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‘Why can’t I be thinner?’: Restaurant removes ‘misogynist’ wall design after viral backlash

The wall in the ladies’ bathrooms also featured slogans like ‘Laxatives are definitely the answer’.

A UK RESTAURANT has had to redecorate its ladies’ bathrooms after customers complained that the design was ‘misogynistic’.

The walls of the toilets in the Leeds burger bar Almost Famous featured the slogans “My boobs are too small”, “Why can’t I be thinner?” and “I really need a nose job”.

The backlash began after food writer Helen Graves wrote a blog post about the decorations, deeming them ‘anti-female’ and ‘ignorant’.

14919277099_866cbe73dd Source: Helen Graves

What could motivate someone to do this? And surely more than one person is responsible… A committee of people must have sat around a table and agreed this was a great idea. Apparently there is nothing equivalent in the men’s toilets.

“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?” Graves added.

(As it happens, the decorations in the men’s loos are worryingly composed of a long quote from American Psycho.)

After a huge backlash on Twitter yesterday, the restaurant apologised for the decorations and announced they would be removing them from the bathroom wall.

2014-09-02 16.34.23 Source: Almost Famous Burgers

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.

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