FOLLOWUP: Muslim pressure over Vermont town bacon ad
We recently reported on a story about Sneakers Bistro and Cafe, a Vermont restaurant that took down an ad for bacon after a Muslim woman complained that it it offended her. The sign read, “Yield for Sneakers Bacon”.
Now several days later, the restaurant is feeling quite a backlash. From USA Today:
A Winooski restaurant’s decision to take down a bacon advertisement has become the center of an online backlash.
“It’s blown up beyond all imagination,” City Manager Katherine “Deac” Decarreau said in an interview Monday.
Last week, Sneakers Bistro and Cafe removed a sign reading “Yield for Sneakers Bacon” from a garden at the Winooski Rotary after a woman who described herself as “a vegan and a member of a Muslim household” called the sign offensive in a post on Front Porch Forum.
“Given the large number of Muslim families in Winooski, as well as many others who do not eat pork for a variety of reasons, it seems unnecessary for this insensitive business sign to be at the city’s main crosswalk,” she wrote. The woman also complained that the sign “clutters an already dangerous crosswalk.”
The volume of negative comments over the decision to remove the sign was apparently significant. The restaurant’s phone voicemail was full early Monday afternoon and the owner found it necessary to remove their Facebook page. In response, an individual apparently not affiliated with Sneakers created a page named, Tell Sneakers Bistro How You Really Feel.
The Burlington Free Press reported:
The restaurant’s reviews on Google and Yelp have also taken a hit, with more than 50 recent one-star reviews referencing the controversy. Some of the Yelp users hail from as far away as California and Hawaii.
In regards to the original complaint about the bacon ad, Decarreau made the statement:
As I read her post, her request came as a vegan, not as a Muslim
** 8/27/2014- FOLLOWUP II