Texas-based Manhattan Project Beer Company is facing backlash following the release of a new beer named after Bikini Atoll, the site of numerous nuclear tests in the wake of World War II. Pacific Islanders who found the name offensive or insensitive called out the company on Twitter, and the Marshall Islands government weighed in disapprovingly.
In 1946, the 167 residents of Bikini Atoll, located in the Marshall Islands, were forced to relocate to nearby Rongerik so that the United States could test bombs during the Cold War. Between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 23 atomic and hydrogen bombs on the islands — many of which were more powerful than those dropped on Japan at the end of the war. The atoll became uninhabitable.