A cocktail called ‘Apartheid’ has been removed from the menu of Icelandair Hotel Marina and the hotel’s owner has apologized for it having been on offer in the first place, after facing criticism in the foreign media yesterday, including in stories on CNBC and Time.
Apparently, the person who created the cocktail and placed it on the bar’s menu didn’t know what apartheid meant, or so the hotel reasoned.
The incident was picked up by the media after being tweeted by ‘Africa is a Country.’
Initially, Icelandair had tweeted back: “Simply scrumptious, enjoy! Happy Holidays,” resulting in anger and disbelief in the social media community, ruv.is reports.
“There was an unfortunate misunderstanding of the meaning of the word apartheid, which did not acknowledge the word’s appalling historical context. We apologize unreservedly to all those who were offended by it,” the hotel’s owner was quoted on CNBC.