The owner of a rare coins and collectibles store in Lafayette, La. has recently removed a sign from his storefront following online condemnation for its anti-Chinese content, The Acadiana Advocate reports.
The sign read, “Coins & Treasure PROUDLY refuses admittance to any Chinese Communist MoFo.” (MoFo is an abbreviation for the derogatory curse word “mother f—er.”)
Pictures of the sign went viral this week as concerned local residents alerted their friends on Facebook of the sign, raising concerns about its anti-Asian sentiment during a time when anti-Asian hate crimes have increased exponentially.
Louis Pizzolatto, the owner of Coin and Treasurers, told CBS correspondent David Begnaud that the sign was printed and pasted to the door in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to criticize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Pizzolatto said that the sign was not related to COVID-19 or the anti-Asian hate crimes. “It’s a singular thing,” he told KATC News. “Chinese Communist Party that has murdered hundreds of thousands of people. Not war. Just out murdering. That is the story.”
Pizzolatto removed the sign on Wednesday after receiving hundreds of phone calls from around the nation, some in opposition and some in support, but told KATC News that he planned to put up another sign similarly criticizing the CCP.
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