It’s officially holiday season, which means two things:
- Holiday music! Decorations! Heartwarming movies! TV specials!
- Tons of holiday promotions that are all going to offend someone somehow!
It looks like this year, number two is coming in early: Greggs, a British bakery chain, decided to get their customers in the Christmas spirit by selling advent calendars, which they advertised with images of a Nativity scene. The problem? They replaced Baby Jesus with a half-eaten sausage roll, and I guess people didn’t find it as charming as the store hoped they would.
Since then, people have encouraged customers to boycott the chain, claiming the image was incredibly offensive and insulting to Christianity. Some even claimed that people wouldn’t dare mock other religions in the same way.
Please boycott @GreggsOfficial to protest against its sick anti-Christian Advent Calendar. What cowards these people are: we all know that they would never dare insult other religions! They should donate every penny of their profits to @salvationarmyuk https://t.co/tAV7CRP7WM
— Simon Richards 🇬🇧🏴🌍 (@simplysimontfa) November 15, 2017
Other people, however, didn’t quite understand the fuss. In fact, they mocked it.
as if christians are trying to claim that the baby jesus wasn’t actually a greggs sausage roll. prove it
— clio (@cliomcl) November 16, 2017
How disrespectful to our lard and savour.
— Julia Errens🥤 (@JuliaErrens) November 15, 2017
— brian lefevre (@beardeddumbass) November 16, 2017
Lord Jesus, backwards, is Susejd Rol.
Greggs know. pic.twitter.com/c8JIWnMliE
— Esoteric (@inouifemme) November 16, 2017
— RB. (@randallbell) November 15, 2017
— Dave Gregson (@dave_greg1) November 15, 2017
Honestly, I wish I could be surprised by this, but it’s 2017 and we’re all basically living in a satire now. I’ve embraced it.
Love The Onion. https://t.co/y8CPUjuE7l
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 17, 2017
The restaurant chain has since apologized for the advertisement and the controversy it started.
What do you think? Is this sausage roll worth the fuss, or should we all just turn up “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and just let our holiday festivities continue unperturbed? Personally, I’m going to choose the latter.