Oklahoma Restaurant Owner: ‘I Really Don’t Want Gays Around,’ ‘I Can Spot a F*ggot’ (VIDEO)

1794858_10152211469327489_1298433987_oI was raised in the South, Texas to be exact, so racism; bigotry; sexism; ignorance; homophobia – none of these things really shock me.  I always assume that most people I meet in the South are conservatives, and if they turn out not to be, it’s a pleasant surprise.

That being said, the story I ran across about an Oklahoma restaurant owner (who’s been in business 44 years, mind you) and his total and complete ignorance, did shock me.

Not by what he said or how he feels.  Again, I’m from the South and unfortunately it’s fairly common.  But for the simple fact he doesn’t hide his racism; bigotry; sexism; homophobia; xenophobia and just overall hatred of anyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian male with job.

Oh, I forgot to mention – he apparently hates anyone on welfare, and the disabled as well.

Before continuing, here’s the transcript from KFOR in Oklahoma City detailing the vile nature of this man.  They also talked to a gentleman who’s confined to a wheelchair who claims he was banned from the restaurant because he’s disabled:

Gary James, owner of Gary’s Chicaros, said, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a faggot.”

He added, “I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare.”

James said, “If I reached over there and slapped the sh** out of you, you should be offended. But to call someone a ‘chink’ or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me.”

Now, a wave of comments on Facebook claim James refuses to serve African-Americans, Hispanics and people with disabilities, like Matt Gard.

Gard said, “He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity.”

Gard was a regular at Gary’s Chicaros restaurant for years.

He said he turned a blind eye to the owner’s choice of customers, until recently.

Gard said, “Now, he tried to find a weak excuse not to let me in with my wheelchair or the weak excuse of having loud people with me.”

After getting turned away for a steak dinner, Gard said it’s about his disability.

James claimed that’s just not the case.

James said “He created an issue. You only have one time here. You create an issue, you’re out forever.”

Gard and at least 140 others posted on a Facebook page that said James’ attitude has crossed the line to discrimination.

Even the business’ t-shirt is viewed as offensive.

The shirt features derogatory slogans against homosexuals, it has the N-word on the front and threatens violence against Muslims, minorities and democrats.

James said he is proud to wear that shirt.

He said, “I really don’t want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything.”

Gard said, “The people who still go back and patronize his business are condoning his behavior in how he treats others.”

James said, “Well if you work, you own a business, pay your taxes, you’re more than welcome here. If you’re on welfare, stay at home and spend my money, there.”

Disgusted doesn’t even begin to convey my feelings toward Mr. James.  In all honesty the transcript doesn’t even do it justice.  Here, take a look at the video of the segment:

The first thing I thought to myself after hearing about this was, “How in the world has this guy been in business for 44 years and this is the first time this has been made a story?”  Then his arrogant and almost boastful demeanor throughout the interview was reprehensible.  I get that it’s Oklahoma, not exactly the most accepting state in this country, but this guy is extreme even when it comes to “typical” Southern conservative ignorance.

I see a lot of racism, and it’s obvious it still exists on many levels, but you don’t see people almost boastful about it like you do with this bottom feeder.

It’s clear he has absolutely no reservations or remorse about the absolute hatred he feels toward the vast majority of the people on this planet.

And it’s like Mr. Gard (the gentleman who claims he was banned for his wheelchair) said, it’s bad enough that he’s a business owner, but those who give him business are supporting this vile and inexcusable behavior.

Though it’s clear Mr. James is an extreme case of absolute ignorance, I meet more people in the South who are closer to agreeing with him than myself.  A fact that shows me while some conservatives have evolved from the 1950’s-style hate and stupidity shown by the likes of Gary James, many conservatives are still a lot closer to being like him (anti-Muslim, anti-welfare, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-minority, anti-immigrants) than they are me.

It’s clear that if the South ever wants to rise again, we need more people unafraid to stand up against bigotry and push forward in the face of ignorance.  Even if people like Mr. James cannot be changed, there are millions of others among the younger generation who can still see the light.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • katherine norton malek

    Shocking. So, as long as he can get away with making such hateful statements, let me add one of my own. Stoop to his low level for a moment. You know, following that adage “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”. He’s old – he’ll be dead soon. And Glory Be to that. Wish I could be there when he meets his maker … (who likely had very dark skin, being from somewhere in ghe Middle East). Good swift Karma kick in the ass is waiting for this creep.

  • disqus_ezjvV3rz94

    The reason he can spot one…He looks at himself everyday..

  • AdriWho

    Mr Gard needs to stfu. He turned a blind eye to what he clearly saw was racism and still patronized the business. So now he wants to cry foul since he’s being discriminated against. He didn’t care about others before this so don’t play victim now. Well sadly if this is what’s acceptable in Oklahoma, he’s been in business 44 years, don’t expect that mentality to change just because of some Facebook posts and a news story.

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    I’ve no doubt that deep in his mind, this imbecile believes(like most Conservatives do),that he is a good Christian. When the Grim Reaper pays him a visit, he’ll be in for a major disappointment.

  • Jake

    What’s the restaurants number? I’ve got nothing better to do today.

    • lurch394

      Per Google, it’s (580) 233-7655.

  • felipe63

    So much for Southern Hospitality………..

  • Mike

    Tell him I have a fantastic ability to recognize assholes and believe me he is one

  • Chris

    I kinda want to go down and dine and dash this guy haha

    • disqus_pvF3zFcrMi

      I thought the same thing.

  • JT

    Molotov anyone?

  • Guest

    What a dump. Health inspector every been there? Boycott the hell out of this racist, bigot’s toilet!

  • surfjac

    He really needs a dose of his own medicine. He believes he’s superior, he needs to be knocked down a peg or two.

  • Ray

    I don’t want to be around them either, they smell like Vasoline


  • Avatar

    Bottom line, it’s all about Obama.

  • Mr Smith

    I wonder how that guy would react to being told “We don’t serve your kind here” Bet he would be just a bit more than a little ticked off for being judged for what he believes.

  • Charlie Smith

    Now we know where the Westboro Baptist Church parties like its 1899.

  • republic84

    Send a huge group of lesbian bikers in with rainbow flags. Then as they leave slowly replace them one by one with black people, then Hispanic people, then more gay people, then people in wheelchairs. All the while each person complains about everything. Sign up the business for every liberal, gay, black, Hispanic, and Islamic publication possible. I would like to know however who would ever eat in a place that dirty and rundown.

  • rossbro

    Welcome to ‘ The South ‘, people.

  • talktothe hand

    This guy is not likely to change anytime soon and probably doesn’t care what anyone calls him. What I find hard to believe is that anyone would want to eat there. Yuck! Why doesn’t someone challenge him and open a better restaurant that caters to everyone?

  • white trash religious teaparty

    so———— superglue the bigots locks about once every 2 weeks

  • disqus_c95iRLcttx

    When he dies, let me know and I will dance a jig.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    What a douchebag.

  • Just Taking Up Space

    He hates gays? I can turn him gay, all it takes is a broomstick up his ass. Anyone want to take turns?
    Seriously, this sounds like suit-he’s infringing on people’s civil rights!

  • Teresa Taylor

    Oh my God. Rich or poor I would never do business with this piece of shit

  • Bonita

    I don’t know; from the outside his business looks like a dump to me. I wouldn’t go in there to eat anyway.

  • Mik Mag

    The guy is a loser, plain and simple, racist or homophobic or sexist comments are simply not acceptable anymore

  • terry horn

    You can find these people in any state of the union and Puerto Rico. But who is the average Oklahoman? They are everyone that the federal government didnt want over the last 165 years. It is Native American territory. I was born here in Tahlequah, Ok . That’s Cherokee County. Many tribes were brought here against there will. My great Grandmother came here on the trail of tear’s
    After the civil war the Government moved in free slaves, They didnt want them. Geronimo is buried just South of OKC. Oklahoma was a place that you didnt go unless you had an escort in the 1800’s. Judge Parker tried to keep law and order Out of Fort Smith Ark. He was known as the hanging Judge. In the Roaring 1920’s it was still outlaw territory as some of the worst outlaws lived in the tri state area of Ok, Arkansas, and Mo. We also had tough Law men like Grover Bishop, Grover had killed 17 men it is said before his retirement from law enforcement, Carrying his Thompson Machine gun, grover was a gang buster and had received a medal of valor. This while Pervous was out shooting civilians. We are not anti gay, Anti Black , Red or white. Because we are all of these things. If you live in Oklahoma and are not a transplant, You probably have Native American as well as African blood racing through your veins. Gay is a sexual choice its not a ethnic group.