Pee-Gate 2011: Vancouver washroom sign makes global headlines
Well, for at least the second time in a month, Vancouver is making the rounds on the international blogosphere. And it’s not exactly the most flattering commentary (but it is funny).
First came our distinction as third-worst-dressed city in the world. Now, bloggers are up in arms about a sign posted in the co-ed bathroom of a Granville Island restaurant. The sign consists of a male figure peeing, with a line through it. In other words: No peeing standing up.
Now, the Vancouver Sun did a great job today demystifying the sign and the story around it. It seems that the whole thing was nothing more than a kind of inside joke. The sign was actually just a sticker, posted in a tongue-in-cheek way by the restaurant owner. “We saw the stickers, [and] we figured it would be something fun and different . . . . a conversation piece,” the owner is quoted as saying.
Joke or no joke, the sticker has elicited some pretty funny reactions from big-time blogs in the U.S. and beyond. Take the site Gawker.com, which had this to say about the whole (non)controversy:
“And of course this is happening in Canada, America’s gun-hating, granola-crunching, figure-skating, annoying younger brother to the north. Daddy blogger (was there ever a more sissified profession?) Chad Skelton went with his family to Edible Canada and when he went the unisex toilet he discovered that there was a sign placed over the commode instructing men to not pee standing up.”
I’m not sure which is funnier: the way the sticker is blown out of proportion or the really cliched Canadian stereotypes that the blogger uses.
In any case, sticker aside, I think Vancouver has a lot to be proud of in terms of its washrooms. In fact, last year a Cactus Club in Burnaby won an award for having Canada’s Finest Restroom. It’s time we stood up and were proud of our washrooms.
Do you think Pee-gate 2011 has been blown out of proportion? Is it time to defend Vancouver washrooms? Weigh in below.
Article source: http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2011/10/13/pee-gate-2011-vancouver-washroom-sign-makes-global-headlines/