Wednesday, May 10, 2017

“Border wall” drink promotion at bar slammed as insensitive, racist

Outside of Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, a city south of Los Angeles, locals were surprised to hear about a Cinco de Mayo promotion-turned-controversy.

On Friday, the bar put up an inflatable climbing wall, and those who scaled it received a “green card” for a free drink.

On social media, the backlash was scathing. Comments blasted the promotion as insensitive, racist and catering to stereotypes.

Comments also demanded that patrons boycott the bar.

The tavern’s owner, Paul Hennessey, responded on Facebook, saying it was a misunderstanding.

“Our intentions were to create a dialogue and show how ridiculous that it is to spend tens of millions of dollars to build a wall and even infer that Mexico foot some or the entire bill and have their citizens build it,” the post said.

One customer said that it sounded like a good idea to bring some extra money in for the bar but “was in poor taste.”

One employee who asked not to be identified questioned the statement, saying that the bar handed out mustaches and some customers chanted “build the wall.”

The promotion does have some defenders. Some comments online called it funny and accused critics as lacking a sense of humor.



Bird of Paradise said...

All these little snowflakes need to all just get up and go away very very far away so we wont be forced to further listen to their whining

Anonymous said...

Does this 'Bird of Paradise' make a hobby of being the first to comment on every thread if he possibly can - and then with almost the same comment about "snowflakes" and "whining" and little or nothing more relevant to the particular issue?

Bird of Paradise said...

Anon 4:17 Snowflakes s the name for those little collage and university students wanting their safe space from the outside world

Anonymous said...


"Snowflakes" are a piece of artwork made up of other images?


It is hysterical to watch you whine about others whining. Hypocrisy runs deep in the ornithological family.