Eatery apologizes to bigots who wrote gay slur

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A dickish Houston couple served up a side of homophobia with their country fixins' last week, scribbling on their receipt that they “Don't want to listen to a faggot through my whole meal.”

So the restaurant, Kelley's Country Cookin' in southwest Houston, apologized. To the homophobes. And the server the customers aimed their anti-gay slur at, 19-year-old Blake Butler (photo), was fired after going public about what happened during the Nov. 12 incident.

From ABC 13:

“I just thought it was disgusting,” said Butler

Butler says it was offensive but just as offensive was how the manager reacted. 

“Instead of having my back and be like, you know, 'That's my employee. I can't have you talking about my employees like that.' She was like, 'Oh. It's OK. I'm sorry,'” Butler said.

Butler says he was fired after speaking publicly about the incident. The restaurant says he quit. The restaurant owner said he would have confronted the customer, but also backed the manager who didn't. Apparently, he's trying to have his cake and eat it, too. Figuratively.

Butler wanted to call attention to the incident, but first had to come out as gay to his family before speaking out.

“I recently came out to my parents today because I didn't want them to find out on the news. I just finally said it,” Butler told Eyewitness News of the delicate discussion.

Butler says, sadly, that he's accustomed to the slurs.

“Everybody's entitled to their own opinion, but instead of leaving the opinion out for everyone to see, just keep it to yourself,” Butler said.



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