Murphy’s Bleachers bar in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood near Chicago Cubs’ historic ballpark blew it on Saturday, according to a Yahoo! News sports report on Saturday. The bar posted the following message on its outdoor marquee in reference to Pearl Harbor – being that Saturday was a historic day on an American’s calendar:
Remember Pearl Harbor with Bombs & Kamikazes
The reference was obviously due to Saturday being the 72nd anniversary of the tragic event at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
The validity of the less-than-tasteful signage across the street from Wrigley Field’s center field entrance was confirmed by staff at the Chicago Sun Times.
Reportedly, the bar quickly found out how offensive their marquee statement was obviously being taken by the public and took the message down.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, who covers Cubs’ stories, reportedly took to social media to tell the bar that their marquee posting is “not the way to remember a tragedy.” His online post was accompanied by a picture of the marquee’s message with the comment. Murphy’s Bleachers promptly apologized to Sullivan by messaging that “this awful marquee has been taken down <and> we apologize for the actions of our staff to our whole country.”
Beth Murphy, the bar’s owner, told the Chicago Tribune that some guys thought it would be clever. She said, “Obviously we are ashamed. I’m so upset. We put up <another sign to express> our sincerest apologies.” She also said that her father and her uncles were veterans. “This was just not us. Personally this is devastating to me,” Murphy said. She concluded by apologizing to everyone who was offended by the signage.
As the Cubs organization would likely want people to know at this point, Murphy’s Bleachers is not affiliated with the ball club whatsoever.