A man was unable to buy a burger from KFC, given that KFC had stopped selling that burger. This shouldn’t be a news story; businesses remove products from circulation all the time, because of a drop in demand, increasing costs of raw materials and so on. If a local newsagents stopped selling cola bottles, it wouldn’t hit the headlines. So what was different about this story to attract the attention of the Daily Mail?
A diner was left furious after a KFC restaurant refused to sell him a bacon burger – because it wasnâ€™t halal.
Ahh… Muslims are involved.
A private business decided not to sell an item which it is not obliged to sell, and had stopped offering in that branch. KFC are responding to what they see as market signals. Nobody is obliged to eat there:
Mr Phillips was told he would have to travel to another KFC five miles away to buy his bacon burger. He protested that this was too far for him to travel.
This is an example of the Muslim non-story. A Muslim non-story is an otherwise unremarkable piece of information (see above) that suddenly becomes newsworthy when Muslims are involved. The tabloids encourage these stories, because of the fear of Muslims as the ‘other’.
Take this story from last year: a shop that is part of a chain had stopped selling pork on pizzas because of a lack of demand. The offended party, a Mr. Savage, said:
Iâ€™m all for racial and religious tolerance but if anything this is intolerant to my beliefs and discriminatory against me. I had to travel two miles out of my way to their next nearest branch â€“ I was appalled.
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