As anyone who purchases a Festivus pole instead of a Christmas tree every December can tell you, we all have our own ways of observing holiday traditions. But using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as an opportunity to promote your strip club may not be the best way to show off your holiday cheer. At least, that's what outraged Miami Beach residents are telling graphic designer Jeffrey Darnell Paul, who used an image of the Reverend for a flyer promoting a strip club's "I Have a Dream" bash.
NBC Miami reports that Paul, who owns and runs South Side Graphix, was shocked by the controversy generated from the flyer, which depicts the Good Reverend Doctor holding a wad of hundred-dollar bills next to a scantily-clad woman. "It was just supposed to be a promotional thing," says Paul, who designed the flyer to promote a party on MLK Day at Miami's Office strip club. "It wasn't about disgracing Martin Luther King… it's something that I didn't really think about."
After owners of the strip club received complaints about the poster, the event was canceled, and the proprietors claimed Monday that they didn't even see the image before it was released on the Internet. "We don't condone this," Office manager Jermaine Robinson says. "This is Martin Luther King. We respect what he did. Today is the day for us to honor him."
Now, as anyone who has ever read a King biography or an account from a member of his inner circle knows, MLK totally loved the ladies. But the man's contributions to American history are massive, and I doubt he would have condoned his likeness being used to sell titty dances and $5 shots of Ciroc. Please, gentlemen's club proprietors, try to avoid treating Martin Luther King, Jr. like a Jersey Shore cast member, and save the tributes to American history for Double-D-Day (Columboobs Day? Well, I tried).