Did You Hear the One About the Bar Using Rape Jokes as a Way to Advertise? Ha . . . No.Meredith Carroll
I’m all for some off-color humor. Tell me a good joke — clean or dirty — and if it’s actually funny, chances are strong that I’ll laugh.
There are some jokes that just aren’t jokes, however. Holocaust jokes, for instance. Never funny. And rape jokes? Yeah, I’m never going to laugh at those, either.
That’s why I’ll never be giving any money to Smith’s Restaurant & Bar in Philadelphia. Based on the fact that it’s in the tiny Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, you think it would probably be a halfway decent joint. Which is what makes it so ironic it’s the total opposite of a classy joint.
According to XOJane.com, they had a chalkboard sign up in their window facing the sidewalk that said the following:
Thursday pick-up line:
Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
Get it? Cholorofom? The stuff identified on Urban Dictionary as the “best way to pick up girls. You can then drag them to your windowless black van.” Yeah, that stuff.
That’s how Smith’s Restaurant & Bar wants to attract customers? That’s who they want in their bar — people who find drugging women in order to rape them funny?
Does Smith’s Restaurant & Bar not know that, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime? Do they not know that RAINN cites that 41 percent of all rapist are strangers to the people they assault? Is Smith’s Restaurant & Bar aware that victims of sexual assault are:
3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.
Of course the bar went and apologized. You know, kind of:
And clearly they meant it, based on this re-tweet:
But, you see, a woman wrote the joke on a blackboard, so that makes it all OK, right?
Now that we have that all cleared up. Let’s go have a drink and a laugh. Anywhere else but Smith’s, of course.
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