'Date Grape' Controversy Continues Amid Protests, Kraft Foods We - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

'Date Grape' Controversy Continues Amid Protests, Kraft Foods Weighing In

Posted: Updated:
The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory has only been open for three days and it’s already making headlines across the country for a controversially named drink on the menu: “Date Grape Kool-Aid.” The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory has only been open for three days and it’s already making headlines across the country for a controversially named drink on the menu: “Date Grape Kool-Aid.”
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • UPDATE: Dozens Protest Opening Of The Daiquiri Factory After Drink Named 'Date Grape Koolaid'

    UPDATE: Dozens Protest Opening Of The Daiquiri Factory After Drink Named 'Date Grape Koolaid'

    Monday, February 3 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-02-03 14:40:13 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. – Dozens protested the opening of a new bar in downtown Spokane called the Daiquiri Factory Saturday afternoon after the bar named one of the drinks on the menu “Date Grape Koolaid.”The name immediately started an uproar in the community, with people posting on the businesses website and Facebook page saying the name is offensive and pokes fun at a very serious topic, date rape.
    SPOKANE, Wash. – Dozens protested the opening of a new bar in downtown Spokane called the Daiquiri Factory Saturday afternoon after the bar named one of the drinks on the menu “Date Grape Koolaid.”The name immediately started an uproar in the community, with people posting on the businesses website and Facebook page saying the name is offensive and pokes fun at a very serious topic, date rape.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory has only been open for three days and it’s already making headlines across the country for a controversially named drink on the menu: “Date Grape Kool-Aid.”

The bar opened Saturday night amid roughly 100 protesters – many of whom are rape survivors who call the name wildly offensive. Despite the showing, bar owners posted on Facebook saying the drink was selling out and that it was time to make more.

“They went on the offensive, they went on the attack to everybody,” Scott Kusel told KHQ’s Kelsey Watts, after creating pages on Facebook and Twitter to protest the bar and the name of the drink.

The owners of the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory have remained largely silent about the outcry, but released an audio statement Tuesday that’s one part response and one part commercial:

“The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory would like everyone to know there is simply no reason to be outraged by the ingredients in our signature daiquiris, there is no reason for the national outcry, nor is there reason for the protest. We just think everyone simply needs a little daiquiri therapy."

The audio statement goes on to list drink specials for the bar when it’s next open on Thursday saying, "This should quench the thirst of everyone and end the word play from all the haters. Now let's party."

The bar also posted on its Facebook page that the inspiration for the name came from the popular website “Urban Dictionary,” where “Date Grape” is defined as “when you and your loved one get drunk off of wine and end up hooking up.”

An explanation Kusel says isn’t any better.

“They're trying to extinguish a forest fire with a spray bottle,” he added. “It's a huge backlash and I think trying to address it with humor at this point - it's beyond that."

So beyond that, Kraft Foods is now weighing in because of the Kool-Aid brand infringement, releasing a statement to KHQ Tuesday saying:

“We at Kraft are appalled. Kool-Aid does not support or condone this drink, and finds its name to be highly insensitive to a serious issue. This blatant misuse of the Kool-Aid trademark is offensive to so many, including us, and we are making it our top priority to address the situation ASAP.”

KHQ was unsuccessful in reaching the owners of the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory for additional comment Tuesday. The bar is set to open again Thursday and Kusel is planning more protests for this weekend.

“If it was a publicity stunt on Daiquiri Factory's part I have a feeling it's going to backfire on them horribly," he said.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Progress being made on power outages

    Progress being made on power outages

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:26:55 GMT
    As of Saturday morning, there are just less than 6,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest. There are still more than 2,602 Avista customers without power but Avista says reinforcement crews continue to arrive to help relieve and assist other crews who have been working around the clock. >>>SEE LATEST OUTAGE UPDATES>>>
    As of Saturday morning, there are just less than 6,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest. There are still more than 2,602 Avista customers without power but Avista says reinforcement crews continue to arrive to help relieve and assist other crews who have been working around the clock. >>>SEE LATEST OUTAGE UPDATES>>>
  • Fatal collision on eastbound I-90

    Fatal collision on eastbound I-90

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:14:27 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Troopers are investigating an auto-ped fatal crash on I-90 eastbound near mile post 280. A 59 year old man was crossing I-90 when he was hit by a pick up truck. He died on the scene. Police say the driver does not appear at fault and don't believe drugs or alcohol played a factor.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Troopers are investigating an auto-ped fatal crash on I-90 eastbound near mile post 280. A 59 year old man was crossing I-90 when he was hit by a pick up truck. He died on the scene. Police say the driver does not appear at fault and don't believe drugs or alcohol played a factor.The man who died has been identified as Dennis Stensgar.
  • PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    PHOTOS JUST IN: Devastation from Carlton Complex; 300 homes burned

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:07:59 GMT
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.
    TWISP, Wash. (AP) - The Okanogan County Sheriff says the Carlton Complex wildfire has many more homes than previously thought. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Friday that the Carlton Complex fire has consumed about 300 homes this month. His office previously placed the number at 150, but he said then he knew it would rise.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.