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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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WTF OTD – Using Sex to Sell Pap Smears???

Came across this Singaporean ad on Buzzfeed and had my WTF moment for the day:


“Lift your skirt. Save your life.”

Wow – copywriters and editors are really hitting home runs this week, aren’t they? SMDH.

While I don’t deny that the ad is eye-catching (it’s hard not to notice the iconic imagery), I can’t believe that the copy or the image made it into final print. As a cervical cancer survivor, I can agree that promoting awareness and screening is incredibly important. But voyeuristically using women’s sexuality to accomplish those goals? That gets a gigantic WTF from me. You can get your message across without dehumanizing women, kthxbai.

Till next time,

– H

p.s. FTR, I feel the same way about breast cancer awareness programs like “save the tatas” – that shite’s offensive.

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

WTF OTD: Urban Decay’s Mother’s Day Naked Ad

Maybe I’m having a “Heather is Sensitive” kind of day, but this just popped up in my Facebook feed, and I immediately did a double-take:

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That might honestly be the creepiest non-antichoice thing I’ve ever seen in my Facebook feed.

“[S]how mom how much you love her, get her Naked…”

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First, I hope whoever wrote that copy is getting seriously reamed by their boss right now, perhaps even fired.

Second, why is it that this double entendre even crossed someone’s mind as something appropriate to put into an ad?

Way to go, Urban Decay. You’ve found a way to objectify women to sell your products without even showing a single woman. W.T.F.

© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.