Target: Jamie Pendleton, owner of The Daiquiri Factory in Spokane, Washington
Goal: Rename and apologize for naming a drink “Date Grape Koolaid”
One hardly expects a venue named “The Daiquiri Factory” to be an arbiter of high-society sensibility and good taste. However, one of the bar’s concoctions, “Date Grape Koolaid,” really hits a new low, trivializing sexual assault and reducing rape survivors to a punch line intended to sell alcohol. Sign the petition and call on The Daiquiri Factory to rename this offensive and foolishly named drink.
“Poor taste” may be the first phrase that springs to mind when one hears the phrase “Date Grape Koolaid,” but it doesn’t even begin to describe the bar’s reaction to the controversy surrounding the drink. The bar has repeatedly castigated its critics for having overactive imaginations and has agreed with Facebook posters who refer to them as “uptight a-holes.” When one woman, who identified herself as a survivor of sexual assault, took issue with the name, the bar responded by informing her that she couldn’t have been “truly raped”–because bar owners know these things, apparently.
The Daiquiri Factory has defended its choice of name by claiming that “haters” simply haven’t researched it enough–it doesn’t refer to rape at all! It refers instead to a (now-deleted) UrbanDictionary entry: “Date Grape: When you and your loved one get drunk off of wine and end up hooking up.” The fact that the UrbanDictionary term also reduces sexual assault to a joke (and not a very good one at that) apparently is not a concern for anyone involved in the bar’s management.
Alcohol is already a very touchy subject when it comes to issues of rape, consent, and sexual assault, and faux-clever drink names only serve to exacerbate a culture that often refuses to acknowledge date rape as “real” rape (with “real” rapes, of course, consisting of innocent, sober victims being jumped by weapon-wielding strangers in dark alleys). The Daiquiri Factory’s “Date Grape Koolaid” must be removed from the menu, and the bar should issue a full and sincere apology.
Dear Mr. Pendleton,
Alcohol is acknowledged as a factor that greatly contributes to the prevalence of sexual assault. It is a widespread, well-documented issue in our society, and it affects the lives of millions of Americans, both men and women–which is why it is both baffling and disgusting that The Daiquiri Factory has chosen to make fun of rape survivors with a drink called “Date Grape Koolaid.”
Despite your repeated claims that the name is “just a joke” and that your critics have overactive imaginations (I’m sorry, did they just “imagine” a rape pun into the name of your drink?), the issue is very real and strikes close to home for many people. Having the incredible gall to tell people that they “take things too seriously” does not make you an upstanding voice for the glory of free speech in a politically-correct world. It makes you inconsiderate, tone-deaf, and more than a little stupid.
If you won’t be swayed by the desire to be a halfway decent human being, consider this: no one will stop patronizing a bar because its menu doesn’t include rape puns. However, plenty of people will refuse to pour money into a company that holds such a callous disregard for one of the most traumatic events a person can experience.
Do the right thing. Change the name of the drink–you seem to fancy yourself very clever; surely you can come up with something else–and issue an apology.
[Your Name Here]
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