Glenn Beck Criticizes Neely’s Restaurant in New York; Restaurant Reportedly Receives Threats
Media personality Glenn Beck is crying foul after a recent dinner outing with his wife. Beck was a patron at Neely’s Barbecue Parlor in New York, which is owned by celebrity chefs Patrick and Gina Neely of the Food Network’s “Down Home With the Neelys” television show. He asserts that he was given “the look” by a staffer. Is that white-folk speak for being mean mugged?
Here’s what Beck had to say:
“Well, I have to tell you, the look that I was given by those in charge at this restaurant was, how dare you even come in here. It was quite amazing. I said to my wife as we were walking up the stairs, I said, this isn’t going to go well. And she said, no, this was really a mistake. This is a minority‑owned shop. Was that the line that I dared to cross? No? No, it couldn’t be because there were white people in there. So it must be something else besides my character. It’s amazing to me. One would think that — you wouldn’t want to shun people that might have diverse opinions. Maybe they could put a second door in or another entrance in for people like me.”
Following his appeal to listeners, the restaurant starting receiving threats.
A hostess named Sarah Hughes, who claimed to have seated the Becks, countered the accusation. She tells the Huffington Post:
“I’m not sure why Mr. Beck is insinuating that I, or anyone else on our staff, treated him with any form of disrespect, it simply is not true. I have worked in the hospitality and customer service industry for over six years and pride myself on treating every customer equally, doing anything and everything I can for them, while ensuring that they feel welcome. Outside of work, I am a Southerner through and through. I smile at everyone, say “hi” to strangers, and open doors for people — I can’t help it, it’s how I was brought up. What I love so much about the Neely’s Barbecue Parlor family is that every employee does the same – whether or not they’re from the South.”
Glenn Beck, is this a cry for attention because the DNC is receiving so much praise and attention?
Do you think Beck was given “the look” due to his fame or was it foul? Share your thoughts.