Cowboys and Indians

Rhino under fire for "racist" Cowboys and Indians event

A group of concerned Torontonians took to Twitter Saturday night after learning of a "Cowboys and Indians" party at a Parkdale bar. About 15 to 30 people came dressed for the event, decked out either in cowboy gear or "Indian" getups with faux headdresses and war paint.

The Rhino was the inadvertent host of the party, later issuing a statement clarifying that it did not invite or endorse the party in any way. Nevertheless, many have pledged to boycott the bar over its supposed tolerance of "racist" dress, citing comparisons to black face and referencing the ongoing Idle No More protests.

Clearly, the lesson learned from this situation is that businesses should deny service to anyone who has the potential to offend others with his or her presence. That may include a patron purporting an unpopular political option, wearing a t-shirt with a swear word on it, or someone who tells a "How many X does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" joke in poor taste. Better safe than sorry, right?


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