This controversy bubbled through the Internet briefly before bursting into everyone's consciousness Wednesday morning.
Here's the offender:
Station 280 on Como
Indians dislike Station 280
Once people on Facebook realized what was going on, the reactions were swift and sure:
I agree...very racist...maybe their PR person could benefit from a visit from a bunch of "Indians"....
Seriously! Who thought this racist poster was a good idea?! Racist and dumb, ughh!
First, TAKE THIS DOWN....Second, find the balls you had to post it in the first place and use them to apologize for such a disgusting, racist advertisement. There is NOTHING "edgy" about this, NOTHING "funny" about this.
Celebrating atrocities committed as reasons to "Party Like a Pilgrim" (I'm not descended from those people--who...by the way were not even called Pilgrims until the 1870s) is rejoicing in the scalping, raping, stealing and pillaging of people's property and humanity.
Thousands learn a lesson
The story made the news that night:
St. Paul Bar Faces Backlash Over Thanksgiving Ad
By John Lauritsen
“We sincerely didn’t think this many people would get offended,” said Nordin.
She said the bar received more than 75 angry phone calls on Wednesday, so they pulled the ad.
“We definitely apologize over and over and over to everyone that was offended. That was not our intention at all. I just want to make sure that’s very clear. That was not our intent,” said Nordin.
The owner of the bar was the one who ultimately signed off on the advertisement before it went out.
Nordin said he will be making a donation to a Native American alcohol abuse foundation.
Let's hope Station 280 has better luck offending people in the future. Coming up in its next "edgy" promotion:
P.S. We plan to learn how to spell "alienate" real soon now.
Someone complained that the flier had been online 12 hours despite demands to take it down. Once the protest started in earnest, it came down quickly.
I'd say even a 12-hour takedown is pretty good. In the olden days, an outfit like this would've blown off the protest. But now activists nationwide can cause real change in a matter of hours.
To recap: The bar apologized. The story made the local news, informing the community of the stereotyping issue. You can bet the owners won't do anything like this again.
Most important, we've helped educate people about the wrongness of Native stereotypes. Anyone who heard about the story has learned a lesson.
Remember how critic Michael Cooke carped about how protests are ineffective and activists are wasting their time?
Headdresses okay if they're "controversial"?
Comic-Con protest vs. Dudesons protest
Indians shouldn't act uppity?
Devil's advocate defends Saginaw Grant
Irish band is just harmless fun?
Educational value of blogging
Rob should fight poverty?!
Stereotypes disappear "organically"?
Headdresses = fedoras?
Stereotypes okay in "cultural commons"?
This is the perfect example of what I'm talking about. These stereotypes--the sexy Indian, drunk Indian, and primitive Indian--haven't disappeared in the last century. They continue to appear almost every day. They'll disappear only when people stand up and protest them. As they did successfully in this case.
In other words, you lose, Cooke. Next time you think you understand social activism better than I do, think again. You're an ignorant child compared to me in this area. You literally don't understand how protests work. It's not rocket science to most people, but it is to you, apparently.
In short, power to the peeps via the Internets!
For more Native protests, see Columbus Day 2010 Protests, Cameron Helps with Anti-Dam Films, and Indians Rally Against Bloomberg.