Dallas Restaurant Owner Faces Criticism After Anti-Twerking Video Goes Viral [Video]

They say all publicity is good publicity, but for True Kitchen and Kocktails owner Kevin Kelley, that might not be the case.

The Dallas restaurant has come under fire after a video showing the owner yelling at patrons for twerking has gone viral.

In the clip, he tells patrons to “get the f*ck out my restaurant.”

“I invested a lot of money into buying this building, into developing this concept so Black people can have somewhere nice to go to,” the man who appears to be Kevin Kelley says in the clip before telling the DJ to turn the music off. “All this twerking and shit… don’t bring it here because we’re a restaurant.”

He continued,

“If you wanna do it, get the fuck out my restaurant. I did it for our people, I did it for our culture. … Don’t do it again. I don’t want to hear it if you don’t like it, get out because I don’t need your money.”

After the video circulated, the restaurant released a statement apologizing for the “poor choice of wording” but ultimately stands by their decision to address the patrons.

“When the first incidents occurred the guests were politely asked to stop and have respect for themselves and other customers,” the statement reads. “Later, as another video shows, a customer stood on her seat, placed her hands against the glass windows and began to twerk. My immediate reaction was this woman could fall through this window and we could be the target of a lawsuit if she is injured.”

The restaurant claims that it will “adjust” the playlist and “DJ selections” going forward to curb people’s desire to twerk.

 “As for twerking being a part of our culture, we do not welcome the part of the culture that will come into a restaurant, stand on furniture and twerk while using ‘culture’ as an excuse,” the statement adds.

Read the statement in full below:

Now that you’ve seen what the restaurant has to say, take a look at some reactions to the incident from social media:


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