The Day Tom Morello Was Smashed After Not Getting A Special Treatment From A Restaurant Owner
Tom Morello, who is widely known for his tenure with Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave, is often considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time and he was once ranked number 40 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.’ However, the guitarist isn’t only recognized with his music since Morello is a lifelong activist who openly supports and speaks about equality and justice both socially and politically.
There’s no doubt that Tom Morello is respected when it comes to his cleverness as he even attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. He often uses his wit in order to defend and spread his socialist political views and activism through which he mostly represents the working class, being a member of the labor union the Industrial Workers of the World.
Morello once performed a benefit concert for 15 Now which was an organization that aimed to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour on September 26, 2014. A day after the performance, a heated feud between Rage Against the Machine guitarist and Five Point restaurant in Seattle made the headlines as Morello started it by spreading hate comments about the place and the rest filled with the restaurant owner’s highly shady and rightful statements. Let’s take a closer look into the infamous verbal fight that made Tom Morello fans unpleasant.
Tom Morello Was Slammed By Five Point Restaurant Owner
Being a famous activist who has spent decades rooting for the right to protest and campaign for justice in many different realms, Tom Morello shared a post on his official Twitter page and denigrated Five Point restaurant in Seattle, claiming that the establishment is anti-worker as well as having employees that are incredibly rude, especially the doorman to whom Morello referred as a ‘prick.’
In his tweet, Tom Morello stated:
“Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the worst. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.”
After seeing Morello’s tweet, Five Point restaurant shared a post on its official Facebook page revealing a long statement in which they started stressing that the restaurant is totally pro-worker with higher payments, health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement, and profit share. The restaurant also claimed to have kind stuff, therefore, it must be Morello who acted like a prick and got treated like one.
Furthermore, Five Point restaurant also stated that Tom Morello was verbally attacking a small business without previously addressing his issue directly to the administration, thus, he preferred to spread hate and caused his fans as well as from the restaurant to lose respect after his wrongdoing.
In the restaurant’s Facebook post, it was revealed:
“For the record Tom Morello – The 5 Point is totally pro-worker. We try to pay more than any other small restaurant, and on top of the higher pay, we offer health insurance, paid sick days, paid time off, retirement, and profit share. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it’s usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a prick = get treated like a prick.
I have to say, you’re attacking a small business without knowing anything about it, or addressing your problem with them directly before you go on a public rant, pretty much sucks. Just lost a ton of respect for you, and I’ve been a fan for years, both of your work in Rage and your work for workers’ rights since.”
The restaurant ended its words by stressing the fact that rock stars don’t have a privilege in there since according to them, Morello didn’t want to wait in the line, and while the restaurant was in full capacity, he requested a special room, combined with a rude attitude, the doorman rejected his request.
The restaurant continued:
“PS – rock stars don’t get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn’t give less of a shit. Sorry.
And PSS – I’m the owner of the 5 Point and have worked to raise the minimum wage in Seattle and support the same nationally, worked to get paid sick days law in Seattle, and am supporting a City-sponsored retirement plan for employees of small businesses. I hope you do the same for your employees on the road…
PSSS – turns out he and his crew didn’t get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude. Quote from the door guys ‘I knew who he was, we had no room, his whole party was being rude. He wanted a special room in the back. Clearly had no idea what it is like inside. I’ve told bigger rock stars than him no.'”
After seeing the allegations about him, Tom Morello shared another post on his official Facebook page stating that the doorman was being rude by constantly not letting them in while there were empty seats inside. According to him, he didn’t ask for a special treatment let alone a special room, however, Morello also accepted that he shouldn’t have tweeted about the matter, rather talk to the administration of the restaurant which was an olive branch that closed the whole unpleasant matter.
You can see Tom Morello’s first tweet below.
Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 27, 2014