Melbourne pub under fire for ‘tasteless’ Facebook posts about Queen’s death
A south-east Melbourne pub has been hit with serious backlash following a series of insensitive social media posts about the Queen used to promote the venue.
Kelly’s Hotel in Cranbourne released the messages following the Queen’s death last Friday.
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On September 10, the pub captioned a photo of the Queen and Prince Harry: ‘Have lunch before they die’.
“Opportunities after are extremely limited,” the post read.
The caption then included the hotel’s website and phone number, announcing that catering and delivery options were available.
The post elicited more than 1,000 reactions and nearly 800 comments.
Another post from the same day again featured a photo of the Queen alongside a photo of Harry arriving at Balmoral after his grandmother died.
“Yes, he canceled lunch, time and time again,” the post read.
“’She’ll hold out until next week!’ he said, “It’s not like it’s my mom’s mom,” he said.
“But next week never came for Grannie Windsor. Have lunch with your old!!”
Many have called out the pub for trying to advertise using ‘tasteless’ means, with one Cranbourne resident commenting that it is now ‘just another local… who you have alienated’.
“Not the least bit funny! You need to fire the clown who writes this shit,” he wrote.
“Dirty ad. It just makes me not want to go,” another Facebook user said.
One woman wrote that she was “completely disgusted” by the hotel’s attempt to lure in customers.
“Whether you are a royalist or not, your total lack of empathy and sympathy for the dollar is deplorable,” she said.
“Another customer who will no longer frequent your establishment.”
In light of the posts, dozens of one-star Google reviews written by angry customers have also emerged.
“Absolutely appalling ad on Facebook. Completely off-putting to patronize this place again,” one person wrote.
Another said: ‘I remember going to Kelly’s as a kid with my family. We have moved away from the area and haven’t been for many years, but their recent posts and adverts mocking the Queen’s passing are tasteless and appalling.
While the posts in question have now been deleted by the pub, some of its surviving old Facebook posts describe similar joking efforts to advertise the venue’s meals.
In one post advertising a Scotch Tenderloin lunch special, the caption read, “Consider grabbing your Oldie for lunch today. More than 400 Oldies never woke up this morning! Elders are special! »
One person who commented on the pub’s posts about the Queen, called her series of recent posts “dismal attempts at publicity”.
“(The posts) have been a lot of questionable lately,” they wrote.
“That just takes the cake!”
Kelly’s Hotel general manager Michael Goldie said the pub was simply trying to send a positive message to remind young people to spend time with their elders.
“The situation is that we have encouraged bringing elderly parents to a pub or anywhere basically for lunch,” he told 7NEWS.
“For the past two years they’ve been stuck in houses…we thought it might be good to remind young people of the importance of older people in their lives.”
In a statement to 7NEWS.com.au, Goldie said he disagreed with the tone of the backlash the pub received.
“Everyone shows their grief in different ways,” he said.
“If an apology is needed to grant closure to some, consider it done. But if we saved someone the heartache of missing one last dinner with a loved one…”