The center has been promoted on its Facebook page since it just opened on South Street in Wellington. When the name is thrown around, there are many reactions and they are far from unanimity.
It is what the interpretation of the word means: a harlot of a woman. However, there is also a colloquial expression in Spanish, which, depending on the context, does not have the same sound.
Many protest against this choice, whether they are of Latin origin or not. The owners explained to Radio-Canada that this phrase was rather inspired by the love of their story, because it also means: The powerful lady.
Although they say they never meant to offend anyone, the restaurant thought the name was misinterpreted. As a result, the restaurant was registered in the business register under P. Dama. The letter is also replaced by an asterisk in some places in the logo. It is language specific […] and it’s a cultural barrier, says co-owner Delhi Caves.
“She is a powerful woman who can lead what she wants in life, that is, she is not misogynistic. […] I understand that people may be offended, then I’m sorry that’s not really my intention. »
– Place Oswaldo Bossio, co-owner of the restaurant
Restaurant co-owners Oswaldo Bossio and Delhi Cuevas.
Photo: Radio-Canada / Zoé Bellehumeur
Over the past few days, several comments under the Facebook post could be read as: scorn for women. The name is offensive in Spanish as in French. Or again: It is not crude. It is widely used here in Mexico with various meanings.
On Sunday morning, they met with Citizens Radio-Canada before they learned the real meaning behind the restaurant’s name. They have the right to freedom of speech, explains Paschal. I find her fiercer than her name suggests, another resident of Sherbrooke. This is unacceptable to me, continues the member. I don’t see why it’s a bad choice. […] Anbelle thinks it’s really interesting to go there.
Radio-Canada tried to contact several people from the city of Sherbrooke, but no one was able to respond to our requests.
With information from Zoé Bellehumeur