D.C. bar says “drink like a [sic] Indian” to promote Thanksgiving party
By Alex Baldinger
And yet, the hangover from this one could be worse than one typically associated with caramel apple shots:
This isn’t the first time McFadden’s has pushed the limits of good taste in promoting an event at its D.C. location. Who could forget August 2010’s “WWIII Bombs Away Bash,” which featured Landmine, M-16 and Hand Grenade shot specials? (McFadden’s also promoted a visit by Ronnie from “Jersey Shore” in Sept. 2010, which represents a different kind of bad taste.)
Alcoholism affects Native Americans more severely than any other ethnic group. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control published a study reporting that between 2001 and 2005, nearly 12 percent of all Native American deaths were alcohol-related. The Interior, Justice and Health and Human Services departments also collaborate on an office devoted to combating alcohol and drug abuse on Indian reservations.
But, you know, McFadden's. Way to be racist. (Its Facebook page is filling up with disgusted responses.) Also, maybe work on your use of indefinite articles. Happy Thanksgiving, douchebags.
UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: It looks like McFadden's has canceled the event:
It has come to our attention that one of our Thanksgiving events has caused some concern to our guests. The Pilgrims and Indians party, originally scheduled for Tuesday November 20th, was intended to be a festive event to get into the holiday spirit, and was never meant to offend any ethnicity or group of individuals. We truly apologize for not being more sensitive to our loyal patrons whose support and enthusiasm has been appreciated throughout the years.
We have since canceled the event and removed all promotional materials. In lieu of the event, McFadden's would like to say thank you to our loyal customers by hosting a complimentary cocktail hour from 8-9pm on Tuesday November 20th.
In Addison, Texas:
In Glendale, Arizona:
I don't know if McFadden's canceled all its Native-themed parties. Let's hope so.
For more on the subject, see Paul Frank's Racist "Powwow" and University of Denver's Cowboys and Indians Party.