Chicago Bar Bans Wearing "Make America Great Again" Caps
CHICAGO — June 28, 2018
A bar in Chicago banned anyone wearing a “Make America Great Again Cap” from entering, in an effort to maintain what it calls “a classy environment.”
Replay Lincoln Park announced the decision on Facebook, sparking a firestorm of debate on social media.
“After much consternation and consideration and to maintain a ‘classy environment’, Replay Lincoln Park has implemented a new and strictly enforced dress code,” the post read. “No face tattoos, no specific hats, please see below. Let’s keep it classy Chicago. Sincerely, management.”
Replay Lincoln Park’s owner Mark Kwiatkowski said he wrote the post himself.
Later Facebook deleted this message, but many people had time to see it.
“I was just frustrated and I just kind of wanted to make somewhat of a statement,” he told to journalists. “I felt like we did have an opportunity to say something that might draw some attention to this ugliness.”
As for social network users, their opinions were different.
"If it's a private establishment they can have whatever goofy rules they want. Personally I think this rule is a bad idea, and will backfire majorly; banning Trump hats will only feed into the Trump die-hards' persecution fantasy." wrote Liz Zabronsky.
"I think this is racists, against people who choose facial tattoos and against those who support the President." wrote another user Kathy Hartz-Bennett.
"Chicago bar bans maga hats in successful effort to garner free national advertising. Capitalism works!" said Butch Wiseman.
Kwiatkowski said he feels like "there's some sort of good" that can come from the debate surrounding politics in the restaurant industry. He noted Replay is working on a way to raise money for “some good cause that can help advance this or help the people that need help that are crossing our borders.”
Kwiatkowski added the response to his message has been “overwhelmingly positive,” noting, however, that there are “some strongly worded posts against” the move.
"That’s been pretty encouraging how positive that’s been," he said.
Earlier White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was ousted from a restaurant in Virginia. Restaurant owner explained that he don't want to know anyone, who works for President Donald Trump.
“Her actions say far more about her than about me,” Sanders tweeted about the owner of the Red Hen restaurant. “I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”