Escobar, a Pablo Escobar themed bar in Singapore, has revealed that it would be changing its brand logo but not its name. The move follows backlash from The Embassy of Colombia in Singapore and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) which criticised the bar for using the drug kingpinâ€™s image in its branding efforts.
In a Facebook post outlining the move, the bar confirmed that it was not shutting down and that it was aware of the recent controversy surrounding the theme of the bar. The bar also apologised for causing offence to communities and individuals.
â€śWe would like to reiterate that it was never our intention to glorify or condone the actions of Pablo Escobar. Anyway, we heard you and weâ€™re working on revamping our logo,â€ť the statement added.Â According to a report by The Straits Times,Â bar owner Stan Sri Ganesh confirmed that the bar would not be changing its name as Escobar is a common Spanish surname.
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Marketing has reached out to Escobar for additional comment.
Escobar recently came under fire from the Embassy of Colombia in Singapore for naming and basing the theme of the bar after Pablo Escobar, aÂ late Colombian drug kingpin also known as â€śThe King of Cocaineâ€ť. This includes featuring murals dedicatedÂ to Escobar and included themed-menu offerings.
In a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the embassy said that idolising Escobar undermines theÂ work done byÂ successive Colombian governments. It added that the Colombian community in Singapore also experienced â€śindignationâ€ť towards the issue.
Also weighing in on the matter was the CNB, which described theÂ manner in whichÂ the drug kingpinâ€™s name and image are being utilised to promote the bar as â€śhighlyÂ objectionableâ€ť, reportedÂ TODAY. It added that the bar also went against Singaporeâ€™s zero-tolerance approach towards drugs and the governmentâ€™s efforts in preventative drug education.