There are really only two reasonable responses to the controversy surrounding your paper’s printing of The Burger Grind’s ad featuring “Juicy Lucy:” you could apologize to the community for a lack of good taste, or you could defend the ad as not overtly offensive. People might not agree with one or the other, but at least we could all respect such a stand.
But what you’ve chosen to do is not reasonable, respectful, or responsible. Your official editorial response to the controversy is to say that you have no connection to your advertising content, and to essentially step out of the way so you can egg on the crowd that’s gearing up to storm the Burger Grind, torches and pitchforks in hand.
I’ve never seen such a shameless example of throwing someone under the bus. The majority of your critics may be complaining of your lack of consideration towards women, but I’m more bothered by another failure of character.
Shame on you for being cowards.