Okla. Restaurateur Faces Social Media Backlash for Anti-Gay, Racist Remarks
Enid Oklahoma; sounds like a drag name, no? Yet this small city of less than 50,000 inhabitants has found itself in the spotlight thanks to the racist and anti-gay rhetoric of a local restauranteur, the British newspaper The Mirror reports.
"I really don't want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything," Gary James, who has run local Enid eatery Gary's Chicaros for the past 44 years, told local news channel KFOR-TV. James further said "I think I can spot a freak or a faggot."
James' bigotry was brought to light when Matt Gard, a local disabled man and former regular at Gary's Chicaros was kicked out of the restaurant and cried foul.
Complex reports James does not limit his discrimination to the LGBT community and the disabled. A t-shirt advertising his restaurant includes numerous anti-women and racist slogans and proudly uses the "n-word" and includes threats against Muslims and Democrats. The logo on the shirt carries the slogan "where the great whites gather."
Past complaints against the restaurant have included incidents where blacks and hispanics were denied service. The Mirror reports that James told the local newspaper Enid News and Eagle: "If a racist is someone who doesn't like unproductive trash, then it's true. I'm talking about white, black, brown or yellow. I don't like unproductive people."