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  1. Eric says

    Uh, The Wiener Circle is in Lincoln Park which is hardly the “ghetto” of Chicago, if anything it’s one of the nicer parts.

    That’s just what they do, it’s a ton of fun, but then maybe you just wouldn’t get that with your not so subtle racism.

  2. says

    After hearing about so many gay kids and suicide, I think every young gay child who is a victim of bullying should be allowed to work at a place like this for one day and learn from those employees how to fight back verbally and tell off the jerks at school. They would learn so many awesome comebacks and put-downs that NO ONE would pick on them.

  3. Anthony says

    Mostly, that was just boring and stupid. Did the tall guy use the word “gay” in his insult somewhere between the minute and 1:15 mark, or did I mishear?

  4. Nat says

    “That’s just what they do, it’s a ton of fun, but then maybe you just wouldn’t get that with your not so subtle racism.”

    Actually, I think the not so subtle racism is the kind found at the Wiener’s Circle.

  5. CHAD says

    Hilarious,

    The Elbow Room in Vancouver has the same schtik but with gay old queens.

  6. Gregoire says

    Oh my God, I want blue-haired lady on my side in a fight. She could drive Satan to tears.

    This was so much fun. But it does scream for a rematch between Triumph the Comic Dog and Latrice Royale.

  7. Derrick from Philly says

    ‘Uh, don’t go to ghetto restaurants. Next to a “buy gold” store. GHETTO”

    Uh, don’t give up so quickly, GUEST. I’m sure you can find a spot where the men’s room has a glory hole in the stall.

    tap tap tap

  8. Chris says

    @Anthony I thought that too but then I listened again and I think he is calling one of the guys a “gangbanger”

  9. FernLaPlante says

    Um “guest”, do .3 seconds of research. WC is in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Chicago. And it’s just a shtick like Ed Debevic’s.

  10. tinkerbelle says

    This just shows what’s wrong with the world today.

    Now I have to go change my pants.

  11. SayTheTruth says

    It must be tough being a nice and polite black person and get past the stereotypes. Especially when stereotypes are everywhere to be seen.

  12. Michaelandfred says

    So funny! Work for tips…sleep in your car…made me cry I laughed so hard.

  13. BoredToday says

    I don’t know how you racist naysayers can sleep in your cars at night :)

    There was a burger joint in San Francisco that had the same shtick — the middle schoolers were rolling in the aisles.

    I hate Chicago

  14. Derrick from Philly says

    “It must be tough being a nice and polite black person and get past the stereotypes. Especially when stereotypes are everywhere to be seen.”

    Oh, I so do agree with you, SAYTHETRUTH. These stereotypical types are simply awful. Take for instance that Kameron Slade that Andy posted the story about today. You know, the fifth grade New York Negro who wrote the essay supporting marriage equality for Gays. A stereotypical inner-city Black thug if I’ve ever seen one. Simply awful.

    Oh, yes, I do hate it when so many members of some particular group fulfull the stereotype.

    Oh, by the way, you wouldn’t happen to have any Crystal Meth on you, would you, skinny pimpled Gay guy?

  15. laughing out loud says

    Wicked funny! I love that dog! Hot dogs not so much.

    I wish Conan were network again.
    Thanks for posting

  16. SayTheTruth says

    @ Derrick from Philly, Your comment made me realize I was wrong. There are still many nice people –like you- ready to show my how behaving politely changes rooted persecutions. Even if the media helps a lot against it. There is hope. Yeap.

  17. Steve Jasen says

    Well, the people working in that place ARE those who bullied gay kids and probably still bully gay people. While acting ghetto may be cute to some, for many others…it’s foul and lacks class. It’s people like this who are a stain on society in my opinion.

  18. CortzSteel says

    Ghetto is as ghetto does. Personally I get a headache being around so much ‘hood’ (regardless of skin color. Just not a fan of the persona) I think being respectful, kind, and appropriate is to be valued. Not a fan and definitely wouldn’t be spending my money in a place that would give me a headache. No thanks

  19. IonMusic says

    Derrick From Philly, so in your quest to show racism is wrong, you display homophobia by producing a horribly offensive and negative stereotype of gays? That makes you better and your point more valid…

    or are you one of those folks who has convinced themselves that homophobia is less offensive than racism.

  20. Steve-ATL says

    @ Derick from Philly so picking on a gay white kid is totally appropriate.

    Gotchya!

    and we wonder why the two communities have a divide.

  21. Nat says

    “There was a burger joint in San Francisco that had the same shtick — the middle schoolers were rolling in the aisles.”

    Did it also encourage its customers to hurl racial epithets at its employees?

    Having Conan do a bit on this abomination is slightly less depressing than it having its own reality show, but not by much.

  22. Nat says

    “Oh, yes, I do hate it when so many members of some particular group fulfull the stereotype.”

    So what’s your response to the Wiener’s Circle, where a) the establishment permits its white customers to use some of the most over the top racist commentary on its predominately black staff, b) said staff not only attacks those customers based on perceived traits, but anyone else who walks in its doors after hours? Because I heard ‘faggot’ more times in 2 minutes there than I have in the past 10 years.

  23. Missed Manners says

    Two observations:

    1) @5:15, when Cigar Dog is in mid-rant and says, “…America for Laura 800 588 2300 Empire, B*TCH!”, what is the insult here? It gets a big crowd reaction, and a big-eyed mouth-covering from Jack, but it made no sense. In fact, the whole bit seemed to be incoherent, incomprehensible non-sequitur. Not sure I see the entertainment value to a place like that, or the comedy in a sketch like this.

    2) It seems inconsistent that a site’s language filters in the comment section won’t allow commenters to post partial transcripts of content featured in the blog. If the language is appropriate enough to be featured in an article, why isn’t it appropriate enough to be discussed in the comment section?

  24. mack says

    Holy Sh** that was hysterical.

    Last time I went to Weiner Circle it was close to closing time and they were actually nice. We ate for free, and a friend told us to ask for a “chocolate shake” and the woman with blue hair (skanky smurf – HA!!!) lifted her shirt and shook her bare boobs back and forth. They got a nice tip. Anyone else ever get the shake?

    Maybe the cops cracked down on the chocolate shakes, so they changed the schtick to hostile… Either way, more great advertising for the shop!

  25. FresshFrite says

    I don’t find ghettoness like this cute or funny or amusing, I find it sad. And annoying actually.

  26. Joseph says

    @Missed Manners: I think it was a comination of factors: first, by this time in the insult-a-thon, it had, indeed, become a string of non-sequiturs; and, second, the 800-588-2300 Empire is a reference to a carpet company commercial that is probably familiar to many in the Chicago area.

    The whole thing had me falling out of my chair laughing, and I didn’t find it racist, simply because everybody seemed to be in on the joke (with the exception of the poor guy at the end, who did NOT look pleased).

  27. srtrr1@gmail.com says

    Mildly racist to call this the “GHETTO?” Are you stupid? The proprietors obviously want to be thought of as GHETTO. That’s the point, a little bit of “safe” ghetto performance crap in the white bread neighborhood.

    If anyone’s racist, it’s the black folks who run that joke shop of self-exploitation. I heard the tall dude behind the counter call someone “gay”, so he’s a homo-hating bigot too.

  28. srtrr1@gmail.com says

    The rude/polite thing would be hilarious if this wasn’t really about black/gay stereotypes. Oh well.

  29. srtrr1@gmail.com says

    Apologies folks, the tall dude DOES say “gangbanger” not “gay man.”

    Shows that they do have their insults carefully chosen for this white crowd. At least for TV (wisely). I’m betting a lot of others will mis-hear this and that guy will get some flack.

    And yes, despite the unfortunate stereotyping of our black brothers and sisters, and our gay Jack, it IS very, very funny.

  30. Dowager Countess says

    It’s the new minstrelsy because we all know black folk, particularly black females are loud and crazy and speak “blacklish”. Sorry, call me humorless but it’s racist stereotyping sadly perpetuated by black people who should know better. The black character has morphed from Stepin Fetchit to loudmouth thug but in the end the only ones laughing are laughing at the black folks, not with them.

  31. banjiboi says

    Derrick! It’s been awhile! And thanks for that comeback. It’s apparent that the essence of this bit went over some people’s heads. It’s not uncommon of certain cultures to poke some fun at themselves at their own expense. That’s the very nature of the schtick here. People visit this place to experience the over-the-top behavior and in turn, get the privilege to respond in kind. Not to mention that they fail to see that this is all done in a good-natured spirit. Nobody is fighting. There is no violence. And most importantly, people are having FUN!

    I actually find it refreshing, especially the interaction between the black staff and the white customers, and can sense an underlying cathartic release going on. There’s also a subtext about what fast food workers have to deal with and how they’re basically powerless to convey how they REALLY feel when they deal with irritable customers and vice-versa.

    As for all the whining about stereotypes and “ghetto” behavior, well, those people show their true colors in their statements. And I find it useless and tiring trying to change their opinions, but let’s call a spade a spade, eh? Gays have a long record of “exploiting” stereotypes in the name of comedy. So do rednecks. And Latinos. And Jews. As for the point about the racial divide in the gay community? Honey, I could go on about that one! Please. I’m not surprised though, as much as I like this site, I don’t visit it much anymore because I just cannot tolerate the subtle and sometimes blatantly racist insults that sometimes pepper the comments section.

    Sometimes it only takes just one to make me throw up in my mouth.

  32. AARONYC says

    This isn’t racist or minstrel. Minstrel shows were racist because they consisted of white people in black face acting out negative stereotypes of black people.

    This is SATIRE and there is a big difference between the two.

    All minorities live with the negative stereotypes held against them by the larger population. Some people think the way to counter those stereotypes is my conforming to the norms of the greater society and blending in, to prove that you are the same as everyone else.

    But other people believe that embracing those stereotypes, laughing at them and throwing them back into the face of society is far more empowering and ultimately renders the stereotypes powerless — far more effectively than by running from them. The key to satire is having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself. Because once you can laugh at yourself, it doesn’t matter if other people laugh at your or not.

    Mel Brooks was a brilliant Jewish satirist. Lady Bunny is a great gay satirists. And the people at The Wiener Circle and excellent black satirists. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call what they are staging performance art, even if they wouldn’t consider it that themselves.

    The people at Wiener Circle are in on the joke — and profiting from it. They have all the power and if you don’t like it, I would imagine they wouldn’t give a flying @#$%!!! And, judging by the comments here, that makes a lot of people very uncomfortable.

  33. Nat says

    “And, judging by the comments here, that makes a lot of people very uncomfortable.”

    No, it makes me very sad that the staff calling customers any number of slurs, and the customers calling the staff every reprehensible, racist thing under the sun is viewed as cathartic, or a victory for anyone.

    White people shouldn’t feel any sort of emotional or intellectual release in calling a black person the n-word. No one’s actually winning – the snothead whites never actually grasp that they’re racist pieces of trash, and the staff simply learn to live with the abuse, as opposed to refusing to tolerate it.

  34. Nat says

    “Maybe the cops cracked down on the chocolate shakes, so they changed the schtick to hostile… Either way, more great advertising for the shop!”

    I went in there with friends, after much goading. I knew the place’s reputation, and I had little interest in subjecting myself to the freakshow.

    Fifteen seconds in and I’m being called a faggot. And I had all the confirmation I needed.

  35. AARONYC says

    NAT, Huh???? What “customers called the staff every reprehensible racist thing under the sun”??? Please, provide evidence of that.

    You obviously watched a different video than I did. Contrary to your claim, not once did any one use the “n word”!!!!

    It’s fascinating to me that you have perceive this in such racial terms and see the workers at The Wiener’s Circle as “simply learning to live with the abuse” from snothead whites.

    The absolute inaccuracies of your post reveal much more about you than the employees at The Wiener’s Circle.

  36. Nat says

    “You obviously watched a different video than I did. Contrary to your claim, not once did any one use the “n word”!!!!”

    Y’know, normally I try to be sanguine. But I’m going to go through this point by point, since you seem to be lacking essential comprehension skills.

    1: The establishment exists outside of a television clip.

    2: In real life, i.e. outside a sanitized television program, the place has a well-documented reputation for a) a rude staff that will treat customers like dirt afterhours; b) customers – usually young drunk white college kids – who get off on saying incredibly racist things.

    As I stated, during my sole visit to said establishment, it didn’t take long before (read: 15 seconds) before I was being called a faggot, despite not engaging in the typical racist crap that goes down there on a REGULAR FREAKING BASIS.

    “It’s fascinating to me that you have perceive this in such racial terms and see the workers at The Wiener’s Circle as “simply learning to live with the abuse” from snothead whites.”

    It’s fascinating to me that your grasp of the world only extends to brief television clips.

    Now, I’ve just been the one time, because as I said, I don’t really want to give business to a place that thinks it can get away with calling me a faggot. And I’m not a Chicago native. But there is a bevy of clips, no doubt a Wikipedia article, and doubtless many, many travel accounts documenting similar experiences.

    So what I suggest is that you scurry off and do some actual research before you seem fit to spout another comment about something you clearly know NOTHING ABOUT.