Little Jack Horner is a bar in Sydney Australia.
It’s not a huge brand and it’s not owned by any major celebrities. You probably would never have even heard of it, had the bar not opted to go with a “unique” name for one of its drinks.
And by “unique,” we mean totally divisive and controversial, of course.
It takes a lot for a drink name to be controversial enough that it becomes internet-infamous, but this one did it.
The drink isn’t being promoted or anything like that. It was just listed innocently among the other drink names on the menu. The cocktail is a citrusy mix made with tequila, and the bar decided a little bit of word play was in order.
Rather than just call the drink tequila, they called it “To Kill Her.”
Nope, you did not read that wrong.
In a time when people are bringing attention to cases where alcohol is involved in physical or sexual assault, and in a country with a shockingly high domestic violence rateÛÓthe bar called a drink “To Kill Her.”
The tone-deaf award goes to…
Everyone got the word play attempt, and certainly no one thinks the bar was actually advertising that the drink would kill women or should be used if you’re trying to kill women.
But you have to admit, it is in pretty poor taste.
People complained on social media. The bar’s Facebook page was flooded with people chastising the establishment over it.
One comment in particular had people talking.
News of the controversy hit Twitter, where people are pretty divided.
Some don’t think it’s a big deal at all.
What a load of PC garbage.
— ÎThe AOD (@RealitybyMike) October 11, 2018
— mycynical30s (@mycynical30s) October 10, 2018
is this poor play on words news worthy?
— ZACHARY MALANOSKI (@ZMalanoski) October 10, 2018
But others are stunned that nobody shut this idea down since it is so clearly a bad one, as far as they are concerned.
Do not name a drink “To Kill Her.”
— PRESIDENT SHARI JANE NAPATANG MILLANGUE (@prolifeprayers9) October 11, 2018
Fair enough too. We have an epidemic of domestic violence killings and other violence against women. 6 dead in the last week.
— Very Stable Genius Au Pair (@TwitsForMiles) October 10, 2018
While one person pointed out that a clever play on words that actually sounds closer to tequilaÛÓTo Kill YaÛÓwould have avoided controversy or bad taste.
Yeah they screwed up it should have been “to kill ya”
— RobertBeaty11 (@Beaty11Robert) October 10, 2018
Well to be fair on both sides. On one hand, it could've had a better name definitely. It certainly isn't that creative or well thought out. On the other, its just a name, created by an Aussie.
— Bastard Khan (@Bastard_Khan) October 10, 2018
In response to the backlash, the bar re-named the drink “To Love Her” … but is that actually better or worse?
What gives with needing “Her” in the name Little Jack HornerÛ_