Wednesday, August 17, 2016

When a cake is "violent"

Mia Freedman has written about being 'Facebook shamed' because of her son's birthday cake. The founder of Australian website MamaMia posted a video of the 'smash' birthday cake to her social media pages, only to find some mums weren't fans.

The cake, made by Sydney Smash Cakes, is filled with lollies and needs to be broken open like a pinata.

In the video, her eight-year-old son uses a large rolling pin to break open the chocolate shell encompassing the cake.

Then the clip shows a horde of boys hands grabbing at the sweets inside the cake, leaving nothing behind.

Some followers of hers on Facebook were not please with the cake, calling it 'violent' and claiming it made them stressed.

'Horrible..horrible...horrible!' Valerie D McCrae wrote. 'Violent attack on cake followed by greedy me me me grab for sweets! No wonder kids think manners are of no importance.'

However not everyone disliked the cake, with others comparing it to a pinata at a party and saying some mums were overreacting.

Freedman called the comments a 'heated debate' but didn't back down from her cake choice.



Anonymous said...

I am amazed there were no cries of "cultural appropriation" because these could be misappropriating the Mexican appropriation (piƱata)of an Aztec tradition of putting sweets in a container and smashing it open. Likely the Aztecs appropriated it too but emulation is forbidden unless you are a progressive.


Bird of Paradise said...

Of course the wheat germ inhalers would demand a type of cake made from grapefruit and filled with more grapefruit

Brian from Virginia said...

Ye Gods, some people look for something to offend them. And others have way too much free time on their hands. I'm sure the overlap between these two groups are somewhere in the 90th percentile.

Anonymous said...

There's a great comment on the source page that says something like "if you are going to put every bit of your life and choices out there for all to see, don't be upset when people disagree with those choices."

That comment is absolutely true.

There is very little difference between trying to stop people from saying something and trying to stop people from commenting on what was said.

If you want to be upset and offended at something, go right ahead. Just don't be surprised when people are upset and offended at what you said and call you out for it.

"Free speech" is important because it is the exchange of ideas in society. Shutting down the discussion is much more egregious than the discussion of whether one should be offended or not.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

These peoples common sound they make WHINE,WHINE,WHINE that's all they ever do WHINE,WHINE,WHINE

Anonymous said...

These peoples common sound they make WHINE,WHINE,WHINE that's all they ever do WHINE,WHINE,WHINE

And all you (and your other bird friends here) ever do is whine about their whining.

Is it that the whining of others is a call for you to whine? Or is it that you can't see the irony and hypocrisy in being a whiner while whining about others?

Spurwung Plover the Fighting Shorebird said...

Anon 7:58 Dont make me angry

Anonymous said...


Thanks for making the point.

Anonymous said...

I like the plover. They are a funny bird. Their nest is funny too. Sometimes only two or three pieces of dry grass laid on the ground, often in a vulnerable place like on the ground in a paddock, with three or four eggs. Sometimes only one piece of grass per egg. What sort of a nest is that! It is not even recognisable as a bird nest; just a few eggs laying on the ground as if they shouldn't be there. Then, as if the eggs laying on the ground are not vulnerable enough, the parents flap around squawking in a circle high overhead so as to signal to ground based predators that their eggs are on the ground below. How could such a dumb bird have survived so long. Well, there is method in their madness, and it is all a trick. When the hungry fox comes along, or the human looking for the plover's nest, he see's the circling squawking plovers in the sky and walks towards them looking at the ground beneath where they a circling and squawking. Sometimes the male will be squawking overhead while the female is sitting on her eggs on the ground, looking quite terrified at your approach. But when you get close she flies off, and there are no eggs where she was sitting. The pair continue like that, pretending to be signalling nest sites, all the while their eggs are sitting on the ground several hundred yards away. Only when they think their ruse has failed and you seem to have spotted their eggs do they change tactics from deception to open hostility.

Maybe our plover is not as dumb as he seems either.