The abortion debate has so permeated our culture that a jokey tweet from the restaurant chain IHOP commemorating Mother’s Day became an instant lightening rod of senseless controversy.
Adweek even claimed the tweet in question, which showed a giant stack of pancakes inside a womb via sonogram, “traumatized the internet.”
The issue, you ask? Well, by displaying a stack of ready-to-eat pancakes inside the womb, IHOP’s marketing team unwittingly sided with those in the pro-life camp — at least that’s how several on social media interpreted the funny post.
Just like pro-lifers believe a pregnant woman is carrying a human life inside her womb, and not just a collection of tissue, it appears IHOP believes the fictitious pile of pancakes is already formed inside the womb, rather than just a wad of uncooked batter and butter (gasp).
It’s a senseless controversy that really doesn’t warrant any sort of offended reactions, but alas, that’s exactly what happened over the weekend.
Here’s a sampling of the reactions:
The tweet came not long after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law a controversial pro-life law, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, usually happens about six weeks into pregnancy.
IHOP’s post is reminiscent of the controversy that followed Doritos’ weird 2016 Super Bowl ad, during which a preborn baby propelled itself out of the womb to retrieve a chip.