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N-Bombs and "Maxicans" — More Fun With Gaslamp Owner Ayman Jarrah

This phoenix has arisen as "Club 360."
This phoenix has arisen as "Club 360."
Photo by Brandon Ball

So you're the owner of a midtown Houston club that sparked controversy over an allegedly racist door policy, creating a media flurry and prompting a discrimination suit from the U.S. Department of Justice. That's bad enough, but then Bun B publicly expresses concern. Why would you want to piss off Bun B?

Filed in September 2016, the federal complaint accuses you of coaching club employees on denying entry to minorities, and using racist slurs while providing those instructions. The complaint alleges, "Since at least 2014, Gaslamp denied numerous African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American patrons entry based on alleged dress code violations when similarly dressed white patrons were permitted to enter.

You deny the allegations of racism, but U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison in March denies your motion to dismiss the government's complaint.

But there's an itch you still need to scratch — a desire to continue using the word "nigger," even in writing, including on Snapchat, where you refer to yourself as "wolfofmidtown."

Are you perhaps misguided?

That might be one of the more diplomatic descriptors of some recent Snapchat captions from Gaslamp/Club 360 owner Ayman Jarrah, who also goes by "Dave Yurman." The screenshots were sent by a peruser of Jarrah's Snapchat videos; they show some dudes hard at construction work. In one, a guy is described as having "nigger attitude," which is hilarious, as evidenced by the ensuing "lol." Another screenshot shows three white guys working on a corrugated metal panel, with the similarly hilarious caption, "Thank you trump you make white ppl do the Maxican work lol [sic]."

Burning crosses it's not; it's more like ball-busting banter certain dude-bros might use in private, except it's not in private, and it seemed like something that someone dealing with a federal suit may want to avoid.

We reached out to Jarrah, who explained that the "nigger attitude" caption referred to lyrics from a rap song, and the "Maxican" one was paraphrasing President Donald Trump.

"What's wrong with this?" Jarrah asked. Although he partially conceded that the "nigger attitude" caption might not look great in the midst of a lawsuit, he suggested that he was a victim of the PC Police, saying, "I feel like I live in Russia now, not in United States."

He said he meant no harm with the captions — that they were all in good fun and among friends. Some of these friends playfully rib him as well.

“They call me nigger-sand [sic] in this country, so what's wrong with that? I never called to complain to you," he said, adding, “I don't know if… that's fair for you to put my stories, or joke stories, as a serious matter.”

Jarrah ended the call by saying he'd send us screenshots from other people who've jokingly called him "sand nigger," but instead he called back with a Shyamalanian twist: that Snapchat account wasn't his!

"I don't have account with the Snapchat," Jarrah claimed. "I don't even know how to open the Snapchat.”

We asked to speak with the person behind that account, but Jarrah declined to provide a name.

We asked if this new story was a strategy devised by his attorney, Tim Sutherland, the legal eagle behind the infamous "We're douches, not bigots" video, but Jarrah ignored the question. He hung up, and our subsequent calls went unanswered.

It's too bad — we were hoping for some more hilarious jokes.

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