When's the last time your grilled cheese went to benefit domestic violence victims? Well, thanks to an incredibly sexist Yelp review of an East Portland restaurant, gooey, cheesy goodness and perfectly-toasted bread equals cash for the Portland Women's Crisis Line, which serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Now that is tasty.
It started with a five-star review of public house EastBurn, which had very little to do with actual food. In the since-deleted review, "Lee M." managed to turn a compliment into a disturbing comment about women.
The review read:
My friend and I picked up some hot girls here, but he got his pregnant. But she was Canadian so she went home and got a free abortion so it's all cool now. You can get grilled cheeses here for $5.
The bizarre need for some men to demean women should never be equated with something as delicious as a grilled cheese.
After the post got buzz on a Portland subReddit, the owner Mike Bender took it upon himself to let Lee know that his behavior was completely unacceptable. And as a nod to Lee's apparent appreciation of EastBurn's grilled cheeses, Bender vowed to donate proceeds of any grilled cheeses sold in August to the Portland Women's Crisis Line.
5 stars to you Lee M. for making an example of how this kind of disrespect towards women is shameful and not at all funny. Yes, our grilled cheese is only $5 and was kindly listed as one of the top 25 in the country by Food and Wine Magazine. As a thank you for spotlighting this kind of behavior, all proceeds through August from the sale of EastBurn's Grilled Cheeses will go to the Portland's Women's Crisis Line. - Cheers!
Bender told The Oregonian that the restaurant industry is particularly susceptible to disrespectful behavior toward women, which led him to creating the fundraiser.
"It just seemed like a good thing to do," Bender said. "We do a lot of benefits here and thought it was a good opportunity to give back. ... It's especially pervasive in the restaurant industry [disrespect towards women] and it's not cool."
Why Lee needed to let the world know about his awful public house shenanigans is still unclear. Really, the mind reels. But in the end, it's a win against sexism and for grilled cheeses everywhere, which I think we can all appreciate.
Images: Carson Ting/Flickr; Yelp