On Wednesday, the UK Sun reported that the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Paisano’s Italian restaurant posted a sign that included a play on the “Black Lives Matter” name, saying that “Black olives matter — Try our tapenade.” Unfortunately, this didn’t sit too well with thin-skinned snowflakes who considered it offensive.
According to the Sun:
People have taken to social media to slam the slogan, with Claudia Sanchez writing: “As a woman of color I find your posting offensive and in very bad taste.
“You simply wish to rub salt in an ugly festering wound which evil minded people refuse to allow to heal. The civilized world no longer has any tolerance for your hateful public display of what passes to you as humor.”
Others criticised the restaurant for apparently deleting negative comments.
From our experience with such things, the restaurant can hardly be blamed for deleting what were no doubt profane, threatening and abusive comments.
But it turns out not everyone was offended.
“Always love a good play on words. keep up the good work,” one person wrote.
Fox News reported the restaurant actually saw a surge in business after the sign went up.
“We’re currently offering a special seared ahi tuna with a black olive tapenade,” (owner Rick) Camuglia told FoxNews.com. “My chef had prepared the topping and placed it in the fridge. He wrote ‘Black Olives Matter’ on the container and I thought it was hilarious. So we put it on the marquee.”
Eager to promote the seasonal fish dish, Camuglia also posted a picture of the sign to his restaurant’s Facebook page.
But the restaurant owner never expected the post to go viral.
“It wasn’t a mistake to put up the billboard,” says Camuglia, “but it was a mistake to post it on Facebook.”
Within hours, Camuglia said, the page was flooded with angry comments and the restaurant was flooded with phone calls.
“People were calling us racist. Saying we were a white supremacist restaurant,” he said. “Some got really derogatory and just started cursing me out.”
But, he added, people placed carry out orders in the high-hundreds.
Camiuglia took the sign down on Friday, but remains unapologetic.
“Our intention was never to offend or hurt anybody,” he said on Facebook, “But all of this just says a lot about the state of our society when you can’t even make a simple statement about a fruit without people attacking you. People may need to recalibrate their politically correct meter.”
Here’s a video report, courtesy of KRQE:
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