NYC pizza joint accused of racist pie

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NYC Pizza Joint Accusing of Racist Pie

It takes a lot for New Yorkers to get mad at any establishment that creates their cities most beloved dish: Pizza. But NYC residents are furious with a local pizza joint for promoting a racist pie.
How on Earth can pizza be racist?

Pizza by Certé recently started advertising a picnic themed pizza with ingredients like fried chicken, watermelon and sunflower seeds. And here is what they called it the pic-a-nika. The pic-a-nika. C'mon!

Advocacy group Millions March NYC protested the establishment and tried to get it shut down.

DNAInfo reports that Pizza by Certe responded by saying they were trying to make a play on the word picnic by pronouncing it in an Italian accent. When you say it, see the spelling and add things like fried chicken and watermelon ... did no one say 'hey, this might incense some people?'

After some back and forth on social media the restaurant ultimately removed the item and wrote this on Facebook:

After a great deal of listening and learning, we now understand the severe offense this pizza represents. We have...

Posted by Pizza by Certé on Saturday, August 15, 2015

Not everyone agrees that the pizza was offensive. The Facebook comments range from rage like this comment from Anthony: Hopefully your store is burned to the ground ... to comments from people like Randy: I'm more offended that you knuckled under to a whiny, idiotic "PC" minority.

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