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Is Offering a "Pill Cosby" Cocktail an Artifact of "Rape Culture" or a Critique of it?

Washington, D.C. bar pulls drink named for TV star after "highly predictable outcry."

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Diet Starts Monday, a Washington, D.C. bar, has pulled a drink called "the Pill Cosby" after Washingtonian magazine called attention to it.

The Pill Cosby was part of a menu at the recently opened Diet Starts Monday (2005 14th St. NW), which features cocktails named after African American celebrities like Duke Ellington, Marion Barry, and Dave Chappelle. Washingtonian unearthed the drink in a story this afternoon—one that promptly set off a firestorm of criticism and outrage that resulted in the restaurant pulling the drink.

More here and here:

Co-founder Davin Gentry, who launched the Diet Starts Monday clothing and sneaker line with DC natives John Geiger and Kevin "Scooty" Hallums, says the tequila-based hibiscus drink is partially meant to bring awareness to drugging in bars.

"It lets people be a little more aware," says Gentry.

Jury selection for Cosby's trial, in which he's accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, started Monday. At least 60 women have accused Cosby of varying degrees of sexual assault and harassment, according to the Washington Post.

Gentry says the pill-topped cocktail, which appears on a list of others named after African-American celebrities with ties to DC (i.e. Dave Chapelle, Taraji P. Henson), also plays into the diet themes that run through the menu and clothes. Like the rest of brand, it's meant to push boundaries.

In questionable taste? Certainly. But is offering the drink actually participating in "rape culture," as various Twitter folks aver, or is it something else altogether, as the operators of the business suggest? Or maybe it's neither—maybe it's just tasteless joke that is neither particularly offensive nor edifying. Does everything need to have a higher value in order to justify its existence? I hope not.

Whatever answer you prefer is besides the point. Gentry and Hallums have pulled the cocktail in the face of criticism:

Libertarian follow-up question: Is this an example of disciplining via market forces and/or voice (as opposed to exit or loyalty, in the parlance of Albert O. Hirschman)? Or is it simply the latest sign of political correctness and identity politics stamping out anything that anyone can find objectionable? And will the next casualty be "the Marvin Gaye," a drink whose name is at the bottom of the menu in the picture of the drink above and to the right? Gaye came to an ugly and sad end, shot to death by his own father even as his career was reviving in the mid-1980s.

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  1. Does everything need to have a higher value in order to justify its existence?

    For humorless SJW PC police, yes.

    Because they have no measurable sense of humor. But not in the emotionless, total devotion to logic sort of way like Vulcan’s from Star Trek. If anything they’re the antithesis of Trek’s Vulcans: ruled solely by knee-jerk emotional responses with no critical thinking behind any of their actions.

    Meanwhile, to me, the most offensive thing about that menu in the picture is the prices of those drinks. $14 for a fucking cocktail?

    1. thats why i drink at home or at parties….bars are fucking rip offs unless it is a happy hour or sale like 3 dollar pints/drinks

  2. I’m offended by the removal. Where’s my apology?

    1. yea i thought the drink was pretty cool and funny. Does that mean bloody marys will be removed since this lady got beaten?

      https://tinyurl.com/ks3k4wk

      as i googled for a story of a beaten mary i found this.
      https://tinyurl.com/l7nbbwm
      …and woman dont hit men or destroy their lives in other equally damaging ways….christ what an asshole.

  3. one that promptly set off a firestorm of criticism and outrage that resulted in the restaurant pulling the drink.

    Whining on the Internet is now a “firestorm”.
    They refer to it as “activism”.
    The best response is to ignore them because they are not important, and they’re not going to buy your shitty cocktail anyway.

  4. RE: s Offering a “Pill Cosby” Cocktail an Artifact of “Rape Culture” or a Critique of it?
    Washington, D.C. bar pulls drink named for TV star after “highly predictable outcry.”

    The bar does not have the authority or right to pull the drink.
    Only The State has the authority to remove said drink.
    Heads will roll.

  5. I thought raising awareness of allegations against Cosby was a noble thing. smh

  6. If I were a bartender, I’d invent a drink called the Murray Reacharound.

    1. nice! next time i am at a bar i’ll ask for one as a joke 😀

  7. Is this an example of disciplining via market forces and/or voice (as opposed to exit or loyalty, in the parlance of Albert O. Hirschman)?

    Noise? Is noise an answer? I’m going to go with noise.

  8. Is this an example of disciplining via market forces and/or voice (as opposed to exit or loyalty, in the parlance of Albert O. Hirschman)? Or is it simply the latest sign of political correctness and identity politics stamping out anything that anyone can find objectionable?

    Yes?

    1. Right, I mean, they’re obviously the same damn thing. The first framing of the question uses economic conceptual language, as as such is presumed neutral-to-good; the second framing of the question uses political conceptual language, and is therefore presumed wicked.

      It is always amusing to watch a certain kind of “libertarian” grapple with market forces producing outcomes he doesn’t approve of.

  9. “It lets people be a little more aware,” says Gentry.

    You can get away with anything 1) if you’re a progressive and 2) if you make it about “awareness”.

    Two things I’ve learned from the media over a lifetime:

    1) There is nothing that celebrities don’t know.

    2) There is nothing more important than “awareness”, whatever that means.

  10. I’m sure the primary reason for it was they thought their little pun was funny.

  11. That shit is funny.

    Lighten up pussies!

  12. To be fair, some of the best bars in the world are in Washington D.C. Absolutely amazing places. Everything else in that city (except the Smithsonian) sucks big green donkey dicks, but the bars are amazing. Absolutely amazing.

    But this place just sounds stupid.

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