Gay Hotelier Ian Reisner Continues To Defend Ted Cruz Party As Fire Island Kicks Off Summer Season

Days after the Fire Island season kicked off -- where Ian Reisner owns roughly 80 percent of the Fire Island Pines commercial district -- the embattled hotelier continued to defend the reception for virulently anti-gay presidential hopeful Ted Cruz that he hosted alongside his former boyfriend and current business partner, Mati Weiderpass. 

“I’m not going to use arrogant words, but I think our level of prominence in the gay community and our proven track record and success, we’re the ideal people to sit with our harshest critics,” Reisner told the New York Times. “It’s being labeled as a crime, but I think what we did was ultimately very good.”

The boycott of Reisner's Fire Island properties that was launched in reaction to his Cruz reception seems to have fizzled out alongside the arrival of the summer heat, however. 

The Daily Beast's Justin Jones reports:

This Memorial Day weekend, by the look of the Pines during peak social hours—what is referred to as “Tea” at various establishments under Reisner’s investment umbrella: The Blue Whale (Low Tea), Pavillion Night Club (Middle Tea) and Sip ‘n’ Twirl (High Tea)—mostly no one seemed to care, or even know, about the boycott.

“It’s been business as usual,” McAteer told The Daily Beast. “Our hands have been full opening up all the venues and, as you’ve seen, cleaning up and reprograming; trying to do things a little different and better than they’ve done in previous years,” adding that they will be opening a gym and spa in the coming month.

Other business owners in the area agreed.

“We were curious, but we weren’t sure what was going to happen,” Eric Chrader, the co-owner of Pines Pantry, the area’s only food market, told The Daily Beast. His building sits adjacent to Reisner and McAteer’s. It was “just another Memorial Day weekend.”

Also discussed in the new interview was the tragic death of a 22-year-old Hell's Kitchen bartender, found dead of an overdose in the bathtub of Reisner's Columbus Circle penthouse. “I am an extremely generous host to thousands of people. And with that openness comes risk that somebody might get harmed.”

What do you think of Reisner's latest statements?

(h/t: Towleroad)

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It is certainly difficult to boycott what is has been almost an institution in Fire Island, mainly in a place where socially entertaining outlets are almost not existing, yet if being seen with a drink in one hand, and a cell in the other is more important at tea is so important for some, we already lost the battle.

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Harmed and having a life end in your bathroom tub are two very different things. It seems there is little respect for human life or human rights...

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I would have more respect for him if he would just admit he supports Cruz.

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ONE WORD: TOAD.

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I think he sounds arrogant, but I'm a bit divided about the boycott. On the one hand we critique those who refuse to do business with gays yet boycott gays who do business with people we detest. You can't have it both ways. Of course all of this is based on principle. If this boycott hurts him financially, I won't shed any tears, and if he loses his status in the gay LGBT community and supporters, well too bad. That's why you think first and do business ethically. 

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My guess is that most of the people patronizing these establishments are either more interested in being seen in the 'right social circles' or are 'a political' and have no idea who Ted Cruz or any other politician is.

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He's an arrogant putz!!

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