Uppity Albino Sues Bar
Ikponwosa Ero doesn’t like Albino Rhino beer.
The 31-year-old British Columbian immigrant from Nigeria suffers from albinism and finds the beer’s name offensive.
So she’s suing Earls Restaurants to have the beer removed in all 64 of their establishments.
Ikponwosa’s lawyer Randy Kaardal told the Toronto Star about the case. “This is a very important case for our clients,” he said. It would be a very important milestone to enhance the ability of people to participate in society and bringing this to the attention of the public.”
One of the reasons for Ikponwosa’s suit is based on the treatment of albinos in her native Africa. There, the fair skinned people are persecuted against, made fun of, and on some occasions murdered and their body parts sold to witch doctors.
Vice-president of human resources at Earls Mark Barry told the press on Monday that they have been making Albino Rhino for 25 years and have never had one complaint about the beverage’s name. “It was named after the white Rhinoceros and the rhyming name chosen because it was both fun and whimsical in sound and denoted something rare and special,” he said. “We felt proud to have such a beautiful animal, the white rhino, representing our brand.”
Despite this record of non-complaint, Barry says the company will be phasing out the “Albino” portion of the name in the years to come.
What a Nancy move on Earl’s part!
Did I sue when they came out with Alcoholic misogynistic Writer Beer?
No I didn’t.