PC Police Step it Up: Roundeye Noddle Bar to Change Name

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So now Asians get offended when you make fun of White People? "whaa"


(PS: ignore the dumb headline in the article)

'Roundeye Noodle Bar' in Philadelphia blinks, plans name change in face of criticism



A pair of Philadelphia restaurateurs who never visualized the uproar branding their shop with an ethnic slur would cause has decided to change the venture's name, FoxNews.com has learned.

After the name "Roundeye Noodle Bar" generated criticism from Asian-Americans, co-owner Shawn Darragh said the downtown Philly pop-up restaurant will get a new moniker. He said he never meant to offend anyone, including the group Asian Americans United, which initially objected.

"It obviously wasn't meant to be offensive, it was kind of like a joke on ourselves," Darragh, 28, told FoxNews.com by phone. "Our food is Asian cuisine, but we're kind of using French and American techniques, so we looked to come up with a name that had an Asian feel but was also American."

The restaurant, which features $10 pork belly ramen and $9 mushroom miso soup among other dishes, held a promotional event on Sunday. Darragh's partner, Ben Puchowitz, also 28, has been manning the stoves at nearby Matyson for four years. But it was the duo's choice of a name -- and not duck pho -- that caught the attention of Ellen Somekowa, the local advocacy group's executive director.

Somekowa declined to discuss the matter when reached by FoxNews.com, but she told Philly.com that the name "Roundeye" led to connotations of a "very hurtful racist" slur.

"If you grow up Asian in America, there is no more common put down than ridicule of the shape of our eyes," she told the website. "There is no way to hear the name, 'Roundeye,' without at the same time hearing what it is being contrasted to ... a very hurtful racist slur -- SLANTEYES."

Helen Gym, a board member of the group, echoed Somekowa's take. "In the owners' words, they are 'two white boys from the suburbs' ... creating a 'hip noodle spot,'" Gym wrote, according to Philly.com. "But if these self-named 'white boys' are the 'roundeye' noodle makers, what does that make the Asian noodle places they're modeling their place after? As a city notoriously home to Chink's Steaks, it's really a shame that a well-regarded spot like Matysons [sic] would lower their reputation to a legacy of petty, derogatory names in an effort to be 'hip.'"

In an email to FoxNews.com on Tuesday, Gym said the matter is a "very local issue" that will be resolved amicably.

"We're encouraged to hear about a possible name change and look forward to supporting them in the future," Gym's email read.

Darragh said he understood the group's concerns with the name, adding that he planned to write an apology.

"We're both businesspeople and we obviously wouldn't put something out there that is offensive, that's why we're so quick to change the name," he said. "Once their point of view was explained, I understood it. If you approach it the way they're approaching it, I understand it, but there's different angles to everything."

Representatives from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund were unable to comment on the matter.
 

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Fucking faggots and their faggoty faggot nonsense. That's all it is.
 

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Nothing better than a nice hot bowl of noddles.
 
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Life is so awesome in modern times that people seek out things to get upset about.


I think i'd take dysentery on the Oregon trail at this point.
 

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Dammit! I thought the cutoff was 20 minutes?
 

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zombie apocalypse would be sweet, i'd hijack one of those huge mining trucks and just plow into zombies by the thousands.

oh and fenrir is here.

 

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This has been bugging me for like...31 minutes now, so I've just gotta ask you Neon: What the hell is a "noddle?" :icon_cool

Dammit! I thought the cutoff was 20 minutes?
You fucker Konstantin. I had this all ready to go and even set a timer countdown on my cellphone for it...:(
 

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This has been bugging me for like...31 minutes now, so I've just gotta ask you Neon: What the hell is a "noddle?" :icon_cool



You fucker Konstantin. I had this all ready to go and even set a timer countdown on my cellphone for it...:(
:haha7:


EDIT: I'm sorry, but an emoticon just won't cut it. I just laughed so loud I'm worried my neighbors might think something's up. Fucking lol.
 

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This has been bugging me for like...31 minutes now, so I've just gotta ask you Neon: What the hell is a "noddle?" :icon_cool

You fucker Konstantin. I had this all ready to go and even set a timer countdown on my cellphone for it...:(
I know. I'm sorry. I failed you all. As penance, I'm going to drive to New Jersey and have OWB beat me up. Anyone got his number?
 
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Well, just did an image search on "noddle"

fucking creepy!



i can't tell if he's asian or not and i want to throw rocks at his head.
 

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zombie apocalypse would be sweet, i'd hijack one of those huge mining trucks and just plow into zombies by the thousands.

I have fantasies of turning a big vehicle like that into a Road Warrior-like (or Land of the Dead-like) combat vehicle. That railing would provide a great place for a few mounted machine guns and spotlights. You could use it as a troop carrier. With a enough major modifications and conversion, you could get rid of the "dump" and replace it with a room on the back that could serve as a mobile command post.
 

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:haha7:

EDIT: I'm sorry, but an emoticon just won't cut it. I just laughed so loud I'm worried my neighbors might think something's up. Fucking lol.
I did that the other night reading the 'bag on my phone and woke up my wife across the room on the couch. I didn't even bother trying to explain it to her.

I really did set a timer on the phone and actually had to stop typing in that other thread because I wanted to time it right at 31 minutes. Imagine my disappointment when I refreshed the page to see you had already fixed it.

I know. I'm sorry. I failed you all. As penance, I'm going to drive to New Jersey and have OWB beat me up. Anyone got his number?
On top of that, I'm even going to refuse to bump your appreciation thread if you ever get one.
 

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This is Linsanity!
 
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I have fantasies of turning a big vehicle like that into a Road Warrior-like (or Land of the Dead-like) combat vehicle. That railing would provide a great place for a few mounted machine guns and spotlights. You could use it as a troop carrier. With a enough major modifications and conversion, you could get rid of the "dump" and replace it with a room on the back that could serve as a mobile command post.
that would be fucking awesome.


I'd also put two windmill-like contraptions on the sides with electric chainsaws on each blade.

Definitely need circus music blaring out of the speakers as well.
 
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I hate the two assholes for caving and changing the name more than I hate the whiny PC faggots complaining about it.