Fast-food restaurant Burger King is known for its jingle, “Have it your way,” but little did we know that it applies to attacking those who hold differing political views.
Burger King U.K. seemingly endorsed throwing milkshakes at political opponents over the weekend based on its response to a protester in Newcastle, Scotland hitting Brexit leader Nigel Farage with a shake.
The gooey attack on Farage was captured on video, with even the online newspaper The Independent seemingly making light of the assault on the right-wing politician by sharing the flavor of the shake while tweeting the footage.
“Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage hit by a ‘banana and salted caramel milkshake’ thrown by a protester in Newcastle,” read the tweet’s caption.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage hit by a 'banana and salted caramel milkshake' thrown by a protester in Newcastle pic.twitter.com/usBtF7VAVe
— The Independent (@Independent) May 20, 2019
Farage was campaigning ahead of the European Parliament election, which begins on Thursday — he is heard in the clip berating his security for its “complete failure.”
Footage of a peeved Farage walking away after the attack was also shared on social media:
Chaotic scenes in Newcastle city centre as Nigel Farage hit by a milkshake. He’s been whisked away by his security. This is the aftermath. pic.twitter.com/qxz8yay492
— Sean Seddon (@seddonnews) May 20, 2019
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 20, 2019
It appears that the act of “milkshaking” those you disagree with is all the rage across the pond, with activist Tommy Robinson also being targeted by emboldened liberals who feel justified in attacking people who think differently than they do.
(A trend that’s quickly becoming evident here in the states.)
This is no one else’s fault but Nigel Farage’s – for sowing division, hate and evil against those that have only contributed great things to Britain. Sound, decent people are tired of this hate. Milkshake the hate. 👏🏽👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/fvXQhR1Dh7
— Shahmir Sanni (@shahmiruk) May 20, 2019
The “protester” was identified as Paul Crowther, who was arrested by police. But he was far from remorseful for his actions, Feeling entitled to assault others, the zealot said he was “quite looking forward” to the attack.
“It’s a right of protest against people like him. The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front,” Crowther said, according to The Washington Post.
After coming under fire for inciting violence, Burger King UK responded by mocking the incident further — while making a mockery of drunk driving.
“We’d never endorse violence — or wasting our delicious milkshakes! So enjoy the weekend and please drink responsibly people,” the company tweeted.
We’d never endorse violence – or wasting our delicious milkshakes!
So enjoy the weekend and please drink responsibly people.
— Burger King (@BurgerKingUK) May 18, 2019
The Burger King tweets prompted actress Mindy Robinson to slam them while giving Chick-fil-A a ringing endorsement.
She tweeted: “Hey Burger King, passive aggressively encouraging your customers to continue to assault Tommy Robinson with milkshakes is just super classy. That’s just another reason why
@ChickfilA is superior to you and your garbage food and weird fries every single day.”
Hey Burger King, passive aggressively encouraging your customers to continue to assault Tommy Robinson with milkshakes is just super classy. That’s just another reason why @ChickfilA is superior to you and your garbage food and weird fries every single day. pic.twitter.com/fNPpuEvunG
— Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) May 19, 2019
So, add Burger King UK to those who have decided to wade into the political waters, on the left side of the pool, of course.
Here’s a sampling of the reaction on Twitter that suggest some have crossed off yet another company from their list of options:
Encouraging political violence is not a good look and should be condemned by all sides@burgerking
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) May 18, 2019
Why don’t you stick to flipping burgers.
— BanTheBBC (@BanTheBBC) May 18, 2019
Very edgy. The problem is, the moment you legitimise physical attacks of any kind on political opponents, you are on a slippery slope. Milkshakes today. Stones and bricks tomorrow.
— Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) May 18, 2019
Burger King seems to have an incredible amount of intolerant followers. I’m guessing it’s nothing political on BKs part but more a way of cashing in on the gullible. Anything goes for a little extra profit in management pockets.
— Frank (@ntlfl) May 18, 2019
I’m Capitalist as the next guy, but when you imply that the best use of your product is throwing it, maybe food isn’t your thing.
— BilLp (@svaz_tweet) May 20, 2019
I’m an American and I support Tommy Robinson, but I no longer hunger for your chicken sandwiches or Whoppers. Done with the King.
— Lockwood B. Cox (@WoodyCox33) May 21, 2019
Ahh good, another company I can avoid for advocating violence. GJ @BurgerKing
— Madheal (@Madheal) May 21, 2019
I think @wendys is better because they don’t endorse political violence.
— Daniel Mattia | Freelance Content Writer & Author (@DanMattiaWriter) May 21, 2019
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