As Australians, we take a pretty relaxed approach to life. We tend not to sweat the small stuff and we’re certainly not the most politically correct nation out there. Which is why it’s probably not surprising when an Australian-themed bar in America recently caught some flak for displaying the same bluntness that we pride ourselves on.
Oz Restaurant and Bar, located in Virginia, came under fire for using a didgeridoo as the delivery mechanism for a four-in-one novelty shooter. An image advertising the US $20 drink special was posted on the establishment’s Instagram account and was promptly criticised for being insensitive to Indigenous Australian culture.
The image was quickly taken down but the damage has already been done. Users began reposting the venue’s original post as well as leaving comments on the bar’s other social media posts.
This is disrespectful image from an Australian themed restaurant in Arlington, DC, has been pulled. No apology has been issued and their Instagram has had all criticisms relating to this deleted from other images. This is not good enough. You don't just disrespect Indigenous peoples, expect to profit from us through this and other means and not even apologise. We teach children better than this. Do better @ozarlington @ashleyboalchdarby.
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