Ozzy burger joint “Pablo’s Escoburgers” in strife for serving burger with a line of white powder
These days, there seems to be a bit of a battle for the moral high ground taking place between those who want to deem everything offensive and those who want to go a little beyond the realms of good taste. With that in mind, you might have heard of Ozzy burger bar Pablo Escoburgers. Yeah, these clever buggers have found themselves a play on words and they’re delivering burgers to go with it. But not everyone is happy. The people of Colombia certainly aren’t…
So, to be fair, where you fall on this one, it depends on whether you reckon it’s a bit of a harmless joke, or whether it’s actually a bit of a s**t way to glorify drugs. In all honesty, we’re not sure where we stand and we’re gonna look at this from more of a ‘what do you blokes reckon?’ angle. That saves us from deigning to set the moral high ground, and it lets you tell us what the f**k’s up in the Facebook comments.
For clarity’s sake, the burger include a rolled up fake 100 dollar bill and a line of garlic powder. There’s also another that comes with a baggie of salt and a spoon. It’s pretty f**ken out there.
Anyway, glorifying drugs – especially potentially dangerous ones – and criminals is s**t. There’s no way around that. Having said that, this is set in a country where a national hero was a cop-killer and one of our best-selling authors was a gangland hitman. We’re not renowned for having good taste about this s**t.
The restaurant’s co-owner, Vaughn Marks, says a whole bunch of Colombians hopped online and down-voted the restaurant because they were offended by the gimmick.
One angry commenter posted, “”How can we explain (to) you people that IT ISN’T FUNNY? Try to do that with Hitler and see what happens. Use your brain folks.”
Despite that, in a niche market, it’s a creative idea and the irony is that whoever wanted to shut it down because of its ‘inappropriateness’ has now made sure the chain’s been given far more attention than it ever would have if they’d just walked away quietly.
Marks said, “”We do not condone, idolize or promote Pablo Emilio Escobar or his actions in anyway. We are however Australian and know how to have a laugh about a good play on words. It’s just a name of a pop-up burger bar not really a theme. Hard not to offend someone in 2019.”
Final thought: In fairness, defending your argument by denouncing ‘offended’ people as soft or snowflakes isn’t particularly convincing, but from time to time, it’s one that is true. Still, these burgers are pretty f**ken out there and they do normalise drug use which isn’t really ideal. Again, people don’t buy them by accident. If they’re going there, they know what they’re buying. Anyway, as mentioned above, we want your thoughts. Hit up the Facebook page with your opinions. We love that s**t.
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