Advertisement removed after resident expresses offense


#1

From WPTZ:

A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words “Yield Sneakers Bacon” until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down.

It got there as part of “Operation Bloom.”

A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.

It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.

The offending sign:

Now I can understand if the business would have put an image of a Koran wrapped in bacon. I can understand if they would have made a star and crescent out of bacon.

But this is political correctness gone mad.

The next thing will be for this woman to petition the city council to revoke the business license for this place because the smell of bacon offends her. Or to demand that all grocers remove all pork products from their shelves.

Madness.


#2

I am not sure why the woman was offended by the word “bacon.” I would be more concerned that the advertisement, placed on a street pole, looked too much like a traffic sign.

Still, this seems like a case of a business responding to a complaint from the public. I am not sure whether or not she eats at the bistro in question. If nothing else, the owner probably wants to avoid any confrontation. I would think he will be able produce a different sign which will advertise his restaurant in a way that doesn’t generate negative publicity. People making a stink about the sign is probably the last thing he wants.


#3

I am offended by most ads because they are not relevant to me and waste my time. With all the talk of the ability of companies like Google to provide targeted ads, why is a 65 year old man getting ads for feminine health care products, luxury cars I would never buy, and emails for discounts at a restaurant that closed almost a year ago?

Even worse I got 9 unsolicited phone calls this week from scam artists who promise to reduce the interest rate on my credit cards. This is despite the fact that I am on the do not call list, and I pay no interest on my credit cards now. If I ask these people to properly identify themselves before I give out any personal information, they hang up.

How do I get all those offensive ads removed?

PS. I have filed complaints about do not call list violations many times before with the Federal Trade Commission. I lost count at 14 times.


#4

Now if someone offended a Catholic in a similar manner, would it get media attention like this?


#5

Stuff like this gets taken down and apologies are issued all over and yet “under God” is still allowed in the pledge of allegiance? LOL.


#6

It’s Vermont. Not only that, Winooski is neighbor to Burlington, Vermont’s biggest city. The city with the socialist mayor in the 1980s, Bernie Sanders (now Sen.) The state the hippies took over starting in the 1960s, sneering at the ‘woodchucks’ who are lucky to earn minimum wage supplying the wants of the yuppies who moved there for the peace and quiet, and then immediately had hissy fits because they wanted to have all the amenities of the big city, and not the realities of things like cow manure, farms, and dirt roads, and they did not want to be just ‘one’ of the neighbors but instead wanted to be the ‘lord of the manor’ because they were more ‘educated’, more ‘liberal’, ‘knew better’, etc than the ‘dumb laborers’. The state where many towns no longer have a prayer at ‘town meeting’ because prayer ‘offends’ ONE PERSON. I went to college there 40 years ago, and this does not surprise me one little bit. PC HAS gone mad there, IMO, sad to say.


#7

Of course not. The secular media hates Christianity, especially the Catholic Church. :shrug: But we shouldn’t be surprised. Satan’s got more work to do when there’s more truth involved :wink:


#8

But really, where does one hear the pledge of allegiance said anymore?


#9

Well, it’s said every morning in the school… ooh, sorry, “government indoctrination center”… where I work. I’ve heard it said before Little League opening day, before scout meetings, before parents night and PTO meetings at the school… sorry… “government indoctrination center”… that my children attend. Probably a few more places too. And that’s just in the godless librul Northeast.

I’m sure down in “Real America” people go around chanting it like a mantra, though.


#10

=Cricket123;12282895]Well, it’s said every morning in the school… ooh, sorry, “government indoctrination center”… where I work. I’ve heard it said before Little League opening day, before scout meetings, before parents night and PTO meetings at the school… sorry… “government indoctrination center”… that my children attend. Probably a few more places too.

Is “under God” mentioned when they say it? See, my point was they just scrapped the whole thing altogether.

I’m also glad to see that (however crassly and sarcastically presented) there is recognition of the problem of big-government bias in the public education system.

And people wonder why Americans can’t keep up in math and science. :rolleyes:

I’m sure down in “Real America” people go around chanting it like a mantra, though.

I’m sorry, but I’ve busted up the myth of the “homegrown heartland” one too many times on here.

States in both the Midwest and the Rust Belt don’t get to vote against the majority of their common-sense, Catholic values and then claim to be “Real America”. :rolleyes:

And no the pledge is not some kind of anthem there either. For one thing, an athiest living there might be offended.

Now, if it had a Islamic connection, then it would be MUCH more likely to be okay with atheists and liberals.


#11

And I am sure this woman was also writing a check out to the business to reimburse them for the time and materials they expended that gave them the right to post their advertisement. :rolleyes:

Does she tell Krogers they can’t put bacon or pork chops in their sale flier too?

I bet not. This isn’t about being offended. It’s about wanting to create 15 minutes of fame built off victimhood.


#12

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