“We want to sincerely apologize to the community of Friendship Heights for inadvertently hosting this meeting, which resulted in hateful sentiment.”

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Ed. Note: In September we posted about the planned meeting of Neo Nazis featuring Tila Tequila among others. I don’t think people believed it at the time.

Thanks to all who sent links to this note posted by Maggiano’s Little Italy Chevy Chase:

“On Friday night, Maggiano’s in Friendship Heights was the inadvertent site of a protest that caused us to close our restaurant to protect the safety of our Teammates and Guests.

The protesters were upset because of a banquet we were hosting for a group called the National Policy Institute (NPI). This was a last minute booking made Friday afternoon, and the reservation was made under a different name, therefore we were not aware that NPI was dining with us or what the group represents. After the event, an attendee sent a tweet in which she made a “Sieg Heil salute” in support of Hitler and white supremacy. This expression of support of Hitler is extremely offensive to us, as our restaurant is home to Teammates and Guests of every race, religion and cultural background.

We want to sincerely apologize to the community of Friendship Heights for inadvertently hosting this meeting, which resulted in hateful sentiment. We want you to know that at the suggestion of one of our Guests, we are donating the profits from our restaurant sales on Friday, $10,000, to the DC office of the Anti-Defamation League, which for decades has been working to bring people together in peace and understanding.”

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  • Tila Tequila???? Nevermind…don’t wanna know.

  • Wait, is that the same Tila Tequila? She’s a nazi??

    • The last time I saw her was in a video at The Gathering of the Juggalos a couple years ago. Pretty sure she got boo’ed off the stage and got hit in the head by a flying rock. No surprise that she’s a self-loathing Alt-Right white supremacist.

  • Good idea to donate what was earned that night. And what a despicable group to have inadvertently hosted.

  • Tila Tequila? Wow, serious trainwreck right there. What a bunch of losers.

  • Great response from Maggiano’s.

  • One quick Google search sucked me into a vast and troubling hate-hole. Trump has certainly brought these freaks out of the woodwork.

  • I wonder if Tila Tequila, who’s Vietnamese, realizes she wouldn’t be welcome in the white ethno-state the National Policy Institute wants to create. If anyone hasn’t heard it, the NPR interview with this group’s founder, on the show/podcast Reveal, is astounding. https://www.revealnews.org/episodes/a-frank-conversation-with-a-white-nationalist/

  • Our nearby neighborhood listserv is currently the site of some significant discussion about the propriety of a business turning away paying customers on the basis of their beliefs, with some suggesting that censorship, of any kind, is a recipe for disaster. I’m sensitive to First Amendment concerns, but I generally think defenders of free speech in this instance are engaging in a false equivalence—i.e., turning away people who espouse homophobia, white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia is not the same as turning away people who espouse the inclusion, protection, and promotion of Jews, the LGBTQ community, and immigrants. Obviously, every debate has room for nuance, but I don’t think these are the best facts for those well-meaning folks who would defendant Maggiano’s apparently innocent decision to host NPI. (Also, supposedly Tila Tequila had some kind of documented mental break several years ago and has been a proponent of neo-Nazism ever since.)

    • If a restaurant can refuse to serve those who don’t meet its dress code, then I think refusing to serve Nazis is well outside the realm of censorship.

  • Whoa. I commute from Friendship Heights and am kind of grateful I got sick on Friday and had to Uber home early. I would’ve been running errands right around there after work otherwise.
    Good response from Maggiano’s.

  • Are these loser nazis out of town already? I’m looking for a good opportunity to explain to my 6 yr old the correct context for flipping the bird. I think she’d get it.

  • Nice response from Maggiano’s – but seriously, we should not expect any restaurant to have to “vet” every reservation. They lost $10,000. That is a serious hit to any restaurant. We should not expect any business to give up a significant profit like this once it is discovered to be money from nasty people. Let’s be real. The bad guys are here now. They have money to spend. Take it, then spread it around to good things.

    • Agreed – think they were probably able to swing it as a major national chain that does really solid business but if this happened to more of a mom & pop operation, that’d be far too much profit to turn away.

      Still – props to Maggiano’s for handling it this way since they could afford to.

  • I usually find it fairly easy to at least intellectually comprehend why people feel the way they do or have the beliefs they do… but not these people. This has no place in our society and I am so sickened by how emboldened they now feel.

  • I very much respect what you did with that money, and I believe that you had no idea what was going to take place that night. Thank you, on behalf of humans everywhere

  • DJT has the time to criticize on Twitter the cast of Hamilton for doing something completely inoffensive, but apparently can’t be bothered to criticize a bunch of neonazis who showed up to discuss the opportunity they have under DJT to make their message mainstream.

  • Guy in the middle is somewhat obscured, but please tell me the interwebs have identified the f#%@^! on the left in glasses, jacket and tie.

  • The picture is no longer available. Looks like Twitter decided to suspend Tila Tequila’s account.

    Bye Felicia.

    • That’s a huge mistake by Twitter. Banning people just means that we don’t know who they are. They will operate now in the shadows. These people and their hate need to be exposed for Americans and the world to see.

      • Normally I would agree. But Twitter is the primary means these people use to spread their hate and gain followers. (Not that different from ISIS). Cutting them out of social media doesn’t change their views, but it makes them likely to spread.

  • Their first post which was removed they say they are open to business for people from all walks of life. They mentioned they gave hosted a party for Malia Obama, and one for Bernie Sanders supporters. It took them a bit to realized that is the wrong statement. Glad to email the screen shot of their original post as I gave it.

  • I agree that white supremacists are bad. but refusing service due to people’s beliefs isn’t bad? sounds really illegal to me. can’t wait for the civil suit.