Hattiesburg restaurant owner receives backlash for blog post - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg restaurant owner receives backlash for blog post

Photo Credit: WDAM A Hattiesburg restaurant has received backlash after the owner penned and open letter to Mississippi. Photo Credit: WDAM A Hattiesburg restaurant has received backlash after the owner penned and open letter to Mississippi.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Cory Cooley is the owner of Marlins Bar and Grill in Hattiesburg. Separate from his business, he is a blogger.

Recently he wrote a new blog post titled “An Open Letter to Our Home, Mississippi,” which he said was meant to encourage Mississippi youth to enhance their communities with progressive thinking.

“The article was intended to poke our legislature after confederate history month was announced, and it was on my mind a lot recently,” Cooley said.

Since its posting last week, The blog has been read over eleven thousand times and shared over 400 times on Facebook.

One line in the his blog post has recently brought him intense negative feedback.

“But there’s something you haven’t accounted for, Mississippi. While you’ve been pre-occupied with flags, confederate history month, corporate tax breaks, covering up political corruption, we’ve been getting stronger. The same youth that you have ignored are rising, and we are coming.”  

A meme, which is a humorous viral photo, has been shared on social media encouraging people to boycott Marlins Bar and Grill:

Cooley said his words were taken out of context, and said his personal beliefs should not be taken out on his staff.

“That hurts my employees, that hurts the tip money they make, that hurts the bottom line, that hurts everything.”

In the midst of the negative feedback, Cooley and his staff members have gained support from many in the community.

“We do our best to provide great value and a great environment for everybody,” Manager Kelly Wyles said.

“Those that come here and experience Marlins 99 percent of the time they come back, so I’m not worried about it affecting our business. It’s not like we're out there telling everybody to boycott anyone with rebel flags, its not going to affect our business if anything its going to help.”

Despite the controversy brought about from his post, Cooley said he’s glad people are beginning to start a dialogue about issues in the state.

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • USM Graduates Receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships

    USM Graduates Receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships

    Thursday, August 17 2017 3:51 AM EDT2017-08-17 07:51:24 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    University of Southern Mississippi graduates Justin Dyer, Kelly Hill and Lorenzo Spencer have been awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. 

    More >>

    University of Southern Mississippi graduates Justin Dyer, Kelly Hill and Lorenzo Spencer have been awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. 

    More >>
  • Kittrell, Wayne Academy looking to gain more attention

    Kittrell, Wayne Academy looking to gain more attention

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:44 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:44:25 GMT
    Markus KittrellMarkus Kittrell
    Markus Kittrell is well aware when people speak of Wayne County football, the assumption is the conversation will be of the public school War Eagles. Kitrell and his teammates would like to change that a bit this fall. “When you say Wayne County, everybody knows Wayne County High School, but it’s time for us to put it out there about Wayne Academy, where everybody will know about us,” said Kittrell, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound, two-way lineman for the Jaguars. Wayne Aca...More >>
    Markus Kittrell is well aware when people speak of Wayne County football, the assumption is the conversation will be of the public school War Eagles. Kitrell and his teammates would like to change that a bit this fall. “When you say Wayne County, everybody knows Wayne County High School, but it’s time for us to put it out there about Wayne Academy, where everybody will know about us,” said Kittrell, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound, two-way lineman for the Jaguars. Wayne Aca...More >>
  • PCS, West Marion to square off in season-opening rematch

    PCS, West Marion to square off in season-opening rematch

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:01:27 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    For a second consecutive football season, West Marion High School and Presbyterian Christian School will square off in the season-opening game for each school. But neither team knows quite what to expect from not only the team across the field but the one arrayed along its own sideline. PCS welcomes West Marion at 7 p.m. Thursday, one of two area prep games set a day before a near full, inaugural slate of high school games. Stringer High School will visit Bay Springs High Schoo...More >>
    For a second consecutive football season, West Marion High School and Presbyterian Christian School will square off in the season-opening game for each school. But neither team knows quite what to expect from not only the team across the field but the one arrayed along its own sideline. PCS welcomes West Marion at 7 p.m. Thursday, one of two area prep games set a day before a near full, inaugural slate of high school games. Stringer High School will visit Bay Springs High Schoo...More >>
Powered by Frankly