A disturbing display was set up in a Pennsylvania bar called Kickstand and people are upset.
The ‘Halloween decoration’ depicted a noose with a dark-faced mask attached. It was very reminiscent of a lynching scene.
November 8th, well after Halloween, Twitter user @ashlynbrierre posted a photo of the prop, along with a description of the bar owner’s explanation.
“According to them it represents the devil.”
There is a bar in Elizabeth, PA called Kickstand. They currently have a noose hanging up with a black person mask in it. According to them it represents the devil. According to me it’s racism. Photo attached. # of the bar is 412-384-3080 ☎️ pic.twitter.com/tYPkH42l8Q— Ashlyn? (@ashlynbrierre) November 9, 2018
The description of it being representative of the devil didn’t sit right with Ashlyn who put the bar on blast. She called for people to contact the bar and ask about the lynching decoration.
However, it seems when they called, they were already overwhelmed.
Called. It’s a cell and a fax and I can’t say anything without nasty girl hanging up. I just wanted to ask a question. Lol— AmySpeaks (@AmySpeaks1) November 9, 2018
Just called. Woman answered after about 20 rings. When I asked if they still have racist decoration up, she said "have a blessed day" and hung up. Might fine Christians they got there.— North Shore Beacher (@GotBeachGlass) November 9, 2018
Can't understand why they won't answer. Tried calling about 20 times. Huh.— Jim Sanneman (@JimSanneman) November 9, 2018
Bars aren't usually open at five am— ?Polly Pocket ? (@pocketsofpolly) November 9, 2018
That’s horrific. And clearly racist. I’ll call.— ?BohoGirlResists ? (@KikiAdine) November 9, 2018
The display being up so long after Halloween makes the explanation suspect as well.
The macabre décor has not gone unnoticed by other patrons either. Jasmine Mull (Bella Baebee on Facebook) posted about it after walking out without paying.
UTTERLY DISGUSTED AND REFUSE TO PAY WALKED OUT AND IM STILL PISSEDPosted by Bella BaeBee on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
There are not many who can defend such a piece.
Yes they do, sadly— Ashlyn? (@ashlynbrierre) November 9, 2018
This is my hometown. I’m not surprised this is a thing— Admiral Erik Von Wolfenstein - Space Force Command (@ourheroerikw5) November 9, 2018
There was no other Halloween decorations up, Melanie.— Ashlyn? (@ashlynbrierre) November 10, 2018
I think THEY represent the devil.— Colby?️?- VOTE! ? (@ColbyVote) November 9, 2018
How does it look like the devil. And why does “it looks like the devil” anywhere better? Like am I the only sane person they finds that scary af.— TAM ? (@Ad0re_Me) November 10, 2018
In the land of the Amish. How very sad for Pennsylvania.— Gaylestorm 2020! (@GayleStorm2018) November 9, 2018
Tell them to put up a face that looks like theirs.— Sandra N (@TalkPatois) November 9, 2018
The bar owner claimed the mask is supposed to represent the devil. Others have pointed out that it is lacking the horns one normally sees with modern depictions.
Because of all this negative controversy, the owner is considering filing a defamation lawsuit.
Mull is more interested in a direct resolution.
“I would like them to take it down. I would like an apology. Honestly, I would just like their input on it. Why do they have it there?”