At the top of Nacho Mama’s specials menu, a sombrero-wearing Mr. Boh regularly dishes out topical humor of the oh-no-you-didn’t variety. A recent joke that went after Caitlyn Jenner simply for being trans was posted to social media, thus beginning a public shaming that has gone national, after Mashable reblogged the story from Grub Street, which found it in City Paper. (Me, I read about it in the Baltimore Sun.)
After the outcry, Nacho Mama’s responded tersely on Facebook:
It’s not much of an olive branch, considering that the jokes at the top of the specials menus have such short lifespans anyway. And the lack of any kind of apology, let alone one that acknowledges the increased risk of suicide and hate-fueled violence that trans people face.
The fallout over the joke can be seen on Nacho Mama’s Yelp page, which is filling up with reviews that have very little to do with the food.
But there is a silver lining in all of this. Rahne Alexander, a Baltimore artist and trans woman, told the Sun that the largely negative response to the joke is showing “a shift in the cultural landscape where I’m not feeling so alone in the dialog.”
“It’s great,” she added. “It’s certainly not something I expected to see.”
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