Shoppers criticise M&S for selling 'inappropriate' Porn Star Martinis

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Porn Star Martinis are a popular cocktail, served in bars across the UK. Recently, M&S started selling the drink in a can, but some shoppers aren’t happy about it...

To celebrate the summer, M&S launched a variety of cocktails in a can (opens in new tab), with one of these being the iconic Porn Star Martini.

Despite being a well-known drink, one shopper took to Twitter to share her outrage about the name. Lecturer and trombonist Sarah Brand uploaded a photo of the cans on display, exclaiming: ‘WTF is going on?’

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Her comments on the drink received mixed reactions, with many users rushing to defend the cocktail. Author Rebecca Reid was confused by the comments, saying: It’s a pretty normal drink’.

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Another user Odhran Lusby thought the Tweet was an overreaction, writing:

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However, some people also shared Sarah’s concerns about M&S selling a cocktail with an ‘inappropriate’ name, with others worrying about children asking questions about what the phrase 'porn star' means.

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Andrew Dowd Tweeted: ‘I think “Dad… what’s a Porn Star?” is the problem’, feeling concerned about how to address that question. In a follow up Tweet, he wrote:

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Another user added that he felt it was ‘dreadful judgement’, agreeing with Sarah’s concerns about the supermarket selling the popular drink.

The Porn Star Martini has some surprisingly innocent beginnings, with the inventor of the cocktail Douglas Ankrah telling The Buyer: ‘I thought it was something that a Porn star would drink, there’s nothing sexual there.'

‘Porn star is a stylish and confident drink, it’s pure indulgence, sexy, fun and evocative.’ Douglas added, describing the reasons behind the name.

M&S’ canned Porn Star Martini is a sweet blend of passion fruit and vodka, featuring two measures of alcohol. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, it’s great for summer picnics and parties as it’s easy to transport.

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Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer for What's on TV, Goodto.com, and Woman&Home. After finishing her degree in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University she moved to London to begin her career. She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases.