Friday, November 10, 2017

Furious vegans in Australia

A LIGHT-HEARTED sign above a Woolworths meat display has sparked online debate after one customer slammed it as “disrespectful”.

“What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef,” it reads.

Customer Lesley Millward shared a photo of the sign, taken at Woolworths in the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg, to the supermarket’s Facebook page on Sunday night. “What a disrespectful & insensitive bunch who work at Woolworths Glenelg,” she wrote.

The post was shared more than 1100 times and attracted more than 12,000 comments before being deleted, with some people agreeing with Ms Millward but many defending the supermarket and sharing their own animal jokes.

“What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea,” wrote Melanie Smith, while Mara Henry asked, “What do you call a cow with three legs? Lean beef.”

‎Simone Camilleri said she was “happy to see your staff have a great sense of humour”.

“Don’t worry about the ‘offended’ people,” she wrote. “I think a lot more people would be offended if you took it down! Can’t please everyone. This joke is a golden oldie and I support it.”

But John Smith argued that “people used to find jokes about black people funny too”. “Not in this day and age, time to move into the 21st century mate, this is distasteful at best,” he wrote.

Woolworths responded by saying it takes “all feedback on board”. “While we understand our team’s lighthearted touch with the display, we would never intentionally offend anyone,” the company wrote.



Use the Name, Luke said...

I'm offended by people who take offense at good quality jokes, even corny ones like this!

Fortunately, their lack of humor is its own punishment.

Stan B said...

What Woolworth's fails to understand is that some militant vegans find their meat department itself offensive. Trying to placate them and still sell meat is going to be a problem.

Anonymous said...

How sad that we cannot laugh at ourselves anymore, or anything for that matter, without offending someone. Frankly, I don't care if I offend anyone. They have no right to not be offended, and offense is theirs to take, or leave, anyway.

Paul Weber said...

I would have 'defaced' their defacement so that it would read...

“What do you call a cow with no legs? Delicious!"

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Screw vegans and especialy PETA idiot vegans like a few years ago PETA idiots tried to get the Texas town of Turkey to change its name to Tofurkey and promised free vegan thanksgiving dinner to everybody the good city council rejected PETA,s stupid offer and request i just wonder of PETA iidots approved that dumb movie Freebirds

Anonymous said...

Woolworth's response seems perfect to me.

Like any large business, they are say they aren't intentionally trying to offend anyone. That's good business practice. They then say they will "take into consideration" the feedback they got from a vocal minority as they move forward. They don't say they will agree with it, or will take the suggestion of the vegans to heart, only that they will "take it into consideration."

In other words, they have committed to being non-committal.

Years ago (and I can't remember the actual story) a person submitted a some complaint or something to someone. The response was "Thank you for your submission. We will give it all the consideration it is due."

That's what Woolworths has done here.

Good for them.