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Barclays Bias? No Metal Detectors for Fans at Streisand Shows

Brooklyn arena didn't subject Babs fans to same security measures as at Jay-Z performances, according to the New York Post


With only two sets of musical performances under its belt, Brooklyn's new arena has raised the ire of its customers by subjecting some fans to different security measures than others.

Barclays Center forced the crowd at Jay-Z's opening 8-day concert series to file through airport-style metal detectors, while fans of Barbra Streisand "were spared the same indignity at her show on Thursday," according to the New York Post.

Did organizers think Hova fans were more likely to cause trouble than "people who need people"? Some critics assert yes.

“The metal detectors are not in use for Barbara Streisand @barclayscenter. Racial profiling?” tweeted one Streisand concert-goer quoted in the article.

Instead of passing through detectors, Streisand fans were simply wanded, observed longtime Barclays documenter Norman Oder.

In response to complaints of racial bias, arena spokesman Barry Baum told The Post that the decision to forego metal detectors for the Babs concert was an effort at streamlining efficiency.

“We’ve only been open two weeks and are trying to make things go as smooth as possible,” Baum said in the article, noting that the metal detectors have previously caused long lines.

But Councilwoman Letitia James wasn't letting the arena off the hook that easy. 

“There shouldn’t be a double standard; there should be one rule of law,” she stated Friday. “If you have metal detectors for people coming to see Jay-Z, the same should apply for Barbra Streisand. It shouldn’t matter if you come by limousine, subway or your own two feet.”

What do you think, readers? Are the changes simply opening-month growing pains or a sign of bias on the part of owners? Did anyone attend both a Jay-Z and Barbra Streisand performance?

Share your opinions in the comments below.

Adam October 14, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Here's reality. Whats say we face it and do something about it rather than cry racial bias. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/nypd-report-details-crime_n_1862771.html
Patrick Lubin October 14, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Wow. Give me a $&@:&! break. I was at the Jay-Z concert and remember thinking. Good. We're safe. Nobody was up in arms about it. A little inconvenienced, but secure. Now all this outrage because "oh you put us through metal detectors and not them?". C'mon son. Really? Their crowd isn't coming in there blazin' trees( a first for me, but I don't get out much). Should've had u/c narcs up in there.
Jackie Verbell October 14, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Who the hell is Jay Z that he needs to have metal detectors in the first place????? It is a sign of the sad time we live in. Every top celebrity that ever lived and performed a concert never had to go thru security or be wanded. What a sad world we are living in today!!!
ruthy rosen October 14, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I was at the Streisand on Thursday night and as an elderly woman, was dismayed to have to open my handbag, ostensibly for concealed weapons, and to be wanded on both sides of my body.Very intrusive! Worse, at intermission when I rushed all the way downstairs to step out for a smoke, at least ten security people confronted me to advise me that there was no re-entry. No signs were posted anywhere about this regulation. In disgust, I left after the first set. We thought this stringent security was an even-handed way for the arena to check all people out. Now I hear that they did away with the metal detector for the obviously white elderly Babs attendees. They should employ them in either case. It would drive them nuts when the metal canes and walkers set them off!
Chicken Underwear October 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM
"..... if you don't want to be checked by security or stop giving people a reason to suspect you of wrongdoing. Simple as that..." WHAT!!! Everyone got checked by security based on the fact that they were going to a Jay Z show. Nobody was suspect of wrondoing.
Brett Schneider October 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Sorry, but it was the same for the Harlem globetrotters... We were in line for more than an hour to get and felt like going to the airport... And this was for a family show with kids everywhere... Ridiculous. This was not about efficiency.
Miss V in NYC October 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
@Chicken Underwear - Thanks for leaving out parts of my quote, which changes the context. My point is, everyone had to go through security at both shows. If you don't want to be checked by security, you don't have to go. If you do, get checked by security and enjoy the show.
JMJsquared October 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Give me a break! Jay-Z's fans, as a group, ARE more likely to engage in dangerous behavior than are a group of Streisand's fans. Younger people ARE more likely to act like,well, younger, less mature people than older, more mature people. DUH! They even drive that way, don't they? Who would you feel more comfortable lending your brand new car to: The typical Jay-Z fan or the typical Streisand fan? Black youth ARE more likely to publicly misbehave than are older White folk. People who are able-and-willing to pay much, much more for a ticket to an event are less likely to act the fool than the necessarily larger group of those who are able-and-willing only to pay much, much less for a similar event. In other words, put it back in the deck. It has no justifiable play in this instance.
ruthy rosen October 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I DIDN'T want to attend this concert; my husband dragged me. I have been philosophically opposed to this divisive arena's intrusion since I first heard of it. Now that it's come to fruition, I find it a monolithic monstrosity, inside and out. Streisand shouldn't even be in a venue like this! That's a big part of the problem. Last week I went to a Broadway show and was treated like a valued patron. I presented my ticket, it was scanned and that was it. I didn't even have to show it again after intermission. The ticket price wasn't very different from my Barclays ticket.
JMJsquared October 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Hello Ruthy Rosen, Nevermind this tempest-in-a-teacup back-and-forth over Bulldozing Barclay's, Over-priced Broadway, NY-NY Jay-Z or Just-won't- retire Babs. I think the noteworthy fact here is that your husband dragged YOU to see Streisand... anywhere! He's a bigger man than I and deserves a bit Hug & Kiss. :-)
D. Cohen October 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
My husband and kids had to go through metal detectors to buy tickets to the Globetrotters, a day or two before the show. When I went with one of my children to Babs on Thursday, only he (an 18-year-old) was wanded. I was not, and there were no metal detectors. So I do believe arena personnel in this instance, because when my husband and younger children went to buy Globetrotters tickets there were no events going on. They just seemed to be the protocol, which has since changed. That said, I also support the idea of security measures based on assessed risk. The only thing most Streisand concert-goers seemed at risk of was getting a senior citizens' discount at the movies.
ruthy rosen October 14, 2012 at 04:04 PM
No, he purchased the tix online w/o consulting me and then used emotional blackmail (bringing up all he's done for ME) to get me to go. Why does he deserve a hug and kiss? He's not even a Babs fan. He wanted to see the arena and be part of an 'historic' event. Never again!
JMJsquared October 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Oh, no, no no, Ruth Rosen! Hubby Rosen didn't prior-consult with you because he wanted to give you (another?) loving surprise. And, he wasn't blackmailing you; he was simply reminding you of the times you had misgivings about some of his choices... ALL of which turned out to be the cat's pajamas. He knew you are crazy about Babs and, despite his dislike of her (shared by all real, manly men.... at least in the presence of their buds), in an expression of love worthy of Barrett-Browning, he sacrificed himself on the Altar of Devotion. He even suppressed his usual squirming and sighing during the show, didn't he? His heart, not history was his only motivation, Ruth Rosen. So, give the Guy his well deserved Hug & Kiss, already, will ya?
Papa Dish October 14, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Some "for profit non-government facility". The taxpayers subsidized this whole project!
Joe Gonzalez October 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
What's Jay-Z and City Council Speaker and Mayoral wannabe Christine Quinn got to say about the matter?
Chicken Underwear October 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I hear ya. But why should a person be treated like a felon just because they want to see a show.
Chicken Underwear October 14, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I don't think you are real.
Chicken Underwear October 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Are Globtrotter fans " as a group, ARE more likely to engage in dangerous behavior than are a group of Streisand's fans"?
Smith V October 14, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Attended Streisand concert on Thursday night,had to both go through a metal detector and wanded !!
Mann Publicis October 14, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I do not see it as discriminatory. It is simply a fact of life in NYC 2012. Highly unlikely Streisand fans are going to be packing little more than Aleve and an extra pack of tissues. On the other hand anything is possible with Jay-Z's followers. It is time we are more realistic about these matters and not let political correctness supercede common sense as it often does! Putting seniors and late baby boomers through the same scrutiny as teenagers and 20-somethings is sheer madness. Proof: Streisand evenings were without any incident that more intrusive security would have prevented. Please spare me disagreement with my stand. As a person of color I live with racial profiling every time I walk into a store or walk in my neighborhood. After paying several hundred dollars for a ticket I hardly want to be treated like a potential criminal.
Chicken Underwear October 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The way I see it the Tea Party / Second Amendment Rights person is more likely to be an older Streisand fan than an New Yorker that has been subject to stop and frisk for the past few years..
abetterbro October 15, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I went to both Jay z and Streisand and it was much harder to go through for the Jay Z concert. I was wanded and my friends bags were checked when we went through for Jay z. For Streisand we only had our tickets swiped and that was it. I dont think it had anything to do with fans who went to either concert, but rather the Barclays getting use to
NativeBrooklyner October 15, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I see NO issues here. Jay Z concert goers, whether black OR white, ARE INDEED more likely to cause trouble than Babs fans whether they be black or white. FACT. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND CAN DENY THIS? This is NOT a racial issue... It's simply an age / maturity issue. This is NOT news whatsoever.. especially now that i've learned that there WERE INDEED metal detectors at the Babs concert ... We shouldn't be so quick to believe an off the cuff assertion that someone makes without checking first... Sorry folks. Move along. Nothing to see here...
Dudley Escobar October 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Yes, I'm sure those white boys with guns were out in droves to see Babs.
Patti October 15, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I happen to love Jay Z. Do I think his concert needs higher security? Of course. I would venture to say Jay Z personally has more security than Babs. Don't get excited now; its just a thought. If Barclays dared not to have extremely tight security for Jay Z everyone making comments would be absolutely crazed at putting people's safety at risk.
Dudley Escobar October 15, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is among the dumber comments I've read in this discussion. It's correct but utterly irrelevant. It's been statistically proven by numerous studies that legal gun owners are among the most law-abiding citizens in the nation. That being the case, carrying a handgun in the city is very much illegal and usually results in mandatory prison time. No "Tea Party/Second Amendment Rights person" is going to risk going to prison so that they can pack heat at a Barbara Streisand concert, especially considering how common it is for metal detectors and wands to be utilized at large venues like Barclay's (several people have said that they were, indeed, sent through metal detectors at Babs' show). A Jay-Z fan is statistically, logically and OBVIOUSLY more likely to bring a gun to a show like this.
Parksloper October 15, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Adam, don't confuse them with facts. It's racism, plain and simple according to Brad Lander, Leticia James etc. etc.
Chicken Underwear October 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
No. Just speaking of the people that I (a 49 year old white guy) know who walk around with a gun all of them are white senior citizens. White, wealthy old people. None of the back people that I know think they need to walk around with a gun.
Dudley Escobar October 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Oh, well, since you're speaking strictly about people that you know personally, then... ...you just verified the utter irrelevancy of everything you've said. Please tell us more about how some of your best friends are black so that we can be impressed by how progressive and open-minded you are. Obviously, your black friends not wanting to carry guns belies all of the statistics about who actually commits crime in this city.
Chicken Underwear October 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I am just saying that I am more worried about the creepy old snow bird with a gun that the black kid riding the Q train with me.

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