Compliment or curse word? Restaurant's pizza name draws controversy

The name of a new pizza at the Texas chain restaurant Pizza Patron is garnering attention because while some people say it's a compliment, others say it's a Mexican slang word that is offensive.

March 18, 2014 2:11:48 PM PDT
The pizza chain Pizza Patron is taking heat across the state for the name of a new pizza. The name of the pie is a Mexican slang word that can be really offensive.

In fact, we are not able to say the name on TV. The phrase has two different meanings. It can be offensive to some, and to others, it means something really good. The pizza has pepperoni and lots of fresh jalapenos. The name, though, is hot -- to the point radio stations in Austin are bleeping the name in commercials.

"We really don't have bright lines as to what we can and can't say so it becomes a local judgment call, and we can certainly get fined if we air on the wrong side of that judgment and it's hard to know what is and isn't acceptable, at least in the FCC's eyes," said Chase Rupe with Emmis Communications.

According to Pizza Patron, several other radio stations are doing the same thing, but it's not planning on changing the name.

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