We live in divisive times. Between passionate conflicts over sexuality, race, politics, and religion, Americans are alienating themselves from one another more and more, especially following the 2016 election. People on the right and on the left are constantly butting heads over highly sensitive topics such as homosexuality and transgenderism.
So you would think a rare opportunity for people across the ideological spectrum to chuckle at a simple joke would be a good opportunity to break a little ice and remember that we’re all human at the end of the day and regardless of politics, can share a little humor.
But alas, it’s 2017, so…nope. Not going to happen.
Case and point: Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill in Allen, Texas recently decorated their bathroom doors (which are still designated as simply “men” and “women”, it is worth noting) with a brilliant, hilarious design:
The doors are plastered with two different pictures of Bruce Jenner, one, for men, has a picture of Jenner during his athletic career, the second, for women, features a picture of Jenner posing on the cover of Vanity Fair after revealing he would live as a woman.
Hilarious, right? I mean, we should all be able to laugh at this.
Should being the operative word, because, of course, snowflakes started melting as soon as the pictures of the clever bathroom door art went viral.
As Chicks on the Right says, “They’re calling him a woman though, right? That’s generous! Why are people offended? They’re saying trans people can use the women’s restroom! Isn’t that what they wanted?”
No. There is no winning with these people. Everything is offensive. Everything ever.
According to the Daily Mail:
A Texas restaurant has come under fire for its bathroom doors which use before-and-after transition photographs of Caitlyn Jenner to signal the men’s and ladies’ rooms.
Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill in Allen, Texas, showed off its updated bathroom doors in a Facebook post in August.
‘Come meet our newest members of the Dodie’s crew, Caitlyn & Bruce! Stop in for our weekly specials, served all day!’, the restaurant said in a caption alongside the image.
The men’s bathroom door features a photograph of Bruce at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and the women’s shows Caitlyn as she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in July 2015.
Many loyal customers praised the restaurant’s joke, calling it ‘creative’ and ‘hilarious’ however others failed to see the funny side.
They thought the signage was ‘offensive’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘insensitive’ to the trans community.
Airing their criticism on social media, some vowed to boycott the restaurant until it changed the doors.
Among them was Jess Herbst, the transgender mayor of New Hope, a town 12 miles away.
‘This is offensive to trans folks,’ she tweeted after being made aware of the doors.
Angry liberal Twitter also joined in:
What’s going on here Dallas? pic.twitter.com/CgllDKliE2
— Dom (@DomDiFurio) October 30, 2017
it's incredibly offensive actually. They're making an uninformed joke at a trans person's expense, we don't have to thank them for it.
— Mestizo Street KoЯn (@tokengoth) November 3, 2017
Seriously, liberals. Lighten up.