“Many people are very much against any kind of usage of that term or playing on that term because people’s lives are at stake,” Professor Finnie Coleman condemns Rick Camuglia of Paisano’s restaurant’s act.
Rick Camuglia, owner of the Paisano Restaurant has come under major criticism by the public for his attempt to capitalize on the “Black Lives Matter” symbol and popularity to sell his products. The Mexican restaurant owner has the inscription ‘Black Olives Matter’ printed on caps and T-shirts which he sells for $20 and $25 respectively.
When asked what his intention and motivation was, he said; “It’s just something to do that’s kind of fun now.” Rick Camuglia further stated that he inscribed the phrase on the sign post of the restaurant to advertise his new recipe: a tuna dish with black olive tapenade.
Camuglia’s action has been greeted with much displeasure and wrath by the public. Many have accused him of being insensitive by belittling a movement aimed at ending police brutality against Balck people. Among the critics of this shameful act is the University of New Mexico’s Professor Finnie Coleman. He said, “taken advantage of some discord.” He also added that “Many people are very much against any kind of usage of that term or playing on that term because people’s lives are at stake,” KOAT TV reports.
Restaurant owner Rick Camuglia, center
This is a clear act of irresponsibility and insensitivity on the part of Rick Camuglia. The Black Lives Matter movement is a serious group fighting for a justifiable course hence does not deserve to be trivialized by anyone. It is the lives of people at stake here.
If Paisano’s owner lacks ideas on how to advertise his new venture, he really needs to hire some good and qualified personnel to help him. A thing like this is totally unacceptable. He should be ordered to immediately end this joke!
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