The landlord of the Queens Head pub has apologised on BBC television for causing offence when he blacked up for a halloween costume and a member of staff of his staff dressed as a KKK member.
A race row emerged after pictures of Mr Tickner and one of his bar staff – who is black – were posted on Facebook.
When Nisha Damji slammed the pictures in a discussion with friends on the social media platform, the official account (which she is “friends” with) responded by calling her “bitch” and telling her to “suck my d*ck”.
Tickner told BBC London today that he did not write the post himself and does not know who did as, he claims, there a number of people with access to the account.
“It was an absurdist joke, basically… Anyone I’ve offended I’d like to apologise to. I’ve no cause to offend the black community.”
BBC London reported that Lambeth Council is investigating any possible breach of licensing rules.
Nisha told Brixton Blog: “To be called a bitch and to be threatened with sexual violence is utterly appalling. As well as the deeply offensive costumes and blackface, one of them gave the Nazi salute. It’s not cool or edgy. It’s is totally unacceptable in 2014.”
She added to a BBC reporter: “It seems that when women speak out on things on social media the types of threat they get are of a sexual nature and I think that’s really unacceptable.”