Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill did a bad thing. In order to distinguish the difference between their male and female bathrooms, they used photos. That part isn’t so bad. But the photos they used made things bad.
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— Dom (@DomDiFurio) October 30, 2017
I get the humor. In fact, I think it’s a cool move and kind of funny. More bars should have giant door photos of men and women to distinguish bathrooms. But remove the wall placards next to the door. It just makes things redundant.
And no matter what photos they use, people were going to be offended. Welcome to 2017. They could have used a fat guy and a hot chick and people would have said, “That’s sexist.” They could have used a hot guy and hot girl and people would have said, “Ugly people use the bathroom too.” If they used two ugly people, it would have been shaming uglies.
Basically, while using pictures to show who should use which bathroom sounds fun, it’s just a bad idea. Even “Men” and “Women” signs are offensive now because some men identify as women and vice versa. Restaurants should do away with bathrooms to avoid any type of backlash. If you have to go, take your ass home.
Here’s what the bar owner said in a statement on Facebook:
First and foremost, our intention was not to make fun of or offend anyone when we installed the pictures of Bruce and Caitlyn on our bathroom doors. It was merely a lighthearted gesture to push back against the political correctness that seems to have a stranglehold on this country right now. We believe that political correctness has done more to silence rather than encourage important discussions that our society probably needs to have. Based on the mind-boggling feedback, both positive and negative, people are having that discussion. However, name calling and words like transphobic, deviant, racist, homophobic, bigot, etc. serve nothing but to continue to divide us instead of uniting us. After all, we are all part of the same race – the human race. Surely, we can discuss this topic and many others without slapping hurtful labels on each other. Please know that we are here to discuss this and move forward as a community. Everyone is welcome here.
Again, I get the joke and find the idea clever. But saying you’re “pushing back against political correctness” is not the right answer. The right answer was, “It doesn’t matter if you identify as a man or a woman. You are welcome to use our bathrooms.”
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