Bacon, those tasty strips of pork fried up in a sizzling pan, are a veritable staple of the average American diet, as the versatile meat can serve as an accessory to nearly any meal, if not constitute the main course by itself.
Unfortunately, there are those among us who deny the exquisite goodness of bacon and eschew the consumption of all meat products altogether, instead limiting themselves to a herbivorous diet of fruits and vegetables.
PETA — better known as People Eating Tasty Animals … er, I mean, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — recently launched yet another assault on the utter magnificence of bacon, part of a broader Orwellian campaign to persuade people to stop using common animal-related idioms, such as the phrase “bring home the bacon.”
But that campaign didn’t sit well with outgoing Republican Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch — a man who has made his love of bacon abundantly clear in the past — and Hatch responded to PETA in an absolutely hilarious manner.
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) December 4, 2018
In a brief video posted to Twitter, Hatch was seated in his Senate office with a beautiful basket of crispy bacon on the table in front of him.
With the “Oh, Yeah!” theme music from the 1980s classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” overlaid on the video, the senator purposefully ate a delicious piece of bacon.
The video went into slow motion and repeated several times the moment that Hatch raised the bacon to his mouth, then showed him rather contentedly chewing the piece of fried pork meat.
Judging by the comments to Hatch’s post, his love of bacon is shared by a great many Americans.
— Jay Novack (@JayNov2020) December 4, 2018
Love some crispy bacon!
— Diann (@diann_bell) December 4, 2018
What a rock star!
— Carol🐊 (@Aeromom322Carol) December 4, 2018
Hatch’s act of defiant carnivorism came in response to the demand from PETA that Americans stop using “anti-animal language,” including such common phrases as “bring home the bacon.”
Other phrases that PETA would like to ban from normal usage included “Kill two birds with one stone,” “Be the guinea pig,” “Beat a dead horse” and “Take the bull by the horns,” to be replaced by a number of similar sounding yet ridiculous phrases that did not include animals.
PETA posted to Twitter, “Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations.”
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4
— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
In a follow-up tweet, the group added, “Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.”
Set aside for a moment the absolute absurdity of comparing the previously mentioned phrases to racism and take note that aside from being an assault on our nation’s indisputable love for bacon, PETA is actually seeking to limit our right of free speech, to say things that may offend those who place animals on some sort of pedestal like deities.
PETA’s “anti-animal language” campaign, as ridiculous as it is, is not a joke. However, the best way to defeat the insidious efforts at both controlling the language we use and meats we chose to eat is to confront it at all times with the brutally savage mockery it deserves, and Hatch just served up a sizzling basket of such.
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