Friday, November 17, 2017

Don't just live your faith - eat it!


I'm giggling at some of the reactions to a British bakery's Christmas advertisement.

A British bakery chain has apologized after creating a Nativity scene in which Baby Jesus, surrounded by three wise men, was replaced with a sausage roll.

And not just any sausage roll, but one that had been bitten into.

Greggs, the largest bakery chain in Britain, released the image of the sausage roll nestled in a straw-filled manger to help promote its $32 advent calendar.



But no sooner had the image of the sausage roll savior been published than consumers of all faiths took to Twitter to express moral indignation — and more than a few snickers.

One woman observed that Jesus was Jewish and that pork was not kosher.

“Out of interest do you think the people at Greggs understand that Jesus was Jewish and serving up a pork sausage roll in the manger is unbelievably inappropriate?” the woman identifying herself as Beth Rosenberg, wrote on Twitter.

. . .

While many people said they were offended by the image, it also prompted whimsy, delight, a poem and more than a few bad puns. “I never thought I would see the sentence ‘Greggs sorry for replacing Jesus with sausage roll’. One of those moments that makes you glad to be alive,” Emma Weinbren, an editor at The Grocer, wrote on Twitter.

There's more at the link.

Well . . . it was in bad taste, certainly, but (almost by definition) one can hardly call a sausage roll "tasteless", can one?




Peter

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"one can hardly call a sausage roll 'tasteless',can one?"

Have you tried a Greg's sausage roll?

Gorges Smythe said...

Common sense is no longer common.

stencil said...

Ummm.. Is this a good time to discuss the symbolism of the Eucharist?


Rusty Gunner said...

Everyone gets upset when it’s their ox being gored.

I’ve always believed that if we are but pale reflections of the glory of God, his sense of humor must be AMAZING.

Anonymous said...

A few more pictures of the calendar, if you are interested:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5076777/Greggs-bakery-launches-advent-calendar-Christmas.html

And I would point out that "manger" is derived from the French word "Mange" which means "to eat". It may not be suitable for the donkey but certainly somewhat appropriate. Ahem! >};o)

Phil B

Quentin said...

All in all, a nice bit of publicity for Greggs.

Divemedic said...

Of course, if instead of a nativity scene, if this picture depicted Mohammed as being a sausage roll, people would be killed, cities would burn, and the left would claim that the picture was the cause of it all...

Margaret Ball said...

'one can hardly call a sausage roll "tasteless", can one?'

An English "sausage". Are you kidding?

I think the problem started with WWII and subsequent rationing. After ten years of eating sawdust-stuffed tubes, the English seem to have decided that sausages were supposed to taste like that.

Bibliotheca Servare said...

Ummm...the lady offended by the "non-kosher" sausage...she knows that Jesus told Peter that pork wasn't forbidden anymore, right? Right?

Aside from that silliness, I think it's just too goofy and ridiculous to offend me, despite the irreverence of it. I suspect he would have chuckled, too, though that's just me imagining, obviously. :-)

Chuck Pergiel said...

Wise men worshiping the almighty sausage roll? That's a religion I could subscribe to.