An Australian pub has been criticized for its decision to hold a wet t-shirt contest on the bank holiday dedicated to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Roebuck Bay Hotel, the oldest pub in the pearling town of Broome, Western Australia, announced this week that it would be holding a wet t-shirt contest “to celebrate the life of Queen Lizzie”.
“Join us Wednesday night for a special Wet T at Oasis Bar to celebrate the life of Queen Lizzy,” reads Facebook about the event.
“Enter the Wet-T for a chance to win $750. With DJ Sam T on the decks from 8 p.m. until late at night!
Several people have taken to social media to express concerns that the wet t-shirt party was unpleasant in the wake of the monarch’s death.
“It’s a bit in bad taste,” one user commented, while others agreed.
The wet t-shirt contest is a popular Thursday fixture, the ‘Roey’ as it is affectionately known to locals, but it has been reported in local media that the pub has insisted it had “good intentions” behind the celebrations.
A wet t-shirt contest is usually where women are splashed with water in light-colored t-shirts with no clothes underneath.
Thursday’s bank holiday continues to be a cause for concern in large parts of the country.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Centrelink government payments could be affected by the bank holiday on Thursday when all Centrelink offices will be closed.
Services Australia has since said some people may be paid earlier due to the public holiday.
The retail and healthcare sectors have also raised concerns over the date of the holiday, with Australian Retailers Association chief executive Paul Zahra saying the trade, list and cash flow of small businesses would likely be affected.
“This event will create complications for businesses with store closures and staff scheduling issues, with many rosters being drawn up weeks in advance,” Zahra said.
“There will also be a small but unexpected loss of trade and additional personnel costs, which could impact cash flow for small businesses,” he said.
Australian Medical Association’s Steve Robson was less diplomatic – calling the decision one that would increase pressure on an already strained hospital system.
“Operations and many patient consultations booked that day at a time when access is difficult. Thank you for dropping this short-term,” Mr. Robson said this week.