Political correctness has a new target: food.
The Austrian Chamber of Commerce and an association of restaurateurs are considering a move to ban “discriminatory” names for food, The Telegraph reports.
Potential victims include “zigeunerschnitzel” (“gypsy schnitzel”), “Mohr im hemd” (“Moor-in-a-shirt,” a chocolate and cream dessert), “negerbrot” (“n****rbread,” a type of black bread), and “spaghetti alla puttanesca” (“whore’s spaghetti,” so called because of its rich, spicy flavour).
“Our job is all about welcoming people and for this reason we should offer a good example,” the association told the newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung (TT).
But this doesn’t mean the delicacies themselves need to be taken off menus. The association has come up with “neutral” replacement names for them: “cutlet with pepper sauce” for “gypsy schnitzel,” “very dark bread” for “n****rbread,” and “chocolate dessert with cream” for “Moor-in-a-shirt”.
The proposal was welcomed by Sos Mitmensch, a group that campaigns for integration and equality in Austria. “The vilification of people, even if it happens unintentionally, is not a trifle,” SOS spokesman Alexander Pollak told TT.
But Harald Ultsch, president of a Tyrolean gastronomy association, said the proposed ban took political correctness too far. “These are traditional dishes,” he said.
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