The Garage in Denton Has a Shot Called "Statutory Grape," Which Is a Bad Idea

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The Garage in Denton.
While out with friends last Friday night, Rachel Anne Ayers found herself at The Garage, one in a chain of bars that sits in Denton's Fry Street area and caters to one thing: "How Cheaply Can I Get Drunk?" The answer: quite cheaply. It's the kind of bar that's heavily trafficked by birthday celebrators attempting the fabled "Fry Street Crawl," wherein the birthday-haver attempts to ingest a free shot from all of the bars in the strip, and it's known for offering double-well drinks for a buck.

Attuned to the bar's reputation, Ayers naturally asked the bartender if they had any shot specials. Here was the response, according to Ayers' account on Facebook:

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Facebook, it seems, was unmoved:

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And among the bar's defenders was at least one man claiming to be a Garage employee:

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Reached by phone, a manager at the bar declined to comment, and the Garage has scrubbed its social media accounts of any criticism it's received. As of this writing, it's still advertising the special on their website and Facebook. It's $2.75 a shot.

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siriaschrist
siriaschrist

Sadly, this is all one can do to entertain ones self when they are the most privileged species on the planet. The middle to upper class western white woman.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

The Garage should just rename the shot...rachelanneayers or RAA for short.

Daniel
Daniel

So much for the shot I invented, School Shooter. 

nothingsgoldcanstay
nothingsgoldcanstay

I would like a show of hands. Of all the people arguing FOR this name or who think this "isn't a big deal," HOW MANY OF YOU ARE RAPE VICTIMS?

Hit.Girl
Hit.Girl

@Keyboard-Soap-Box you stole many of my thoughts surrounding this ridiculous piece of non news from my mind, so thank you for helping me to spend less time addressing an actual article regarding how the name of a SHOT in a CHEAP BAR affected their emotions.

Now allow me to preface my following statement with a little info on who this opinion is coming from. I am a human rights activist (not the kind that does their duty strictly from behind a computer screen in the social media, but the kind who has spent hours upon hours on the phone with congress, attended as well as orchestrated protests, peaceful rallies and movements all in the name of equality and justice for all) I am a feminist (not the man hating kind, but the equal rights loving kind) I am many things, I have many different goals I am pursuing and I also happen to be a victim of rape.

THAT being said, the reason for my rebuttal is BECAUSE I care about rape victims and our validity in changing the savage and unjust rape culture in the world...WHO is this mighty person who gets to pick and choose which jokes, wordplay and puns regarding sensitive issues are allowed to be considered jovial and which are worthy of writing news articles about? Is rape funny? NO....it is not...but if you think making a big scene about an alcoholic beverage that happens to be punny and somewhat clever is where you need to fight the good fight against rape culture, then you need to reprioritize.

I lost my grandma at the young age of 4 to a heart attack. I myself have suffered a minor heart attack, but when I walk into a diner that has a 'heart attack special' consisting of pure cholesterol in forms of different animals and starches do I demand the manager change the name because I've seen how heart attacks take and ruin lives? NO. Why? because I choose not to be hyper sensitive about a light hearted, jovial twist to a menu item. So are heart attacks funny? Because I've certainly not seen anyone raise an eyebrow at this pun. Nor should they.

I have also been a victim of a brutally violent attack. Truth be told sometimes when I see the color red it reminds me of all of the blood from the cut wounds...alas my petition to change the colors of traffic lights, stop signs, and fire hydrants in the states of California and Texas where I used to reside was denied. CLEARLY they made these things blood red to shove memories of bloody encounters into the faces of their victims!! Why should I be forced to relive such an encounter every time I go to stop my car!? (if you can't detect the sarcasm, you're not paying attention)

The following are words of wisdom expressed by Mr. Falcon in his original article that didn't quite make it to the big press, and I quote;

"Now, I’m no expert, but I don’t think referencing a skit from the comedy giants The Whitest Kids You Know lends the best credence to your argument. I’d like to take a second to discuss what is, and isn’t funny when it pertains to rape jokes. There’s a well known segment in the South Park Imaginationland trilogy that’s a reference to the film Stargate, where an animated Kurt Russell travels through a portal to arrive in Imaginationland where he, and his group, encounter a group of “Christmas Critters.” These Critters previously appeared on South Park in a ridiculous manner, they’re satanic Christmas critters, it’s more ridiculous than it sounds.

The segment with Russell ends with the Stargate star screaming that the critters are raping him. It’s funny; it’s funny because of its ridiculousness of the concept. The rape is not the joke, the idea of evil woodland Christmas Critters attacking an out of his element Kurt Russell is the joke; we know this because of context, because in comedy, context is everything."

I would personally like to thank Mr. Falcon for breaking down the FACTS of what is an acceptable rape joke, versus unacceptable rape jokes as evidently comedic value is no longer a matter of free opinion and preference, but a strict code of ethics we must all abide by to avoid persecution in the realms of internet journalism. NO hypocrisy or contradictions there, Mr. Falcon. After all, "context is everything". Thank god I no longer have to think for myself in terms of comedic tolerance, quite frankly it was exhausting.

In all seriousness, the name of the shot? I could take it or leave it...I don't give a SHIT. I spend my time trying to make real differences in the rape culture. Time I find most effectively spent toward the cause outside the walls of a cheap bar. I care about the change, that's why you're wasting time throwing tantrums about such trivial 'issues' like shot puns. I guess not much is happening in Denton, TX for Mr. Falcon to bring to the masses attention and for THAT you should be grapeful....oh no she didn't!? She did, because Jesus Christ, REALLY?....I mean really? *shakes head*

Keyboard-Soap-Box
Keyboard-Soap-Box

Each day, an individual is allotted a certain number of shits to give during a day. You can dole them out however you like or wish. Between the typhoon, health care disparities, looming debt sealing talks, NSA porn habit tracking, pro-choice/pro-life, and etc a $2.75 grape shot named "Statutory Grape" is where that ration is used.

Instead you could have donated that $2.75 here if you are actually concerned about rape and abuse:

http://www.womenagainstabuse.org/index.php/donate/donate-goods

http://www.safehorizon.org/

or here if so inclined

https://www.wfp.org/donate/typhoon

Rape is not a joke and "Statutory Grape" may be a stupid name but taking the moral high ground in saying you are offended by an off color shot name in defense of rape victims is equivalent to putting your favorite Pokemon or childhood cartoon character on your Facebook wall to keep a father from punching a child. I mean sure you feel good but you really didn't do anything about the issue. I like the energy just apply it somewhere more useful.

P.S. If a "Statutory Grape" shot offends you and you order "Irish Car Bombs" you are a hypocrite.

P.P.S. I did some donating while writing this, otherwise I would have to get on my own case which I may still do.



ambernicolemiller
ambernicolemiller

I was at Andy's last night. People are ordering this shot a lot now. I hadn't heard of it before this weekend. Now, the shot is famous in Denton. Go figure! -Amber Showalter

D.J.2
D.J.2

This happened in a bar right? Not a church or government building right? This is an establishment where people go to consume alcohol to the point of altering their state of mind. So just by walking in a bar you should prepare yourself for seeing and hearing things that are much more adult humor oriented and possibly offensive. Plus this is a bar on a college campus full of college kids, do you really expect a sofisticated environment? They aren't selling drugs or date rape pills they simply made a play on words, get over it.

ambernicolemiller
ambernicolemiller

I was at Andy's last night. People are ordering this shot a lot now. I hadn't heard of it before this weekend. Now, the shot is famous in Denton. Go figure!

nothingsgoldcanstay
nothingsgoldcanstay

Don't you fucking people understand that HUMOR isn't what's most important here? Are you really that heartless that you would unnecessarily make a rape victim remember their ordeal while trying to order a drink because YOU NEED THIS JOKE? Because you can't acknowledge that rape jokes deeply hurt rape victims? Really? Some poor guy/girl goes to the Garage and other bars like it and has to remember the worst moments of his/her life when all they wanted was a shot. That probably happens EVERY. NIGHT. Living with rape culture is only not a big deal IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN RAPED. I can't believe there are people defending this.

J_A_
J_A_

Only guys like Daniel Tosh think rape jokes are funny and that "everyone needs to lighten up"

coughlaugh
coughlaugh

I can't decide whether my dislike of everything about the Garage outweighs how much i absolutely despise Ayers. Probably not. Because she's the worst.

Congrats on giving her the attention she so desperately craves, but in a way that she can't even be satisfied with it because it isn't the "beautiful and strong piece" she wished it would be. I'm tempted to go get one of these shots just to spite her. But that would entail going into the Garage. Quite the conundrum.

kunzesaur
kunzesaur

Honestly i'm surprised the D.O. didn't roll their eyes harder at this. Also, the only bar on Fry St. i associate with rape is Public House. (In journalism that's called a Hyperbole.)

lksdjffsad
lksdjffsad

I totally get it, how will people know that rape is bad if people name drinks after it? Think of the children, KONY 2012

rachelanneayers
rachelanneayers

Congratulations to the editor for turning a beautiful and strong piece into an advertisement for one of the worst bars (in my opinion) in town.

lksdjffsad
lksdjffsad

white knights please shut up. you aren't going to get laid this way either

scott.r.girling
scott.r.girling

@rachelanneayers


You worked at Vitty's  and other bars.  You know how bars are.  "Royal Fucks", "Cheap Fucks", "Red Headed Sluts".   Somewhere every person gets offended by a shot name.  Quit trying to find your 5 seconds of fame and quit over analyzing things.  The social media population isn't the problem, people like you are.  Sue happy people who get hurt feelings over he/said she/said and bar puns.  You wouldn't have lasted a second in the 50's.

phukket
phukket

I have had similar shots, if not the same exact shot, but the were called Grape Ape, Grape of Wrath, Wrath of Grape, The Grape Santini, The Grape One, notice the play on words? Somehow RAPE was not included. We all know what the implication is, This shot doesnt taste bad, does not have the bite of taditional shots. The play on words here is is suggestive. Why not call it Date Grape?


kunzesaur
kunzesaur

 @rachelanneayers is on a crusade!!!!!!!

I don't know, it just seems awfully petty to me to get that worked up over something so trite. It's a bar....where every patron must of consenting age and are legally capable of handling adult humor. Why don't you write an article about how offensive the names Royal Fuck, Mind Eraser, Surfer on Acid, Liquid Cocaine, The Aborted Fetus (which is an awful shot by the way) or any of the hundreds of other suggestively titled adult beverages (most of which can be readily found on shot menus across the nation) are.


Makes me want to start a bar with with an offensive theme just to make sensitive people go "awwwww c'mon!!!". Daniel Tosh makes a great living off of it.

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

It's a shot of liquor.  It's neither promoting or advocating any activity beyond cheap alcohol.

Damn, do people take themselves seriously today.

Hit.Girl
Hit.Girl

@nothingsgoldcanstay The point is, there are TONS of terrible things made into jokes and puns every single day. Things that are meant as jokes with zero malice behind it, if done with enough tact to ensure people know that. If you as a rape victim proclaim this silly, meaningless pun as offensive in such a way it 'disrespects' all rape victims, then you should never laugh at ANYTHING that may have pained someone on the planet in a real life situation at some point in their life. There in lies the hypocrisy. Where do we draw the line? And I am not only speaking for myself as a victim of rape, but going off of very real statistics; if your rape is so fresh that you are still so traumatized that a pun can force you to relive the horrible details of the attack, you wouldn't be in a cheap, college town bars taking cheap shots. I am NOT saying we don't have the right to go take shots! I AM saying, if you're still so sensitive to it that meaningless humor (as dumb as it may be) forever keeps you in a victim mentality, we wouldn't be at the garage taking $2.75 shots. We would be volunteering at rape crisis centers (AS I HAVE MANY OF TIMES) The world can't stop turning because bad things happen. Prevent the act. Help the victims, make a REAL change in the culture. THIS is contradictory and just ridiculous. We are NOT more important then victims of attempted murder, assault, etc (WHICH I AM ALSO)...should we stop MMA and boxing from ever being aired? It's quite violent. "sorry guys, I know you've been training your whole lives for this but there are people out there who have been victims of unwarranted and terrible attacks and this may remind them of that.".....there is just ZERO logic, sweetie. I hope you TRY to understand :-)

Hit.Girl
Hit.Girl

I urge you to please read my retort and allow it to sink in. Please.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Hit.Girl @Keyboard-Soap-Box I wish  that I could have liked your post more than once. You are a true feminist and the kind that I respect wholeheartedly. Although maybe you wouldn't like me because I still hold doors for women, offer to carry things for them, and even open car doors for them in the age of keyless remotes. Clearly I subscribe to the patriarchy Oh wait, you wouldn't at all because you are smarter than that and actually only concern yourself with true issues. I would totally let you open the door for yourself as long as there weren't any grandmothers around to see it.

nothingsgoldcanstay
nothingsgoldcanstay

So because it's a bar, it's okay to shove rape in the faces of the rape victims that inevitably visit. Classy.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@JaniceA 

Wow. I'm surprised that this bothers you. 

It's not like this drink is called "Chilled Molester" or "Forcible Grape". Those, I think, could be construed as offensive, but "Statutory Grape" is pretty innocuous in terms of jokey names.

The fact is that the term is a legal fiction we use to acknowledge that a person under the age of majority cannot legally consent to having sexual relations. This is not about coercion or assault.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@phukket 

Because "Statutory Grape" is funny, whereas, "Date Grape" is offensive.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@xdarkridex Rape jokes aren't funny because they normalize rape, xdarkridex. They can continue making the shot and call it something less offensive. Then it would be just a shot.

D.J.2
D.J.2

Did I say that? No. Have you been to this bar? I've lived in Denton my whole life and nobody would even consider this an upscale bar or a classy place where you should expect a mature sofisticated atmosphere. This bar is literally on campus and caters to college kids so you should expect a more immature bar experience. There are plenty of other bars off campus where you can get a drink and not have to worry about the people that cater to the younger more immature croud. Maybe do a little research before walking into a random bar full of college kids then complaining because something offends you.

J_A_
J_A_

This is why I love you, Hulk.

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

@Kylejack Nothing 'normalizes' rape for anyone who isn't seriously bent and dangerous to begin with.  Besides, George Carlin eloquently demonstrated that rape can absolutely be funny in his 'Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics' album.  As he explains, it depends on where the exaggeration is.  

But all of that is far too complex for today's knee-jerk reaction, my thoughts and feelings are more important than reason, spoon fed society of dullards and idiots.

lksdjffsad
lksdjffsad

@JaimesonPaulDo you really think that the name of this shot has any bearing on whether or not somebody will commit rape? Or are you just that desperate for attention from women that you have to find reasons to stand up and look like a hero?

embreedesirae
embreedesirae

@kunzesaur @embreedesirae @xdarkridex @Kylejack I've spent a lot of time in Denton, and I'm not surprised either. I'm just saying that people ought not to act scandalized whenever a publication picks up their shitty marketing scheme and broadcasts it on the internet for criticism. If people want the right to free speech and the right to have offensive names for their products, then they need to shoulder the repercussions with equal candor. Rape jokes are incredibly unfunny and offensive to a lot of people, and as the owners of the bar have the right to use one as a drink name, those of us who find it both unimaginative and gross have the right to put those feelings on the internet. As is happening now. Democracy at work. It's beautiful.

kunzesaur
kunzesaur

@embreedesirae @xdarkridex @Kylejack You've never been to Denton before, have you embreedesirae? I am absolutely not surprised they had something ready to go just to watch people's panties twist just a little bit tighter. 

embreedesirae
embreedesirae

@xdarkridex @embreedesirae @Kylejack In and of itself, the name of the shot is as offensive as any other number of shots that are sold without comment in all bars everywhere. What's disturbing and more of concern, at least to me, is that someone said "It's pretty offensive," and the response was not "Yeah, we know," but "Statutory rape is almost always consensual." That is normalizing rape. They're using a 2.75 shot as an occasion for a rape apologia.

 And attempting to argue that the name isn't offensive when they had an answer ready to go for when someone complained is just disingenuous and unconvincing, which undermines any potential the shot name ever had (if it had any) of being funny. Good jokes, as in funny jokes, don't need to be defended.

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

@embreedesirae @Kylejack We're talking about the name of a shot of alcohol at some bar in Denton that uses the word 'Grape' instead of rape and discussing the concept that this somehow endorses sexual assault, and nobody sees an element of the absurd???

embreedesirae
embreedesirae

@xdarkridex @Kylejack Yes, but he said that for a rape joke to be funny it would have to have an element of the absurd. Considering the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault, I don't think that's happening here.

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