A popular Australian party food has come under fire after campaigners slammed the iconic treat for its ‘offensive’ and ‘outdated’ name.
Alexis Chaise, from Melbourne, has launched a petition to replace the name of the party snack for the ‘sake of countless marginalised Australians’.
She proposed the name be changed to ‘party bread’ because the term ‘fairy’ has been used to ‘belittle and oppress others’.
The word ‘fairy’ has been defined as a derogatory term for a gay male who acts more stereotypically feminine than straight women.
A controversial online campaign has called for the popular sweet treat to be renamed ‘Party bread’, because the word ‘fairy’ has been used to ‘belittle and oppress others’
‘The fact that Australians in 2021 are still using this word in the name of a children’s food is reprehensible’, the petition reads.
‘I was shocked when I discovered at my cousin’s 5th birthday party that the children there were being taught to use the derogatory term of ‘fairy’ in regards to their party food.’
The campaigner said she was proud to have never consumed fairy bread, and encouraged Australians to boycott the beloved treat.
‘Bigotry is un-Australian, and so is Fairy bread. #BoycottFairyBread #TheNewFWord #FairyBreadisUnAustralian.’
The campaign has received over 1000 signatures in just one week and has sparked debate on social media, with users divided over whether the name change is necessary
Many ‘supporters’ took to the comments section to vent their frustration at the campaign
The week-old campaign has received over 1000 signatures, with many ‘supporters’ venting their frustration at the petition in the comments.
‘Signing is the only way I can let you know how f**king stupid this is’, one user commented.
‘The only reason I have signed this is to express to the petition maker how ridiculous this is. Stop being a Karen and move on!’
One commenter who described themselves as a gay male said they didn’t find the term fairy remotely offensive.
‘The term fairy can refer to magical or mythical creatures, and that creativity should be enjoyed by as kids for as long as possible.
‘The people who started this petition are the sort of people who need to make drama out of absolutely nothing.’
However some commenters applauded the campaign for calling out the sweet treat’s contentious name.
‘I have hundreds of thousands of reasons for signing this petition’, one wrote.
The iconic sweet treat made of white bread, margarine and sprinkles is a popular addition to children’s parties and other celebrations across Australia
‘It is disgusting that this type of language still exists in reference to food’, a second commented.
‘Party bread is such a civilised alternative. I support the new name’, a third agreed.
Other users saw through the satirical campaign and asked that Australians considered the bigger issues.
‘The only conceivable explanation is that this person is trolling. For attention. And it is working’, one user speculated.
‘Get a life, go for a walk do something positive for the world rather than wake up and be so pathetically determined to find something to be outraged about’, another suggested.