Brand gets a telling off for encouraging people to have fun with milkshakes
A tweet from Burger King that encouraged Scotland to buy milkshakes has been banned by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) for “condoning anti-social behaviour,” according to the BBC. The offending tweet read:
Dear people of Scotland. We’re selling milkshakes all weekend. Have fun. Love BK. #justsaying
The subtext: milkshaking right wing politicians. Burger King sent the tweet in May, just before Brexit Party head honcho Nigel Farage came up to Edinburgh for a poorly attended rally, and just after police instructed McDonald’s to stop selling milkshakes. In the same month, a man threw a milkshake at anti-Islam hate campaigner Tommy Robinson and, days after this tweet, another man threw another milkshake at Farage in Newcastle. The BBC describes these events as “dairy-based incidents.”
The ASA received 24 complaints arguing that Burger King’s tweet was “irresponsible and offensive,” with the regulator finding that it broke advertising rules on “governing social responsibility and harm and offence.”
This decision comes in the same week that right-wing commentator Brendan O’Neill suggested there “should be” riots over Brexit; in the same week that Home Secretary Priti Patel dogwhistled the north London “metropolitan elite.” The equivocation of launching dairy products at politicians’ midriffs with “harm and offence” is a dangerous one, and — unwittingly, it should be said — leans into a wider, troubling discourse in which milkshaking is treated as a violence as serious as racism, verbal intimidation, or actual physical violence. [BBC]
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- Great British Bake Off’s dessert week was all bombe and no bombshell.
- Westfield London really, really, really wants Londoners to take its restaurants seriously.
- Greggs is stockpiling bacon for Brexit. [The Caterer]
- Good tweet:
Leonard Cohen in the kitchen. pic.twitter.com/ohmhiSYhij— Leonie Cooper (@leoniemaycooper) October 1, 2019