Tyra Banks has been doing America's Top Model for 13 seasons and she should have figured out by now how to organize an event of thousand of hopefuls without violence occurring.
My daughter and I arrived at 6:00 am. The line doubled around the block twice with people sleeping in sleeping bags and chairs who had spent the *** Everyone was quite and orderly. There were no barricades, ropes to divide people or wrist bands. For no apparent reason, at approximately 8:00am, everyone started running, thinking that the doors were being opened. An orderly line turned into chaos.Those people in chairs and sleeping bags got left behind as the girls who arrived hours later, swept pass them. At the doors, coming from both sides, were crowds of women. I have to give kudos to everyone for staying calm, trying not to push and no fights broke out. My daughter and I were at the end of the block. People took turns getting food and coffee for others, holding their place so that they could use the bathrooms in restaurants. The problems did not arise until 10:00am when the police arrived. They were cursing at people saying "Back the *** up", which was impossible. If the people in the back weren't backing up, there was no place to back up. The cops started calling the girls, "Animals!", to which they responded "That is how you're treating us!" I think had the crowd not been 95% Black, this type of name calling would not have occurred. The barricades didn't go up until about noon. At which time, all men were asked to leave the line. I saw many cops accuse the guys of speaking rudely to them and that was not true. It was as if the cops were trying to provoke a fight. At 1:00pm, all the mothers were asked to leave the line. I arrived home at 2:45 pm. I called my daughter and she said the line had not moved in two hours. The audition was supposed to be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. My daughter said, people began to asked what would happen at 3:00pm. People were starting to get anxious. Would they be turned away? Would everyone on line still get an opportunity to audition? That's when the cops turned ugly. All anyone wanted was an answer. My daughter was let in by 4:00 pm. Prior to coming, wanna-be models were to fill out a many paged application. Inside, they were asked to quickly fill out another application and given a number. Not enough time was given to complete the new
application. Someone with a camera came by, scan the line and the girls were told they didn't make it and told to leave. The muliti paged application was never collected. Many girls were crying. When my daughter got outside the fire trucks were there. Apparently someone had scream, "bomb" and all hell had broken loose.
I find Ms. Banks and her production company responsible for any arrest, chaos, pandemonium, hospitalizations. All of this could have been avoided with 30 minutes. of organization. Wrist bands should have been given out. A place large enough for thousands of people to sit down, should have been rented. Barricades and rope should have been set up. Security should have been hired and been there all ***. Information should have been relayed to the crowd. Port-a-potties should have been set up. Where did they expect thousand of young woman to do while standing on line for over 12 hours? Food vendors should have been arranged. Tyra, you should be ashamed of yourself!!!