I hold the stack community to very high standards in everything from technical discussions to being acutely aware of cultural sensitivities. As a vegetarian and animal lover I found the 'Bacon' simply too offensive. I'm keen to hear what the other stack<*>ians have to say.
What is considered "offensive" is an interesting discussion, and entire books have been written about this.
However, in the context of a site such as this "offensive" typically means "considered offensive by a significant numbers of its users", rather than "could be considered offensive by some people". Whether it ought to be considered offensive is somewhat besides the point here. We live in a world with over 7 billion people – a staggeringly large number – and it's not practical to make the world (or indeed, this site) a place where we remove every possible thing some person out of those 7 billion finds offensive.
I have no desire to offend anyone – and go out of my way not to – but there are limits to what is reasonable, and removing references to bacon seems well beyond that limit to me, since the vast majority of the users do not find references to "bacon" offensive.
In addition, to give some context to some of the people who have expressed they were truly flabbergasted that someone could consider bacon offensive (e.g. "you can't possibly be offended by the idea that people actually eat bacon").
Among others, two important motivations many people are vegetarians are:
- Most animals are raised in a "factory farming" setting and have thoroughly miserable lives (e.g. see this). Things have been improving a little bit in the last few years, but it's slow progress.
- Meat consumption significantly contributes to global warming, pollution, and other environmental issues such as land erosion (e.g. see this).
If you consider those points then you don't need that much imagination to see how someone could consider eating meat as such as unethical (you don't need to agree with these points to understand the reasoning).
I couldn't disagree more (and I was vegan for 12 years, my wife and most of my family are also vegan or vegetarian) — but there's nothing wrong with that.
You are perfectly within your rights to be offended by whatever you like. And other users, including myself, are perfectly within their rights to completely disagree with you. What we cannot do is start policing based on people's personal beliefs and opinions; if you try hard enough you will find someone who is offended by anything.
A number of other hats are based on religious traditions that may be equally offensive to others... But so what? It's a bit of fun — if you don't like it, turn them off.
Is 'Mmmm Bacon' hat in poor taste?
I find it rather hard to believe that you found an icon of bacon and eggs "simply too offensive." Its not like this is a picture of meat. This is a simple drawing.
I'm not sure how you, a vegetarian, can do anything without getting too offended. Ads on TV from major fast food restaurants quite regularly feature meat (in much more graphic detail than this), any food store will have meat, and on and on.
How is it that this is the one place that goes too far? I don't mean to sound mean but this is a little over the top.
We are not forcing you to eat bacon, wear the hat, or even like the hat - just let it sit in the list of hats you have collected and put one on you do like.
People should not get attacked for their personal beliefs, period, but, that does not mean nobody can get offended.
No. The "Mmmm bacon' hat is not in poor taste.
Lets put it this way. You walk into a restaurant. The table next to you is eating bacon. You order something besides bacon, eat it, and then leave. Their bacon has not harmed you. You did not harm their bacon. Everybody is happy!
Just because you don't like something, it doesn't mean that others don't like it as well. Bacon is never going to not exist. Ignoring it won't make it disappear.
Also, the 'Mmmm bacon' hat is for educational purposes only, no pigs were harmed in the making of this hat. citation needed
I'm a lifelong vegetarian, and I love animals.
I never thought this would be offensive until I read that.
And now that I have... I still don't. There's so many more important things in the world that need outrage and fixing. Winterbash is a spot of fun. It's a bunch of pixels. That could be a pair of glimmering ghostly eyes, wearing a crinkled strip of bicoloured candy as a scarf.
No pigs are harmed (though being Stack Exchange, it's probably unicorn bacon, and unicorn eggs), no animals hurt. No eggs broken. Seems vegan enough to me.
Though I'm vaguely disappointed that apparently it's ooooh bacon.