Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

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Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

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Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

A pub has been slammed after making a joke about Jesus. Picture: Mary’s NewtownSource:Facebook

A Sydney pub has been branded “disgusting” and “disrespectful” after posting a controversial joke about Jesus on their Facebook page.

Mary’s Newtown shared a picture of Jesus holding a cigarette and a beer yesterday, along with the caption: “Jesus got hammered for his sins, you can too.”

The post was flooded with thousands of angry comments, and the pub later deleted the picture from their page.

Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

The post didn’t sit well with a lot of people. Picture: Mary’s NewtownSource:Facebook

According to Yahoo News, the Orthodox Christianity Facebook page encouraged its followers to post nasty things about the business in retaliation to the post.

“Brothers and sisters, PLEASE give this place a bad rating, they are Mocking our Lord Jesus Christ,” the group posted.

Since then the pub has been inundated with negative reviews — the majority posted within a few hours of each other.

Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

The page has been flooded with one-star reviews. Picture: Mary’s NewtownSource:Facebook

Only a few reviews cited the post about Jesus as the reason for the bad rating.

“Mary’s Newtown was my local burger joint (being that it’s only up the road from my place) until today. I am extremely disgusted and appalled by the distasteful and disrespectful advertising for the Easter period. You’ve lost a customer (and probably a lot more) by that ignorant stunt,” one read.

Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

Many vowed to boycott the restaurant. Picture: Mary’s NewtownSource:Facebook

“For you to post something disrespectful about Jesus when the majority of your clients are believers. It’s a kick in the guts. You lost me as a client,” another said.

One person wrote: “ They should focus on the menu to attract attention not rude posts to grab attention.”

Mary’s co-owner, Jake Smyth, told The Daily Telegraph the post wasn’t meant to offend anyone.

“We took it down because people started to make threats of rape and murder,” he said.

Sydney pub boycotted over ‘disrespectful’ joke about Jesus

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