- Clothing store owner Joseph Joseph threw the party Sunday
- It featured topless dancers with Aztec body paint and kosher tacos
- Some guests wore stereotypical tortilla, pinata and salsa costumes
- Others dressed like border guards, gang-bangers and Donald Trump
- One wore signs reading ‘Immigrant Day Worker’ and ‘Where’s the Wall?’
- Latino waitstaff were upset by the costumes, a guest claimed
- Joseph’s wife Ellen said she apologized to those who were insulted
A New York clothing boss has ruffled feathers with a tacky and ‘offensive’ Mexican-themed party that left his Latino waitstaff fuming.
Joseph Joseph, who runs the V.I.M. clothing chain, held his annual end-of-summer party at his Long Island mansion Sunday, kitting it out with Aztec-themed topless dancers and a kosher taco stand.
That might be tacky enough, but it was his guests’ costumes – which ranged from stereotypical tortillas to border patrol guards and Donald Trump – that really upset the staff, the NY Post reported.
Tasteless: Clothing boss Joseph Joseph held a Mexican-themed party Sunday, with guests in stereotypical costumes (left) and an Aztec-themed topless dancer (right, post-performance)
Tacky: The garish party, the latest in an annual series of end-of-summer galas, had Latino waitstaff on hand. But they were unhappy about some of the goings-on there
Entertainment was provided by women in bikinis with Aztec-style body paint, while a rabbi was on hand to bless the kosher tacos
Some of the guests dressed up as gang-bangers, complete with fake tattoos on their necks, and others went as ‘immigrant mushroom-pickers.’
One woman wore a pair of pink posters reading ‘Immigrant Day Worker’ and ‘Where’s the Wall?
‘One Mexican (server) 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,’ an unnamed guest said.
‘How could she find this funny?’
‘(The servers) were really irritated they had to stand there and serve these people who were wearing all this,’ the guest added.
Entertainment was provided by topless, G-string clad women with Aztec-style body paint, while a rabbi was on hand to bless the kosher tacos.
Joseph’s wife, Ellen, told the paper that guests had been warned not to wear offensive outfits, and that she had been on damage limitation duties at the party
The party was this year’s offering in a series of annual themed gatherings to mark the end of summer
Costumes: While some of the costumes (pictured) were harmless, other guests arrived dressed as immigrant workers, border patrol guards, gang-bangers and even Donald Trump
Joseph’s wife, Ellen, told the paper that guests had been warned not to wear offensive outfits, and that she had been on damage limitation duties at the party.
‘If they insulted someone, I would apologize to whoever was insulted,’ she said.
‘My brother wanted to come as the wall with America on one side,’ she added. ‘We told people to keep politics out of this because we have so many different sides.’
The party was this year’s offering in a series of annual themed gatherings to mark the end of summer.
Joseph Joseph’s urban clothing company, V.I.M., has 35 stores in New York and New Jersey.
Apology: Joseph’s wife, Ellen, said that she apologized to ‘whoever was insulted’ by guests who had not followed a command not to wear offensive costumes
Joseph, who runs the V.I.M. clothing chain, held his annual end-of-summer party at his Long Island mansion Sunday
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