Belvedere, you’ve got some competition for Most Tasteless Marketing of a Consumer Product (Facebook Edition). Atlanta-area restaurant Chops & Hops named a celebrity burger after Rihanna–but it had nothing to do with her talent.
@chrisbrown, @rihanna and us teamed up for a award-winning celebrity sandwich. Put your hands on this caribbean black and bleu sandwich. … Brown won’t beat you up for eating this unless your name starts with a R and ends with A.
Initial response to their Facebook post was largely negative, and Chops & Hops was quick to issue an apology.
Chops & Hops The owners of C&H would like to make sure everyone knows that we and our staff DO NOT SUPPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Many of us have been affected by domestic violence in some manner and realize that this is no joke.
We have been involved in fundraising for Project Safe Team 6 and we fully intend on donating the proceeds (times 6 – in honor of Team 6) from the sales of the burger. C&H continues to strive for a community driven, family oriented, great food and great service environment. We will continue to be involved in our community fundraising and charities near and dear to our hearts.
“The owners of Chops & Hops,” however, might have wanted to run that statement by chef/co-owner Richard Miley before letting him talk to the press. He gave a slightly different response in an interview with ABC News.
“I was not trying to make a joke of domestic violence, just bringing light to the situation through food,” chef Richard Miley told ABCNews.com today. “I do not regret it. I don’t regret anything.”
“I’m not going to take it off Facebook, because I’m not afraid of what I did,” Miley said. “I’m just trying to have fun with food. Some people like it and some people don’t.”
I have no idea what “bringing light to the situation through food” means. It sounds like it could mean “raising awareness of domestic violence,” but I… question that interpretation. It rather appears that he was making light of the situation, which is the same thing as making a joke of domestic violence, Miley.
As with any such controversy (see above in re: Belv), the negative press brought out the assholes in droves to point out that we’re all just hypersensitive pansies with no sense of humor, and we need to get over it, and Chops & Hops has apologized, and now they’re going to eat TWO burgers just because, SO SUCK IT.
GOOD GRIEF! You people need to pull the sticks out of your asses! The silly thing is you are making a big deal about a domestic violence situation that obviously wasn’t that big of a deal because RHIANNA is trying to get back with Chris Brown and fighting other women over him. Find something worth your time to gripe about…….. LAWD!
Also anyone who says domestic violence isn’t funny is correct but after sooo long can you just let go and see the humor in it? She went back to him. Looks to me like a bunch a pussies eat at this place. They don’t need you. Go to mickey d’s.
OMG! Funniest name ever. Lighten the fuck up people, two months after being “beaten” [not beaten. Just "beaten"] Rihanna came out with a song claiming she loves being beat up so obviously she isnt fretting too much about it. Why the fuck are you? [all emphasis mine]
It’s not something I thought I’d ever have to lay out so explicitly, but here goes: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NEVER FUNNY. No, it isn’t. No, it isn’t.
There is no statute of limitations on domestic violence. Even after several years have passed, domestic violence is not funny.
Even if a survivor has forgiven his or her abuser, domestic violence is not funny.
Even if you personally are a survivor of domestic violence, domestic violence is not funny to everyone else.
Even if the abuser is rich and famous and hot, domestic violence is not funny.
Domestic violence hurts real people. Making light of it sends the message to real people that their experiences don’t matter, that what happened to them wasn’t serious, that they have no allies who take their experiences seriously, and that they themselves are the ones at fault for holding on to it and continuing to feel pain. And it sends the message to abusers (past and potential) that domestic violence isn’t a big deal and has no lasting consequences. And those are messages that are not funny.
(h/t Georgia Mae)