A web site selling occasions in Cleveland apologized for its “inexcusable and inappropriate” holiday-themed Fb submit that referenced three girls who have been kidnapped and held captive as intercourse slaves for a decade.
“It’s by no means OK to make gentle of such severe points, and I take full and private duty for this submit ever being printed,” CoolCleveland writer Thomas Mulready wrote in a press release. “We apologize to anybody who could have learn this egregious submit, to victims and survivors, and to the group of Cleveland. After we began CoolCleveland over 16 years in the past, it was to assist and help the cool occasions, cool individuals and funky venues in our area, to not trigger additional hurt and ache.”
In a since-deleted submit, the web site promoted a “gingerbread building zone” occasion on the TownHall restaurant on Thursday — by noting the current housing disaster after which jokingly referencing the notorious “Home of Horrors” case that rocked the area people in 2013.
“Many find yourself turning into dens for cracker addicts,” the submit continued. “In a single infamous case, three lacking gingerbread girls have been discovered held as gingerbread intercourse slaves for 10 years, whereas gingerbread police remained baffled … However there’s a resolution!”
The submit was a transparent reference to victims Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus — the three girls kidnapped by Ariel Castro and held captive within the monster’s Cleveland dwelling earlier than their daring escape.
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