Eater, which is Vox Media’s food vertical, has a new piece up that says “throwing milkshakes and eggs has become the perfect act of protest”:
— Eater (@Eater) June 22, 2019
You see, the author of the piece, Jenny Zhang, thinks it’s totally cool to throw “milkshakes and other foods” at fascists:
— Some guy tweeted something 🤷🏻♂️ (@jtLOL) June 23, 2019
What possibly could go wrong?
I’m going to respond in a way you don’t like.
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) June 23, 2019
You throw something at me and I will respond to violence with violence. https://t.co/QPETlTKv2D
— alexandriabrown (@alexthechick) June 23, 2019
We expect Eater would have a different view if people threw food at people during, say, a pro-abortion rally:
If people threw milkshakes and eggs at abortion rights protesters in front of a Planned Parenthood, @jennygzhang would have never written this garbage word vomit
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) June 23, 2019
What’s possibly worse is that Zhang ignored the vile history of “milkshaking” here in America. She writes:
Symbolic or historical resonance: In the U.K., “milkshakes have replaced eggs as the protest projectile of choice,” Dan Kaszeta wrote recently for the Atlantic, following a few weeks of non-stop “milkshaking” directed at right-leaning political figures. According to experts interviewed by the New Statesman, there are multiple ways to read into the milkshake as a symbol: an object of youthful fun wielded against bullying bigots; an “everyman” choice enjoyed by the masses; a subversion of the alt-right’s seizure of milk as a symbol of white supremacy.
In all likelihood, though, the first milkshake that was thrown — at Tommy Robinson, in early May, twice in two days — was simply out of convenience and spontaneous outrage. Sometimes, as Kaszeta wrote, “a milkshake is just a milkshake.”
Why the eff is she joking about this:
I like to take you back to 1960: pic.twitter.com/60daUJdkso
— Timothy, The Angry Homo (@ncanarchist) June 23, 2019
Some people even reported Eater for advocating violence, but Twitter did nothing. From “senior social boy” at Eater, Adam Moussa:
good morning to the person who reported this tweet for inciting violence ONLY (Twitter declined to take action) https://t.co/6dAga146DA
— Adam Moussa (@adamjmoussa) June 24, 2019
You’d think, but nope!
And here I thought a site called "Eater" would be more pro-eating. https://t.co/37girxvPQ7
— Ashley Rae Goldenberg (@Communism_Kills) June 23, 2019