A pub has apologised after a “misguided” advertising campaign that seemed to condone rape.
And you won’t believe how…
The Hobgoblin pub in London Road had put up posters in the pub and online advertising its “Festive Frape” promotion.Customers were invited to use the pub’s name in the status section of their Facebook pages and encourage friends to “like” the comment in exchange for a free shot.
The promotion was based on the colloquial phrase Frape, which means to post on someone’s Facebook wall without their permission.
Now, if you are thinking only a total cretin or a radical feminist could possibly say that this ‘seemed to condone rape’ you be right.
However, in Britain, it seems we have lots of ’em:
But several people contacted the pub complaining the poster, which could be easily misread as festive rape, was offensive and normalised the term rape.Others took to Facebook and Twitter to condemn it.
*sigh* Of course they did…
Could the paper find one of these living brain donors to interview? Reader, they could.
Nicole Healing was one of the first to spot the poster and complain to the pub.
She said: “I remain astonished that any person would deem this suitable for marketing purposes and seemingly not realise the offence it could cause.
“This is not simply tongue-in-cheek frivolity, but an affront to all victims of sexual abuse and sexual crime.”
And as we all know, a furore isn’t a furore these days unless there’s a ‘charity’ battening on it like a vampire:
Some people contacted the charity Survivors’ Network, which supports female survivors of sexual violence and abuse.A spokeswoman said: “The majority of people who saw the poster and Facebook page would know someone who has been raped at some point in their life and would find the use of the terms unacceptable, offensive and distasteful.
“We are encouraged by the public outrage about this campaign and the pub’s swift response to apologise and to remove all connected publicity material. Our message for the festive season is simple, rape is wrong – don’t joke about it, don’t condone it, don’t do it.”
Cue grovelling apology from the pub managers, and some baksheesh for the ‘charity’:
“On reflection it was naive to use an urban phrase that could be misinterpretedin this way.”The pub has pledged to donate £250 to a local rape victim’s charity.
You should have told them Stephen Fry’s little homily on being offended instead…