“Beating a dead horse” and “kill two birds with one stone” may be familiar platitudes and used often, but hyper-vigilant PETA says they are actually slurs against animals and should be stopped.
According to the politically-charged animal rights group, these expressions and others like them are just as bad as using racial or homophobic slurs against humans; the group wants you to stop using these phrases immediately.
“Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon,” PETA said, speaking out on Twitter about this new “should be banned” list of language and expressions.
Even the usually swift-to-outrage left has ended up puzzled by this latest message from the animal rights group. By suggesting that we no longer use this common colloquial language, the group has gone too far for even the most progressive publications, and the mocking was rapid and nearly universal.
What had people so charged up? It wasn’t the goofy premise (some of the sayings and their suggested counterparts are below), but rather the suggestion that using a common term like “kill two birds with one stone” was akin to shouting a racial slur or being a racist bigot.
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4
— PETA (@peta) December 4, 2018
“Kill two birds with one stone” should be reimagined as the animal friendly “Feed two birds with one scone.”
“Beat a dead horse” loses its meaning entirely, becoming “Feed a fed horse.”
“Take the bull by the horns” is transformed to “Take the flower by the thorns.”
While most of these don’t make much sense, they do remove the mild suggestion of violence against animals (though the horse in question is already dead). Instead, there is lots of animal friendly “feeding” going on.
The outrage stems not from the silliness of the phrases created and that PETA now wants you to use, but to the comparison of using phrases like “Bring home the bacon” with racism and homophobic behavior. In doing so, PETA not only trivialized their own cause — but the thoughts, core beliefs and morality of people on both sides of the political aisles as well. Twitter users were swift to point this out, and for a brief moment, conservatives and liberals alike bonded and blasted the agency for their lack of concern for their own agenda (protection of animals) and for making a mockery of the very social issues concern so many of us today.
This may be the straw that broke the camel’s back for the often controversial group and one that drives away the very supporters they hope to cultivate.
It’s worth pointing out that this is, in fact, the same organization that euthanizes (read “murders”) 70 percent of the animals they allegedly rescue. For PETA, it seems like virtue signaling on the internet is more important than actually protecting the animals they pretend to care so much about.
~ Conservative Zone