A Massachusetts jewelry store is under attack from liberals upset over a billboard making light of the NFL’s now ubiquitous protests against the country during the national anthem.
The billboard features a man holding a ring and kneeling to propose to his lover. The two are set in front of a football stadium backdrop and the tag line reads, “If you’re going to take a knee this season, please have a ring in your hand!”
But, liberals are slamming the store for making fun of the anthem protesters.
Per Daily Wire:
Scott Garieri, the owner of Garieri Jewelers in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, told The Daily Wire that he put the billboard up on August 31 and since then has received several threats and negative reviews. “They called us racist right off the bat,” he said. “That’s the go-to word these days; if you’re nothing else, you’re a racist.”
“I’m not a racist,” Garieri added. “It was more satirical than anything else.”
According to the Telegram, hundreds of people have left negative Facebook comments and Garieri says people threatened to vomit in his store, urinate on his sidewalks, and someone also told his daughter, who manages the store, to kill herself.
“I’ve had enough,” Garieri said. “I got on [Facebook] and said ‘Look, if you don’t like my billboard, don’t look at it, and if you have a problem with me, don’t shop at my store.’’”
Fortunately, no one has come to the store in person to scream at Gareri, he said . But he is not doubting that it could happen yet.
Indeed, Gareri says that no one attacking him even knows him or has been to his store.
“I don’t force my beliefs on anyone,” Gareri said. “I don’t say ‘you’re either a Trump guy or the highway,’ I am an open guy. I can agree to disagree with anybody, but I do not take favor to people threatening my daughter or my family.”
The store owner did note that he does not like the anthem protests. “I disagree with it 100%,” he insisted. “If it comes down to Colin Kaepernick or my veterans, there is no competition. I side with our veterans; I side with our police officers.”
Finally, he reported that sales have actually been up since the left started attacking him.
“I don’t think it hurts me one bit, and it’s probably because I sided with the right side — not the wrong side,” he said.
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