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(RMN)   Louisville restaurant to take its 88-year-old "Wopburger" off the menu, despite owner's protests that it "just meant they were Italian, PROUD to be Italian"   ( rockymountainnews.com) divider line
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2007-05-14 12:30:05 PM  
/Hey, Gambino! IT's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place, ah SADDUPPA-YOU-FACE!
//That is an actual song that I had the 45 of as a child


JOE DOLCE MUSIC THEATRE?

SHADDUP YOU FACE - 21/02/1981
3 weeks at #1 - 10 weeks on chart


'Allo, I'm-a Giuseppe, I got-a something special-a for you, ready
Uno, duo, tre, quatro
When I was a boy, just about the eighth-a grade
Mama used to say don't stay out-a late
With the bad-a boys, always shoot-a pool
Giuseppe going to flunk-a school

Boy, it make-a me sick, all the t'ing I gotta do
I can't-a get-a no kicks, always got to follow rules
Boy, it make-a me sick, just to make-a lousy bucks
Got to feel-a like a fool and-a mama used to say all-a time

What's-a matter you Hey! Gotta no respect
What-a you t'ink you do? Why you look-a so sad
It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap-a you face

That's-a my mama, I can remember
Big accordion solo
Ah! Play dat again, Really nice, really nice

Soon-a come-a day, gonna be a big-a star
Den I make-a TV shows and-a movies
Get-a myself a new car, but still I be myself
I don't want-a to change a t'ing, still a-dance and a-sing
I t'ink about-a mama, she used to say

What's-a matter you Hey! Gotta no respect
What-a you t'ink you do Why you look-a so sad
It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap-a you face

Mama, she said it all-a da time
What's-a matter you Hey Gotta no respect
What-a you t'ink you do Why you look-a so sad
It's-a not so bad, it's-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap-a you face
That s-a my mama

Hello, everybody!
'At's out-a dere in-a radio and-a TV land
Did you know I had a big-a hit-a song in-a Italy with-a disc
Shaddap-a you face
I sing-a dis-a song, all-a my fans applaud
Dey clap-a da hands, dat-a make me feel-a so good
You ought to learn-a dis-a song, it's-a real-a simple
See, I sing: what's-a matter you You sing Hey
Den I sing-a da rest and den at de end, we can all-a sing:
Ah, Shaddap-a you face! O.k., let's-a try it, really big

Uno, duo, tre, quatro
What's-a matter you Hey Gotta no respect Hey
What-a you t'ink you Hey do Why you look-a so sad Hey
It's-a not so bad Hey it's-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap-a you face
OK one more-a time for mama
What's-a matter you Hey Gotta no respect Hey
What-a you t'ink you Hey do Why you look-a so sad Hey
It's-a not so bad Hey it's-a nice-a place
Ah, shaddap-a you face
 
2007-05-14 12:30:35 PM  
Geeezus! why the hell do people cave in like this?! I'd respect the restaurateur far more if they stuck to their guns.

I mean I'd be asking the news paper to run a front page article and I'd let them quote me telling the guy to fornicate himself and that I don't care if he's offended or not... It's a 88 year old name for a burger for farks sake. maybe he should grow a little skin over that hyper sensitive coating of his.

Christ! People need to be shamed in public for this PC bullshiat. If I can be demonized for using the N word, then I should be able to demonize someone back for attacking my free speech rights.

Honestly, what we need is to put the right to duel back on the law books. Ever since it was made illegal to duel our society has become more and more litigious and less polite and civil.

Put them back on the books, and then if you don't like what someone says, you have the right to challenge them. You watch... people would start watching what they said and self policing their language. If they didn't they'd rapidly find themselves pushing up daisies.
 
2007-05-14 12:34:27 PM  
I don't want 'crackers' with my soup. They should be called honkey toast or maybe gringo slabs.

Terms like gringo, spade, wop, etc. only work if you're ashamed of who you are.
 
2007-05-14 12:38:53 PM  
 
2007-05-14 12:48:23 PM  
When someone claims to be offended by something, try to negotiate. Would they be happy with some other sort of attention paid to them instead? That is what 99.99999% of people who claim to be offended are actually looking for.
 
2007-05-14 12:49:06 PM  
L.Darte: "I don't want 'crackers' with my soup. They should be called honkey toast or maybe gringo slabs."

I nearly spit my honkey toast across the room laughing

"Terms like gringo, spade, wop, etc. only work if you're ashamed of who you are."

You are so right
As I have said many times, a hit dog will holler

/honkey toast. I'm using that today somewhere
 
2007-05-14 12:50:48 PM  
L Buff: not LOUIEville like that other one


We dont pronounce it that way.

Loo-a-vul

2.5 syllables max.
 
2007-05-14 12:53:56 PM  
Guess that means there will be no more Wop Slop either...

Two vampires took a vacation, where one said "Want some Italian food?" So they went to Venice and hid, then grabbed two young ladies and ate them, then threw the bodies in the canal. A little while later, they got hungry and did it again. Then they heard singing below them. "Drained wops falling on my head..."
 
2007-05-14 12:58:40 PM  
"Without papers" is a myth. For fark's sake do you people look up anything or just buy every specious thing you hear.

/nobody buy gas tomorrow! That'll show the oil companies!
//please forward this becasue every person that reads it earns me $5 from Bill Gates
 
2007-05-14 01:06:13 PM  
inkdrinker: ""Without papers" is a myth. For fark's sake do you people look up anything or just buy every specious thing you hear.

/nobody buy gas tomorrow! That'll show the oil companies!
//please forward this becasue every person that reads it earns me $5 from Bill Gates
"

That crap is still making the rounds and even got into the local paper:
www.cruelworldcomics.com

I'm so proud the "hillbilly" and "bumpkin" descriptions here in Georgia will never be challenged.
 
2007-05-14 01:08:55 PM  
The NIAF can DIAF
 
2007-05-14 01:09:25 PM  
i heard this comedian one time about flying into louisville he said "its great to be here in loo-ee-ville". everyone told him it was luhl-vull. they asked him where he was from he said flurrd, orlando flurrd. clasico!
 
2007-05-14 01:11:59 PM  
Who would want an 88yr old burger anyway?
 
2007-05-14 01:12:33 PM  
Politically correct asshat reduces local charm. I loved the Wopburger and would go get one once a week when I worked in Louisville. I think I will go there and just ask for it by name this week for old time's sake. Blue Parrot has great sausage, great meatballs, and the sauce is bottled and sold all over the state!

Blue Parrot had another run in with political correctness when the lead waiter complained about the anti-smoking laws "Yeah, I'll live longer, but with a lot less money". Killed their bar business, as it did with many bars in Louisville.
 
2007-05-14 01:14:39 PM  
Actually inkdrinker, "without papers" is about equally valid as what ever Italian word you are thinking of. It is not a myth. It was an acronym used by customs officials of the day.
 
2007-05-14 01:17:34 PM  
Wop does not come from Without Papers. Words have hardly ever come from acronyms before the 20th Century, and this one is pretty old. It actually comes from the Italian word "guappo", which means "handsome". Used sarcastically and abbreviated, it became an ethnic slur. Just like "Dago" (actually originally targeted toward Spaniards, later extended to all Southern Europeans) came from the name "Diego".

/The more you know...
 
2007-05-14 01:17:45 PM  
I agree with NEW_ORLEANS. I grew up there, have been to Rocky and Carlo's. Wop salad have been there forever (it's a chef salad btw). I'm in my forties and up till about 20 years ago, you could go to most of the old time New Orleans restaurants and order a Wop salad without raising an eyebrow. Most of my Italian relatives still use Dago and Wop with each other on a daily basis, although younger cousins not so much.
 
2007-05-14 01:22:58 PM  
Fartnut, they're about to do the same thing here in Louisville, KY now too. As of mid-July I believe, there will be no more public smoking. On an unrelated note, this article confused me for a minute since there's a Blue Parrot here, too. But it's only about 3-4 years old.
 
2007-05-14 01:23:02 PM  
I used to work in Louisville, and the Blue Parrot is a popular italian restaurant... they even sell their own brand of marinara sauce in the grocery store.

/it's not a good as homemade
 
2007-05-14 01:23:09 PM  
A transplanted East Coast Italian-American named James Gambino came in, saw the item on the menu and, says Joan Riggins (nee Colacci), "really raised a stink..."


I'm offended! I'm sure Mr. Gambino really can't help the way he smells; it's because of the garlic.
 
2007-05-14 01:23:19 PM  
They should rename the burger to the 'Gambino.' When someone asks where the name came from, they can say 'He was the SOB that made us change the name.'
 
2007-05-14 01:27:38 PM  
MarkX

As of mid-July I believe, there will be no more public smoking.

July 1, I think. Except at Churchill Downs, because the track is magically and makes 2nd hand smoke smell good and prevent cancer.

/Really, the only business with an exception
//Non-smoker, hates smoking bans
 
2007-05-14 01:28:20 PM  
doc_howell

Brilliant!

i105.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-14 01:33:37 PM  
New_Orleans
Who kill-a da chief?
 
2007-05-14 01:35:49 PM  
Ok so how long till Burger King is no longer home of the WOPper
 
2007-05-14 01:49:44 PM  
klatubaradanikto

The Dagos did it.
 
2007-05-14 02:03:33 PM  
angry bunny
Ok so how long till Burger King is no longer home of the WOPper

Ma pinya manta Pizza Hut suba pika ma banwan!

i105.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-14 02:04:08 PM  
The Dagos did it.

People still said that in the '70s when we lived in N.O. It was easier for blacks to get jobs at Avondale than an Eye-Tye.
 
2007-05-14 02:09:14 PM  
James Gambino needs a good ass kicking...Italian style.
 
2007-05-14 02:11:48 PM  
The guy who demanded the change is an ass. He moves into the area, he finds something he doesn't like, and demands change. Let alone the fact it is a personnal business, he shouldn't be able to make demands of them like this. I can only hope people call him on this until he leaves the area. Idiot.
 
2007-05-14 02:42:13 PM  
i15.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-14 02:42:19 PM  
I don't care how many dago guinea wop greaseball goombahs come out of the woodwork. It'll always be a wopburger to me.
 
2007-05-14 02:52:54 PM  
Cheese and Rice! I read the headline and thought it was Louisville, KY. It's been a while but I knew there wasn't a Wop Burger on the menu at Ginny's Diner.

/It's Loo-a-vul you silly Coloradoans
 
2007-05-14 03:01:46 PM  
The term "cracker" never bothered me. It was, after all, the name of the baseball team in Atlanta before the Braves moved here to get away from all the damn Cheeseheads. :-)
 
2007-05-14 03:15:38 PM  
That's just one item on the menu. There's actually a restaurant named "Lil' Dago's"
 
2007-05-14 03:37:13 PM  
had i known thered been a wopburger id have taken a vacation there years ago and ordered me a wopburger with extra guinea and provolone...hold the dago

/chrissy dies in a car accident
//come on now chase
 
2007-05-14 03:38:43 PM  
The Blue Parrot SUCKS!!! Trust me.
 
2007-05-14 03:46:13 PM  
Good to see so many Derby-City farkers.
If you try to swallow and say "Loo-ee-vill" at the same time you will either (a) Choke and die, or (b) say the name of my hometown correctly.

Lou-a-vul
 
2007-05-14 04:24:42 PM  
give me doughnuts
I do phone work, and I've noticed that callers from KY have managed to reduce Louisville to a single syllable, which I have approximated to be "Lual". The best part is asking them to spell it even though I know what they're saying.

/"Lual, spilt EEL OWU YEU AH EES VEY AH EEL EEL OUE."
//"Ain'chin Kien-tuckeh?"
 
2007-05-14 04:43:50 PM  
lexingtondisoro: give me doughnuts
I do phone work, and I've noticed that callers from KY have managed to reduce Louisville to a single syllable, which I have approximated to be "Lual". The best part is asking them to spell it even though I know what they're saying.

/"Lual, spilt EEL OWU YEU AH EES VEY AH EEL EEL OUE."
//"Ain'chin Kien-tuckeh?"


People IN Louisville, or just near it? I know it is not a big place like Omaha but...

/I don't like stereotypes, especially from corn-farmers
 
2007-05-14 04:45:38 PM  
The definition of WOP:

Wop - offensive slang for Italians and italain-americans. Some mistakenly believe it comes from WithOut Papers referring to Italians who jumped on a boat to the US without authorization. The reality is that the word probably came from guapo in the times when Italians went to pick grapes in Spain - they had too much luck with the local ladies and the Spanish called them los guapos - the pretty boys in the spirit of the sour grapes they were picking.

http://www.roadjunky.com/article/1337/ethnic-slurs-world-culture-at-it​s-worst
 
2007-05-14 05:03:06 PM  
mjcarr01
/I don't like stereotypes, especially from corn-farmers

Either I see what you did there, or you're an idiot.
 
2007-05-14 05:07:36 PM  
I saw the WithOut Papers thing on some discovery channel show...sounds reasonable.

The reality is that the word probably came from guapo in the times when Italians

does not compute.

/didn't read your link...
 
2007-05-14 05:08:31 PM  
First they took the "Spic-cicles", then the "attractive and successful African-American-Waffles", I'm standing up and fighting for the Wopburger.
 
2007-05-14 05:21:34 PM  
doc_howell: They should rename the burger to the 'Gambino.' When someone asks where the name came from, they can say 'He was the SOB that made us change the name.'

Brilliant
 
2007-05-14 05:28:02 PM  
I hope that guy dies horribly - and soon.
And F Boulder and their "Peace, Love, and FOAD" attitude.
I lived there for far too long. Everyone is OK with you being a culturally diverse and unique individual - unless it happens to be that you eat meat, smoke, or dislike the Grateful Dead.
 
2007-05-14 05:29:15 PM  
...oh, and drive a car...
I hate facist hippies.
 
2007-05-14 05:50:56 PM  
dwarfedshadow

LOL.

/spoonerisms FTW
 
2007-05-14 05:54:36 PM  
Accidental Racism
People are becoming so non-racist that it is impossible to keep up with all the ethnic slurs. People have no clue, what NOT to say.

This is not racism in my book. The person has to be aware of what they are saying AND ALSO they have to have malice. Otherwise they have either not done anything wrong or at best are a bit insensitive.
 
2007-05-14 05:59:24 PM  
A bar here in ?San Diego has a "Beaner Burrito". I hate ordering it when there is a Mexican close by.
 
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