Fall out over Nusret Gökçe’s (aka Salt Bae) controversial meal with Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro continued yesterday when more than 100 protestors gathered at his Miami restaurant Nusr-Et to protest, according to The Miami New Times.
Growing crowd pic.twitter.com/UPeOtBe4VQ— Nestor Mato NBC6 (@NestorMatoTV) September 19, 2018
This is just the extension of the fall out that the internet sensation has seen this week due to his meal with the much despised — especially in the South Florida community — leader at the Istanbul outpost of his restaurant, who was fed a decadent $275 steak while many go hungry in his country. Earlier this week after an on-slaught of one-star reviews and comments, Yelp temporarily banned comments while an “active cleanup” happens on the listing. Senator Marco Rubio even chimed in on Twitter, encouraging his followers to protest while releasing the name and number of the restaurant.
This isn’t the internet meme’s first brush with controversy in the South Florida community since opening his steakhouse roughly a year ago. In December 2017, a now deleted photo emerged of him paying tribute to the former dictator of Cuba, Fidel Castro, made the rounds and sparked similar outrage amongst the South Florida community.
And in case you haven’t seen the video in question, check it out for yourself below.
I know things are wild lately, but I never expected to see Salt Bae serving a feast to Nicolas Maduro pic.twitter.com/ao6dmLqRZe— Jesus Rodriguez (@jesusrodriguezb) September 17, 2018