Bigoted Texas Restaurant Now Popular Gay Bar

Remember that Texas restaurant that threw a gay couple out because they “don’t serve fags here”? According to many people on Yelp, they are now the most popular gay bar in the area. That’s what activists have done in retaliation for the owner’s vile bigotry.

After the story broke on local news outlets, people began writing reviews for Big Earl’s claiming the Texas restaurant is actually a gay bar. Its Yelp page has been flooded with photos of same-sex couples and an image of the store’s billboard has been manipulated to read “Big Gay Al’s.”

One Yelp review reads: “Lovely place to bring your same-sex partner to and show how much you love him/her as much as their food! The more flamboyant, the better!”

Another says: “On the positive side, it says “Bait House” but the place was more like a Bath House with all the horny Texas cowboys flirting and slapping each other’s behinds. Very gay-friendly atmosphere!”

Now here’s the punchline:

“I think that for the homosexual community to be targeting a restaurant and good people is ugly, it is uncalled for. They’re pushing an envelope and they want to not only have tolerance – they want to shove things down our collective throats,” Cathie Adams, president of the “pro-family” group Texas Eagle Forum, told KRLD. “As one who has been married for 45 years to my husband, I don’t think that it’s my role to stand in the street corner and start talking about the style of private life my husband and I have.”

Oh yes, those poor “good people” being “targeted.” Funny how calling gay people fags and throwing them out of your restaurant is totally acceptable behavior that “good people” engage in, but criticizing them for it is unfairly targeting them.

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  • chilidog99

    Why are they so fixated on having things shoved down their throats?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    There’s something about reaping and sowing that sticks in my mind but I can’t recall the reference.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    So … it was all a subtle advertizing scheme!

     

    (though I doubt they are that intelligent)

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    Does this sit well with everyone in the LGBTQ communities? I don’t see any commentary from specifically noted gay people, and some of the comments by “internet users” seem at least mildly problematic.

    I cannot possibly answer this for myself, I must defer to the analysis of LGBTQ people in the social justice sphere.

  • John Pieret

    calling gay people fags and throwing them out of your restaurant is totally acceptable behavior that “good people” engage in, but criticizing them for it is unfairly targeting them.

    It’s unfair because they used to be able to do all those things without being criticized … just like they used to be able to use the n-word. How is it fair to change the rules as to what “good people” are?

  • rory

    To elaborate on what f [i’m not here, i’m gone] said @4, one comment I’ve heard about this kind of response in the past is that it creates the risk of sending someone who isn’t in on the joke into a potentially hostile environment unwittingly. I’m not going to tell anyone else how to do social justice, but speaking for myself, if bogus Yelp reviews caused me to go into a business where I was likely to be harassed or demeaned, I’d be pretty pissed.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    As one who has been married for 45 years to my husband, I don’t think that it’s my role to stand in the street corner and start talking about the style of private life my husband and I have.

    Yet as far as she’s concerned, if a man talks about his husband or a woman talks about her wife, they are then standing on a corner talking about the style of private life they have because all she can then think about is what kind of sex those couples have.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    “As one who has been married for 45 years to my husband, I don’t think that it’s my role to stand in the street corner and start talking about the style of private life my husband and I have.”

    So, you keep your heterosexuality discreetly hidden and no one who saw you and your husband together in a restaurant would even begin to guess what you two do when you’re alone.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sure, snark seems funny now, but turn about is fair play. How are The Gays going to feel when us Normal Americans use the internet reviews to turn their HomoBars in to establishments that attract Normal Americans? Imagine The Gays’ shock and dismay when they start coming in and Normaling up the place!

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    rory @6

    Part of the thing also, for me, is that I don’t know who is doing this or if it has a social justice angle at all. I kind of get a potential generic trolling vibe, as well as a vibe similar to the one I get from people who say things like “that guy is so homophobic that he must be gay and in denial / in the closet”. Such as The biggest bonus is that Big Earl has one of the GAYEST mustaches ever! (It’s true, his mustache is pretty gay). Sure, you get less thoughtful people and outright trolls as well as high-quality thinkers and social justice advocates doing the same things sometimes, but it can be hard to tell who is actually having a poke at whom, and how bad the splash damage from poor thinking is.

    I stopped following the chains of links because I keep hitting this sort of thing. Certainly, I could go searching, but a great community of people I respect for opinion exists around the blogs here.

  • Curt Cameron

    “As one who has been married for 45 years to my husband, I don’t think that it’s my role to stand in the street corner and start talking about the style of private life my husband and I have.”

    WTF does that have to do with anything? I don’t get her point for even bringing it up.

  • bjarndoolaeghe

    No. Nothing to say here. When even Modus isn’t actually funny, there is nothing else to add.

  • coffeehound

    “As one who has been married for 45 years to my husband, I don’t think that it’s my role to stand in the street corner and start talking about the style of private life my husband and I have.”

    No it’s enough to be able to go to a restaurant with your significant other and just be left alone….been thrown out of one lately for being heterosexual? Because afaik there wasn’t any street corner in the café from which to shout militant gay slogans, nimrod.

  • plutosdad

    Why did she tell us she is married to a man? I don’t want to know about her private life! Now I know and am imagining them having sex. I can’t stop. Why did she tell us?

  • Numenaster

    @F at #4, speaking as a bi lady I think this is a marvelous response. It’s countering actual bigotry (refusal of service) with free speech, and lots of it.

    And @rory at #6, gay people older than about 25 usually have developed their gaydar well enough to identify a queer-unfriendly establishment at a glance. Plus there’s that sign on the door requiring that men act like men and ladies act like ladies. And finally, none of the Yelp reviews cited in the article are on Yelp any more. I checked. The few that remain mostly appear to honestly rate the service and food as both awful, which is enough to keep away any gay people I know.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    Thank you, Numenaster, I appreciate your thoughts.

  • Ichthyic

    The few that remain mostly appear to honestly rate the service and food as both awful

    you didn’t read them very carefully…

    The food was disgusting but the shirtless house DJ was amazing and we’re thinking about booking our East Texas Gay Mens X-mas Extravaganza there. The smell of sweat was a little off putting, and I wouldn’t take my kids there but there was plenty of parking in the rear, if you know what I mean. Good to know you don’t have to travel to a big city to hang with some real freaks. Go, Big Earl!

    that’s up there, right now.

  • dingojack

    Marcus Ranum – Hosea 8:7

    ” For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”

    Dingo

  • rory

    Numenaster @15,

    That’s a fair point. This probably isn’t a case where there’s a significant risk of harm associated with someone going to Big Earl’s. I think it would be more useful for a Yelp review simply to point out the owner’s bigoted policies, so that those who read the review can choose whether or not they want to support such an establishment, but I’m not going to argue with someone who wants to tweak a bigoted jackass a little bit.