A pub in the progressive inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown has come under fire after a manager “joked” about violence against women as footy finals season approaches.
“Keep calm and slap a bitch as we approach the finals of this years [sic] NRL! Live & Loud every game!” read Wednesday’s post for Newtown’s Coopers Hotel on Facebook.
The post included a Batman and Robin “Kapow” cartoon.
It provoked a severe backlash on social media with replies such as: “Hey manager, is it that hard to believe domestic violence is not ok to joke about? How many women have to die until you realise this?”
The manager responded by writing another post: “Keep calm and hug like you can’t take a joke as we approach the finals of this years [sic] NRL! Live & Loud every game!”
That further upset many people online.
"Looks like Coopers Hotel in Newtown needs to take a long, hard look at themselves. And learn how to write a proper apology. Buy your pints elsewhere, Sydney friends," wrote YWCA Victoria.