Sunday 25 March 2018

"Why can't I be thinner?" - Backlash against bar who painted 'women's insecurities' in female bathrooms

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Burger Bar 'Almost Famous' has been forced to remove decoration from the female bathrooms which catalogued 'women's insecurities' after complaints of misogyny.

The Leeds burger bar has painted over a wall which catalogued female insecurities like "My eyes are too close together", "I've got sausage fingers", "Why am I so pale" and "I really need a nose job".

Some more of the more offensive phrases included "I wish I wasn't pear-shaped", "Why can't I be thinner?" and "Laxatives are definitely the answer".

Food writer Helen Graves sparked online outrage when she wrote a blog about the "pathetic woman-bashing" style of decor with the headline “Fries with your misogyny, madam?”

The post quickly went viral and the burger bar received criticism online over the images of the bathroom.

Graves writes: “Your eyes do not deceive you. It’s a list of women’s potential insecurities, written on a toilet wall. What could motivate someone to do this?"

"A committee of people must have sat around a table and agreed this was a great idea. Apparently there is nothing equivalent in the men’s toilets. Quelle f**king surprise.”"

"What about the people who are affected and as a result feel awful about themselves and whichever part of their body Almost Famous has reminded them they’re not satisfied with?

The burger bar also came under fire from Graves for featuring "slut sauce" and "bitch juice" on their menu. " They never miss an opportunity to either sexually objectify women, or use derogatory terms to describe them".

"Almost Famous think that misogyny and sexism is cool".

Almost Famous posted that they were painting over the bathroom less than 24 hours after Graves' posted her blog.

In a statement, the company admitted they "got this one wrong".

"Almost Famous is a young company, we take risks, but we got this one wrong. We want to stress our intentions weren’t to offend".

"The designs were created by a female employee to voice her own and other women’s insecurities. We accept we didn’t communicate this properly.... The designs  have caused upset and we are sorry".

"The designs are currently being removed from all of our restaurants.”


Graves posted the update to the blog adding "Almost Famous have posted a statement on their website saying that they are removing the offensive statements from their ladies’ loos! Result".

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