Bar owner Ronnie Lotz is defending his right to keep a two-way mirror in place, even after the backlash of a comedians YouTube video regarding the ladies restroom invasion was discovered at Berwyn’s Cigars and Stripes.
“This is a giant fun house, ladies and gentlemen,” he replied to a team of local reporters on Monday, “I put a lot of heart and soul into this business, and I am very sorry to tell you this, but there is no hanky panky going on in that bathroom.”
After noticing a suspicious full-length mirror situated directly across from the lady’s room toilet during a bathroom break between her performances, comedian known only as Tamale Rocks did a little investigation of her own and recorded the entire event.
“Why, when I go into a public bathroom, when there’s an expectation of privacy, am I having to do that due diligence?” Rocks told NBC Chicago WMAQ “It’s a bathroom!”
The comedian’s video shows what ‘lies behind’ that mirror as she walks through a door that leads to the business’ cleaning closet where a clear view of female patrons sitting atop the commode can be had for anyone interested.
Things got a bit more interesting for the owner when the feminist blog, Jezebel got wind of the video as their interview turned a bit more contentious than they imagined. Lotz made it perfectly clear that he has absolutely no intent of removing the mirror, adding that almost all of his customers have known about it for years.
“Look, [Tamale Rocks] is looking for a viral video. There’s a big movement in reality TV to be outraged about feminism,” Lotz told the blog interviewer. “So yes: come see my mirror; eat my wings – I don’t know what to tell you, honey.”
The bar owner has now stated that all the negative publicity has had a positive impact on his business, creating a ‘buzz’ that has him selling wings like crazy. Adding more fuel to the fire, Lotz even went as far as posting the unflattering interview with Jezebel on his bar’s Facebook page while stating:
“I will burn this f*****g place to the ground before I get rid of that mirror,” Lotz said. “Do you know how much joy that mirror has brought us?”