Cinco de Mayo is second on the list of holidays people use to be racist. The top one goes for Halloween where everyone is a target at the same time. In what’s become a tragic tradition of racist practices, a bar in Orange County, Calif. came under fire after using every stereotype possible to “celebrate” Cinco de Mayo, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Hennessey’s Tavern owner Paul Hennessey thought it would be a smart business decision to let sombrero-wearing patrons climb an inflatable border wall. Then, they were rewarded with a green card worth one free drink once they made it to the top.
However, Hennessey claims that everyone has misinterpreted what was a clever attempt to criticize the Trump administration and its stance on immigration.
“It was our way of protesting the fact that Trump wants to spend billions of dollars to build a wall that is pretty useless,” he said. “I guess the way it was presented, some people took it a different way.”
Oh. Well, excuse us.
What looked to be a lazy attempt at being comedically racist was actually an even lazier attempt at satire. Sorry, not buying it. It doesn’t look like anyone else did either as Hennessey and his establishment faced criticism both from the media, local activists and patrons who spoke out through Yelp reviews.
To further clarify, Hennessey released a statement on Facebook that somehow managed to pass the blame onto people for both misinterpreting his actions and not using their time wisely while they could be “writing your congressman or the President.”
I would like to thank everyone for your comments about our climbing wall. 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.
This event obviously struck a chord with many of you out there and you and a number of you did not understand our intent. I encourage all of you to take the time that you have spent posting on social media to spend an equal or greater amount of time writing your congressman or the President himself to express your concerns just as I have.
Thank you for your comments and let’s stop this wall from being built.
Let’s file this one under “everyday casual racism gone worse.”