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World’s 50 Best Bars Winner Returns Award After Sexist Comments Come to Light

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Veteran bartender Charles Schumann returns “Industry Icon” award in light of controversy over sexist remarks.
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World’s 50 Best Bars “Industry Icon” returns award after sexist comments come to light

Renowned bartender Charles Schumann, who last week won the World’s 50 Best Bars “Industry Icon” award, has returned his award following backlash over a series of sexist comments he has made over the years about women in bars, including: “A bar is no place for a woman. The important characters are always men” and “[there’s] no place for a woman behind the bar after 3 p.m.,” industry publications including The Spirits Business and The Shout report.

“I have never doubted that women could be bartenders. Of course women belong in front of and behind the bar,” Schumann wrote on his bar’s Facebook page in a statement after a week of criticism by bartenders and bar owners across the industry, directly contradicting remarks — such as “[Women] can come, but they are not wanted” — made as recently as 2009.

Schumann returned the award on Tuesday, writing on Facebook: “In light of the controversy … I don’t want it anymore.” The World’s 50 Best Bars accepted the return of Schumann’s award and confirmed that there will be no “Industry Icon” winner this year. While the organization claims it was “unaware of these historical comments” made by Schumann, some members of the industry say that doesn’t cut it. “Simply removing an award does not address the topic,” Sekforde Drinks’ Jenny Griffiths told Imbibe. “You guys should be using this as an opportunity to address issues in our industry, but again you are passing the buck and trying to avoid it.”

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