An Italian restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., is giving people a belly ache over their “Black Olives Matter” t-shirts. The tee clearly is a play on words of the Black Lives Matter movement, which is dedicated to ending police violence against black people.
As KOAT News reports, folks are outraged over the tees and feel the eatery is making fun of the movement and racial tensions in America. However, the owner of Paisano’s, Rick Camuglia, maintains that he is only trying to promote his restaurant’s tuna dish with a black olive tapenade. (Insert major side-eye here.)
Camellia says people from all over the world have contacted him and given their support on t-shirts. “It’s gone so viral. We’ve gotten calls from Australia, Spain, France, you name it,” he said.
But the tees have also garnered mixed reactions on social media as well. Some are saying that the shirts are insensitive while others feel people are getting upset over nothing.
“The Black Olives Matter shirts are a clear example of how many are apathetic & don’t support equality for [Black People],” tweeted one person, while another commented, “I’m African American, but I would still rock that Black Olives Matter shirt. Give that Restaurant a break yall, Italian Food is bomb.”
Despite the controversy, Camuglia said business is booming. “People have filled the restaurant and told us to leave up the sign,” he said. “That’s great, you know, because a lot of people make a living off working for this restaurant.”
What do you think? Are the “Black Olives Matter” offensive or nah? Tell us in the comments below.
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 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
It must be nice to be immune to racism to the degree u can joke abt its impact on others. Black Olives Matter https://t.co/2sM90gTH5K
— TheAverageBlackMan™ (@TheAvgBlackMan) August 16, 2016
If Black Olives Matter offends you, chances are you are a liberal with a propensity for language policing. #SJW
— Matt Wallin (@wmwallin13) August 16, 2016
Jesus… People are actually upset about Black Olives Matter. This is why comedians are quitting their jobs. No one can take a joke anymore
— A R Y N (@OhAryn) August 16, 2016
Guys just because someone says Black Olives Matter, doesn't mean Green Olives don't matter.
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) August 16, 2016
The Black Olives Matter shirts are a clear example of how many are apathetic & don't support equality for BP. pic.twitter.com/bRqembs7LC
— MaryAnn A. (@callmeminxiemay) August 16, 2016
In a baffling move, Black Olives Matter have shut down the ice cream aisle to protest Mayonnaise.
— Rev. Templeton Jones (@TempletonTJones) August 16, 2016
People dont seem to understand that Black Olives Matter is trending because the majority of rational people see BLM as a crazy, racist group
— Matt Tiufek (@matt2fek) August 16, 2016
Once again our counrty is being divided by color! Black Olives Matter is missing the point! ALL Olives Matter! Don't let the media fool you!
— Haley Woodard (@arkhamsfinest94) August 16, 2016