So apparently the “The Most Hated Man on the Internet” has quite the bone to pick with a beloved little Dupont Circle coffee shop named Emissary DC.
To give you a little background on the space, Emissary burst onto the DC restaurant scene in a pretty alluring fashion. A picturesque little cozy spot with exposed brick gives it a nice warm feeling.
It has quite the alluring list filled with a fine coffee bar and a beverage series focusing on DC’s best spirits, as well as a seasonal kitchen menu.
Beer lovers also have a lot to choose from with a full assortment of canned as well as bottled varieties from Manor Hill available right from around 11:00 AM.
This is all courtesy of bar director Jamie Inhofe. Inhofe has also worked at Wildwood and Black’s Bar Kitchen and it’s pretty safe to say that you’ll be getting much more than your average Tanqueray and tonic. Inhofe deals with the top notch working flavors on the local procedures.
Some of the must-try items from the menu list are Maryland’s Backwater Distilling, One Eight Distilling, and Catoctin Creek. Political quotes inspire most of the cocktails’ names here as well and the recent inclusion of smoked salmon gallette served with lemon, crème fraise, cucumber and pickled berries is pretty insane…
Other mouthwatering options are the avocado slice served with soba bowl. The bowl has essence of crispy quinoa, Fresno chili, kale kamahi, charred scallion and rockfish crevice creating the best aroma. The kitchen is quite a small place for now but soon it’s going through expansion.
So, what pray tell is an awesome little coffeshop such as this doing on the radar of an ex-Breitbart alt-right editor?
You see, the owners were totally blindsided when they began to get inundated with “dozens of threatening, racist, and homophobic phone calls and hundreds of negative Google, Yelp, and Facebook reviews and comments”, according to the DCist.
Apparently, this all came down to the fact that the coffee shop’s internet service provider, Comcast, had placed a block on Yiannopoulos’ website—and he wasn’t too happy about this.
Instead of Yiannopoulos’ homepage, the customer of the coffee shop was met with a message that stated the website was blocked as a “part of the network’s web content filtering policy” for being categorized as “Hate”.
Now, anyone who knows even the basics of technology understands that most public places use a filter through their internet service providers (in this case Comcast) that blocks obviously distasteful content.
However, that didn’t stop Yiannopoulos from asserting they were violating free speech and posting a pic of the block only to follow up with the address and phone number of the establishment.
As you can imagine, this landed him in some pretty hot water with Twitter, who shut down his account for inciting retaliation with his 2 million follower base.
The result was an insane amount of bad reviews, threatening and offensive comments and calls on the coffee shop. Lucky for them many review platforms such as Yelp have put the coffee shop’s page in what they call “Active Cleanup Alert”.
This categorization serves to eliminate “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.”
Yiannopoulos has quite the history when it comes to stirring up controversy, which seems to be his cup of tea when it comes to getting media attention—especially now that he has a book to promote.
Emissary DC on the other hand received an overwhelming amount of support from its customer base despite the cyber-attack with co-owner Elias Hengst saying,
We’re an independent business—not the government, not a public park…So the idea that this somehow involves free speech shows a pretty fundamental misunderstanding of the First Amendment. We’re committed to offering our customers and community a space free of hate, bigotry, sexism, and homophobia. It’s really pretty simple.
Not exactly sure what the future has in store for Mr. Yiannopolous, but if you’re a DC resident or fan of the insanely delicious fare that Emissary has to offer, you can definitely count on your future being chock full of tasty baguettes and killer lattes.