eNCA anchor, gym resolve homophobic slur

2012-12-06 14:27
Cape Town - The Virgin Active member that hurled homophobic slurs at eNCA anchor Andrew Barnes and his partner, has reportedly been banned for life from the Virgin Active club in Green Point by its management.

Apart from being banned at the club in Green Point the member, who has remained unidentified throughout the entire investigation, has also been banned from all Virgin Active clubs in South Africa for three months.

Barnes took to his Facebook page on Thursday to share his delight regarding the outcome of the situation.

"Thank you Virgin Active for taking a stand against homophobia. For physically threatening my partner and verbally abusing us both, The Homophobe has been banned for life from The Point.

Strict investigation


"He's also been suspended from all other Virgin Active clubs for the next three months (sic)."

Barnes and his partner were at the gym when his partner said goodbye to him and gave him a kiss on 27 November. Another gym member allegedly took offence and approached the pair and according to Barnes, verbally abused them.

He laid a complaint with the management team at Virgin Active Green Point regarding the matter, which had been under investigation by management teams to resolve the situation.

Barnes, who anchors News Day weekdays from 13:00 to 16:00 on eNCA, posted the news of the abuse on his Facebook page.

Les Aupiais, who acts as head of strategic communications for Virgin Active South Africa, told the Times Live that they have a "zero tolerance approach to any kind of prejudice" and that they would act swiftly to resolve the matter.

Comments

  • italo.talocchino - 2012-12-06 14:59

    three months should be banned from all health clubs, and no names asswipe

  • hanno.jacobs - 2012-12-06 15:05

    fantastic!

  • stuart.steedman - 2012-12-06 15:40

    Bigotry doesn't belong in SA, even if your holy book allows for hatred.

      darryn.havenga - 2012-12-07 09:14

      dont be a tosser - who mentioned the bible - you are being a bigot now...

      stuart.steedman - 2012-12-07 19:56

      An article elsewhere implied the aggressive man defended his stance for "biblical" reasons.

  • walter.milsom - 2012-12-06 15:44

    He should have been banned for life from all VA clubs.Why only 3 months.

  • henry.elliot.90 - 2012-12-06 16:06

    For the record, the ignorant homophobe in question was a black man (I was there). You'd think as someone with a history of being discriminated upon and as someone who knows how it feels to be hated for something you can't change he'd be more understanding and accepting of the fact that humans comes in kinds of varieties, but no. But it's like I always say, for certain people prejudice/bigotry is only bad when it's affecting them.

      thurlo.cicero - 2012-12-07 10:18

      The discussion was going along moderately well, until you had to make it about race. Prejudice of any kind has nothing to do with who commits it, but rather speaks of the mindset of people who think in this way. Once we get to a point where all sorts of discrimination are simply NOT ok, then we are off to building a society that truly respects itself to not harm other by what they say. Mind you own business and go about doing good, other than that, keep your sh*t to yourself. Period.

  • henry.elliot.90 - 2012-12-06 16:10

    For the record, the ignorant homophobe in question was a black man (I was there). You'd think as someone with a history of being discriminated upon and as someone who knows how it feels to be hated for something you can't change he'd be more understanding and accepting of the fact that humans come in ALL kinds of varieties, but no. I guess it's like they always say, for certain people prejudice/bigotry is only bad when it's affecting them.

  • oscar.wyld - 2012-12-06 16:12

    is it wrong to take offense to two guys kissing

      lukas2 - 2012-12-06 16:15

      It is not wrong to take offense, but keep your views to yourself

      jaco.skalkwyk.73 - 2012-12-06 16:26

      Nope, its not. Its wrong to react to 2 guys kissing. Everyone has an opinion. Just because they dont agree with your lifestyle does not make him wrong, or you right.

  • lukas2 - 2012-12-06 16:14

    There is no place in our society for discrimination. If you feel otherwise, you are clearly not living a fulfilled life and enjoy taking out your anger on others.

  • Piet - 2012-12-06 17:44

    DONT CARE

  • thato.seloane - 2012-12-06 20:21

    Name this guy, he will simply walk into Planet Fitness and continue his menace

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-07 05:06

    Who cares who he sleeps with he is entitled to want to stay healthy. So good on the ban, You homophobs need to get a grip... Maybe hold on to your bible or something...

  • katlegojones.malemela - 2012-12-07 07:17

    Lmao! Maybe the 'homophobe' wanted to be kissed goodbye as well *hides*, why on earth would you have a problem if u living a fulfilled life? And how dare he wants to dictate how other folks should live their lives?

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