A big political controversy erupted in a small Vermont town over something as silly as bacon. How something so delicious could cause the demise of a bistro that at one time was named one of Esquires 59 best places to eat breakfast is still a mystery.
Here’s how it started: A small bistro named Sneakers was given permission to post a sign by the town after participating in the town’s beautification efforts. Banking on everyone’s seemingly obsession with the salty meat, it posted a diamond shaped yellow sign that simply read “yield for bacon”. The sign was posted next to a city flower patch that it had sponsored. Sounds like a cute way of advertising a favorite breakfast food right?
Apparently not. A member of the community complained about the sign stating that as a Muslim they found the sign to be offensive. In an effort to keep the peace the bistro removed the sign. And then came the backlash. The restaurant was criticized heavily in the court of public opinion, not for the sign and its innocent message, but for yielding if you will to one person’s dislike of it.
Granted there may have been some confusion, as it seems many people thought the restaurant had removed bacon entirely from its menu. Either way, the public over reacted, the bistro’s five star rating was destroyed and it looks like now, no one in this town will be eating bacon anymore. At least not at the bistro who is contemplating shutting down for good over this silly misunderstanding. Their last message before going off of Facebook – “We are here to serve people breakfast, not politics. We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community… We still love bacon. We still love eggs. Please have the political conversation elsewhere.”
The bacon craze is a national event. There are bacon sodas, salt, alarm clocks, vodka, wallets and band-aids. There is even a novelty bacon beard balm. Who wouldn’t want to kiss their favorite guy and take in the smell of crispy fried bacon? With the good looking beard the beard balm creates combined with that delicious smell, you’ll be in love forever.
So yes, there are religions around the world that do not share the North American love of bacon. Does that mean we can’t share in our joy for it? We still go to BK even though some of our neighbors think cows are sacred and they aren’t complaining. The bistro was right in their message to the public, when it comes to food, there is no room for politics.