Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UK: Racist hats?

A Mexican restaurant has been banned from handing out free sombreros to students because the publicity stunt was branded 'racist' by university officials.

Pedro's Tex-Mex Cantina, a Norwich restaurant, gave the hats to University of East Anglia students at a freshers' fair in the city in a bid to drum up business from the student population.

But officials at the students' union, where the fair was held last week, took the sombreros from students and ordered the restaurant to stop giving them out because they thought it was offensive for non-Mexicans to wear them.

The union said it breached an advertising policy sent to stallholders, which said: 'Discriminatory or stereotypical language or imagery aimed towards any group or individual based on characteristics will not be permitted as part of our advertising.'

One first-year student told student newspaper The Tab: 'It's ridiculous – it's a comedy hat, not some sort of sacred religious dress. Who is going to get offended? Speedy Gonzales?'

Pedros Tex-Mex Cantina is an independent, family-owned restaurant that opened in 1991 in Norwich.  The restaurant is highly rated on review site TripAdvisor and dishes up a variety of traditional Tex-Mex dishes, including nachos, chilli and tacos.



Anonymous said...

"...because they thought it was offensive for non-Mexicans to wear them."

"...dishes up a variety of traditional Tex-Mex dishes, including nachos, chilli and tacos."

So, by your logic, it would be racist for non-Mexicans to eat there?

Dean said...

1:29 Well thanks. Now I'm a racist. My Norwegian-American self went to a Chinese restaurant and ate Chine cuisine. Guess I'll have to repent and eat nothing but lutefisk, rommegrot, lefsa and such from now on. Well, maybe not. My mother's side of the family is English, Scotch and Irish. Whew. My culinary and clothing options are opening up.

Anonymous said...

I hope none of those students ever wear or use a tartan/plaid pattern unless they can prove they're of Scottish or Irish descent!

Anonymous said...

Mexicans have sold sombreros for the tourist trade for over a century, hard to say that wearing something they sell is racist.


Bird of Paradise said...

How much more rediculous can it get will they be confiscating Speedy Gonzalas sobrero and ban THE MEXICAN HAT DANCE?

Anonymous said...

Okayyyyyy! No Mexican can wear blue jeans, cowboy hats, drive American cars, or eat cheeseburgers, this Yoda proclaims!

Alpha Skua said...

What about those little candies Mexican Hats?

Anonymous said...

The biggest load of crap I have read all year. Somebody should to a number on the socialists as to the their habits activities to ensure they are truly politically correct. Arseholes.

Moonbird said...

The socialists need to get a life instead of constantly whining