Locals Only, a Toronto bar whose slogan is “Lets Pretend This Never Happened” (eye roll) is rightfully under fire for a disgusting sign posted up at their bar that says “No Means Yes, Yes Means A***.”
After directly promoting rape culture, the bar posted a hollow and poorly worded apology that shifted the blame to one employee, instead of addressing the wider problem. The problem is that this isn’t the first time and this likely is not the work of one unsupervised employee, and instead, a wider cultural problem amongst all their employees. Their apology reads like it’s an isolated incident, yet have not addressed their multiple other repulsive signs.
In the past, Locals Only, has had signs that read “In a slump? Do the Trump,” “Too Naughty To Say No,” “Snapchat Me That P***y” and “Choose A Bathroom Buddy.” Was there an unsupervised employee posting these senseless signs as well? Or the more likely case is that the bar is only sorry because they were caught promoting a horribly unsafe environment for women and are now doing damage control.
— TheRealMattKat (@mattkat13) February 13, 2017
The “extreme measures” they claim to make to ensure patron safety somehow miss the repeated pro-sexual assault slogans posted front and center in their bar.
These cannot be passed off as jokes. There’s no such thing as a rape joke, it doesn’t exist. It’s sexual harassment and that’s the bottom line.
“One in three women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. One in six men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. 39% of Canadian adult women reported having had at least one experience of sexual assault since the age of 16 and only 1 in 3 Canadians understand what sexual consent means,” as pulled from SACHA. In The Globe And Mail’s investigation “one of every five sexual-assault allegations in Canada is dismissed as baseless and thus unfounded.”