Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
Police in Northamptonshire has issued a tongue-in-cheek statement to Weetabix’s new marketing campaign.
The outrageous initiative suggests that people should compliment the cereal with baked beans for breakfast.
Understandably, the idea has triggered a national outcry – significant enough that the full might of the law has stepped in.
This Weetabix and Baked Beans photo is causing controversy online (Credit: Weetabix/Twitter)
Weetabix and baked beans drama sparks public outrage
In a Twitter post on Tuesday (February 9), Weetabix asked its followers: “Why should bread have all the fun, when there’s Weetabix? Serving up @HeinzUK Beanz on bix for breakfast with a twist.”
Not a good move, Weetabix.
The post was accompanied by a photograph featuring the brand’s signature breakfast cereal, drenched in Heinz famous Baked Beans. Predictably, pandemonium broke loose.
Some took to social media to complain to the police that the highly offensive breakfast combination should be a crime.
Responding to the backlash, the official Northants Police account decided to get involved.
In the aftermath of the original Weetabix post, cops declared:
“We have had a few comments from members of the public asking how we are going to respond to this incident.
“It is clearly a crime without a doubt but we won’t be visiting their headquarters in Burton Latimer just yet as the Crimes Against Breakfast Act doesn’t exist…”
Although the Police response suggests that there will be no immediate consequences for Weetabix, the ominous ellipsis suggests that the law is watching.
Maybe they’ll think twice before posting some so horrible in the future.
Not everyone was on board with mixing Weetabix and Baked Beans (Credit: PA)
Other responses to the Weetabix photo
After the Weetabix photo went viral, several other major brands passed comment on the combination.
Domino’s UK wrote: “Us: Pineapple on pizza is the most controversial food ever. Weetabix: Hold my spoon.”
Meanwhile, the official KFC account suggested that they and Nandos put their differences aside and “prosecute this under the Geneva Convention.”
Eventually, even prominent food critics weighed in. Grace Dent of the Guardian declared that the photo was “the worst food I have ever seen with my eyes.”
Given this level of backlash, maybe getting the police involved wasn’t the worst idea.