A Georgia restaurant named Chops & Hops came under fire this weekend after promoting a sandwich that its owners suggested was inspired by singer Chris Brown's 2009 assault against former girlfriend Rihanna, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
According to the paper, an affiliate of the Watkinsville, GA restaurant tweeted a photo of what they called the "Caribbean Black and Bleu" sandwich, announcing that “@chrisbrown, @rihanna and us teamed up for a award winning celebrity sandwich.”
“Chris Brown won’t beat you up for eating this unless your name starts with a R and ends with A,” the tweet said, though it appears to have been removed from the restaurant's Twitter account.
In response to criticism that the menu item was in poor taste, the restaurant pulled the sandwich and issued a statement on its Facebook page, denouncing domestic violence and touting its support of an advocacy group called Project Safe Team 6.
The owners of C&H would like to make sure everyone knows that we and our staff DO NOT SUPPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Many of us have been affected by domestic violence in some manner and realize that this is no joke.
We have been involved in fundraising for Project Safe Team 6 and we fully intend on donating proceeds (times 6 - in honor of Team 6) from the sales of the burger. C&H continues to strive for a community driven, family oriented, great food and great service environment. We will continue to be involved in our community fundraising and charities near and dear to our hearts.
Rihanna and Chris Brown sparked controversy last month when they paired up to perform songs from each other's albums, a move Rihanna later called "innocent" in an interview with radio host Ryan Seacrest.
Rihanna further spun the rumor mill, raising questions about a possible romantic reunion with Brown, when she reportedly took to Twitter to launch a series of attacks on his current girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.