Danny Trejo Rallies Behind Valley Restaurant Tagged With Homophobic Slurs
Danny Trejo has made a career out of playing badass characters on screen, and it turns out you don't want to cross him in real life either.
Trejo will show his support this weekend for a San Fernando Valley restaurant recently vandalized by homophobic and misogynistic graffiti. The Echo Park-born Machete star will—peacefully—join restaurant owner Vivian Hartman and other community members on Sunday to repaint portions of Buffalo Bruce's Mercantile, the Sylmar cafe and barbecue joint that was targeted last weekend. The exterior walls and outdoor furniture of the restaurant were spray painted with the image of a penis and derogatory slurs, according to the San Fernando Valley Sun. The colorful restaurant and coffee shop serves as a community gathering point, and was founded in honor of Hartman's daughter who she lost to leukemia. Some of the graffiti also marred a mural for Hartman's non-profit organization Sofia's Angels, which helps families navigate medical care for children with cancer.
Unlike his machete and gun-toting on-screen counterparts, Trejo instead chose to rally local support in a video message posted to his Facebook page. In the video, Trejo appears with Hartman in front of her restaurant, and invites supporters to join this weekend. He also doesn't miss a moment to dismiss "the punk" who tagged the restaurant:
The lady gives nothing but love to the community. She gives back every day, feeds the homeless. And her place was vandalized. Whoever did it, you're a punk. But we don't care about you. What we care about is this Sunday, we're gonna have a paint party here. Anybody who wants to attend, it's on the corner of Foothill and Hubbard. And it's Buffalo Bruce's. I'll be here. I'll be signing autographs and taking pictures.
Buffalo Bruce’s Mercantile is located at 13661 Hubbard St. in Sylmar. Trejo will begin signing autographs at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A GoFundMe campaign has also been started to help support the restaurant.
This Sunday we're going to have a paint party at Buffalo Bruce's Mercantile, I’ll be signing and taking pictures.
Posted by Danny Trejo on Tuesday, July 14, 2015