Hyatt May Not Host CPAC Again, After Associations With Nazi Imagery And Anti-Maskers
The Conservative Political Action Conference was held this year in Orlando Florida. Hyatt Hotels Corporation hosted it, and in a new statement, the company says that attendees were disrespectful to staff, and indicates that cutting the event off altogether was considered.
Steven Snart, a senior manager of Global Corporate Communications for Hyatt, released a statement in which his own frustration with the behavior exhibited at CPAC is clear. In the excerpt that follows, he appears to address the refusal of attendees to follow masking regulations, as well as their hostility when urged to show this minimal display of respect.
…our colleagues worked tirelessly to support this event while enforcing Hyatt’s safety policies. At times, these efforts included reminding attendees to wear masks and socially distance, even while colleagues occasionally faced hostility from attendees who did not support our policies…Further, we were extremely disappointed by the disrespect many individuals involved in the event showed to our colleagues…
Of Hyatt employees’ struggle with disrespectful and rule-breaking guests, Snart said, “We are tremendously grateful to our colleagues for their resilience and the care they demonstrated keeping people safe in circumstances that became increasingly difficult as the event evolved.”
In fact, video from CPAC shows organizers begging attendees to wear masks, trying to explain that personal freedom can be balanced with respect for property rights, and that attendees should respect the rights of Hyatt’s owners, and obey their rules. The audience responds with jeers, actually booing.
That’s not all, though. There have also been links made between the geometrical lines and shapes used for CPAC and certain emblems used by Nazi Germany.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation addresses this too. Snart says that as soon as the chain heard of the similarity between the stage design and a Nazi emblem, they addressed organizers, but CPAC merely denied the link. He suggests that the design may not have been allowed if this had been recognized beforehand, and says that the event was allowed to continue after this came to light only because of fear of what disruption and safety issues to other guests might result.
Had we initially recognized the potential connections to hate symbolism, we would have proactively addressed it prior to commencement of the event. Unfortunately, this became clear to us only after the event kicked off. With CPAC’s denial of any intentional connection to hate symbols and our concerns over the safety of guests and colleagues in what could have been a disruptive situation, we allowed the event to continue.
Hyatt’s full statement is here.