Lately New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English clicked his love of pizza topped with tinned spaghetti and pineapple on Friday the April 7. The ever charged social media fans of the Italian foodie went into an outraged frenzy.
Bill English posted pictures on Facebook to showcase his unorthodox tastes and confessed, he prepared the dish for his family.
This time Internet melted down faster than buffalo mozzarella and purists poured online scorn on his spaghetti.
One person wrote, "Why on earth would you promote such garbage? Would you serve this stuff to your international guests??," Another said: "Sorry Bill, any man who puts spaghetti on a pizza is not fit to run my country, you cannot count on my vote come election time."
Mr English topped pizza with tinned spaghetti and pineapple for his family in Wellington. TV host Jimmy Kimmel raised his TRP by his remarks, "That is so offensive. That is an act of war. I think he just declared war on Italy, and maybe Hawaii too ". Soon, Italy's embassy in Wellington declared a vendetta, or blood feud, over the desecration, tweeting a picture of New Zealand's beloved pavlova dessert covered with salami. They said,"Vendetta for PM's pizza with tinned spaghetti and pineapple,"
English unfazed replied, "Everywhere I go now I meet people who put spaghetti and pineapple on their pizza," he told NewstalkZB. "They come up to me spontaneously when I'm walking through the airport and tell me."
The same culinary kerfuffle was erupted when Iceland President Gudni Johannesson talked in February that how he hated pineapple topping on pizzas and would ban it if he could.
Some people liked the recipe as it is time saving and economical. Domino’s Pizza in North Dunedin, South Island, catered it by the name,
The “PM’s special” – a tomato base, layered with pineapple chunks, bacon and tinned spaghetti – took one minute to pull together and eight minutes to cook.
I wondered how beautiful is the matter in the news paper which has carried such nuances of cultures in broadsheets. Lately Indian press also carried the hard news on ban on illegal slaughter houses and beef in UP, when some states like Kerala, Assam and Northeast part of India mainly consume beef at large. The banning of beef and illegal slaughter houses was a faux pas. The rest of the state governments have followed the suit as if beef is sua sponte.
Let me mention the yet another incidence which took the world press by storm, `battle of the legs' Britain's Daily Mail newspaper published it on 28.3.2017, they compared the legs of UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon when they held talks.
The news was focused on their outfits. “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!“, the tabloid's front page had a picture of the two leaders meeting in a Glasgow. The paper's style editor compared their “boxy navy blazers, skirts that stopped just above the knee, shiny nude tights and pointy shoes -a look replicated by career women of a certain age worldwide“. Columnist Sarah Vine went further by writing, “There is no doubt that both women consider their pins to be the finest weapon in their physical arsenal.“ “May's famously long extremities are demurely arranged, “she said, while Sturgeon's pose was “a direct attempt at seduction“. Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, “It's 2017.This sexism must be consigned to history. “
I find it as a best example of euphemism, alas, all these news were eyebrow rising but certainly hard news. I would suggest all the journalist friends and students to enjoy this article and see how they have kept modesty while writing news. Really today when I pleased to read Pulitzer Prize announcement, how a small-town Iowa newspaper with a staff of 10 people; has won a Pulitzer Prize for taking on powerful agricultural companies over farm pollution. Storm Lake Times has got this coveted journalism prize for their dogged coverage of farming issues affecting the state.