At the Knoxville Bijou Bistro, They Kick You Out if You Don’t Hold Their Views

This is big news locally-

The owner of Bistro at the Bijou in downtown Knoxville booted state Sen. Stacey Campfield from her restaurant Sunday over his controversial comments on homosexuality and the origin of AIDS. The sign in front of the Bistro on Monday read, “Today’s Special: Fried Chicken. Crispy Chicken Livers. No Stacey.”

I’m sorry but if she had booted a black man just because he was black, or a gay woman just because she was gay, she would be rightly pilloried. I don’t agree with Campfield’s ignorance and I find him deplorable. But he’s entitled to his views and I’m disgusted with this Bistro owner. Were I previously inclined to eat there I would be disinclined to do so now.

Restaurant owner Martha Boggs didn’t take kindly to Campfield’s XM radio claims. “It was a spur of the moment decision to ask Mr. Campfield to leave, which he graciously did,” she said on Monday. “I just think his comments have gone from controversial to plain dangerous to give out the kind of misinformation that he has. And I thought it was important to show my support for the gay community and stand up to a bully, which he is,” Boggs said. “I just hope Mr. Campfield will re-think some of the comments he’s made.” “I am not sorry for what I did,” she added. “I just didn’t want to serve him.”

So, Miss Boggs, you’re a bigot. Good to know.  And it’s good to know that you only serve people who hold your views.  That’s bias in the extreme.  And that’s depraved.

2 thoughts on “At the Knoxville Bijou Bistro, They Kick You Out if You Don’t Hold Their Views

  1. Eva Posner

    Not serving someone because you blindly hate them, and not serving someone because they spread blind hatred, are two completely different things. Being a bigot and fighting bigotry are not the same. Plus, one of the joys of being a private enterprise is that you reserve the right to turn down anyone for any reason. I think more people and businesses should follow suit. And it’s okay if you never eat there (though you’d be missing out because the food is amazing) because they have gained enough support from this that your lack of patronage won’t make a difference.


    1. Jim Post author

      that’s where we differ. not serving someone because of your blind hatred of their position is exactly the same as not serving someone because of your blind hatred of them. the end result is the same. in both cases it’s exclusion. isn’t it odd that she wants to fight the politician’s bias with bias of her own. she’s fighting fire with gas. she’s wrong.


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