A restaurant in Allen, Texas, sparked outrage by using photos of Caitlyn Jenner before and after her transition as gender signs for its bathrooms, according to The New York Daily News.
Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill used a photo of Jenner from her decathlon victory at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal for its men’s room.
The restaurant then utilized an image of Jenner’s July 2015 “Vanity Fair” cover story announcing her name change for its women’s room.
The Daily News reported that Dodie’s installed the photos in August, only for “Dallas Morning News” digital editor Dom DiFurio to tweet about them last Monday.
DiFurio’s tweet then attracted widespread attention to Dodie’s on social media, with some criticizing the business of acting transphobic.
The editor on Tuesday told The Daily Dot that Allen is located in a right-leaning area of Texas, which may explain Dodie’s intentions.
“Collin County, where Allen, Texas is, as a whole is considered a conservative bastion in North Texas,” DiFurio said. “I wouldn’t consider it a particularly great place to be LGBTQ.”
“I saw it as bit of a physical manifestation of the wink and nod jokes told often to me when I see people from that part of town,” he added of the bathroom doors.
“The kind of jokes where you feel like the person telling the joke wants you to laugh to verify their inclinations, but doing so would perpetuate a terrible environment for anyone in the LGBTQ community.”
Dodie’s has since issued a statement saying it takes issue with being characterized as bigoted, transphobic or other “hurtful labels.”
“[It’s] a lighthearted gesture to push back against the political correctness that seems to have a stranglehold on this country right now,” the statement added of the images.
Caitlyn Jenner first gained fame as an Olympian decathlete named Bruce Jenner before revealing her identity as a trans woman in 2015.