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[VIDEO] People Are Boycotting Salt Bae Restaurants After He Was Recorded Serving Steak To Venezuela’s President As Venezuelans Starve

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Salt Bae is facing harsh criticism after feeding Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

The viral sensation won the hearts of millions with his unique, maybe unsanitary, way of salting slabs of meat for his adoring fans. However, some of that love has soured after Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, posted videos to Instagram of him serving Venezuela’s president and his wife. President Maduro was in Istanbul, Turkey when he visited Nusr-Et steakhouse for a taste of the celebrity chef’s famous steaks. Maduro was on his way home from a trip to China where he was trying to raise money to help the failing South American country.

Venezuelan citizens have lost 24 pounds on average since 2017 because of the economic disaster that has left 90 percent of the population in poverty. The videos of Maduro and Gökçe acting like pals has caused severe backlash and Gökçe has deleted the videos from his Instagram page. However, the internet never forgets and screen recordings live forever. President Maduro and Gökçe shared a hug at the end of the post and the two spoke about reconnecting in Caracas, Venezuela in the future.

Upset Venezuelans and sympathizers have taken to Gökçe’s Instagram account to air their anger.

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There’s nothing a few emojis can’t say.

Others have suggested that he should visit Venezuela and experience the economic collapse personally.

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Venezuela’s economy has been on a sever downward spiral since 2015. The economic crisis led to political and social unrest as citizens of the South American country lost everything, including the ability to buy food.

And some people started calling for a boycott of Gökçe’s restaurants.

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Venezuelans across the world are infuriated at images of President Maduro and his wife eating steak while their citizens starve and fall deeper into economic despair.

Fans and social media followers are asking for an apology.

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As of the writing of this article, Gökçe has only deleted the posts and seems to act like nothing happened. Not once has he acknowledged the anger from fans and Venezuelans.

A lot of people are furious at his silence in the face of mounting criticism.

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While President Maduro and Gökçe continue their lives, outrage has mounted and protests have sprung up in front of Nusr-Et steakhouses.

Angry Venezuelans and supports protested in front of Gökçe’s Miami restaurant.

Thousands of Venezuelans have fled from the South American country and sought shelter in Miami. Much like the Cuban population, they have made the south Florida city their home and are using their voice to bring attention to the catastrophe of their homeland.

The crowd chanted, “Boycott. Boycott. Boycott.”

Hundreds of Venezuelans and sympathizers made it clear that they will not be silenced. Their anger and outrage caused a stir in front of the restaurant as the crowd demanded an apology.

Despite protests, Gökçe has remained silent.

A look through his Instagram shows several posts since the videos were taken down of him in suits and sunglasses modeling for the camera. Fans are waiting for an official apology from Gökçe.


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A New Study Finds Latinos Believe In The American Dream But That It Has Become Too Hard To Achieve

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A New Study Finds Latinos Believe In The American Dream But That It Has Become Too Hard To Achieve

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Latinos are very optimistic and generally happy people — it’s actually been scientifically proven. Despite the troubles we face, we tend to look on the bright side and hope for the best, which is why the results of a study conducted by the Pew Research Center about the American Dream isn’t all that surprising. Even with the kind of rhetoric from the White House and hate from so many people, Latinos believe that hard work is the key to success in the U.S.

While the majority of Latinos believe that with hard work they can achieve success, less than half feel like they can acquire the “American Dream.”

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The definition of the “American Dream” can vary depending on who you ask. Generally speaking it means attaining a good paying job, with benefits and owning a home for you and your family.

The 2016 study shows that 77 percent of Latinos say “most people can get ahead with hard work.” Interestingly enough, Latinos — more than any other group — are optimistic about the “American Dream.”

Furthermore, 75 percent of Latinos say that their way of life right now is a huge improvement from that of their parents. Seventy-two percent say their children’s lives will also be better than their parents. Of the rest of the general public — about 56 percent — say they are better off than their parents and only 46 percent feel like their kids lives will be an improvement from their own.

About 51 percent of Latinos feel like they have already gained the “American dream.” However, 74 percent say attaining the “American Dream” is too difficult.

More findings show that Latinos are making strides — at least now in the current booming economy. New census data released this week shows that Latino households are seeing an increase in their income.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the “median income for Hispanic households rose 3.7 percent in 2017, to $50,486, adjusted for inflation.” These figures show a 20 percent continuing trend that income in Latino households continues to increase for the past five years.

Another Pew Research survey shows findings that correlate to the higher income figures, and that the number of unemployed Latinos has reached a historic low. While the number shows that Latino unemployment rate is currently at 4.7 percent, the data also shows that Latinos have not fully recovered from the recession.

All of this data goes to show that Latinos are truly living better and more productive lives in this country. In the face of anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric, Latinos continue to push for better lives within the U.S.


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