As the jury selection for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial begins, now is a good time to remember: There are some comedic lines you should not cross.
Diet Starts Monday — a bar in Washington, D.C. — is facing severe controversy for a “Pill Cosby” tequila-based hibiscus cocktail that was topped with fake (empty) pill capsules. The drink — which appeared to poke fun at the sexual assault proceedings — was taken off the menu after it went viral online for all the wrong reasons.
Seriously.. Someone thought this was a great idea.. A drink called Pill Cosby.. With pills floating in it pic.twitter.com/S2beA8xdCk
— Jacques Michel (@Coach_JoX) May 22, 2017
The Pill Cosby.
Because nothing says rape culture like a punny cocktail topped with empty capsules. https://t.co/CPQgYfjNhJ
— Lexa Lemieux (@Lemmonex) May 22, 2017
I think we all agree drugged drinks is an issue we should be talking about AND that calling a drink "Pill Cosby" is an awful way to do it. pic.twitter.com/0N3MUErwSg
— Steven Rich (@dataeditor) May 22, 2017
Originally the bar had defended their inclusion of the drink special, saying it was supposed to raise awareness of sexual assault and drugging in bars. Diet Starts Monday has since released an apology on Twitter and removed the drink from the menu, saying, “We take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended.”
We messed up. We're extremely sorry. pic.twitter.com/hWTLd8LQOc
— Diet Starts Monday (@dietstartsmon__) May 22, 2017
Five jurors have already been selected for the trial, which will begin on June 5 and will consider charges that Cosby drugged and molested a number of women over the years. In total, 60 women have come forward to accuse the once-beloved comedian of sexual assault, molestation, or harassment.