Customers have gone into meltdown over what some people are calling a politically correct Christmas cake — but they’ve missed one very important fact.
Former 2GB host Jason Morrison tweeted a photo of a celebration cake on a Woolworths shelf, claiming it was “politically correct Christmas Cake”.
The post sparked a slew of angry responses, with suggestions that customers should “boycott Woolworths completely” and stop the “PC brigade” from taking over.
“The simple solution, let the 5% of the population offended by Christmas Cake buy it and the rest of us boycott Woolworths completely. This has gone too far to even be called a joke now,” one commentator wrote.
Another added: “PC gone crazy. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year. For those who are offended nobody is making you celebrate it just let those who do enjoy it.”
And a third wrote: “It’s a Christmas Cake. Call it that.”
However many people were quick to point out, the cake is actually sold year round, for all occasions.
“Its a fruit cake. Its. Sold. All. Year. Round. Its capitalism. Not political correctness,” one Twitter user said.
Another added: “I’ve worked in retail for over a decade and that particular cake has always being celebration cake. Calm your farm sir.
And a third wrote: “I’ve bought that cake at least 5 times across the course of this year. It isn’t a ‘Christmas’ cake, what are you even talking about?”
Meanwhile a Woolworths spokesperson told Starts at 60, the fruit cake, made by South Australian food manufacturer The Yummy Kitchen, has been labelled a “celebration cake” since 1997.
“The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at Woolworths this year. You’ll find us proudly celebrating it throughout our stores, with Christmas trees, tinsel, team uniforms and in-store signage,” a spokesperson said.
Only recently, a bakery in the United Kingdom sparked debate across the world after shoppers realised it had branded the commonly known gingerbread men as “ginger persons”.
The delicious Christmas treats are enjoyed by adults and children alike and usually appear in the shape of a stylised human with small button lollies down the front. While some people do create female versions of the biscuits, they mostly appear as men.
The small bakery in North Yorkshire, Thomas the Baker, has decided to instead go with a more gender-neutral term for the treats on sale, calling them ginger persons. Not everyone is happy about it.