As Smith’s Restaurant and Lounge found out the hard way, if you’re going to put up a jokey sign inviting patrons into your bar, you may want to stay away from the topic of domestic violence.
Yesterday, a photo of the Rittenhouse restaurant’s ill-conceived sign floated around the internet, and now domestic violence activists have descended upon Smith’s, claiming that move was insensitive to survivors of abuse.
As you can see, the sign read, “I like my beer like I like my violence… domestic.” A manager at Smith’s reportedly said that the sign was actually posted by a survivor of domestic abuse, but that doesn’t seem to helping the bar’s case, especially considering that Philly saw a whopping 115,000 domestic violence calls last year.
Jeannine Lisitski, an executive director of Women Against Abuse, spoke with Philly.com on the incident, “This sign in any circumstance would be appalling, but given what we see in Philadelphia everyday, it’s horrible.”
The sign has since been removed.