WTF OTD: Restaurant Uses Drink Name to Make Light of Domestic Violence


Photo by zoyowang

This piece is part of a daily “What the Fuck of the Day” series here on Antigone Awakens, where I briefly discuss one thing each day that has me seriously saying, WTF?!?!

I saw a picture in my Facebook feed today, and it was egregious enough that I felt it deserved a space in my WTF OTD.

It seems that the 44 1/2 Restaurant in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen prides itself on coming up with celebrity inspired drink names:


Photo courtesy @alisonturkos

If you look about 5 drinks up, you’ll notice the drink that had my blood pressure skyrocketing. It’s called the “Bloody Rihanna.”

I can’t imagine it would EVER be okay to make light of someone’s personal troubles through a drink name (which means I’m not okay with the Britney Breakdown, either – also, Lady Gaga’s Guava Stick? Umm…), but when 1 in 4 US women will be the victim of intimate partner violence in her lifetime, and when 1.3 MILLION US women are abused each year, to name a drink after a survivor of domestic violence as a joke?


Making light of domestic violence and domestic violence survivors is not cute, it’s not funny, and it is NEVER okay.

h/t to @alisonturkos for this story

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