A British bakery is facing outrage after a photo of "gingerbread persons" in its display went viral.
It all started when Demii-Leigh Heffron posted a photo of the treat to Facebook earlier this week, writing, "It's happening. it's actually happening ... Stop the earth, I wanna get off."
The post, which now has nearly 14,000 shares, exploded with angry comments. “Omg the world is going mad – it’s a gingerbread MAN and always will be," wrote one user. Others took to Twitter to express their outrage that the cookie was not deemed male.
“Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread...person.” They’ll be re-writing fairytales next. Gender-neutral biscuits are nuts. Wonder if the baker used “Marge” in the mix? #JeremyVine
— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) October 25, 2018
If my kids ever call a gingerbread man a gingerbread person, they're getting disowned
— Dan marr (@danmarr98) October 29, 2018
Not sure if it's true but if gingerbread MEN have been renamed to gingerbread person I am 100% going to continue to call them gingerbread MEN bc that is what they are called, it's a god damn cookie/biscuit thing& I haven't got time for gender bs when it comes to food
— ChCharley (@charley_yeoman) October 29, 2018
Thomas the Baker, the bakery in northern England where the cookies were made, has already received harassing comments, even though it has been calling the treats "gingerbread persons" since the 1980s.
An anonymous employee told Pink News that the shop had received hundreds of calls regarding the cookie. “I really don’t know what’s happened,” said the worker. “I’ve no idea. We’ve called them that since 1983.”
The shop even went on Twitter to explain the cookie's gender-neutral name.
Sorry to disappoint you all - they have been Ginger Persons since 1983! It was chosen by one of our Managers in York and the name stuck. We did get a complaint from trading standards in the 80's that we were discriminating against ginger haired people - seriously!! https://t.co/bteVKsBaoo
— Thomas the Baker (@thomasthebaker) October 24, 2018
You can still purchase gingerbread persons in the bakery, regardless of your gender or hair color.