CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa .– A local beer store sign telling people they can take off their masks unless they look like Dr Rachel Levine, the former health secretary, is stirring up controversy.
Greg Harrold, the deputy manager of Save on Beer at Cranberry, said it was a huge misunderstanding and they never expected it to be taken the way it was. .
“The overwhelming majority laughed and thought it was humorous, which was meant to be,” Harrold said.
It was no laughing matter for everyone, as several people took to social media and called his business transphobic.
“Say what they want. I’m not far from it. I have a niece who has just announced that she is going to marry her girlfriend this weekend. I congratulated her”, a- he declared. “When the mask mandate was lifted, we put up a sign that said, ‘Masks are no longer needed. Underneath was a sign that said, “Unless you look like Frankenstein, then please keep it up.”
Then they decided to change it and Dr. Levine’s name was written on the sign.
“It might have been a bit of bad taste, but look back over the years the comedy has been pretty ruthless to people over the years,” Harrold said. “Now you say the wrong thing, and you’re racist, transphobic—, homophobic, whatever.”
We talked to several clients about the sign and most didn’t feel comfortable talking about it.
“Some people would laugh at it, and some people would be offended,” said Steve Bullington. “I understand both sides, you know, and that’s why we’re a democracy.”
Now the sign has changed. And Harrold doesn’t expect this problem to affect his business. But he has this message for anyone who is offended.
“If you have a problem, come talk to me. I’m here all day, ”he said.