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Since this news involves a burger joint, I figured this would be the appropriate place to put it. Feel free to move it if you feel it is better posted in another forum.

 

Full article and pics can be found here.

 

Burger joint's name, logo irks LGBT group

New restaurant's logo described by some as demeaning

 

By Jillian Berman, Daily Staff Reporter on 3/21/08

 

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(SAM WOLSON/Daily). The LGBT caucus of the University's College Democrats is circulating a petition to get Quickie Burger and Dogs to change its name, which it deems inappropriate.

When the owners of Quickie Burger and Dogs chose their logo, they thought it would make patrons crave an order of chili cheese fries. But the logo, a busty woman in a tight shirt straddling a hamburger, has drawn criticism from campus groups.

 

The newest addition to the South State Street landscape has caused a stir on campus with its brightly colored logo, which some believe is offensive.

 

The restaurant, which opened two weeks ago, sits south of campus at the intersection of State and Hill streets. Adorning the blue awning above the restaurant next to its name is an image of a cowgirl riding a hamburger.

 

The Stonewall Democrats, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caucus of the University's College Democrats chapter, has taken offense with the restaurant's logo and recently began circulating a petition to sway the owners to change the logo.

 

LSA senior Kolby Roberts, a member of the Stonewall Democrats who has led the effort, said he finds the logo's message inappropriate and offensive.

 

"I have a problem that you take a women riding a hamburger and you put it next to the word 'quickie,' " he said. "It just seems like it's not putting a good message out there for the objectification of women."

 

Maria Arman, whose family owns the restaurant, said the logo was meant to invoke a cowboy theme.

 

"We were thinking beef, rodeo, so instead of putting a cowboy, we just picked a cowgirl," she said. "It's a rodeo-style cowgirl riding a bull, but instead, it's a burger. It was put together to be funny and different. No offense was meant to anyone."

 

Before selecting a logo for the restaurant, which features a maize and blue color scheme with televisions tuned to ESPN on the interior, the owners showed the logo to more than 100 people and none of them objected, Arman said.

 

"The people who we talked to told us, 'It's a college town and the kids will think its funny,'" she said.

 

LSA freshman Dan Yeomans said while he wasn't personally offended by the logo, he could see how others might interpret it in a negative way.

 

"I could see the same people who were offended by the South Quad T-shirts taking offense to this," said Yeomans, referring to a batch of dorm-sponsored shirts that featured lyrics from the popular, but controversial Soulja Boy song "Crank That."

 

Roberts said he believed the image was distasteful, regardless of the person.

 

"Basically, what it has is a provocatively dressed woman straddling a hamburger, and she's very busty and its kind of really horrible," he said.

 

Roberts and the Stonewall Democrats have begun circulating a petition, which he said currently has about 100 signatures. The group plans to send a letter along with the petition to the owners. The restaurant's name, he said, isn't a problem.

 

Roberts said the purpose of the letter and petition is to convince the Armans to alter the logo.

 

"I don't think anyone has a problem with the name because it implies that I'm going to get a quick burger," he said. "Instead, we're just thinking about getting rid of the logo. Maybe trying to change it so it's less offensive."

 

Arman said she would be open to talking with the protesters.

 

"We will consider talking to them," she said. "We're open-minded. We're not here to offend anyone or to make anyone angry."

 

Me personally I see nothing wrong with it. I seen way more offensive things out there.

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Meh. They might have a point if it was something like

but really, what's the REAL wrong message if you have complaints about a woman straddling something that looks nothing like a penis?I'm a guy. I'll probably just never get it. Edited by Maldron
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can you you imagine being that annoyed by this sign that you start a petition to get it changed?

jesus christ, they must have a lot of time on their hands

I find it funny how 90-something % of petitioners and protestors are usually people with no jobs or no lives, especially over something as ridiculous as a name of a burger joint. I mean c'mon! I can understand if its over something like workplace discrimination or sexual harrassment, but A NAME??? And it's not even offensive unless you already have a gutter mind. Me personally when I see a name like "Quickie Burger", it's no different to me than say the "Kwik-E Mart". So does this mean they will be petitioning Apu to change the name of his store also?

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Personally I think as role models go, she's not a bad one. It's a cute design, pretty well drawn and she's got a bit of character. The only negative thing I can see this promoting is the consumption of meat.

 

Still, what's worse, somebody making a petition about something that offends them or a bunch of people talking online about being offended by somebody making a petition about something that offends them.

 

Now if anyone talks about forcing them to change the sign then picket away.

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