A new burger bar in Leeds has been forced to hasily redecorate after a backlash over its ‘misogynistic’ designs in the ladies’ loos.
Up and coming burger and booze joint Almost Famous opened last month on Great George Street - its fourth site alongside successful outlets in Manchester and Liverpool.
But this week staff at the 170-cover bar had to repaint the women’s toilets after an outcry over questions printed on the walls including: “Why can’t I be thinner?”, “I need a nose job” and “Does my tan look streaky?”.
Food writer Helen Graves brought the designs to the public’s attention after a friend posted her picture, leading to a blog with the headline: “Fries with your misogyny, madam?” on her website, helengraves.co.uk.
She wrote: “Your eyes do not deceive you. It’s a list of women’s potential insecurities, written on a toilet wall. What could motivate someone to do this?”
She added: “What about the people who are affected and as a result feel awful about themselves and whichever part of their body Almost Famous has reminded them they’re not satisfied with?”
The food writer also accused the chain of having an “anti-female” menu, with likes of ‘b*tch juice’ among the choices.
But ‘sl*t sauce’, which she also refers to, has not featured on the burger chain’s menu, since its original pop restaurant.
Almost Famous tweeted an image of a staff member repainting the the toilets and published an apology on its website.
It reads: “The designs in our female toilets have caused upset and we are sorry. Almost Famous is a young company, we take risks, but we got this one wrong. We want to stress our intentions weren’t to offend. The designs were created by a female employee to voice her own and other women’s insecurities. We accept we didn’t communicate this properly. The designs are currently being removed from all of our restaurants.”