Australia’s popular Golden Gaytime ice cream faces a new challenge just days after calls to change its ‘outdated’ and ‘offensive’ name.
A new petition launched on Change.org on Thursday demands that Streets and parent company Unilever Australia make a vegan alternative to the popular 62-year-old treat.
Dan Moore, who came up with the campaign, is pushing for a dairy-free option, saying it should override an earlier petition saying the ice cream’s name should be changed to avoid insulting the LGBT + community.
“Don’t change the name Golden Gaytime, make it vegan,” the message reads.
‘It (name) is not offensive to the LGBT + community.’
A new petition calls for a vegan alternative to Golden Gaytime ice cream just days after another campaign said the ‘outdated’ name should be removed
The new campaign taken Thursday has 91 signatures claiming that ‘It (name) is not offensive to the LGBT + community’.
The petition has collected 91 signatures so far, with the respondent agreeing that “Gaytime should stay Gaytime.”
‘The gays love it! But we do need it to be vegan. Let’s have a vegan gaytime option! Gaytime is iconic and it’s upbeat and awesome and there’s nothing wrong with the name, ‘one person wrote.
‘I am gay and vegan. I agree with everything this petition asks for, ”commented another.
The campaign follows that of Melbourne-based Brian Mc, who launched a petition to replace the Golden Gaytime’s name, sparking a heated battle with owner Streets over the offensive meaning.
As part of the LGBTQIA + community, I believe my sexual identity is owned by me, not a brand, and the outdated meaning no longer applies. Isn’t it time for this ambiguity to end? ‘he wrote about the online petition, which has collected 800 signatures.
Dan Moore, who created the campaign, is pushing for a dairy-free option instead of renaming the iconic dessert
An Australian man who goes by the name ‘Brian Mc’ launched a new petition to change the name of the popular ice cream and has since started a heated battle against owner Streets
By law they are viewed the same, discrimination means being treated unfairly or not as well as others because of a protected characteristic such as age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or disability.
It’s not up to me to tell Streets what to call their re-branded product, but I think it’s about time the Golden Gaytime was declared because it’s obsolete, especially when Streets releases new products and cross-promotions in 2021 .
Being gay even in 2021 is still difficult … (we) have a long way to go to be fully accepted as equals, but when we see an area in life that is not equal, and we are able to change for the better, why shouldn’t you speak? ‘
Mr Mc said his aim is not for the product to be canceled, but calls for ‘Gay’ to be dropped from the name.
The ice giant issued a statement saying the first Streets Gaytime was released in Australia in 1959 ‘when the word’ gay ‘had not yet been applied to sexual orientation.
The origin of the name Gaytime was and remains related to a joyous or happy time and was meant to capture the pleasure that comes with enjoying an ice cream.
“The name Gaytime is not and never intended to be offensive and your petition is the first of which we were made aware.”
Streets issued a statement saying the first Streets Gaytime was released in Australia in 1959 ‘when the word’ gay ‘had not yet been applied to gender preference
An Australian who signed the petition claimed that the words ‘gay and gaytime no longer mean what it used to be’.
Now it’s either ‘I’m gay’ and not so happy, or ‘that’s so gay’, which is an insult. But regardless, this ice cream should be called happytime, ” they wrote under the petition.
The petition comes just months after Allen’s changed the names of its classic Red Skins and Chicos lollipops following a public response.
Red Skins are now known as Red Rippers, while Chicos have become Cheekies.
Australia’s beloved Red Skins lollipops (pictured) have been renamed Red Rippers
Redskin is a slang term for Native Americans in the US where it was considered offensive, while chico, which is Spanish for ‘boy’, is also used in a derogatory way.
Raccoon Cheese also changed its name to Cheer, despite being named after the last name of the man who invented part of the cheese-making process.
Redskin is a slang term for Native Americans in the US where it was considered offensive, while chico, which is Spanish for ‘boy’, is also used in a derogatory way