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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 11:38:37 AM  
In Chalmette, LA there is a restaurant called Rocky & Carlo's (rebuilt post-storm) which has an item called a "Wop Salad." It's a family restaurant run by Italians, and is EXTREMELY popular. I hadn't met anyone who was offended by it until this year. Some Italians are very sensitive.
2007-05-14 11:38:37 AM  
They were just trying to take it back.
2007-05-14 11:38:48 AM  
This is the type of guy my old uncle Vinnie used to call a wonder bread w0p.
2007-05-14 11:39:16 AM  
Dang, I live right near Louisville, and I've never eaten at the Blue Parrot. I think I'll have to go there and ask for the Wopburger now, see if they'll serve me one.
2007-05-14 11:39:20 AM  
PetSmart said to be reconsidering their policy on the sale of guinea pigs.
2007-05-14 11:39:50 AM  
Uh ... that's Lousiville, COLORADO ... just in case anyone's interested.

/not subby
//live in Boulder, five miles from Louisville
/// and it's pronounced LEWISville, not LOUIEville like that other one
2007-05-14 11:39:53 AM  
A policy created by a bunch of filthy Spanks, no doubt.

/No, really. I wish the goddamned Spanks would just go home.
2007-05-14 11:41:05 AM  
I dont' get it. My parents were Italian immigrants.. They love the Sopranos.. then they laugh at mafia jokes.

the majority of my family just doesn't care about stuff like that.. why do we let 1 idiot cause so much of a ruckus?

*shakes head* what's wrong with people today.. if you don't like the menu.. go across the street to another restaurant
2007-05-14 11:41:13 AM  
Ain't that jush like a dago.
2007-05-14 11:41:47 AM  
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someone say hamburger?
2007-05-14 11:43:14 AM  
When you spic of wops, I think you are micking a big dago of nothing. Anyone who is upset should go fly a kike. Capiche?

/ This is an experiment to see whether bathing suit pictures are less acceptable than the above on Fark 2.0
2007-05-14 11:43:35 AM  
Isn't that just like a wop - bringing a knife to a gunfight.
2007-05-14 11:43:45 AM  
As a white person I am highly offended by these restaurants that to this very day still serve these plain white things called "crackers".
2007-05-14 11:44:09 AM  
Rename it the Dago Delight?

/got nuthin
2007-05-14 11:45:06 AM  
This isn't the Louisville that counts.

-1 subby
2007-05-14 11:46:20 AM  
Meh, welcome to my humble abode, try the spic tacos.
2007-05-14 11:46:52 AM  
I imagine we'll rename colors, 2 gardening instruments, playing card suit - get used to it folks.

I really don't know how this started this quickly, something about the 90s I guess. Waste of energy
2007-05-14 11:46:54 AM  
The person that raised the stink about the name of the burger was a transplanted east coaster. Why am I not surprised?!
2007-05-14 11:47:49 AM  
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"Did you see what they are calling it?"
"It's called a WHAT?"
"Yeah, see, right on the sign."
"I'm gonna go kick that guinea's head off"
2007-05-14 11:52:02 AM  
It would be a real shame if something bad were to happen to your burger menu item.
2007-05-14 11:53:03 AM  
Burger King to change the name of Whopper to Attractive and Successful Italian-American.
2007-05-14 11:53:40 AM  
Spade spade spade spade spade spade spade spade spade spade.
2007-05-14 11:56:08 AM  
Great now we have to rename 'do wop' music to something less offensive.
2007-05-14 11:56:56 AM  
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2007-05-14 11:57:09 AM  
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. He said he was offended and demanded we take it off the menu."

Ok, if I raise a stink about how this asshat should be biatch slapped, will that make it happen? I'm so sick of people having to cave to the whims of one idiot.
2007-05-14 11:57:37 AM  
How can you tell if tires are Italian.

'Cause if dego flat, dego wop wop wop.
2007-05-14 11:58:12 AM  
Tell Gambino to hitch a ride on the Waaaaambulance to the sense of humor shop.
2007-05-14 11:58:43 AM  

He's probably a wonder-bread wop just looking to grab a headline in the wake of Imus. The best part is that I am willing to bet he'll never eat in that restaurant again out of fear of contaminated food (if I was him I'd be afraid of eating any other local restaurant).

Everyone needs to just take a damn chill pill. "Derogatory" terms are empowered only by context and the reactions they garner.

/3rd gen American, 100% Italian ancestry
2007-05-14 12:02:24 PM  
Dear Mr. Gambino,

Go die in a fire you whiny uptight guinea bastige with a mafioso name.


Diami le ciambelle
(Italian on my mother's side, German on my Father's. Mess with me and go all Axis on yer butt.)
2007-05-14 12:03:01 PM  
My great grandfather used to ruck fudds back in the old country, so I've felt the pain that comes when restaurants callously sling out racial slurs just to be humorous and "kooky", and I know how humiliating it can be.
2007-05-14 12:06:08 PM  
Dego great with the
2007-05-14 12:06:55 PM  
the dagos i know consider wop to be a pejorative.

i asked a buddy what it meant, and he said back in the old days they would call an italian immigrant a "wop" if he/she was "without papers" or an illegal alien.
2007-05-14 12:08:48 PM  
We've got an Italian restaurant/bar in Little Italy here in Baltimore. It's called "Dego Dame's".
2007-05-14 12:08:51 PM  
Being a ginny, I am totally offended by this thread.

Where are the Mods when you need them? Prolly out oppressing the rest of my people at a Papa Ginos.
2007-05-14 12:09:11 PM  
88 years old?

I like my beef aged, but that's pushing it.
2007-05-14 12:10:29 PM  
Gambino huh? guess you better do whatever the Gambinos tell you to do.
2007-05-14 12:10:57 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. He said he was offended and demanded we take it off the menu."

Then get the hell out if it makes you so angry.
2007-05-14 12:12:01 PM  

"Derogatory" terms are empowered only by context and the reactions they garner.

You know if more people took that approach the world would be a better place and not mired in politically correct nonsense.
2007-05-14 12:12:25 PM  
If the owner didn't have a school district contract to worry about, I think he would have said go fark yourself. Too bad. Many members of my family are Italian, (so I'm getting a kick etc.) and they call each other Dago all the time. Never heard one refer to another as wop, though.

/damn wogs
2007-05-14 12:12:53 PM  
I guess McDonald's Shamrock Shake is next?
2007-05-14 12:14:12 PM  
What is the pope really saying while giving the sign of the cross at mass?

All you wops get off my grass.

That was my Italian grandfather's favorite joke.
2007-05-14 12:17:11 PM  
I grew up in louisville and worked at the Blue Parrot for 2 years. the Wopburger is an icon and should stay there. If you don't like it then go back to the east coast you POS!!!
2007-05-14 12:17:34 PM  
A penniless Nigerian refugee went to work in a factory. After a few days had passed he went to see the boss and, in as much English as he could muster, explained that he needed an advance on his wages for food and lodging. The Boss explained that advances on pay was against company policy and advised that he should ask his four new work colleagues for a loan to tied him over. The Nigerian approached Paddy O'Reilly, the Lathe operator, but Paddy told him to get lost. He then tried Nick, the American storeman, who told him to beat-it. He then asked Macenzie, the Stacker, who told him no-way. Finally he asked old Jack, the van driver, who told him to 'fark-off'. The Nigerian moped back to the bosses office downhearted. "I try all peoples, but none they want elp me" moaned the Nigerian. The boss growing angry and disappointed at his staff's lack of compassion leant out of the office door and shouted - "NICK, MAC, PADDY, JACK! GIVE THE WOG A LOAN!
2007-05-14 12:17:51 PM  
As an east coast WOP I'm getting a kick out of these replies...
2007-05-14 12:21:24 PM  
You don't have the right to go through life not being offended. I'm half French and Half Puerto Rican, white people think I'm latino, Latino's consider me to be white. Whatever, life's too short to be worried about inconsequential bullshiat.
2007-05-14 12:21:43 PM  
Geez! Someone get this Gambino a WHAA-mburger with a side of french cries.

2007-05-14 12:24:12 PM  
I love the Hot Dagos that they still have on many menus her in St. Paul/Minneapolis.

I get my dago patties from Morelli's on Payne Ave. in St. Paul.

My full blood Italian wife and her family would not be offended by the Wop burger.
2007-05-14 12:25:36 PM  
Good ole flop is correct. Given what the word actually meant when coined, it really doesn't even apply to most Italian-Americans anymore. It'd be far more applicable to many (but not all) Mexicans here.

W.O.P. - acronym for WithOut (legal immigration) Papers. AKA illegal alien.
2007-05-14 12:27:10 PM  
As an Italian-American, I have to say "Thats-a Spicy Meatball!"

/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
2007-05-14 12:27:23 PM  
RenegadJew: Geez! Someone get this Gambino a WHAA-mburger with a side of french cries.

I know that one of these two guys wouldn't mind.
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