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PETA Promptly Gets Checked After Comparing Idioms Like 'Bringing Home The Bacon' To Racist Rhetoric

Explain this one.

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Animal rights organization PETA drew criticism for equating animal-based idioms to hate speech targeting people of color and other marginalized groups. 

The controversy stemmed from a series of tweets posted Tuesday that called for an end to speciesism. PETA claimed idioms such as "bringing home the bacon" are the same as racist, homophobic and 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 said on Twitter.

Over the past few years, groups fighting for equality in American society demanded people use appropriate language to show respect to others. Language has historically been used to dehumanize and other minorities. PETA acknowledged this and used it to further its point

"Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations."

In a subsequent image accompanying the tweet, the activist organization unabashedly listed alternatives to these age-old phrases. 

Instead of "kill two birds with one stone," say "feed two birds with one scone," and instead of "being the guinea pig," say "be the test tube," PETA suggested.

Outraged Twitter users decided to push back on the outlandish statements for trivializing the plight of disenfranchised groups. A dragging was inevitable. 

Sometimes you really don't have to take it there to make your point.  


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