Lakewood bar ordered by Cuyahoga County Board of Health to stop serving drink with tampon applicator

Lakewood bar ordered by Cuyahoga County Board of Health to stop serving drink with tampon applicator
Yuzu in Lakewood

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Board of Health officials have told a bar to stop serving a drink with a tampon applicator topper.

Menstrual themed drink has Lakewood bar in hot water

A sanitarian went to Yuzu Monday after getting a number of complaints on the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Facebook and webpage.

It's completely understandable at first impulse why some people may have had an adverse reaction to our fundraising...

Posted by Yuzu on Sunday, May 5, 2019

Health officials said the bar has agreed to stop serving the drink, but will still let customers make donations to Cleveland’s Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center.

The Lakewood bar faced backlash when it featured the new drink they called, “Even Can’t Literally” cocktail.

The drink is a crushed berry margarita, but it is garnished with a tampon applicator.

Yuzu owner David Bumba said “One of our female bartenders came up with the drink to bring awareness to women’s health issues.”

The featured drink may be visually unappealing, but $1 of each purchase was being donated to women’s shelters in the Cleveland area, according to the bar’s Facebook post.

It's that time of the month-- time for a new menu that is-- like this new cocktail-- Even Can't Literally / a berry...

Posted by Yuzu on Thursday, May 2, 2019

When the Facebook post first appeared commenters said the post was degrading to females.

“Round of applause Yuzu! I didnt think it was possible, but you guys took a charitable cause for women and still managed to degrade female bodily functions and mock female vernacular with the drink name” Facebook user - Danielle Koval

“You know you could have just donated those tampons to the women’s shelter, right? Where they need tampons? Okay, cool. Just making sure.” Facebook user - BJ Colangelo

Others are defended the drink:

“Not only am I not offended, I actually find this funny, and I think it’s great you guys are raising money and donating tampons. All the women complaining about the plastic applicator are the same ones that complain about not getting a straw at the bar... if you’re offended by this then you’re way too easily offended you should probably stay off the internet and definitely don’t go to bars you won’t believe what they talk about in those places” - Facebook user Molly McSweeney

“I think it’s funny” - Facebook user Carmen Herrera

Bumba defended the drink, saying “There are a lot of archaic attitudes regarding women’s body and their’s a lot of stigma about having a period I even hesitate before I say that, guys are afraid of going down that aisle.”

Yuzu made headlines in February after other social media posts, described as “vile” and “tasteless,” that could be interpreted as targeting drug addicts.

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