The bogan press yesterday positioned itself, as unpossible as this sounds, as the voice of political correctness by reporting on the alleged homophobic offensiveness of the phrase ‘no poofter drinks’ on the menu at Handsome Steve’s House of Refreshment, a bar on Leicester St.

I don’t know Steve. I’ve met him as a customer. I suspect the alleged humour in the phrase does not translate well for suburbans unfamiliar with the sophistication of zone 1 establishments. The layers of sarcasm and irony in such statements suggest that if you take such statements literally you’re missing the point, but it is open to interpretation.


Steve has apologised via his bar’s Facebook page, where men who identify as gay make statements of support for his point of view and the lack of offense they feel. What do you think? Is this offensive? Is it plausible to see the Herald Scum, the voice of barely literate bogan suburbia, as a mouthpiece for political correctness? I think not. This situation is merely another example of the clash of cultures between the outer and inner suburbs and their divergent worldviews.

I unconditionally apologise for any offence I have caused. If anyone would like to talk to me about it, please come down to the house of refreshment. I'm here Friday – Sunday. All welcome.

Posted by Handsome Steve's House of Refreshment on Saturday, 24 October 2015

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2 thoughts on “no poofter drinks

  • 26 October 2015 at 9:52 am
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    He should not have apologised. Click bait by a stupid ‘news’ establishment.

    We have a choice to visit any establishment, if you don’t like what they do don’t go there.

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  • 26 October 2015 at 10:59 am
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    I think this is very problematic. What does it mean when its said ‘no poofter drink’ does this mean no ‘girly’ cocktails, no ‘soft’ drinks? Or is it meant to intend that homosexuals are not welcome there?

    Ive been to handsome steves several times when it was at the convent.. but not knowing the context of why he has put this up (or thinks its ok to put this up) it seems a little hostile and super insensitive and I would not feel welcome there.

    I think also in the context of hate speech.. poofter and faggot have usually been said before someone has had the shit kicked out of them so the word has pretty negative and triggering connotations for the people who have been labelled thus (straight or not)

    No comment on the herald sun…

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