Local March 13, 2023 | 1:47 pm

Actor George Bryner Bell was discriminated against in a Santo Domingo restaurant, Habanero

In a country like the Dominican Republic, with the majority of its population being mulatto, complaints are being filed for alleged discrimination based on skin color in commercial establishments, which is something that should call for concern. The actor, athlete, and son of former baseball player George Bell, George Bryner Bell Santana, denounced that he experienced this unpleasant moment in the “Restaurante Habanero” in Santo Domingo. According to his publication, when he stepped foot in the restaurant he was “received with a contemptuous look from one of the bouncers (members of security), followed by ‘we’re full’. He added that “then a group of between 10 and 12 people arrives, he did let in without a problem.” He assured that the difference between him and those who did manage to access the place was the color of their skin, they, according to his words, “were white Dominicans of European factions” and he was dark-skinned.

This, as expected, made him question the security member, about the reason why he did not let him enter the establishment, “is it because of my skin color?” His answer left no reason for doubt. “Yes, and for beeing ugly,” he says. “The truth is that I don’t usually make these types of posts, but we have to stop this type of recurring situation in some places in the National District,” he shared. Apparently, this has not been the only time that the restaurant staff acts in this way, the young man’s complaint generated numerous reactions from people who assured that they were treated in the same way.

After this situation was made public, the restaurant issued a statement apologizing for the situation and noted that it has tried to contact the actor to “be able to address the situation appropriately.” It was also noted that they would have taken action against the staff who acted in this way and assured that “it is not a company policy.” The restaurant indicated that it is “working diligently to resolve any issues that may have arisen and that we have made changes to our staff and implemented measures to improve our processes and prevent situations like this from happening again in the future.”

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March 13, 2023 2:27 pm

Note to Restuarant- Yeah Right- HAHA. Security only acts this way if they are ordered by their leadership.

March 13, 2023 2:37 pm

The Dominican Republic is 75% Multiracial people country. Mulatto is SLUR and should not be used. Also, this failed actor/baseball player may have overreacted, and there are all three sides of stories. Sorry but I don’t believe this actor. David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, and other African ancestors famous never had a problem getting and receiving service from upper scales place in Santo Domingo. This younger generation is a bunch of crybabies.

Notes: please educate your writers on the Dominican republic’s makeup population and start putting the names of the writers in your article.

March 13, 2023 2:48 pm
Reply to  Mario

I don’t know where you get your information from seeing as you don’t even cite your sources for your statistic and claims of this being a slur, but as someone who has lived in the Dominican Republic, this could not be farther from the truth. Mulatto is a term taught in the DOMINICAN education system as the term to describe the offspring of a white and a person of african decent widely used during times of colonialism. The cultural meaning in the states may be different, but here it is not a slur. On a another note, just because those people didn’t experience that (as far as you know) doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Colorism is infact a huge problem in the DR and its something that happens in many places, to many people here. Please educate yourself first, and get your head out of your own butt before saying such nonsense. Just because there are multiracial people here doesn’t mean that those of a darker complexion aren’t discriminated against and even doing the discrimination.

March 13, 2023 2:53 pm
Reply to  Loretta

cry me a river on colonialism.jajaj. mulatto is a slur in the English language. Look it up!! The Dominican Republic is a tri-race country. The Dominican Republic is a classist country. Everyone is discriminated against no matter what’s your background. (income, color, religion, gender, fashion style etc)

Kevin Bell
March 14, 2023 11:22 pm
Reply to  Loretta

It happenes in many places in DR and it been happening for many years, trust me I was born and raised in DR and we come from a upper class and just because of my skin color I was called names and discriminated.

March 13, 2023 6:48 pm
Reply to  Mario

There is racism. I am white and my wife is dark skin..we own properties in Piantini as well as businesses in DR…she was often refused entry to restaurants and in last 12 months i got 3 managers fired. yes there is major rasim

March 13, 2023 7:07 pm
Reply to  CroMiniAN

okay gringo. troll

March 13, 2023 7:24 pm
Reply to  CroMiniAN

Learn how to spell racism. And most likely your lying. Why are you still living their if it’s so horrible.

March 13, 2023 5:14 pm

Everyone failed to mention that bouncer was black…????…yep, discrimination …!!!

Juan Soto
March 13, 2023 5:28 pm

I don’t see Big Papi or celebrities having any issues this man was probably disrespectful.

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March 14, 2023 1:05 pm
Reply to  Juan Soto

He probably isn’t the celebrity he thinks he is and got upset because there was no red carpet.

March 13, 2023 7:30 pm

Regrettably ,the DR is a racist country which is very strange when nearly everyone here has a small to large dose of darkness in their skin and absolutely ridiculous when white skin looks so unhealthy and ugly .

March 13, 2023 8:16 pm
Reply to  Richard

Never been to Dominican Republic. Another Joker

March 14, 2023 8:47 am

I have been living in the city of Santo Domingo since October,it is very racist.police here harass and Rob darker young guys.plaza baron is an area where families go to relax and many very poor people trying to earn an honest living are bullied and robbed by the politur.i have seen this first hand

March 14, 2023 9:14 am
Reply to  Bob

Again if it so bad. Why do you continue to live their? Another troll.

March 14, 2023 1:16 pm
Reply to  Jake

I live here because I like the people.lived in az USA 35 years.ordinary people are ok it when institution is racist.my guess is your the troll as spelling a challenge.

March 14, 2023 2:02 pm
Reply to  Bob

Again if it’s so bad. Why do you live in the Dominican Republic. The world is much bigger then the Dominican Republic. Their are bunch islands that have no racism. Puerto Rico Cuba Bahamas Aruba Jamaica. Haiti right next door.

Marino Minaya
March 14, 2023 11:38 pm

Habanero is a Cuban Restaurant, nevertheless it should be investigated.

Platano frito
July 19, 2023 8:08 pm

As a foreigner your opinion means nothing. Everyone born on this island wants to leave but nobody wants to change.