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hate messages Panti Bliss dismisses online threats calling for Pantibar to be 'trashed' this weekend

'I strongly doubt anything’s going to happen because they’ll be absolutely outnumbered by the hundreds of gays there'

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Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss, at PantiBar on Capel Street. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss, at PantiBar on Capel Street. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss, at PantiBar on Capel Street. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Drag “queen of Ireland” Panti Bliss has dismissed threats calling for her legendary gay bar Pantibar to be “trashed” this weekend by online trolls. 

Drag icon Rory O’Neill was responding to vile hate messages on social media that targetted her and her business.

One anonymous account, which appears to have since been deleted, called on followers to “trash” the gay bar on Saturday (August 7). “Pedo scum off our streets,” read its bio.

However, Panti revealed that they have been open for several weeks now and are so popular that the crowds “take over the whole street”.

“It’s like a mini Pride every weekend, you have hundreds and hundreds of people out there,” Panti has been quoted in PinkNews. “So I strongly doubt anything’s going to happen because they’ll be absolutely outnumbered by the hundreds of gays there.”

Panti who has said she “wasn’t that surprised” by the hate, shared the threats on Twitter and with gardai, noting the account appeared to be solely dedicated to organising “a physical attack on the bar”.

She added that the “far-right, anti-queer, anti-trans and anti-everything brigade” have used the pandemic “as a cover to organise”.

“In our case, with the bar, the attacks really ramped up when they decided to do vaccine passport stuff,” Panti explained.

When she announced on social media it would not reopen indoor service until most of its young staff had been vaccinated against Covid-19,it triggered a backlash from vile far-right and anti-LGBT+ social media trolls.

Only customers who are vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months can access indoor service but in Pantibar’s case, all customers are required to sit outdoors for the time being.

Panti explained that the reopening delay simply gives them time to do so if they wish to gain protection from the virus.

“We never hired any conspiracy theorists so they were all delighted to get vaccinated,” she added.

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Despite this, the bar has received multiple “one-star reviews on Google and Facebook” from people who have “never darkened the door of Pantibar and never intended to darken the door”.

“They’re all like ‘oh horrible establishment, I’ll take my business elsewhere’,” Panti said. “And I’m like ‘great, please you need to do’ and also laughing at the idea that the gays are looking at Google reviews before going to their local gay bar.”

Just weeks ago vandals spray painted “pedo bar” on a neighbouring building, with a big arrow pointing to Pantibar.

Panti told GCN: “It was a bit gutting to wake up to this after such a fantastic reopening weekend, but it’s also a timely reminder of why Pride is still important. Queer Power!”

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