Shenanigans receives backlash after posting derogatory phrase on social media

Statesboro bar Shenanigans received backlash after posting a picture with a derogatory phrase on its social media platforms Thursday night. Photo by Matthew Enfinger. 

Matthew Enfinger

A Georgia Southern University student voiced complaints against Statesboro bar Shenanigans for posting a sign depicting a derogatory phrase toward women on the business’ social media platforms Thursday night.

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The post, published on both Shenanigans’ Instagram and Twitter accounts, depicts bartenders standing in front of a large chalkboard that displays drink prices and a derogatory phrase.

Allie Shaw, senior exercise science major, said her roommate showed her the tweet by Shenanigans and both were equally disgusted by what the business had written on their chalkboard.

“For me it feels like they are encouraging men to take advantage of intoxicated women,” Shaw said.

Shaw later posted multiple rants against Shenanigans on Twitter.

{{tncms-inline account=”al” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Thrust that thot’s twat Thursday” WTF does that even mean… Encouraging sexual assault??? The more I think about it, the more grossed out I am. <a href="https://t.co/hWwEqE8nSr">https://t.co/hWwEqE8nSr</a></p>— al (@allisonjshaw) <a href="https://twitter.com/allisonjshaw/status/956718379779444741?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 26, 2018</a></blockquote>” id=”https://twitter.com/allisonjshaw/status/956718379779444741″ type=”twitter”}}

Shaw said that her and her roommate usually go to Shenanigans once a month or less and has always seen signs similar to the one depicted.

“This is a whole other level,”Shaw said. “If that doesn’t encourage rape culture, I’m not sure what does.”

GS Alumni Ryan Denson, who commented on Shaw’s retweet, agreed with the statement that the post somewhat encourages sexual assault.

“I would hope the city makes a place at the Blue Mile for a respectable nightlife, rather than trying to banish such things altogether due to the poor example set by places like Shenanigans,” Denson said.

Shaw said that she has encountered “drunken men who think anything goes” at Shenanigans and is worried about the environment the bar creates.

“It feels very unsafe,” Shaw said. “I feel like that creates an environment that puts the safety of women last.”

Shenanigans was reached for comment but has not yet responded.

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