Netizens Slam Lemon Tree Hotel Over Rape Joke Poster In Loo

There’s increasing pressure on the hotel to issue a public apology over the matter. However, the Lemon Tree at Bengaluru has not released a statement so far and it remains unclear if the poster has been pulled down, or not. - Sakshi Post

Bengaluru: The Lemon Tree poster sparked a petition campaign which is calling for the removal of the offensive poster.
Bengaluru: Lemon Tree hotel in Bengaluru is at the center of criticism over a posting on the web that’s been described as a tasteless joke and will also encourage rape.

The latest posting going viral on social media after Facebook user Anoushka Kapoor uploaded the image on August 28.
The uploaded image appears to be a framed poster on a wall in one of the hotel’s restrooms.

The latest posting going viral on social media after Facebook user Anoushka Kapoor uploaded the image on August 28. The uploaded image appears to be a framed poster on a wall in one of the hotel’s restrooms.

The image of the print on inside walls of washroom in the hotel is about a joke narrating a husband and wife’s visit to a zoo. A male gorilla gets excited seeing the wife, who’s dressed in pretty clothes. Noticing Gorilla’s intention, the husband urges her to show the animal a bit more skin. As the wife continues the teasing gorilla, the husband throws her into the animal’s cage saying, “now tell HIM you have a headache.”

Anoushka in her Facebook posting says “I don’t know where to begin. I can’t even call this sexist, it’s blatantly advocating rape culture. Rapes can only ever be minimized if and when we stop treating consent as a matter of humor. Humor that relies on bringing down one sex/treats consent lightly/treats women as sex objects is not funny. This is NOT funny. This is rape culture. Share to raise awareness. I am shocked beyond words.”

The Facebook posting has now sparked a petition campaign which is calling for the removal of the offensive poster in the washroom of the hotel. Netizens slammed the hotel for using what was a tasteless attempt at humour which encourages victim blaming.
There’s increasing pressure on the hotel to issue a public apology over the matter. However, the Lemon Tree at Bengaluru has not released a statement so far and it remains unclear if the poster has been pulled down, or not.

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