PETA wants people to stop using age-old idioms that it believes are rooted in “speciesism” and “anti-animal language.”
So, that means they want you to stop saying “kill two birds with one stone,” and instead say you’re going to “feed two birds with one scone.”
PETA suggested alternatives to idioms that frequently crop up in common parlance. Things like beating a dead horse, which PETA thinks should be replaced with “feed a fed horse.”
Instead of bringing home the bacon, we should be bringing home the bagels, apparently. And, rather than taking the bull by the horns, we should be taking the flower by the horns. IDK, that last one sounds kinda painful.
PETA drew parallels with these idioms and the use of “racist, homophobic, or ableist language”.
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.
— PETA (@peta) December 4, 2018
On a site that is rife with racist, misogynist, homophobic, ableist, and anti-semitic vitriol and harassment, PETA’s tweet didn’t entirely get the reaction it was hoping for.
Ira Madison III, host of the Keep It podcast, tweeted that PETA is “conflating their work with the struggles of black people, queer people, and other people of color.”
PETA is always conflating their work with the struggles of black people, queer people, and other people of color I’m so glad I just had steak for lunch
— Ira (@ira) December 4, 2018
PETA’s suggestions also invited the mirth of many on Twitter.
The suggestion to bring home the bagels proved particularly divisive.
“bring home the bagels” has potential
— j.r. hennessy (@jrhennessy) December 4, 2018
Others had some (rather hilarious) suggestions to add to the list.
Read the room, PETA.