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  • Why are they controversial?

  • I wish they’d paint that urine colored sculpture. It makes me want to go to the bathroom every time I pass it.

  • ugh. thanks. i needed another reason to hate busboys. this place has hands down the worst bar service i have ever experienced. i had great service from a server at a table once, but i usually sit at the bar and its atrocious. the servers legitimately acted annoyed that i was ordering from them. i have never seen anything like it anywhere else.
    when i started seeing their “imagine a world without war” signs, that was it for me. deep thoughts from busboys? thanks, but in your world without war i speak either russian or german.
    please continue to promote communist radicals as heroes. i will continue to not patron your restaurants, and get great service elsewhere.

  • The staff and service sucks at scmuckboys. The food is their only saving grace.

  • well, I for one like busboys, and the murals and have appreciated them for the last six months or so that they’ve been up. so happy Tuesday!

  • The only thing controversial about them is that neither is a very good likeness.

  • Scrillin

    Yet no busboy or poet could ever afford to eat there…

  • You’re really not a truly successful activist until they name a $15 gluten-free pizza after you.

  • Geez, so much hostility. I don’t know a lot about the controversy, but all I’ll say is that I appreciate that this corner has some art and interest on it in what is otherwise a pretty hygienic part of town. When parts of the city are being built from scratch, we’re going to have to take some risks on art if we ever want anything interesting.

    I actually kind of like the murals and the sculpture, but I’d prefer even ugly art to none at all.

    • read up on angela davis

      • Just did. She probably won’t be making any of my top ten personal heroes lists, but, I still give B&P free reign to paint whatever they want on their flower boxes. And I maintain that I’d prefer a controversial painting over none at all.

        • Of course B&P has the right to paint its flower boxes whatever they want, because they are private property. Something Angela Davis did not believe in, IIUC. Something I guess Andy Shallal does believe in (which I guess makes him more of a Social Democrat than a Socialist, but he wouldn’t want to be called a Social Democrat as that might associate him with european moderates, the AFL-CIO when it was hawkish, and other things that do not sell gluten free pizzas or make a mayoral campaign distinctive.)

          But I have the right to A. Oppose Shallal’s mayoral campaign (and not because I support any conservative) and B. Resent his using radicalism as a marketing strategy for a yuppie restaurant

  • Ok, I haven’t seen any comments regarding the great Congresswoman from NY, Shirley Chisholm. She embodied the american dream and true servant leadership and, like me, she was an educator. Please read up on this incredible american: http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/shirley-anita-chisholm/

  • jim_ed

    I don’t know if its controversial, so much as it deserves an eye roll as you think “oh look, the coffee shop revolutionaries at busboys have culturally appropriated someone else in their endless struggle to rebel against their parents bourgeois lifestyles. You sure showed them!”

  • Love the concept, just don’t love they didn’t capture the actual beauty of each woman.

  • The Mangler is still there! When are they going to scrap that slaughterhouse sculpture?!

  • Daniel Bullard

    I think there is a lot of this around DC… although much more subtle. I personally don’t mind these particular signs. What does bother me is when these fancy high-end restaurants have aggressive marketing campaigns that portray themselves as somehow being bohemian or counter-culture. That to me is sickening, because their whole interest is themselves and their high-eschalon dining experience and mini-bubble that have nothing to do with bohemianism or culture really….

  • The Seventies called, they want their signs back.

  • Surprised they left out Che, another communist radical hero of the left.

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