The manager of a pub in Sydney’s inner-west has been fired after ‘joking’ about violence against women.
Coopers Hotel published a Facebook post on Wednesday with a cartoon meme of Batman slapping Robin across the face, promoting the pub showing the NRL.
“Keep calm and slap a b**** as we approach the finals of this year’s NRL!” the post read.
The Newtown pub then doubled down while responding to criticism and wrote: “Keep calm and hug like you can’t take a joke as we approach the finals of their year’s NRL!”
The two posts were allegedly written by the pub manager who later “wholly” apologised for the post.
Many patrons took to Coopers Hotel’s page with complaints about the posts, with many labelling them “disgusting”.
“I won’t be stepping foot into this pub again,” one man wrote.
“Promoting violence against women is absolutely unacceptable.”
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Another woman wrote she was “sick and tired of jokes about hurting women”, while another said: “What the hell are you thinking?”
On Thursday, the pub’s licensees made the decision to fire the manager, labelling the post “inappropriate”. They also issued an apology.
“As licensees of Coopers Hotel, we do not condone violence of any type against any person regardless, of age, gender or sexual preference,” the pub wrote.
“That’s not who we are. We pride ourselves on being part of the Newtown community, providing good food, great entertainment and a safe environment.
“On behalf of the staff and management at Coopers Hotel we apologise.”