The menu at a New York City restaurant that was branded a ‘trying to help’ for the bears by critics after a video went viral was slammed by the social media site after its photo of the bear had already been shared more than 10,000 times.
The bear photo at New York’s Chubby Dog Fish and Chips, which features the slogan ‘Tried to save your face’, sparked a backlash from the internet, which called the menu ‘deceptive’ and ‘offensive’.
Facebook said it had suspended the business’s account and had warned its users that it had ‘serious issues’ with the company.
A post on Chubby Dogs Facebook page said the restaurant had been targeted because of the ‘despicable’ picture of the bears and the ‘tasteless’ restaurant’s ‘overwhelmingly negative’ response to it.
‘As a result of the restaurant’s blatant, malicious, and offensive campaign, many have taken to social media to criticize our business and their reactions to our business,’ the post said.
‘To be clear, we do not condone any form of hate and are proud of our employees, customers, and partners.
We sincerely apologize for any offense this has caused.
‘We have suspended the account of ChubbyDogFish & Chips as a result.
‘While we do have serious issues with this campaign, we understand that the restaurant is attempting to save its image.
‘The campaign was clearly designed to hurt our brand, and we deeply regret any negative impact this campaign has had on our customers and partners.’
ChubbyDogs owner, Daniel Coyle, said he was ‘proud of our staff and proud of the work we do here in the restaurant’.
‘It was our way of trying to help them, not hurt them,’ he told ABC News.
‘It’s not my business, it’s not a joke, it doesn’t represent what we do.
‘I feel really terrible for them, and I’m not surprised.
I’m sure there are some that are.
We just want to be really honest about what happened.
We’re trying to do everything we can to try to save their lives.’
He added: ‘We’re not trying to hurt anyone.’
In the video posted to YouTube on Thursday, a young man wearing a bear mask is seen walking down a street in Manhattan with his arm around a bear and holding it, with the caption ‘This is the most beautiful bear we’ve ever seen’.
He then looks into the camera and says, ‘He’s smiling like a bear.’
Chubsters owner Daniel Collymore was not pleased.
He told ABC New York: ‘I was just shocked, like, really surprised.’
We don’t condone any type of hate, he said.
It’s not our business, he added.
‘And I don’t know what the heck’s going on.
I’ve seen the video, and it’s really sad, because he was smiling like the bear.’
And that’s what’s upsetting, he told CBS New York.
The restaurant’s owner, Dan Coyle told ABC local news that he was proud of his staff and his restaurant.
‘Its not my job, it is not a job,’ he said, adding that he and his wife had tried to help the bears, which were on the menu, but were ‘stuck’ with a ‘bad reputation’.
‘And we have a lot of experience in this business,’ he added, ‘and we tried to save our faces.’
Chubbys owner Daniel said that he had contacted his wife, who was ‘baffled’ by the backlash.
‘She had a really good response,’ he explained.
‘My wife was like, you know, “Wow, this is really crazy.”‘
She had to say something, so I posted the video on Facebook and said, “What are you guys going to do?
It’s your job.
You’re going to try and save the bears.”‘
And then it went viral, he noted.
‘People are reacting to this.
‘But its really hard, I don ‘t think it’s just a video that’s going to affect them.
‘Like I said, its our business.
It`s our passion, and that`s why we try to do it, but we are stuck.’
‘We`re not trying