Saturday, August 25, 2007

Politically Incorrect Restaurants

Something about the Tex-Mex restaurant that just opened in Bertram makes me uncomfortable. I think it's the name:

Yes, you're reading that right, it's "Los Mezkan's", which for you non-Spanish speakers out there means "The Mexican's". Wait, I'm getting a cable from the Mexican embassy -- ok, that's not really Spanish, it's just slang. Hmph.

Anyway, I know calling someone "Mezkan" isn't really an insult, but it still seems weird. It'd be like opening a place that serves traditional "white people" food and calling it "Cracker's" or something.

Oh. Well. Bad example. But you'd never see a restaurant whose name could be construed as an insulting term for Black people, right? Right?!

I give up. Maybe we're normal here in Bertram after all.


No More Mr. Nice Guy! said...

Hey, fellow nerd! Ever see the movie "CSA: Confederate States of America"? It's a fake TV documentary which imagines the south won the civil war, and it's interspersed with ads for products with blatantly racist names. Then at the end, you learn that these were actual products that were advertised up to the 80's.

Jeff Hebert said...

No, I haven't heard of that before. I'll have to give it a look-see, sounds interesting!