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Restaurant Selling ‘Black Olives Matter’ T-Shirts After Online ‘Black Lives Matter’ Controversy


"People have filled the restaurant and told us to leave up the sign."

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, restaurant is selling “black olives matter” t-shirts after their sign bearing the same phrase recently generated an online controversy.

Rick Camuglia, owner of Paisano's, told KOAT-TV that he put the phrase “black olives matter” on his restaurant's main sign to create buzz about their new tuna dish served with black olive tapenade.

Some criticized the sign as insensitive to supporters of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Camuglia said that wasn’t his intention.

"It's gone so viral. We've gotten calls from Australia, Spain, France, you name it," Camuglia said.

Camuglia said that, in spite of the controversy, most of the response has been positive.

"People have filled the restaurant and told us to leave up the sign," Camuglia said. "That's great, you know, because a lot of people make a living off working for this restaurant."

The restaurant shared other “eye-catching” signs they have displayed on their Facebook page.

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