Today in “things we didn’t think we would report on in the food world,” a “punny” smoothie called the “Nutzy,” that’s made with almond milk, peanut butter, and banana. Also, its bottle has a swastika on it. The drink in question could be found on shelves at NinComSoup in London.
— CAA #Antisemitism (@antisemitism) November 27, 2016
According to The Sun, a woman went to the shop, saw the drink, and asked a manager to remove it. She lost family in the Holocaust and was offended by it. The manager refused and she reportedly “left the shop in tears.”
The employee who designed the smoothie told The Sun, “The Swastika was originally a Hindu symbol and ‘Nutzy’ is something that has lots of layers…. Of course, ‘Nutzy’ has a play on ‘Nazi’, but it can also be for ‘nuts’ or ‘courageous’. It depends how it is interpreted.”
The Campaign Against Antisemitism sent volunteers to the shop twice. The first time, the smoothie had been removed from shelves. The second time, the drink was there, but instead of a swastika, there was an image of “the Pope waving.”
Apparently, the drink was not made by the store itself, but by one employee who has since been terminated. The founder of NinComSoup released a statement, which says, “Sadly, an employee deemed it appropriate to put a Swastika on a smoothie named The Nutzy. This was unsanctioned and the bottles were removed immediately upon being alerted by our shop manager. Needless to say the rogue employee has been dismissed. This was incomprehensible, extremely insensitive, and upsetting to all of us. We unreservedly apologise.”
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