Turncoat Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's movement, Australian Conservatives, has started a new campaign: Easter Eggs not Holiday Eggs.
The campaign is a petition asking people to join the call and tell manufacturers to keep the word "Easter" in Easter eggs.
"Chocolate manufacturers have bowed at the altar of political correctness, refusing to use the term 'Easter' in marketing their chocolate eggs this Easter," the petition reads. "Add your name to demand they stop bowing to political correctness and make them Easter eggs again."
Cadbury (I am focusing on Cadbury here because, let's be honest, the purple packets dominate Easter in Australian supermarkets) says it is NOT TRUE that it has removed the word "Easter" from its packaging.
"We have used the word Easter in our marketing campaigns for years, and Easter is clearly stated on several of our packs where it makes sense and where there is appropriate space," a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. "It also features prominently on our point of buying displays, with the tagline 'Deliver a little joy this Easter', and it’s mentioned on the back of some of our Easter products. We invite people from all faiths (and none!) to enjoy our delicious seasonal treats, which can be found around Easter time."
The spokesperson also attached a picture of Cadbury products with the word Easter:
So, OK, cool. Take a side and move on with your life. But there is another question here...
When the Australian Conservatives writes that chocolate manufacturers are bowing to political correctness... who are they bowing to? Who exactly wants to call them HOLIDAY EGGS?
Maybe it's because the UK is in the middle of its own WAR ON EASTER? But we are not the UK, so...?
These people are not on Change.org – a common source of politically correct petitions.
Like frankly I agree on the hot cross buns but what about holiday eggs??!
It hasn't come up in federal parliament...
A comprehensive analysis* of comments on the Cadbury Facebook page** found approximately five zillion people asking it to KEEP or even BRING BACK the word Easter, but none asking it to drop it.
In fact, a spokesperson for Cadbury Australia told BuzzFeed News the company was unaware of anyone ever asking for the word Easter to be removed.
Anyway, it's with deep regret I inform you this investigation has been a failure, because I still don't know the answer to the question: "Who wants to call them holiday eggs?"
A spokesperson for Bernardi told BuzzFeed News the senator was "not inclined to reply" to a question about who, exactly, wants to get rid of the word Easter in Australia.
Asked why Bernardi didn't want to reply, the spokesperson said "He did not give a reason."
Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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