Restaurant Manager's 'White Kids' Facebook Rant About Sandy Hook Gets Him What He Deserves

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When is freedom of speech not freedom of speech? This is what one restaurant manager must be asking himself after posting some very insensitive comments on Facebook and getting an extreme backlash in return. The man, Eddie Nimibutr, runs a Thai restaurant in Austin, Texas. After the Newton, Connecticut shootings, he reportedly posted:

I’m failing to give a damn about the CT shooting. I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed. When Israel launched missiles at the school on Gaza, everybody was too busy j------ off. Why should i care about people who don’t give a damn about me?

Needless to say, these remarks didn't go over too well.

A Facebook page was set up dedicated to boycotting his restaurant and demanded that he pay homage to the Sandy Hook victims for the next 20 days on social media. He also received death threats. But Nimibutr remained unbowed. He reportedly wrote on Facebook:

If you don’t like me or my opinions, I suggest you to unfriend me and ---- off. I am pretty much sick of some people telling me what to think, how to think, or how to feel today, and if you don’t like my foods, ---- off and eat someplace else.

I believe in freedom of speech -- however, if you're going to indulge in freedom of speech, that can lead to consequences you don't like, depending on what you say. Say something like what he reportedly posted in a bar, and maybe you get punched. Say something like that on Facebook and anything could happen.

But I don't think that anyone exercising freedom of speech -- no matter how dreadful -- deserves death threats. And the Facebook page dedicated to ranting on him could be better spent doing some good in the world. (This being the Internet, Eddie also has a fan page -- albeit one much smaller than his non-fan page.)

Nimibutr seems to be backtracking a bit now. He recently told a local TV station that maybe his remarks were a "little insensitive" and that he was just "trying to cope and decompress" from the news of the massacre. Strange way of coping, indeed, but oftentimes people spew their thoughts on FB without giving them a lot of consideration.

There's a lot of passionate feeling going around the Internet these days. Maybe you don't care about Sandy Hook. But express that -- and in such blunt terms -- and be prepared for the fallout. As for myself, I prefer to ignore hateful people -- or ask them about their deluded opinions, or speak back, but not in a name-calling, hate-spewing way. You'd be surprised at how you can change people's opinions if you talk to them without hate.

Have you seen any Sandy Hook hate online? Do you think people have the right to say whatever they want on their page?


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Laine... Lainey0468

Goodness!  I can understand his frustration about the kids in Gaza, but this is uncalled for!  This is a ridicule of free speech!  At least our country can come together, pray and show how much we care. 

Megan Lee

People should never compare tragedies.

DieMy... DieMyDarling

@Megan Lee...AMEN!

Children are children. Tragedy is tragedy.

His racist, cold hearted comments were terrible. No one, white or black or whatever, deserves to die (or shouldn't be cared about/mourned) just bc someone else died, too.

True, there is death and devastation going on around the world daily with children and adults alike. Americans ARE generally desensitized and ignorant and unconcerned. It doesn't make the loss if these poor innocent children any less heartbreaking. :(

party... partyof54me

Some people have no business being on social media sites in the first place. Every life that gets taken away before it should is a tragedy. No matter what their race, religion, or beliefs are. This guy is clearly a moron and he makes it worse by backtracking only after being hit with a ton of critcism. Please this guy knew what he said would draw alot of attention to him and that's exactly what he wanted. This is all for show. He knew what kind of backlash he would receive after those comments. How hateful do you have to be to spew such horrible things about innocent children who lost their lives. Some people should really learn how to keep their damn mouths closed.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Actually, there was one black girl who is a native Canadian that was killed, but Newton, CT is a majority white area.

He does have a point. (And I know all of you are going to bash me for speaking the truth...) The media has what is called "Little White Woman Syndrome". The majority of the cases that have made national headlines involve a pretty white female that didn't deserve whatever happened to her. (Caylee Anthony, Jon Benet Ramsey, Madeline McCann, etc.) 

You rarely ever hear about a missing kid of color. The media constantly portrays people of color in a negative way. Thus, the sterotypes: all Hispanics are illegal, black woman are welfare queens, black men are thugs with a bunch of kids, Asians live are intelligent gamblers who all live in one home, Middle Easterners are terrorists, etc. 

Those who are not minorities or who haven't experienced the lives of those from different cultures will have a very hard time understanding where I'm coming from. 

nonmember avatar bs

@Pinkmani, you can't portray somebody as something if it isn't somewhat true. People are completely ok with being racist towards whites and then break out the pitchforks when they feel wronged in any way shape or form. Stop the hypocrisy.

Vegeta Vegeta

I agree with what he's saying although he was an asshole about it. When something happens on us soil we get really upset about it but when it happens in other countries the average consensus is to go 'oh how horrible they blew up a school in Gaza and all those kids are mutilated and wounded dead or dying.' Then give it no second thought even though the child body count was and continues to be much higher over there. It's an out of sight out of mind thing. Ct is right in my backyard so people around here are really into mourning and helping right now. I haven't seen any fundraisers or ribbons or posters or anything about helping or supporting the people who need help in Gaza. Honestly, not to be a dick, but I'm not upset about either tragedy because my being sad or angry won't bring any of the people in any country back to life.

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

My family is from gaza so I don't think his post was being racist I think it's more of frustration that the media never mentions these kids. He definatly went about it in the wrong way though :(

nonmember avatar Gretta

Yuck. There are insensitive idiots everywhere.

gem09... gem092011

Of course people have the right to say whatever they want on their page!!! (minus certain specific categories of legally limited speech i.e. incitement to violence, yelling "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater, etc.)

This is America. We have a little thing called the First Amendment here.

Do I think the guy was an insensitive jerk? Absolutely. Do people have the right to boycott him if they don't like what he said? Sure. But does he have the right to say it anyway? Yep.

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