Texas was one of the first states to roll back COVID restrictions. Consequently, the Lone Star State is currently an epicenter of the virus. In fact, last week, Governor Greg Abbot ordered bars closed—again. While public health experts applauded the move, a group of about 22 Texas bar owners were outraged. So, they decide to sue and protest—with exceptionally offensive messaging.
According to local news, a dozen or so protestors gathered outside of Pearl’s Cherokee Lounge in Arlington, Cooter Brown’s in Burleson, The Machine Shed Bar & Grill in Kilgore, and a few other small bars in North Texas for the first ‘Bar Lives Matter’.
On Tuesday (6.30), the group staged a second protest in from of the state capitol in Austin drawing several dozen attendees this time
The events were organized by a coalition that included Tee Allen Parker of The Machine. “You can’t tell me that my tiny little bar is the problem. He’s [Abbott] the problem,” Parker told The Washington Post. “He’s targeting us, and it’s discrimination.”
WaPo did not push Parker on the issue of safety to others or the overt racism of the protestors. (Consider these gem from @RoyalBabyBoomer and @warwagon98xj.)
Fortunately, the world of ‘k-pop kids’ and other ‘stans’ moved quickly to commandeer any social media attention that the #barlivesmatter might have received.
It’s hard to do justice to the stan slam. So, check out the hashtag for yourself.
Parker is also co-plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to reverse Abbott’s closure order. That suit was organized by Houston lawyer Jared Woodfill, who coincidentally happens to be the former Chair of the Travis County Republican Committee.
In fact, Woodfill is also the lead attorney in at least five other suits seeking to lift COVID restrictions. Abbott, also a Republican, was undeterred by criticism of the bar decision.
“If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars, now seeing in the aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting,” Abbott explained in well circulated interview with KVIA-TV in El Paso.