Local Bar’s Domestic Violence Joke Spurs Outrage

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.

Source: Philly.com

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  • Stevevevo

    I am a proud Philadelphian.  While I don’t really care about protecting those experiencing domestic violence I take pride in how offended I am by this joke.  It shows character.

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    This is a perfect example why we must be extra careful giving controversial jokes. With the advent of internet and social media, one insensitive sign can attract negative reactions all over the globe.

  • The Drama King

    That is just awesome. Of course it’s insensitive and insulting. That’s why it’s funny. 

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