Irish Pub Under Scrutiny After Hosting ‘Mexican Wall Climb” Contest
California’s Hennessey’s Tavern is under fire after hosting a controversial Cinco De Mayo event. The Irish Pub handed out ‘green cards’ to people who could successfully climb a ‘Mexican’ wall. The event was supposed to emulate what’s happening right now with Trump and his xenophobia regarding Mexicans and his intent to build a wall, to keep them out of The US.
Folks in Facebook shared their dismay over the event, calling it tasteless, racist and hurtful.
A rep from the restaurant, Paul Hennessey, addressed the intent behind the wall and green card drink tickets. He claims with was to inspire dialogue.
I would like to thank everyone for your comments about our climbing wall. Our intentions were to create a dialogue and show how ridiculous that it is to spend tens of millions of dollars to build a wall and even infer that Mexico foot some or the entire bill and have their citizens build it.
This event obviously struck a chord with many of you out there and you and a number of you did not understand our intent. I encourage all of you to take the time that you have spent posting on social media to spend an equal or greater amount of time writing your congressman or the President himself to express your concerns just as I have.
Thank you for your comments and let’s stop this wall from being built.