The Hawaiian pizza is to be renamed in the name of political correctness. Because your name serves “colonialist stereotypes” – this also applies to the toast.
Hamburg – Hardly any variant in the history of pizza is as controversial as the “Pizza Hawaii”. And anyone who has ever dared to ask an Italian for his opinion on the version with pineapple and boiled ham knows that the sweet and salty dough product has long had a larger community that would celebrate the day it was abolished.
Now the “specialty” is currently in the focus of criticism not because of questions of taste, but for its name – a fate that has met many other dishes before, such as “curry”, which was renamed by food experts and Bloggers are challenged because the term is racist.
|50th State of the United States:||Hawaii (since 1959)|
|Resident:||1.416 million (2019)|
“Order pineapple pizza instead of Hawaiian pizza. Also applies to the toast! ”This post was posted by the Linke PoC / Migrantifa group on Facebook. In the post, the activists explain that the expression “Pizza Hawaii” is extremely problematic. Not because it is an attack on – above all – Italian taste buds, but because it is associated with a “history of colonialism and appropriation”.
In fact, the variant of the pizza, which consists of base dough, tomato sauce, ham, pineapple and cheese – you guessed it – was invented by the restaurateur Sam Panopoulos, neither in Hawaii nor in Italy, but in Chatham, Canada in 1962.
Gypsy sauce and co .: More and more classics are getting new names because of “racism”
The “problem pizza” is not alone in this. Whether Bahlsen, Nestlé, Knorr – or other brands. More and more companies are currently receiving accusations of racism because of their product names. The consequence: renaming to politically more correct names. For example, the gypsy sauce is now on the shelves as the “Hungarian style paprika sauce”. The basically only consistent demand on restaurateurs to also remove the “gypsy schnitzel” from the menu does not meet with approval from every host.
Food of contention: It is not the taste, but the name of the “problem pizza” that heats the mind
So now the “Pizza Hawaii” threatens the same fate as the above-mentioned “Gypsy Schnitzel”. “Pizza Hawaii” should in future be called “Pizza Ananas”, and the “Toast Hawaii” should also be ordered as “Toast Ananas”, according to the demand of the Swiss group Linke PoC / Migrantifa, which calls itself “self-organized anti-racists”. The reference of the name to the archipelago in the Pacific serves deep colonial resentment.
The name “Hawaii” is associated with the history of colonialism and appropriation, because it is precisely with the pineapple cultivation that the indigenous population was exploited by white settlers. The debate is therefore not directly about racism, but about “colonial stereotypes”.
New Political Correctness: Racism allegations for cookies and pizza
The story is reminiscent of the debate about the name of a biscuit that supposedly “only” had a geographical name: after more than 60 years, the Hanover-based biscuit manufacturer Bahlsen renamed its “Africa” waffles after a racism shitstorm. The dark waffle biscuit is now called “Perpetum”.
In the end the question remains: Who would really cry for the “Pizza Hawaii”? Surprisingly many: surveys have shown that it is actually the second most popular pizza in Germany after the salami variant *! It is particularly popular among respondents aged 65+ with 29.09 percent – while younger respondents between 18 and 24 years of age suffer less with 17.16 percent and 25 to 34-year-olds with 18.89 percent . Well, fortunately (or unfortunately) a new name doesn’t change the taste of the pineapple-ham-on-dough dish. * 24hamburg.de, merkur.de and kreiszeitung.de are offers from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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