Uproar after pub organizes WET T-SHIRT competition to celebrate the life of Queen 'Lizzy'

A spokesperson for The Roey said that they expected 'a few hundred people to show up' and did not intend to disrespect anyone

Uproar after pub organizes WET T-SHIRT competition to celebrate the life of Queen 'Lizzy'
The Roey, which is one of Australia's oldest pubs, has received backlash for organizing a wet t-shirt contest in memory of the Queen (Roebuck Bay Hotel/Facebook)
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BROOME, AUSTRALIA: An Australian pub has been slammed for hosting a wet t-shirt competition to celebrate the life of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Roebuck Bay Hotel or The Roey is known for holding a wet t-shirt competition every Wednesday. However, this week, they decided to hold the contest to celebrate the Queen. "Join us Wednesday night for a special Wet T in Oasis Bar to celebrate the life of Queen Lizzy," a Facebook post about the event said.

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"Enter the Wet-T for your chance to win $750 (~$540). With DJ Sam T on the decks from 8 pm party until late into the night!" the post continued. However, the pub's plans fell flat. The event has led to a wave of backlash on social media with many calling the event "distasteful."

The Roey is Broome's oldest pub and one of the most popular in the town of 14,000 people on Western Australia's north coast. However, now internet users are branding it as uninviting. "That's a bit of bad taste," one person wrote in the comments section. "Very bad taste," another added.

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Australian pub receives backlash for hosting wet t-shirt competition to 'celebrate the life of Queen Lizzy'  (Roebuck Bay Hotel/Facebook)
Australian pub The Roey was slammed for organizing a wet t-shirt contest in memory of the Queen (Roebuck Bay Hotel/Facebook)

According to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for the Roey said that they expected a "few hundred people to show up" and that they did not mean to disrespect they could see how some people might be offended.

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To pay tribute to the longest reigning monarch, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has declared a one-day public holiday on Thursday, September 22, following the state funeral of Her Majesty on Monday, September 19. The order of service, with its choice of music and readings, is expected to reflect more of the Queen's personal choices for the funeral.

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Australia's national memorial service on Thursday will be held following Albanese's return from London. The event is going to be presented by prominent television presenter Melissa Doyle and will be attended by each of the state premiers and chief ministers, state governors, federal members, senators, and opposition leaders. Singer Anthony Callea is also going to perform at the event. The day was declared a public holiday, leading some businesses and healthcare lobbyists to complain of short notice and thousands of bookings that would need to be hastily shifted.

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