McFadden's, which holds the distinction of being the douchiest bar in D.C., sparked the ire of many when it unveiled the poster for its Thanksgiving party. The event, which was scheduled for this coming Tuesday, invited patrons to "party like a pilgrim" and "drink like a Indian."
The Native American community has been damaged by alcoholism more than any other ethnic group, and the Centers for Disease Control published a study in 2008 which showed that nearly 12 percent of all Native American deaths between 2001 and 2005 were related to alcohol. Oh yeah, and it's National Native American Heritage Month. So much for cultural sensitivity.
The party has since been cancelled, and McFadden's issued this statement:
It has come to our attention that one of our Thanksgiving events has caused some concern to our guests. The Pilgrims and Indians party, originally scheduled for Tuesday November 20th, was intended to be a festive event to get into the holiday spirit, and was never meant to offend any ethnicity or group of individuals. We truly apologize for not being more sensitive to our loyal patrons whose support and enthusiasm has been appreciated throughout the years.
We have since canceled the event and removed all promotional materials. In lieu of the event, McFadden's would like to say thank you to our loyal customers by hosting a complimentary cocktail hour from 8-9pm on Tuesday November 20th.
Realizing the error of their ways, they're offering a complimentary hour of drinks. Fun will be had, and someone will vomit during the cab ride home. In other words, all will be right in the universe.