Craft Draft 2 Go owner insists situation is a misunderstanding
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Kalamazoo bar owner whose Facebook photos prompted widespread backlash and calls for a boycott says it's all a misunderstanding.
"Bad judgment, attempt at humor that didn't turn out so well. You know, I'm not trying to make excuses that's what it was. I don't stand for that, I'm not pro hate groups. I'm not in any extreme groups," said Aaron VanArsdale.
Pictures featured in a now viral Facebook post show VanArsdale with a swastika on his forehead and making a Nazi gesture among other things.
He says they were posted years ago, but they're getting new attention in the wake of the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
"That's not OK, especially if it was just a joke," said local musician Megan Dooley. "To be honest it was shocking, and then of course I did what any sane, rational human being would do, and completely unaffiliated myself immediately."
Dooley is among several artists pledging to never again play at VanArsdale's bar--Craft Draft 2 Go.
We're told some beer distributors have also pulled their products out.
VanArsdale says he had to close the bar Wednesday after vandals spray-painted his windows and his workers felt unsafe.