Chicago Bar Apologizes for Offensive Pearl Harbor Sign

Sunday, Dec 8, 2013  |  Updated 10:19 AM EDT
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A Chicago bar sparked controversy with its plans for remembering Pearl Harbor.

Murphy’s Bleachers, in the city's Wrigleyville neighborhood, posted a message to its marquee telling patrons to commemorate Pearl Harbor with drink specials.

"Remember Pearl Harbor with bombs & kamikazes," the sign read, according to photos posted on Twitter.

The sign quickly stirred up a controversy on social media. Some said the sign was "awful" and "terrible."

The bar quickly amended the sign to read "Remember Pearl Harbor" and declined to comment, but later sent out a tweet apologizing.

Another apology posted to the bar's Facebook read:

"We couldn't be more embarrassed and ashamed by the actions of our staff this morning. The sign has been removed and we cannot start apologizing enough for the thoughtless disregard for decency."

Another Twitter controversy was sparked after Spaghetti-Os asked its followers to "take a moment to remember Pearl Harbor with us" and included a picture of its mascot holding an American flag.

The tweet prompted a wave of social media backlash and has since been deleted. The company later tweeted an apology.

Saturday marked 72 years since the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.

Thousands gathered at Pearl Harbor to remember those killed in the attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.

About 50 survivors returned to Pearl Harbor for the ceremony.
 

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