This Restaurant’s ‘Joke’ T-Shirt Has A Lot Of People Crying Racism
Some say we are too sensitive as a country these days, and that may be true to a certain extent. However, when it comes to sensitive subject matter, perhaps that’s not such a bad thing. Just look at the following shirts being promoted by Albuquerque restaurant Paisano’s:
T-shirts now available at Paisanos. 20$. Hats and Shirts available at paisanosabq.com coming soon!
Too far? Um, yes! Absolutely. It’s hard to even debate it the other way as a rational, caring person. But that hasn’t stopped the restaurant’s owner Rick Camuglia from trying. According to an interview he had with KOB 4, not only is he not sorry for the joke, but basically he has no qualms about remaining blissfully ignorant on the matter, stating, “I think it shows an interesting state of affairs of where our country is that people, first of all, can be offended by a statement about a vegetable. Black olives matter, and it does matter in our tapenade.”
The latter part of Camuglia’s quote is referring to the first time he used the “Black Olives Matter” tagline to promote his menu back in July, when he plastered the tasteless slogan on a marquee, garnering similar backlash.
— Eater (@Eater) July 18, 2016
Like it or not, “Black Olives Matter” T-shirts and hats are now officially available on the Paisano’s website for $20 and $25 dollars, respectively. But respectfully on our end, you’ll have to look that link up on your own, as we don’t feel the need to advocate this marketing ploy to sell more tapenade.