A new 1950s-themed American diner has caused huge controversy after refusing to serve black citizens.
Customers at Hank's Diner, in Brixton, had assumed its highly visible signs and posters exclaiming "no blacks" were part of the high kitsch which has attracted such famous luminaries as Nick Griffin and Morrissey. But when former Big Brother contestant Victor Ebuwa arrived to partake of their famous Butterscotch Sundaes he was duly informed he wouldn't be served on account of his skin colour.
This rather unsavoury incident led to a storm of complaints throughout the country but the company has defended itself by stating that their policy is not motivated by racism but by the necessity of strictly adhering to their manifesto of providing a "completely authentic historical dining experience".
"Of course, in this day and age, it would be outrageous and unjust to discriminate against any person solely because of the colour of their skin" said manager Adolf Mosley, "but customers come here with certain expectations and we believe it would be far more unjust to let our paying customers down by ignoring such basic period detail as hardened, unintelligible, illogical racism"
Mosley was also quick to distance his employees from any blame, insisting that the staff are all actors who, as part of their training, are thoroughly drilled in the racist ideology of McCarthyite America.
The company, while still refusing to serve black customers, have been forced to concede the right to stage sit-in protests in keeping with the authenticity of the era.