Customers of popular Wichita bar unhappy with its response to rape joke
Many of the customers who complained on Ernie Biggs’ Facebook page Thursday were not just upset that the staff had allowed a rape joke on a prominent mirror above where the musicians play: The customers didn’t think the bar’s apology was adequate.
“For 15 years, (Ernie Biggs) has been a Dueling Piano Bar where people know adult humor is often used,” wrote Daniel Bryant, the owner, on the bar’s Facebook page. “We never allow language that is mean or hurtful, but sometimes lines do get crossed and people get offended.”
On Wednesday evening Abbey Parrish took a photo of the phrase, “No means yes and yes means (a graphic sex act).” Parrish said the phrase was disturbing to her, so she talked it over with her boyfriend, took the photo and then shared it on Facebook.
According to manager Alysia Ledgerwood, the post was up for only a few minutes. “(The employee) didn’t read it before he started writing it, he was a player on stage at the moment and was just getting the first phrase of the night up,” Ledgerwood told The Eagle on Facebook. “Unfortunately it happened to be one that wasn’t appropriate, he realized it and erased it.”