The family of the suspected NYC bomber owns a fried chicken joint in New Jersey, and it's getting fired up on Yelp. While many New Yorkers were super chill about the recent explosion that injured 29 people, others are taking to Yelp to express their disdain for Ahmad Khan Rahami and his family.
Before Rahami's arrest, the restaurant only had three reviews—now it's got hundreds of comments, most of them not so positive. Many people had the same joke in mind, saying the restaurant is "the bomb."
Others were more hateful, with one user referring to the family as "filthy Mohammedan savages" who served "the Religion of Pieces - it's Shredded Meat, cooked rare and dripping with blood." Another called the restaurant a "Terrorism cell coverup." Others argued that we shouldn't "keep letting these people in our country" and noted their support for Trump. One person quipped, "First American Fried Chicken? They should change their name to reflect their beliefs: FRY AMERICA."
A few stood up for the family, denouncing the Islamophobic remarks, "These reviews are the most UnAmerican shyt I continue to witness in this racially charged political climate. This family SHOULD NOT be indicted based on the actions of one." Another wrote, "Grow up and stop taking your miserable lives out on these innocent people."
Being flooded with comments, Yelp put an "Active Cleanup Alert" on the page, which read in part: "While we don't take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer's personal consumer experience with the business."
You can read more about the Rahami's family restaurant in The New York Times.