Sex on the beach, slippery nipples, and even sex with an alligator – harmless cocktail names for some, dangerous instructions that children might somehow follow to others.
We wrote a few months ago that Marks & Spencer had faced backlash for their tinnies of Porn Star Martini, with online commentators aghast at how the word porn could be used as the name of a drink.
While M&S certainly didn’t invent this drink – as any customer of All Bar One or Slug and Lettuce will know, they’ve been around forever – they bore the brunt of the heated conversation on Twitter, started by trombonist and lecturer Sarah Brand.
In the thread, other people added their shock, saying: ‘What next? Male Prostitute Prosecco. Drug Trafficker Tequila’ and ‘Yep, beyond belief. Dreadful judgement.’
It appears that the wholesome supermarket chain has taken on these comments, and has now renamed their canned concoction Passion Star Martini.
Porn Star Martini?
PORN STAR MARTINI?
MARKS AND BLOODY SPENCER, WTF IS GOING ON? pic.twitter.com/lT8iNHqtyv
— Sarah Brand (@sarahgailbrand) July 4, 2019
The drink – which costs £2.25 for a can – was launched by M&S in September last year, and Campaign Magazine have stated that its rebrand is due to a complaint by a member of the public.
According to alcohol watchdog, The Portman Group, the name breached rules stating alcoholic drinks shouldn’t have connotations of ‘sexual success’ linked with them.
The original complaint stated: ‘Porn stars are idolised as people who have sexual success and paid for doing so.
‘Therefore, hearing this name on a can of an alcoholic cocktail is linking alcohol with sexual success.
‘If you continue to allow this, it will open the flood gates to others, eg Sex on the Beach, Slippery Nipple, Sloe Comfortable Screw, Liquid Viagra etc.’
Although M&S argued that this name has been in use since the cocktail was invented in 1999 by a man named Douglas Ankrah, they agreed to change the name as co-signatories of The Portman Group.
Thankfully now your children won’t have to drink lewdly named cocktails! Instead of thinking that their commute cocktail can is going to make them a Porn Star, they’ll aspire to be a Passion Star instead. Sorted.
A Marks & Spencer spokesperson said: ‘Porn Star Martini is a common name for a passion fruit cocktail drink. Our product launched in September 2018 and quickly became one of our most popular cocktails. However, as a Portman Group co-signatory, we respect the ruling and will be changing the name to Passion Star Martini.’