Journalist Andre Walker has slammed the notion of phasing out meat and animal-based metaphors, calling the idea “obvious bull”.
The idea that phrases like ‘bring home the bacon’ or ‘kill two birds with one stone’ could fall out of favour as veganism’s influence grows was proposed by researcher Shareena Hamzah, who said: “If veganism forces us to confront the realities of food’s origins, then this increased awareness will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and literature.
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“The increased awareness of vegan issues will filter through consciousness to produce new modes of expression.”
Animal rights organisation PETA also urges against using such idioms. “While these phrases may seem harmless, they carry meaning and can send mixed signals to students about the relationship between humans and animals and can normalise abuse,” it says online.
'Bring home the bacon' is one animal-based phrase under fire. Image: Getty
Mr Walker, however, was not impressed, as he made clear to Mike Graham on talkRADIO’s mid-morning show.
“I’m glad you’ve spilt the beans on this report, in my view it isn’t worth a carrot.
“It has led to Dr Hamzah going bananas. They only want to ban meat-related sayings, but that would be her having her cake and eating it.
“That’s the way the cookie crumbles, she is no longer the apple of my eye. The whole idea of banning food-related sayings to appease vegans is obvious bull.”
“You’ve just illustrated how many phrases we’ve got that involve foodstuffs,” pointed out Graham.
“They don’t mean anything. The idea that animal welfare will be improved by banning one or two sayings like ‘bring home the bacon’ or ‘pie in the sky’ is in fact, pie in the sky,” said Mr Walker.
Graham likened the idea to the fact that the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ was banned by a local radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, after describing the lyrics as “manipulative and wrong”.
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“I was having a discussion on Twitter this morning with someone saying it’s absolute rubbish, it’s not going to be banned, and I said, ‘well you say that, but actually, you didn’t expect any radio station in the Western world to ban the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’,” he said.
“It has now apparently has been taken to be seen as some kind of introduction to sexual assault, because a man has taken a woman back to his house and has refused to let her go out until she sleeps with him.”
“If what you do in life is set out to be offended - I call these people professional offendees - the thing is, if what you enjoy, if your hobby is to find reasons to be offended, you will find reasons to be offended,” said Mr Walker.
“The issue is, I’m offended by the fact that you are going out seeking that. I just don’t understand why we have to pander to all those things. It would not surprise me if the radio regulators said we have to ban those phrases.
“We allow these people to get addicted to this. Once they have one of these victories, they want the next one.”