Cupcakes deemed as “obscene” as well as “racist” have been banned from a bakery on the French Riviera, after a judge accused the baker of inciting racial hatred.
The court, situated in Grasse, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of south-eastern France, decided that the baker should remove the allegedly offensive pastries, slating them as an “attack on human dignity.”
The pastries themselves are called “Gods” and “Goddesses” and are in the form of obese people, covered in dark chocolate with oversized sexual parts.
While the delicious snacks are filled with mousse and shortbread, one group in France deemed them racist and took the case to court.
— Jean-Jacques Bourdin (@JJBourdin_RMC) March 5, 2015
According to Louis-George Tin from France’s Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN,) “It’s pure and simple racism,” adding that the cakes are “obscene slave trade caricatures that tap into the tradition of colonial racism.”
Tin asked, “We are in a country where the word equality is part of the constitution, which means it doesn’t allow for racism. Does he think these treats adhere to the values of the French Republic?”
Despite that, the baker, Tannick Tavolaro, remained defiant, claiming his cakes were anything but racist.
“At first I thought it was a joke then I read the news. It’s absurd and hurtful. These pastries have absolutely no racial connotation at all. It’s made of chocolate mousse, which is why it’s black. The characters are little human beings, a man and woman but not a black man and a woman. These people who attack me don’t know my story or my career or who I am. It’s just intellectual terrorism and I won’t yield to that kind of terrorism.”
For his part, Tavolaro claims he is not racist at all, and the whole thing is a huge misunderstanding, saying, “I am not racist. I do not belong to any political party. I just argue for freedom of speech.”
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