A New York City clothing magnate threw a Mexican-themed bash Sunday at his home, where offensive guests dressed as day laborers and vegetable pickers while being served by Latino workers, The Post has learned.
More than 250 revelers packed the sprawling Hewlett, L.I. mansion of V.I.M. clothing boss Joseph Joseph to nosh on kosher food and dance with topless women at his traditional end-of-summer gala, which boasts different themes each year.
While most opted for sombrero and pancho getups, some guests showed up in anti-Mexican ensembles â including bandana-wearing gang bangers with fake neck tattoos and even border guards.
One man arrived for the occasion in a Donald Trump mask and a sombrero.
As a rabbi ensured kosher purity at the taco station, hired entertainers â including topless and g-stringed women â gyrated next to partiers.
One woman wore a pink poster board that read âimmigrant day workerâ on the front and âWhereâs the Wallâ on the back while another female guestâs shirt read âimmigrant mushroom pickerâ alongside a Mexican flag.
âThey were really irritated they had to stand there and serve these people who were wearing all this,â said a guest, referring to the disgruntled Latino workers. âOne Mexican guy said it was hurtful that he had to read all this stuff and kept pointing at the lady with the pink poster sitting in front of us eating. How could she find this funny?â
But Josephâs wife, Ellen Joseph told The Post that she warned guests not to wear provocative outfits.
âIf they insulted someone, I would apologize to whoever was insulted,â she said. Joseph speculated that the charged election-year atmosphere and Trumpâs controversialÂ candidacy likely heightened sensitivity.
âMy brother wanted to come as the wall with America on one side,â Ellen Joseph said. âWe told people to keep politics out of this because we have so many different sides.â
The hired party staffers â primarily Latinos â were outraged, according to a disturbed guest.
Josephâs daughter, Sarah Joseph, acknowledged that some of the outfits were unseemly.
âWe had a private party honoring Mexico and had no intention of ever offending anyone,â she said. âWe cannot control everyoneâs costumes.â
Joseph Joseph runs an urban clothing empire that launched in Bushwick in 1977 and now boasts more than 30 locations across New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester.