Friday, April 18, 2008

Posh Spice smells like the Pink Taco

The Beckhams are at it again. According to today's Telegraph:

David Beckham employed some strong-arm tactics with the paparazzi at wife Victoria’s birthday lunch.

The footballer elbowed photographers out of his path as he made his way through the throng in Los Angeles yesterday.

Always one to confound her critics, Victoria, aka Posh Spice, chose to hold the family gathering at the Pink Taco, a cheap and cheerful Mexican restaurant.

Okay, I can see Becks throwing an elbow into a photographer's face -- it's what he's there for, after all, when he's not busy donating genetic material or punting a small black and white ball around on a field. And I can see Posh deciding to mix it up by throwing a party at a local taqueria -- slumming it can be quite fun at times (I remember an office bash that wound up in a dive bar somewhere on the north side of Chicago. Won a couple games of pool against my manager, I did).

But -- the Pink Taco? Really? Really? Unless the owners are a pair of Sonoran lesbians, someone has some 'splaining to do.


Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I created the Pink Taco restaurant & bar concept and opened the original in May 1998 -- a year before the Mortons opened theirs.

The controversy and community response to their version is tame compared to what I faced in ultra-conservative Manhattan, Kansas. We had aggressive picketers, petitioners, hate letters, anonymous threats, an onslaught of negative letters-to-the-editor, and police

There were many stories in the local papers. The ABC affiliate out of Topeka came to Manhattan and did an on-site story that ran state-wide on the evening news, and the CBS affiliate invited us to join them in-studio for their half-hour morning show (which we declined since things were spiraling out of control).

I would do Internet searches at the time that would call up page after page of hits about me and my store. My Pink Taco dominated the regional news and spread nationwide through online postings and reprinted stories in towns across the country.

Anyway, I have written an article recounting the history of the original Pink Taco and the intense controversy it caused (complete with pictures and links to about a dozen of the news stories). You can read it on my blog if you're interested:

James W. Sperman

Uncle Robbie said...

Well, Melanie, you did ask for an explanation.

Melanie said...

Yes, I did!

Melanie said...

And James, thank you very much for the explanation!