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When in Enid, pull up your britches.

Another one of those “Yes…they are from Oklahoma news stories” is making the rounds on the Internets.  This time it features a racist, homophobic bar owner from Enid.  From the Enid News and Eagle (or, if you’re lazy, watch the Channel 9 video here):

Ward 4 Enid City Commission candidate Gary James is aware of stories circulating about how he has refused service to some customers at his Chicaro Club, but he defends himself against accusations he is racist.

James reportedly has asked black people and people he believes are homosexual to leave his establishment.

James said he has asked people to leave the bar, but it is not based on race or sexual orientation. However, he does have some strong words to describe those he won’t allow in his establishment, calling them “trash” and “faggots.”

“If a racist is someone who doesn’t like unproductive trash, then it’s true. I’m talking about white, black, brown or yellow. I don’t like unproductive people,” James said Monday. “People who know me, know better.”

He said he has never asked anyone to leave his club based solely on their race, and said he has asked many more white customers than black customers to leave because they caused a problem.

He said he has asked customers to leave who are wearing clothes he does not approve of.

“I don’t like girlie men. I’m not fond of men with all kinds of metal in their face,” he said. “My customers don’t want them around, and I don’t want them around. I don’t consider that racist. I have black friends, but they are productive. Guys who come in with their britches down to their knees won’t get served in my place.”

James is proud of the fact there have never been drugs associated with his business. Chicaro Club is known as a hangout for personnel from

Vance Air Force Base, and James said he was told a military survey of Enid establishments showed his establishment was drug free.

Hmmmn…I find this story to be a little bit fishy.  I assume that for “trash” and “faggots” to be kicked out of the Chicaro Club, that means they had to be there in the first place.  And seriously,  how many gay, black, brown, yellow, diverse or normal people really go to an establishment where the bartender uses the word “britches” and a Confederate flag hangs from the ceiling?  If you were gay, or black, or had piercings in your face, something tells me you’d just skip the place where hillbilly bigots congregate and go somewhere more “safe”  like Applebee’s or Buffalo Wild Wings. You know, the type of places Clark Matthews goes to.

That’s why I think that Gary James, the bar owner, is the person circulating stories about his  bar “refusing service to customers.”   Not to stereotype, but in a place like Enid, his twisted Civil War era thoughts may just be accepted and encouraged.  And by being vocal about them in the media, this ordeal may actually be good publicity for him and his establishment.  Hell, just look what Sally Kern’s rant did for her.  She didn’t struggle with re-election, plus she got a call from Ellen.  Maybe Doctor Phil (or one of our readers pretending to be Dr. Phil) will call Gary at the Chicaro Club  at 1-580-233-7655 and tell him that they are wearing baggy britches.  That would be cool.

Anyway, when it’s realized that this weird bizarro PR thing worked for Gary James, I fully expect Sam Sims or Renzi Stone to go out and sign Frontier City as a PR client.  A few days later, I expect rumors to begin circulating that Frontier City hates midgets, and for Channel 9 to question why they only let tall people ride the rides.  I then expect sales for season passes to soar, because we all know everyone is scared of midgets.  Everyone except for Renzi Stone.  That’s why he purchased Tim Heskett.

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  1. As some from Enid (currently an OU student), “Not to stereotype, but in a place like Enid, his twisted Civil War era thoughts may just be accepted and encouraged.”…no, I doubt it.

    I really don’t think the Confederate, alternate history, bigoted ideology is common place in Enid. I’ve seen one vehicle with the back window of a truck with the Confederate flag on it before but it could be his truck.

  2. “If a racist is someone who doesn’t like unproductive trash, then it’s true. I’m talking about white, black, brown or yellow. I don’t like unproductive people,”

    If any bar owner wants to ban people from there that use foodstamps, WIC, and other forms government aid…that is his right and I applaud him. He has a point about unproductive people.

  3. Another reason I am proud to say I left Enid. We were asked to leave because we had hats on one night. And my buddy and his girlfriend where asked to leave on a separate occasion because of them being a mixed race couple (him white and her African American). This guy is trash and deserves no business or political positions. But knowing Enid he will probably win in a landslide… There is more hate and racism in Enid then most towns its size. i know I have been effected by it first hand…

  4. “This guy is trash and deserves no business or political positions.”

    True, but whether or not he “deserves a business” or not is none of our concern, unless of course you’re being coerced into patronizing it.

    Personally I don’t give money to racist, bigoted shop owners, but others may not share my personal discipline.

  5. Um, wow. First of all, not everyone that is utilizing government aid is “unproductive”.

    Secondly, the problem comes in when he is assuming certain people are unproductive based on how they look. Does he require proof of employment to enter his bar? No, he just judges his patrons based on his own preconceptions about their clothing and how they look and then determines if they meet his mold of what he considers productive.

    Finally, and then I will shut up, he’s right–choosing not to serve “girlie men” isn’t racist. It’s homophobic and douchey.

    What a jackass.

  6. i heart sarah!

    i think nermel works at the bar. and maybe he can answer the question of if you have to show proof of employment, or if the length of your pants or sexual orientation determines that.
    Nermel?

  7. It is generally true that homophobes are overcompensating for their own repressed homosexuality. Many university studies have confirmed this. Ol’ Gary from Enid probably wants it in the worst way, (or is secretly doing all kinds of things, which is probably true…)

    This fly-speck of a person should be followed, photographed and bounced out of the closet.

    Only desperatelty closeted gays behave this way.

  8. i don’t get the sagging britches thing. it couldn’t be comfortable. i saw a guy try to run from the cops and his jeans fell to his ankles and tripped him and foiled his getaway. they should wait til they are over 50 and they will sag naturally. if his customers are behaving themselves they shouldn’t be ask to leave. a homophobic racist shouldn’t be allowed to hold office. but in oklahoma those views get you elected.

  9. “If any bar owner wants to ban people from there that use foodstamps, WIC, and other forms government aid”¦that is his right and I applaud him. He has a point about unproductive people.”

    Hey nermel, just to inform you, its not possible to pay for items at a bar with food stamps. And I’ve seen lazy trust fund baby’s pay for drinks at my place of work as white as I am assume you and I are. Just come out and say what you mean when you say ‘lazy people’ and call them black or hispanic. At least this racist admits what he is.

  10. Two points: First, he cannot refuse service to anyone based on race. As a public place, he’s subject to all the civil rights laws and cannot discriminate based on race, national origin, etc.

    Second, the word is “breeches”, pronounced “britches” and is a perfectly acceptable English word for pants. Another perfectly acceptable word that applies to this guy is “dumbass”.

  11. The fact that Gary James is a racist is about the 39th thing wrong with him. Mr. James doesn’t even live in the same ward in which he is running for office in. The ward he is running for is where his bar is. Being the fine southern gentleman he is, small details like that must have just seemed just “poppycock” and something that must be condoned by the folks from the north. However, if Mr. James does in fact win the election, the city counsel can challenge his elected position. This means that Mr. James in all probability will never serve on the city counsel even if elected. That being said he is an inbred, bigot, bat s*** crazy man who should never be elected to any public office.

  12. This guy clearly has issues. Oh well, at least his sad life got some national attention. Hopefully he got the satisfaction he wanted and can now go and get with Sally Kern. (while continuing to give our state bad press)

  13. Yeah, not surprised, this guy has always has this reputation. I can’t believe it made the daily news…but then again, this is Enid. Sadly, I was born and raised in Enid America. Proudly, I can say I moved away years ago and HATE, HATE, HATE having to go back for the holidays and family visits. Trust me that there is no other reason drawing me back to this ‘city’. Being a white male growing up, I can tell you that racism is VERY prevalent, everywhere. There is more than just one truck driving around town with a confederate flag of some kind on it. Heck, they’re flying proudly from flag poles on private properties in select parts of town.

    In my early years after becoming legal to enter a bar, I went with a friend to the Chicaro Club to get something from his dad who was there. Being a in my early twenties, my left ear at the time was pierced and I wore a hoop earring. When we met his dad who was sitting at the bar, he saw that I was with his son and quickly (in a panic) said “don’t let the owner see that earring in your ear”. I then had to cover my ear with my hand to keep myself ‘safe’ from getting kicked out. That was my first and proudly my LAST visit to the Chicaro Club.

    This would have been the early to mid 90s, so I don’t know if Gary James is still this hard on the stance of identifying ‘girlie men’ from the shine of their ear lobe(s). So, besides pulling up your breeches (thank you Soonerken)when visiting, you might want to take out that stud from your ear (if you wear one). And I agree, after this publicity in the media, Gary James will be hoisted up on shoulders and carried around his bar with cheers from all his cronies, all of which are douchebags to the 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000th degree.

  14. After reading malotron’s response, it could be because I lived in the better side of town; I’ve also never even heard of the bar until reading it here. I guess I’m lucky in not seeing the racist part of Enid while growing up.

    Now that I recall I was warned when I worked at the McDonald’s near the Mall that once a year the KKK would show up and try to recruit people; I’ve thankfully never seen it.

  15. I had a lot of fun hanging out in Enid back in the ’70s. Bamboo was a Saturday night favorite. People would dance there damn near all night. A shower, church and dinner at Grandma’s followed for our buddies, Brian and Eldon and their girlfriends.

    We weren’t locals, so we would pass out in a wheat field or sleep in the car at a local park. One morning a couple of cops knocked on the car window and wanted to know what we were doing. I told them we were camping. We’d hit the Phillips swimming pool, change clothes and drive back to OKC on Sunday afternoon. I love Enid.

    As for heterosexists and homophobes, they are everywhere. In some places, PC means something totally different than it does in Washington, DC. For me, growing up PC in OKC meant parroting whatever line of bigotry was being pushed by the Oklahoman.

    I’ve long thought that if bigotry toward gays and lesbians is a cover for repressed homosexual impulses, only the Evangelical mythical Jesus and sodomy laws keep the Republican Convention from being a massive queer off.

  16. I’m sorry, but I find it amusing that he thinks guys who wear hats are gay. I read about this guy a few weeks ago, and I find it hilarious. I’m not from the south, but correct me if I’m wrong, but a lot of men from Texas and Oklahoma wear cowboy HATS. Which means that there are A LOT of gay men in the south.

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