Outrage after hotel manager ‘blacks up’ for Indian-themed party at Yorkshire venue where rooms go for upwards of £600

A JUNIOR manager at a hotel has been slammed online after he wore blackface for a staff party.

The 20-year-old man was seen at the Rudding Park Hotel in North Yorkshire having “blacked up” for an Indian-themed party.

 The hotel manager blacked up his face and hands during the Indian-themed party
The hotel manager blacked up his face and hands during the Indian-themed party

He was also wearing a white Indian robe while posing next to a woman in an evening gown.

The picture quickly went viral with social media users slamming his actions.

One woman tweeted: “If racism this overt can exist in a place like Rudding Park Hotel, I fear how much covert discrimination both customers and staff of colour experience.”

Another user said the man should have been held “more accountable” for his actions.

The hotel issued an official statement on their website apologising for the incident: “We recognise what happened is not acceptable behaviour and the junior member of staff concerned was immediately asked to remove the make-up by a senior member of staff on the night of the event.

“We sincerely apologise for any offence caused.

“This was a very ill judged and immature action by a 20 year old, who now realises the consequences of his behaviour and regrets the hurt it has caused. He is now undergoing disciplinary procedures.

“Rudding Park in no way condones racism and it is not at all acceptable to the company.

 The Rudding Park Hotel has apologised for the manager's actions
The Rudding Park Hotel has apologised for the manager’s actions

“We employ 24 different nationalities and do not discriminate on racial grounds. It is of the utmost importance to us that everyone is treated equally and with respect.

“We have already scheduled a complete racial bias training programme for all our staff to attend to ensure something like this does not happen again.

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The hotel has a high rating on Google with 4.5 stars out of 5, and it includes a restaurant, luxury spa and 18-hole golf-course on site.

Rudding Park was also voted the Hotel of the Year at the Visit England awards last year, with rooms from £161 per night to £634 per night.

A hotel in Australia was recently forced to apologise after a member of staff was accused of period-shaming a previous guest, Sun Online Travel previously reported.

A picture of some bloody sheets was posted to the hotel’s Facebook page, using the phrase “shark week”.

Earlier this week, Wetherspoons apologised to a customer who was given a napkin with the phrase “you are a c***” on it.


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