Much ado about nothing. A cafe in liberal Winooski, VT removed a sidewalk sign advertising bacon after one professional victim complained about it. James Lileks nails it with hilarity:
In this day and age, any public manifestation of an idea that differs with yours is a tort. You suspect everyone just wanted to avoid a lawsuit; itâs public terrain, and the Constitution is rather clear on the separation of Bacon and State. Itâs a good thing the sign didnât mention bagels, or someone would have complained because of Gaza. The narcissism of the constantly offended is automatic and fierce: Enough about Ukraine! What about Mekraine?
Well, once the sign was down, the Internet took a deep breath, spat on its hands, and got to work. First, the story had to go global. The matter was picked up by a British newspaper, which put the issue like this: â[The sign] asked motorists to âyield for Sneakerâs [Bistro] Baconâ but the female complainant, speaking on a community forum, described it as insensitive to her as she did not consume pig meat due to religious reasons.â
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The next step: clumsy attempts to defuse the matter on Facebook, where the cafĂŠ said it was âhere to serve breakfast, not politics.â Alas, agreeing to ix-nay the acon-bay was cultural politics at its most raw, and only slightly less annoying than putting duct tape over the word on the menu lest the forbidden arrangement of vowels and consonants cause someone to feel disrespected. Trigger warning! On request the staff will spell out the word in a soundproof booth, after consent forms have been signed.
Read the whole thing for a good laugh.
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