Kirsters Baish| As you may have heard, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (aka: PETA) recently demanded that social media help bring an end to the usage of “negative idioms” about animals, like the ever-so-popular “bring home the bacon.” Well, outgoing Republican statesman from Utah, Orrin Hatch, released his own viral video in response to PETA’s demand… and it’s safe to say they aren’t going to like it.
Breitbart News explains that the video of Senator Hatch that was posted to Twitter in response to PETA’s demands show Hatch eating bacon, while a soundtrack plays, which “suggests the pleasure of dining on that pork favorite.”
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) December 4, 2018
Breitbart explains, “The thread accompanying the tweet shows his followers appreciated his response and taunted PETA for its posting. As Breitbart News reported, PETA wants to end what it calls ‘speciesism,’ or using animal names in sayings such as ‘beat a dead horse’ or ‘take the bull by the horns.’”
“Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it,” PETA wrote on their Twitter page this past Tuesday. They went on to compare these sayings about animals to racist and homophobic comments.
The group’s tweet recommended that people change their usage of language when speaking about animals:
Instead of saying “kill two birds with one stone,” people should say “feed two birds with one scone,” despite the fact that the first phrase refers to using resources wisely to accomplish multiple goals and nothing to do with feeding or literally killing birds.
Instead of “beat a dead horse,” PETA recommends saying “feed a fed horse,” even if “beat a dead horse” means one should not waste one’s time doing something that won’t work and nothing to do with feeding horses.
‘Be the guinea pig’ should change to “be the test tube” and “bring home the bacon” to “bring home the bagels,” referring to PETA’s stance that everyone should be a vegan.
Senator Hatch, who holds the title of the longest-serving Senate Republican, made the announcement in January of this year that he would be retiring at the end of the current Congressional session.
Former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, will be taking Senator Hatch’s seat.