WRIGLEYVILLE — Add Murphy's Bleachers to the suspect ranks of companies that have inserted the proverbial foot in the mouth.
The Wrigleyville pub is drawing fire for a message it posted on its marquee Saturday, the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, promoting drinks.
By 3:30, the sign had been amended to read, "Remember Pearl Harbor." On Saturday night, the marquee was again changed to bear the message "We sincerely apologize."
"This awful marquee has been taken down. We apologize for the actions of our staff to our whole country," the bar tweeted.
Another message posted on Facebook read, "We couldn't be more embarrassed and ashamed by the actions of our staff this morning. The sign has been removed and we cannot start apologizing enough for the thoughtless disregard for decency."
The attack on the American Navy base in Hawaii drew the United States into World War II, killing 2,386 Americans.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously called Dec. 7, 1941 a "date which will live in infamy."
Murphy's isn't the only organization enduring criticism for an ill-conceived Pearl Harbor reference. Spaghetti-Os removed a Twitter post featuring a grinning cartoon mascot holding an American flag, asking readers to "Take a moment and remember #PearlHarbor with us."
CONTRIBUTING: QUINN FORD