Say Hi to EVERYBODY!

Shortly after posting my video of the lady telling my wife and I to “Speak F@$king English” on Facebook, it started to spread throughout the Greek community like a wild fire; mostly due to The Pappas Post picking up the story and running with it. At the end of the video I can be heard saying, “Say Hi to Everybody!”, but I didn’t actually think “everybody” meant “EVERYBODY“! What really shocked me was how quickly news outlets started picking it up…and before we knew it, we went viral! Below is a compilation of the various outlets that picked up, or shared, the story. Not only has the original video been viewed over 700,000 times, but you’ll notice that collectively among all the other social media and news outlets, its been viewed millions of times! Its pretty remarkable, and still very surreal.

Original Facebook Post

So this just happened... Sophia and I were in line at the market, and naturally, speaking Greek. Out of nowhere this lady behind us decides to give us a modern history lesson and tells us, "Speak F*@king English, this is America." Furthermore, she demonstrated her well-versed use of the English language by using every swear word to describe us and how we don't belong here. Imagine if we were with our kids. Huge props to the manager for kicking her xenophobic, racist ass out. I only caught the tail-end on video, but you'll get the point. Seriously. This. Just. Happened. It's 2017. #SMH www.ExcuseMeAreYouGreek.com www.facebook.com/ExcuseMeAreYouGreek www.twitter.com/thanasiii

Posted by Thanasi Papoulias on Saturday, January 14, 2017

 

Original Tweet

13,555 Impressions / 97 Likes / 85 Retweets

 

The Pappas Post

A sad day for a Los Angeles couple who were speaking Greek in line at the cashier at the grocery store.

Posted by The Pappas Post on Saturday, January 14, 2017

One couple's nasty experience is turned by them into something positive.

Posted by The Pappas Post on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 

Greek Reporter

"When they go low..."

Posted by Greek Reporter on Monday, January 16, 2017

 

RT America

‘Speak F**king English, this is America!’ Greek couple attack...

‘Speak F**king English, this is America!’ Greek couple attacked in LA A racially charged viral video has emerged showing a woman in a Los Angeles, California grocery store berating a Greek couple for speaking their native language. The store manager ejected the xenophobe, and the American Hellenic Council has released a statement concerning the video. RT America correspondent Brigida Santos has the story.

Posted by RT America on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 

Mic

Rant against Greeks

This woman went ballistic because two people were speaking Greek. For more info visit: http://www.excusemeareyougreek.com/ EDIT: The last slide in this video misinterpreted the relationship between English, Latin and Greek. The three languages are related, but did not evolve directly from one another.

Posted by Mic on Friday, January 20, 2017

 

George Takei

Glad to see the management stepped in here--this kind of behavior is simply unacceptable.

Posted by George Takei on Saturday, January 21, 2017

 

God

RACIST SMITE!

Posted by God on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

 

CNN Greece

«Μιλήστε αγγλικά»… ούρλιαζε η γυναίκα #CNNgrNews

Posted by CNN Greece on Sunday, January 15, 2017

 

Vice Greece

Οι Έλληνες στην Αμερική του Τραμπ.

Posted by VICE Greece on Monday, January 23, 2017

 

Yia Yia Nitsa

Posted by Yiayia Nitsa on Monday, January 16, 2017

 

Angelo’s Mom

 

Tumblr

https://the-movemnt.tumblr.com/post/156082977109/since-the-incident-thanasi-papoulias-one-of-the

 

TomoUSA

 

Neos Kosmos

While minding their own business, the couple were told to 'Speak f--king English, this is America!'. Part of the abusive rant was caught on video.

Posted by NEOS KOSMOS on Sunday, January 15, 2017

 

MyParea.com

‘Speak F**king English, this is America!’ Greek couple attack...

‘Speak F**king English, this is America!’ Greek couple attacked in LA A racially charged viral video has emerged showing a woman in a Los Angeles, California grocery store berating a Greek couple for speaking their native language. The store manager ejected the xenophobe, and the American Hellenic Council has released a statement concerning the video. RT America correspondent Brigida Santos has the story.

Posted by RT America on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 

Hellenic Leadership Council

#SpeakGreekinPublic No matter what your political affiliation, you should condemn the attack on public displays of...

Posted by Hellenic American Leadership Council on Monday, January 16, 2017

 

GOOD magazine

They speak (and write) English fluently, but she wouldn't stop her profane tirade.

Posted by GOOD on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

 

Mexican News

Se llevó su merecido.

Posted by Upsocl on Sunday, January 22, 2017

 

Reddit

Woman verbally attacks Greek-American couple in Los Angeles store for speaking Greek from PublicFreakout

 

 

And most importantly, please don’t forget about the GoFundMe campaign we started to Send the Manager to Greece! The smallest contribution can go a long way!

 

Speak English, Greek Couple, Greek Couple Supermarket, Thanasi Papoulias, Sophia Papoulias, Thanasi and Sophia Papoulias, Xenophobia

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