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Pub Named Escobar Under Fire For Using The Drug Kingpin’s Face As Its Logo
By Izza Sofia, 09 Feb 2018
A gastropub in Singapore has come under fire for using a silhouette of the late Pablo Escobar’s face as its logo. Escobar Singapore had not only received a complaint from the Colombian embassy, but also angry reactions from anonymous callers that included death threats.
The owner, Stan Sri Ganesh, said that the new logo would be unveiled in a month or so, but he had no plans to change the name of the pub. “We now recognise that this could be a sensitive issue to some members of the community. We were just using his image as a pop culture reference, but in no way wanted to condone or glorify the actions of Pablo Escobar.”
The gastropub was thrown into the spotlight after the Colombian embassy sent a three-page letter to Singapore’s foreign ministry expressing its “serious concern” that the bar “pays tribute to the worst criminal in the history of Colombia.”
“The Embassy of the Republic of Colombia wants to share some information to refresh the horror that this criminal caused in Colombia... not to mention the drug addiction he promoted and the war he declared,” the letter reads.
“If the idea of the owner was to make his or her business look profitable and trendy, it is inducing... confusion, because Colombia is not what ‘Narcos-Netflix’ portrays any more,” referring to the series on Colombian drug cartels shown on Netflix.
A spokesman for the narcotics bureau said that the use of Escobar’s name and anything similar is “highly objectionable and runs counter to Singapore’s zero-tolerance approach towards drugs and to our efforts in preventive drug education.”
“The glamorisation of a drug kingpin and associated drug use is irresponsible and insensitive,” the spokesman explained.
[via Straits Times, opening image via Netflix]
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