Chicago bar cancels Osama bin Laden party

May 5, 2011 at 1:26 PM
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CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- A Chicago bar said it has canceled its "Osama bin Laden is Rot'n" party after some recipients of an e-mail promoting the event found it offensive.

Uncle Fatty's in the Lakeview neighborhood said the bin Laden-themed blowout planned for Friday night was canceled after some recipients of the promotional e-mail complained, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

"Our intention was never to offend anyone," Empower Public Relations said in statement on behalf of Uncle Fatty's. "After further consideration we have decided that this was a joke that was taken too far and have therefore decided to change the focus of the party. We have pushed the envelope in the past by hosting parties with irreverent themes, but we now recognize that this was perceived as inappropriate."

The e-mail announcing the event received numerous complaints, Empower said.

"Arrive at Uncle Fatty's decked out in your favorite American-style swagger that represents your love of your country for no cover charge," the Monday e-mail read. "This means garb sporting our nation's flag, your favorite team USA T-shirt and any other creative clothing item you can think of."

"The staff will is pulling out all the stops for this event with specialty cocktails like 'The Floating Terrorist' and 'Osama Been Shot' -- a blood red shooter made with vodka and grenadine," the e-mail read.

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