Texas restaurant owner Eddie Nimibutr found himself the subject of a massive backlash this week when he posted a racist rant on Facebook regarding the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
Although Nimibutr's Facebook is inaccessible, Nimibutr wrote, in part, “I’m failing to give a damn about the CT shooting. I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed. When kids from minority groups get shot nobody cares.”
There was also some profanity:
F**k Post-Racial bullshit. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at the school on Gaza, everybody was too busy jerking off. Why should i care about people who dont give a damn about me? Personal responsibility, right?
As negative responses flooded in, Nimibutr at first reacted defensively:
"If you don't like me or my opinions, I suggest you to unfriend me and f**k off. I am pretty much sick of some people telling me what to think, how to think, or how to feel today, and if you don't like my foods, f**k off and eat someplace else," he wrote, according to Gawker.
Not surprisingly, this did little to appease the chef's critics, some of whom issued death threats.
On Monday, KEYE-TV caught up with Nimibutr, who issued an apology while refusing to show his face.
"It was a bad response, I shouldn’t have said it in those words,” he said. “Looking back at it, it was better to say something than to be silent. I’m a little bit shocked by it and I’m a little bit scared too."
A Facebook page has popped up with hundreds calling for protests against him and the restaurant, and Nimibutr told the news crew that for now, the restaurant will stay closed due to the threats against himself and his employees.
Nimibutr perhaps should have taken a lesson from Californian Denise Helms, who lost her job and made national headlines after posting racist comments about President Barack Obama to her Facebook page after the election in November.