A while ago we’d written about Hillbilly Heaven and their stand against the political correctness police in Hamilton who had taken umbrage with the sign at the front of their door.
Then unfortunately we caught them on “Restaurant Takeover” a couple of months ago, a stupid contrived show on the Food Network, and our opinion of the store and store owner really took a nose dive.
Now this, where there is some controversy about their display of the Confederate flag. We get it – it’s supposed to be a symbol of the south, and this is a southern barbeque joint. Awesome. So many in the American deep south , blacks and whites included would disagree… as a matter of fact it would probably be the majority of them.
This would be almost (but not to the same degree) like a German restaurant using the swastika out front. Can you imagine the uproar? A majority of Germans would be offended at the characterization. But the flag of a former set of colony states that went to war over slavery? That’s just simple freedom of expression.
So be it. We here at Regressive Analysis tend towards the absolutist side of the free speech argument, but the flip side of having free speech is the responsibility it puts on us to call out asinine and juvenile junk. Grow up; you’re a Canadian business in Hamilton, Ontario that we would hope wants to attract customers of all races, you’re not some business in Memphis catering to good ol’ boys.