Paisano's is creating a stir with their new line of t-shirts.
Paisano's, an Italian restaurant located in Albuquerque, New Mexico is catching some more heat today due to their new line of merchandise which reads, "Black Olives Matter" an obvious play on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Paisano's initially made headlines for using the same phrase on a sign outside of their restaurant but now they've really embraced the "no publicity is bad publicity" mantra by selling $20 "Black Olives Matter" shirts and hats.
According to the New York Post, owner Rick Camuglia says he displayed the phrase on the restaurant’s main sign to sell a new recipe for a tuna dish with black olive tapenade. He posted pictures of the new dish, as well as the "Black Olives Matter" sign on his Facebook page and immediately began receiving complaints, though he maintains his only concern was selling food- not creating racial tension.
Some people on facebook are "mad online" about the shirts, while others on twitter seem to be indifferent on the matter. Where do you stand?
I'm African American, but I would still rock that Black Olives Matter shirt. Give that Restaurant a break yall, Italian Food is bomb 😂🍕🍝— Dee Eazy (@D_Eazy) August 16, 2016
Black Olives Matter? Guess The Civil Rice Movement, Emancipation Vegetation, The Holocrust, Wine-11, Orlando Fruiting & Sandy Cook were takn— HELLA BLVCK (@HELLABLVCK) August 16, 2016
If you're mad about a restaurant selling a shirt that says Black Olives Matter then you need to grow up. #BlackOlivesMatter— Quincy Johnson (@QuincyLovesBBWS) August 16, 2016
Seeing Black Olives Matter trending has me understanding how little so many really care. We have to stop expecting outside acknowledgment.— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) August 16, 2016
I'm not offended by the Black Olives Matter merchandise. It's funny. Everything is not racist so get a grip.— Tiffinie Eileen (@tiffs4god) August 16, 2016
Black Olives Matter is proof that racism is alive and well and drenched in White Privilege. That murder and racism would be taken as a joke.— Lil' Pound Cake (@LilPoundCake1) August 16, 2016
Black Olives Matter is against being shoved in cheap tin cans, while the privileged green olives get to live in nice glass jars.— Eris Estelle (@75watt) August 16, 2016