Toronto Bar Under Fire After Posting Transphobic Image on Instagram

by Steven Mike Voser

Published Thursday, June 04, 2015

El Furniture Warehouse, a bar and restaurant on Bloor Street in Toronto, is under fire after posting this image on its Instagram account:

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The image used in the restaurant’s post is taken from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in which Ventura discovers that detective Lois Einhorn is actually Ray Finkle, a former football player, in transgender disguise, and attempts to poke fun at Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine:

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While the post was deleted, it resurfaced quickly as another user rehashed it with the tag “when the restaurant’s social media should stick to food and staff selfies.”

What followed was a series of online interactions in which El Furniture Warehouse’s account accused the post of being fake, called another user a “loser,” and apologized to another that “it doesn’t meet your high moral standards.”

Sean Young, a partner at El Furniture Warehouse, gave this statement:

“After looking into the situation, it was a repost from a popular edgy IG account, and it was actually taken down within an hour of posting, as it was in my opinion poor taste, and the imagery was also a bit much, even for our account, which is known to be slightly edgy. I spoke to the IG team and have implemented a process where all posts will be vetted before being posted.”

“I can assure you that the post does not represent any of the views of our staff, as we accept EVERYONE with open arms, and take pride in our diversity, whether it be race, sexual orientation, or religious views. That’s exactly what makes us special.”

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Backstory: Jenner’s transformation

In an interview on 20/20 earlier in the year, Jenner (born William Bruce Jenner) came out as a trans woman and admitted she had experienced gender dysphoria since early on in her life.

Having undergone gender transition and some cosmetic surgery, she debuted her new name and look this month with a 22-page cover story and photo shoot in the popular magazine. Her transition is also the subject of an eight-part documentary series which is rumoured to premiere in July this year

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About the author

Steven Mike Voser

Originally from Switzerland, I moved to Australia when I was eight years old. I have been living abroad for roughly two years now across Southeast Asia and South America, working as a full-time writer and part-time musician.

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