Nando's ruffles feathers after Trump immigrant ban

Never shy to make political comment, Nando's has taken a stand against controversial President Donald Trump in the United States where it has six outlets. In the days before Trump's inauguration, black signs appeared in Nando's' store windows, and last week, 60 000 copies of the campaign ad were found in the pages of The Washington Post's free commuter newspaper, The Express.

The ad has one side of a sign showing an unbranded red heart with the text: #EVERYONE IS WELCOME. On the other side, the Washington Post declares: "Nando’s Peri-Peri is an Immigrant EMPLOYING, Gay LOVING, Muslim RESPECTING, Racism OPPOSING, Equal PAYING, Multi CULTURAL chicken restaurant where #everyoneiswelcome".

Trump has signed a controversial executive order that blocks immigrants from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

We've always been about social commentary. It's played a big role in the markets in which we operate. Sometimes social commentary becomes political commentary. Nando's does both.

Sepanta Bagherpour, vice president of marketing at Nando’s USA

Sepanta Bagherpour, vice president of marketing at Nando’s USA, has been in Washington for four years and explains that it's been "very humbling" introducing Nando's to the American audience.

"We've had a strong response from people, from those who know and love the brand. It's very paralleled to what we receive in South Africa, which is encouraging."

Sepanta Bagherpour, Vice president of marketing at Nando’s USA

Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM
Read More
Tump's Muslim ban will benefit Isis - researcher

Tump's Muslim ban will benefit Isis - researcher

US President Trump signed an executive order that blocks immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

Trump is turning his bigotry into policy pronouncements - analyst

Trump is turning his bigotry into policy pronouncements - analyst

Professor John Stremlau says US president Donald Trump's new immigration policy is based on flawed information and is "fact-free".

Trump bans funding to US abortion groups from international NGOs.

Trump bans funding to US abortion groups from international NGOs.

US President Donald Trump has also pulled the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Trevor Noah on race, being 'yellow bone', Trump, the ANC and more

Trevor Noah on race, being 'yellow bone', Trump, the ANC and more

Comedian Trevor Noah has a no-holds-barred chat about race, culture, politics, his upbringing and debut Novel, 'Born a Crime'.

The Simpsons called Trump's victory more than a decade ago

The Simpsons called Trump's victory more than a decade ago

As the world is coming to grips with the fact that Donald Trump has been elected US President, The Simpsons saw it coming in 2000.

Doomsayers predict what the future holds for Trump administration

Doomsayers predict what the future holds for Trump administration

Donald Trump has won the US presidential elections after scoring surprising key battleground states. Here's what Twitter has said.

Nando's denies changes to chicken

Nando's denies changes to chicken

Nando's CEO Geoff Whyte says Nando's chicken taste and size have not changed over the years.

Is Nando's chicken getting smaller?  Does it still taste the same?

Is Nando's chicken getting smaller? Does it still taste the same?

Lines were buzzing on the Afternoon Drive show with listeners sharing their experience with Nando's chicken.

Changing lives one chicken at a time!

Changing lives one chicken at a time!

Co-Founder of Nandos, Robbie Brozin is changing lives all over the world one chicken at a time - all while having fun with it!

This is the best takeaway burger in all of South Africa

This is the best takeaway burger in all of South Africa

Steers, Wimpy, McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Nando’s and Chicken Licken competed for the honours. The results were conclusive.

Popular articles
Social media give President Ramaphosa the nod

Social media give President Ramaphosa the nod

Social media reacts with love and hope to President Ramaphosa's maiden State Of the Nation Address.

‘Maimane, Malema will find Ramaphosa harder to deal with than easy-target Zuma’

‘Maimane, Malema will find Ramaphosa harder to deal with than easy-target Zuma’

Afternoon Drive’s Stephen Grootes interviews Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Security Studies Judith February.

EFF's walk out was bizarre - Baleka Mbete

EFF's walk out was bizarre - Baleka Mbete

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete shares her views on the future of Parliament and the readiness for Sona 2018

Hawks video shows fugitive Ajay Gupta leaving SA

Hawks video shows fugitive Ajay Gupta leaving SA

The Hawks are in possession of video footage showing Gupta, wanted in connection with Vrede dairy farm scandal, leaving SA.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.