Two mouth-shaped urinals were removed from a French restaurant in Australia after offended customers complained about the curious installations, according to AFP. In addition to replacing the urinals, the eatery in question has apologized to any of the customers it may have offended by placing the curious items in their bathroom.
The Ananas Bar and Brasserie, who explained that the mouth-shaped urinals were popular designs by female Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel, wants its customers to know they meant no offense when they installed the peculiar pieces. In order to keep everyone happy, the offending urinals have been kicked to the curb in favor of something its clientele might find a bit more tasteful.
“We sincerely apologize if they have caused offence. They are being removed today,” a restaurant spokesperson said in a statement. After only three weeks of business, the mouth-shaped urinals are no longer a part of the eatery’s atmosphere.
According to The Daily Shift, one individual has been particularly vocal about her displeasure with the restaurant’s urinals. Feminist and political adviser Ann Summers finds the very idea of guys using these offensive toilets to be downright offensive.
“The concept is pretty challenging and confronting. They’re asking men to put their d— in these mouths as urinals,” Summers explained. “Misogyny is very widespread, and this is just an example of misogyny.”
Although the commotion in Australia may seem like a unique case, this isn’t the first time mouth-shaped urinals have caused a stir at a public establishment. The Daily Caller reports that female visitors to the Rolling Stones Fan Museum in Luechow, Germany were none too pleased to find the band’s iconic red lips being used as urinals in the men’s restroom. Before long, the museum was overwhelmed with complaints. However, unlike the situation in Australia, museum curator Ulrich Schroeder decided to keep the urinals. His reasoning: “It’s art. It’s staying.”
Do you think female mouth-shaped urinals are offensive?