Did Memphis’ Neelys Diss Glenn Beck?

This morning on his radio show, Glenn Beck described his weekend in New York.

He was there to visit his daughter, who is living there. After two days his wife vowed she’d never return. Beck recounts:

“After a weekend in New York City, I remembered why I was so glad to move out of New York City. It started for me on a Friday night, this last Friday at a barbecue restaurant. Now why my daughter who lives in the city thought that coming from Texas we should go have barbecue in New York City is beyond me, but we did. As we walked in, my wife said, oh, my gosh, this is so‑and‑so very famous, you know, barbecue couple that do this barbecue thing, you know, on TV. And I said, “Oh, okay.” She said, “It’s supposed to be really good.” Well, I have to tell you, the look that I was given by those in charge at this restaurant was, how dare you even come in here. It was quite amazing. I said to my wife as we were walking up the stairs, I said, this isn’t going to go well. And she said, no, this was really a mistake. This is a minority‑owned shop. Was that the line that I dared to cross? No? No, it couldn’t be because there were white people in there. So it must be something else besides my character. It’s amazing to me. One would think that ‑‑ you wouldn’t want to shun people that might have diverse opinions. Maybe they could put a second door in or another entrance in for people like me.

Could it be Pat and Gina Neely of Memphis’ Neely bbq fame? I don’t know any other couple who are well known in the bbq field. They got a big boost on Food network and even have had several shows there.

I googled them and found out they have a restaurant in New York, called Neely’s Barbecue Palace. It is a multi-leveled restaurant near the Queensboro bridge.

On the website is this description:

Food Network celebrities Patrick (Pat) and Gina Neely are successful examples of hard work, a great opportunity and strong business savvy.

As co-owners of Neely’s Bar-B-Que, Pat and Gina, along with Pat’s brother Tony Neely, have turned their family barbecue restaurants in Tennessee into some of the most successful in the South. Now, partnering with Merchants Hospitality, Inc., Pat and Gina have brought their authentic barbecue to New York City with Neely’s Barbecue Parlor.

Here is their website where you can see pictures of it: http://neelysbbqparlor.com/gallery/

Certainly if it is them, they are not displaying the hospitality Memphians are known for. Perhaps that only extends to liberal customers, not conservative ones.

Beck went on to describe how he was similarly treated at other restaurants where he had breakfast and lunch. His flight home on American Airlines afforded him what bordered on harrassment. He vows he will never fly them again.

As he said, this is blacklisting and the reason why more people in Hollywood do not come out in favor of our side. If they do – and don’t have the stature of Clint Eastwood and Jon Voight – they simply won’t work again.

All this from the party that says it values diversity, equality and tolerates dissension.

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  1. Most etymologists believe that barbecue derives from the word barabicu found in the language of the Taíno people of the Caribbean and the Timucua of Florida, and entered European languages in the form barbacoa. The word translates as “sacred fire pit.”*

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