A bit of a culinary controversy over in England. Mad O’Rourke’s Pie Factory, located in Tipton, West Midlands, serves a so-called “Barrymore Pie”, which it describes as “Faggots swimming in gravy”. While faggots are a common meatball dish, the pie’s name’s a reference, of course, to the suspicious death of Stuart Lubbock at gay actor Michael Barrymore’s house back in 2001.
Not surprisingly, the offering offends gay rights activists, including Outrage! co-founder Peter Tatchell, who says:
This may have been intended as a joke but homophobia is not a subject of fun in the same way racism is not appropriate for a joke.
It seems to us that it’s less a case of homophobia and more a case of good old fashioned poor taste.
But, anything for a rise, right?