Texas: Antigay Eatery Goes Gay — On Yelp

Internet activists have used Yelp to retaliate against a restaurant owner who says men who don't 'act like men' are not allowed in his establishment.

BY Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

June 02 2014 6:06 PM ET

Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store of Pittsburg, Texas, is now a gay bar, according to Yelp users.

Yelpers have left a few made-up reviews about the establishment in response to a waitress telling a gay couple not to return because they “don’t serve fags here,” as reported last week. Collin Dewberry and Kelley Williams were informed of their banishment after the waitress saw the couple touch legs under the table. Owner Earl Cheney said the men’s conduct was “not appropriate at a family restaurant,” and a sign on the restaurant’s door reads, “We want our men to act like men, and women to act like ladies.” 

The Internet response to the couple’s treatment has been widespread and explosive. Yelp users have posted comments and photos to portray Earl’s (newly imagined) gay-friendly side.

“Best place to come in and get your freak on,” reads one Yelp tip. “For those into exhibition there is no better place. Big Earl says he don’t like it, but we’ve caught him ‘milking the snake’ when he thought no one was looking.”

Dallas LGBT activists are planning to visit the eatery in protest, according to The Huffington Post. Right-wing groups, however, are displeased.

“I think for the homosexual community to be targeting a restaurant and good people is ugly, it is uncalled for,” Cathie Adams, president of the ultraconservative Texas Eagle Forum, told Dallas TV station KRLD. “They’re pushing an envelope and they want to not only have tolerance – they want to shove things down our collective throats.”

Tags: Texas, Business

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