A Baker, California beef jerky company has sparked outrage on social media after a woman’s business inquiry received a racially insensitive reply.
Alien Fresh Jerky, which describes itself as a family and “immigrant Latino company” on social media, was founded in 2000 by Luis Ramallo. The company’s Instagram page, which has nearly 57,000 followers, was set to private as of this writing.
Radio talk show host Mike Francesca had no idea the term “oriental” was derogatory towards Asian Americans until he discussed the Supreme Court ruling in favor of rock band The Slants’ request to trademark their name.
“They all were Oriental Americans who were part of the group. … They were some kind of a musical band from Oregon, and they could not trademark the name Slant, even though they were a group of young Oriental Americans,” the 63-year-old commentator for New York’s WFAN said on Monday.
Chef Han Ly Hwang of Kim Jong Grillin and Chef Kyo Koo of Danwei Canting in Portland, Oregon claimed they were discriminated against after they contacted a local hood cleaning service and were told the company doesn’t serve “Oriental” restaurants.