Thu, 13 Dec, 2018
Woolies under fire for “offensive” Christmas cake
The controversy comes around every year during the holiday season, outraging citizens who claim that they’re unable to say the phrase “Merry Christmas” because of corporations caving into political correctness.
And now, supermarket giant Woolworths has found itself at the centre of the controversy.
Jason Morrison, a former host at 2GB, took to Twitter to share a photo of an Australian fruit cake currently being sold at Woolworths and put forth the claim that it was a “politically correct Christmas Cake”.
Politically correct Christmas Cake at Woolworths: “Celebration Cake”. pic.twitter.com/S5lVkgec3k
— Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) 10 December 2018
It didn’t take long for the post to gain traction, with outraged Aussies suggesting shoppers should “boycott Woolworths completely” and stop the “PC brigade” from running the show.
The simple solution, let the 5% of the population offended by Christmas Cake buy it and the rest of us boycott Woolworths completely. This has gone too far to even be called a joke now.
— DavidMoffett47 (@DavidMoffett47) 10 December 2018
I’m a lieutenant in the PC brigade and this is the first step in our 5 point plan to put a jihad on Christmas.
— Matt (@Matt2146) 11 December 2018
PC gone crazy. Christmas 🎄 is a beautiful time of the year. For those who are offended nobody is making you celebrate it just let those who do enjoy it.
— Alice (@Aliceh_1936) 11 December 2018
But despite the outrage, the energy it took for people to be up in arms over the entire incident was completely wasted, as the accusations aren’t true.
South Australian food manufacturer The Yummy Kitchen are the ones behind the fruit cake, and the dessert has been titled “celebration cake” since 1997.
It’s also an item that is sold throughout the year, rather than being a seasonal cake. The holiday favourite is sold at Woolworths as well as Coles and has never been marketed as a Christmas cake.
Speaking to news.com.au, a spokesperson from Woolworths has confirmed that the supermarket has no plans to stop the Christmas festivities.
“The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at Woolworths this year. You’ll find us proudly celebrating it throughout our stores, with Christmas trees, tinsel, team uniforms and in-store signage,” said the spokesperson.
“And if you’re after a bit more Christmas cheer from Woolworths this year, just ask our team about Christmas Pop-Outs next time you shop. All characters are now available in store to help complete the collection.”
So now that the bizarre conspiracy has been debunked, everyone can take a breather and kick start the holiday celebrations.