Friday, August 19, 2016

BOM T-Shirts Are in High Demand

Black Olives Matter
In today's world with so much sensitivity, it is often hard to just simply have fun and enjoy life as we knew it. Good thing there are still a lot of people with an admirable sense of humor.

Trending these days is a parody on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The White Marlin Marina in Ocean City, MD created a ton of attention and loads of laugh for selling T-shirts reading "White Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter," with an image of a white or blue marlin, to raise awareness "in promotion of billfish conservation."

The trend quickly spread and now, a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico is using the phrase to sell T-shirts about ... olives. Eatery Paisano's made headlines for adding the phrase "Black Olives Matter" to its signage as a way to promote, as KOAT 7 Albequerque says, "a tuna dish with black olive tapenade."

Paisano’s caught plenty of support for the sign, as some people felt that the play on the phrase mirror that general sentiment that everyone had enough of the unrealistic and selfish demands of the BLM movement. Ironically, majority who are asking for a shirt are Black Americans and they find it extremely humorous.

After the increasing demand, owner Rick Camuglia saw a great moneymaking opportunity. Now, he's selling T-shirts and hats emblazoned with the controversial tagline.

According to Camuglia, people from different countries were calling him, asking for "Black Olives Matter" memorabilia. And he's been quite successful. "People have filled the restaurant and told us to leave up the sign," Camuglia told KOAT 7. "That's great, you know, because a lot of people make a living off working for this restaurant."

Making money by piggybacking off a movement that touches on a non-issue? What could be more American than that?

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