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A controversial 9/11-themed bar in the US has been slammed on social media for being named after the terrorist event which took place in 2001 and has been dubbed the 'nation's darkest day'.
Pictures of the drinkery called 'bar9eleven' were posted on Twitter with the caption: "Drove by this bar and though 'huh I wonder what that's about'. Turns out it's about exactly what you think."
Drove by this bar and though "huh I wonder what that's about". Turns out it's about exactly what you think pic.twitter.com/5zIKLZWJIs
- Jesse Tyler (@jessebtyler) May 18, 2021
The bar is situated in Fort Worth, Texas, and the owner, Brent Johnson, is unphased by the negativity, claiming his place is a tribute to the attacks.
Speaking to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 62-year-old Brent said: "Honestly, I'm not a big Twitter guy, but I did read some of the stuff. Most of those people aren't from around here."
He changed the name of the bar after remodelling in 2013. Originally he opened on September 11 2001 - the same day as terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania.
Off the back of this, he wanted a way to keep the memory of the attack alive.
Throughout the bar, there are photographs on the wall recounting what happened which Brent says is 'nothing to do with disrespect or disregard'.
On Twitter, one person wrote: "What a terrible name for a bar, it reminds me of that tragedy."
Another added: "So, they put the depressing upsetting stuff up on the walls and makes people want to drink even more? Is that the angle they're working? Not in my entire lifetime would this be okay. STILL too soon."
A third commented: "How can I capitalize on a tragedy and my region's unconditional jingoism, while also making it about myself? Oh, I know."
The plan: make your bar more memorable by associating it with something they'll never forget pic.twitter.com/zpTTJtUnvg
- TORMABLAS PICKASDFJKLFDSNMKOFDSJ (@Tormny_Pickeals) May 19, 2021
Another said: "I've seen this place and thought it was just a bad name that got lost in translation somewhere."
A fifth wrote: "So many questions. Does this place get a lot of business? Do they realize it's not paying tribute but exploiting the day? People man."
LADbible has reached out to bar9eleven for a comment.
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