The tweet quickly received some backlash from Asian and pro-Asian tweeters pointing out the insensitivity of making Vietnam War-centered jokes, including the term “we suki suki,” which seems like an obvious reference to a famous prostitution scene from the film “Full Metal Jacket.”
In a response to the original tweet, Kulp added “yes, [restaurant] is called ‘We Suki Suki.’ long story ;)”
1. no, this is not me. 2. i was pushed out of the biz (lesson: sign more contracts!) 3. yes, resto is called We Suki Suki. long story 😉
In addition, the “Good Morning Vietnam” event which Kulp celebrates in his tweet shows a Caucasian man dressed up in military garb and armed with a long knife, with the caption “Time to play.”
Many Twitter users responded by calling out the seemingly offensive restaurant and its events, which were now seemingly being championed by a Caucasian co-owner.
I cannot depend on the AsAm community to stop shit. This hits close to home. Making a joke about my heritage. White guy feels he gets a pass bc the owner is Viet. She doesn’t care. But this is a constant issue. In addition, living in GA, “progressive” folks did not care. I’m done pic.twitter.com/7zw4vVZt0J
The co-owner’s name is Quynh Trinh. In 2015, she did an interview for Atlanta Magazine about the restaurant, in which she told her story of entering the restaurant business and developing We Suki Suki into a successful banh mi restaurant.
Regardless, many were outraged by the name of the restaurant and the Vietnam War jokes, to the point that some ended up seemingly threatening violence against Kulp.