by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
In an effort to capture the spirit of free speech and free-market capitalism, Preslee’s Southern Good Eatery in Houston is expressing its opinion about COVID restrictions in a highly-visible way on its roadside marquee sign: “No mask needed unless u look like Nancy Pelosi!”
Reaction to a December 30 tweet that, for some reason, called out the sign as “misogynistic” has been swift and polarized.
The restaurant’s sign has been used in the past to feature memes, jokes, and “funny quotes,” according to the owner, who is requesting anonymity for now.
“We won’t be slowed down from the cancel culture renegades. It’s about pro freedom and our right to run our small business,” he told Fox Digital.
By December 31, the sign had reportedly been modified to include the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” at the bottom.
The owner is unapologetic, saying that the restaurant has received lots of calls in recent days, which has been overwhelming to a business of that size.
“The backlash we received at first was a little overwhelming while dealing with a busy restaurant. Lots of voicemails and private messages,” he said.
Some of them expressed sentiments suggesting that the callers “hope their business loses all their employees,” as the owner noted many critics had never even been to the eatery “but feel the need to jump on the bandwagon.” Fox News noted that the owner indicated the business’s Instagram page was banned on Wednesday, though it appears to be back up as of this writing.
Despite the complaints, others have been extremely supportive, according to the owner who said “in the last few days, we’ve received overwhelming support from local and also other cities.”