Valley Painter Wants You to "Hire a Vet, Not a Wet." Yeah, He Means Wetback

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A Valley painter apparently thought he'd try to cash in on the down-on-brown mentality gripping many Arizonans at the moment by making the slogan for his business a racial slur about Hispanics.

It seems to have backfired.

The business card of Russell Lewis, of Russell Lewis & Son Painting, has an American flag on it. It has the name of his company and it touts his 30 years of experience. It also has the catchphrase "hire a vet, not a wet" written on it.

Obviously, Lewis meant wetback -- a racial slur towards Hispanics -- which has some of residents of the neighborhood where Lewis distributed the cards pretty pissed off.


Astoundingly, Lewis has a Hispanic wife, who, when she saw the cards, told him not to distribute them. Lewis had a different solution: use a black marker to cross of the "not a wet" on each of his business cards. He did a horrible job, and "not a wet" could still be seen on the cards, despite the redaction.

We tried to get a hold of Lewis to no avail. But KPHO ambushed him at his house yesterday for a chat.

From KPHO.

"Russell Lewis? Is this your flier?" the resident was asked [by reporter Elias Johnson].

"Yeah, it's mine," Lewis replied.

Lewis said he attempted to correct the business card by crossing out the term "Not a Wet" with a black permanent marker.

"I was desperate for work and I didn't have money to change the cards," Lewis said.

Lewis said his Hispanic wife told him not to distribute the cards, but he said he was humiliated after standing at a Phoenix Home Depot with a sign that read, "Looking for Work."

"I don't know if you know this, but there are a lot of illegal people who stand out there and I was singled out," Lewis said."It isn't hate or anything," Lewis said.

"It's very hateful for the people who read it today and brought it to our attention. It's very hateful," Johnson said.

"Well, I'm sorry they interpreted it that way. It wasn't meant to be that way," Lewis answered.

"Which way are they supposed to interpret that?" Johnson asked.

"They were supposed to read what's in print," Lewis claimed.

Check out the video of Johnson confronting Lewis here.
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PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

what an idiot. TBH I think that stuff like this is racist and isn't proper. And he's wondering why he can't find work? Maybe is it because people choose not to hire racist morons?

Gabby Jones16
Gabby Jones16

stupid ass i know him and he put down his family's name with that

alehound
alehound

I love the fact the dumbass is married to a beaner. Oh, the irony.

and truth08 dude, take a pill, faggot.

taxedmore
taxedmore

OK to desecrate the American flag in front of veterans and other patriotic citizens but not OK to say wetback when referring to ILLEGAL aliens? We got a little racist one-way political correctness going on here?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Idiot. Maybe Mr. Lewis could be Sheriff some day. He is certainly qualified to vote for AARPaio.

Truth08
Truth08

Damn BIGOT!!

It doesn't matter whether he is married to a Hispanic, it still shows his true racist views behind the scenes?

His wife should divorce his ass!!

Regards,Truth

Guest
Guest

lmao. Well as a hispanic I think it's funny but in very bad taste. Do not throw stones as if you've never told a racist joke or laughed at one.

Doober
Doober

I'm calling bullshit here..Using the word "wetback" is not a racial slur to hispanics, It's a slur to Illegal criminals who are here.

A lot of latinos are here legally, and didn't break the law.

Truth08
Truth08

You fucken racist asshole!!

Regards,Truth

Truth08
Truth08

Fuck you Doober!!

Regards,Truth

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