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Cracker Barrel Name Change: Satirical Petition Protests ‘Offensive Slur’

A satirical online petition claims that Cracker Barrel, a popular restaurant chain, needs a name change due to its “offensive” nature.

The satirical petition was posted on Change.org by Ryan Koch, according to the website. Within his detailed explanation for the petition, Koch claims that Cracker Barrel has an offensive slur in its name.

“I say all of us European Americans start protesting C****er Barrel. It uses an offensive slur and it is deeply offensive and mocks our long and proud heritage.”

Ryan further explains that the name Cracker Barrel is not the only offensive part of the popular restaurant chain’s brand. The online satire claims that even the logo is offensive.

“The name is offensive, their logo stereotypes European Americans as people who sit on chairs and lean against what appears to be a bourbon barrel, claiming we are all a bunch of alcoholics. Sure, they’ll SAY it’s a ‘cracker’ barrel but everyone knows crackers don’t come in barrels, they come in bags and boxes!”

Koch concludes his satirical petition against the Cracker Barrel brand by mentioning his own suggestion for a new name for the restaurant chain.

“Change the name C****er Barrel to Caucasian Barrel. After all, white people should have something to be offended by, too!”

From Koch’s concluding statement, it is apparently clear that the petition is more satirical in nature than serious. The underlying intent of the petition might be unclear, but it is currently over halfway towards its goal of having at least 500 supporters.

On the other hand, quite a few people on Twitter have responded by criticizing the petition — viewing the overall concept as a hilarious joke.

According to the official Cracker Barrel website, the 45-year-old restaurant chain is “known for providing a friendly home away from home atmosphere in our old country store and restaurant.” The first store was opened by Dan Evins in Lebanon, Tennessee, on September 19, 1969.

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