford's recent comments are disappointing at best.
"It's racism in its most basic form: we deserved better and I will not play in Night Cat again."
The owner of the music room talked about the young people who said they caused problems in their place (in the photo) in their original comment
Some commentators in the Facebook post were not impressed with his apology.
One user said: "It may not reflect the views of the staff, but still reflects the owner. Also, I did not really see him say sorry. Yawning with this weak ** apology. "
In an extended version of the statement given to the Daily Mail Australia, Stanford said: "It was not my intention to inflame discrimination against African Australians, many of whom I count as close friends."
However, his apology fell on deaf ears with Melbourne singer Sampa Tembo, born in Africa.