Fish and chips shop in Australia sparks heated debate over 'disgusting' 'inappropriate' name
A fish and chips shop in Australia is under fire for its name. (Facebook/The Battered Wife)
A fish and chips shop in Australia has become the subject of a heated debate, with some calling for a boycott of the popular spot, because of its name.
The Battered Wife, in Innisfail, Queensland, has sparked an intense argument on social media about whether or not the name is appropriate.
The Red Heart Campaign, an organization that raises awareness about domestic violence against women and children in the country, called out the business on Facebook Monday.
âIn a year where we have lost 67 women and 18 kids to murder and manslaughter, and while hundreds of thousands of women are being âbatteredâ by their partners across the country, these clowns thought it appropriate to make a joke out of domestic violence.
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âThere is nothing funny about domestic violence or violence against women. Please boycott this business â" it does not deserve your money,â the organization wrote.
Hundreds of people were quick to comment, many of whom agreed with The Red Heart Campaign, calling the business name âdisgustingâ and âinappropriate.â
âChange the name. None of this is OK.â
âNot funny. Not well thought through by the owners. Totally insensitive.â
âI'm so ashamed that this is my hometown.â
Others were angry with the organization for attacking a woman-owned busines s and chimed in to defend the shop and its owner.
âStuff the boycott. Their fish and chips are bloody great! Itâs a business name. PC is going a little too far.â
âThis shop is owned by a woman who has been a victim of domestic violence, and her choice in a business name is a statement, designed to raise awareness. She is 'The Battered Wife.'â
âShe is bringing attention to the subject. Sheâs an ex policewoman & DV survivor.â
âShame on you for trying to destroy this poor womanâs business, after the crap she has been through.â
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âAs a survivor myself, yes this name is confronting but the owner herself is a survivor of DV too, she has a reason behind the name. I feel as if some people on this page have become bullies themselves towards this woman. If we want to take a stand against violence, bullying and aggressi on, we can't fight it using all those things we are standing against.â
The conversation quickly became widespread, with state politicians denouncing the business name, along with its slogan: "The only battering anyone need know," the Brisbane Times reports.
The Battered Wife owner, Carolyn Kerr, addressed the issue on Facebook, writing that âdomestic violence is not a joke.â
Kerr, a former police officer, said she knew the name was a controversial choice, but she chose it as a way of bringing awareness to a âvery real problemâ in society, the Times reports.
âOriginally it was suggested to me as a little bit of a joke but it seemed like an interesting option with a bit of spark,â Kerr told Australiaâs morning newscast, The Today Show. âSomething that could provoke questions, could provoke curiosity, but also a play on words for the shop itself being a fish and chip shop.â
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She also posted about how sheâs now become the victim of bullies who are coming after her and her business because they donât like its name.
âWhat I donât understand is why people, who say they are passionately against domestic violence, so freely and unashamedly abuse and attack me on social media because of the name of my shop,â she wrote.Source: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia