Las Vegas Nightclub Says They're 'Sorry Not Sorry' After Pulling Racist Billboard Near LAX
Last week we reported on the offensive billboard for Las Vegas nightclub Tao near LAX that spurred Affinity China's CEO Christine Lu to tweet her disgust publicly towards Mayor Eric Garcetti. The billboard used a cheap joke about Asian massage parlors and imagery to perpetuate misogynistic stereotypes of Asian women. Boy what a week it has been for racism against Asians in the news huh?
Today we are happy to say that it has since been taken down, but with the worst, most insincere apology ever. In a letter to Lu posted on her Facebook page, a representative of the nightclub chided Lu for being overly sensitive. Instead of owning up to their mistake, they passed the blame on to Asian massage parlors (apparently the REAL problem):
We regret that you take such offense and see it as a perpetuation of an unfortunate stereotype that is cultivated FAR MORE heinously by the hundreds (if not thousands) of Asian massage parlors in L.A. and Las Vegas…not to mention the hundreds of billboards that scream out REAL happy endings. However, as a gesture of good faith we have decided to remove the billboard since it offends you so much. In the future, perhaps your focus would be better directed at the real source of the stereotype, actual happy ending massage parlors and their advertisements, not our harmless ad that elicits far more chuckles than letters such as yours.
Lu said the campaign has been running for eight years now—and it looks like she was the first person to actually complain. The billboard has since been replaced by one for the Marines.