Beloved donut chain Krispy Kreme made headlines for a new promotion that promises a free glazed donut daily for anyone in the U.S. who can provide proof of being vaccinated against Covid-19.
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Krispy Kreme Free Donut Promo Leads to Online Sh*tshow

Beloved donut chain Krispy Kreme made headlines for a new promotion that promises a free glazed donut daily for anyone in the U.S. who can provide proof of being vaccinated against Covid-19.

It appears that the company was trying to support vaccination efforts, providing a little sweet incentive for people to get protected against the virus that’s been giving us a collective rogering for the past year. However, like most things these days, this promotion wound up inciting a Twitter war about the appropriateness of the promotion, given the complex medical shitshow in the States when it comes to healthcare, vaccine rollouts, and obesity/fatphobia issues.

The promotion led to some doctors on Twitter responded to the campaign, pointing out that a donut a day is “unhealthy.” However, the donut chain stands behind their offer, claiming that just because this would be available for those who’ve been vaccinated, they aren’t trying to suggest that people should go and eat a donut a day – it’s simply available should people choose.

The promotion is available for the rest of the year. While some doctors were speaking up about what they saw as a health concern, ultimately this opened the floodgates for a larger discussion about fatphobia, concern trolling, and the way that doctors sometimes approach people with obesity.

https://twitter.com/MyHandsRatedE/status/1374733004963217409

And it’s a very IMPORTANT discussion to have. Yes, obesity is a problem. A big one! However, the very different experience that people in marginalized bodies have when seeking medical attention is also a big fucking problem. Huge, really. With far reaching effects.

So when it comes to this promotion, it’s important to remember the basics: they’re trying to do 2 things – provide motivation for vaccination efforts, and GET PEOPLE IN THE STORE TO SELL MORE DONUTS. Hellooooooo.

Ahhhh, the Internet. This is why we can’t have nice things.

How about we get more free offers from places to help take the sting off this pandemic?? Maybe like a free stay in a tropical resort with my kids on another continent because we spent plenty of fucking quality time together, what with the whole quarantine thing.

Perhaps some new leggings so I can set fire to the ones we’ve been weeping and barely surviving in for the last year?

Can we get a free pie-in-the-face for Greg from down the road who insists the pandemic is a vast conspiracy to microchip him?

How about free housecleaners? Nannies? A free fake-your-own-death-and-start-over-somewhere-better scenario like in El Camino?

Why stop at donuts? We can be outraged at other stuff too. GIMME THE GOODS!

As a palate cleanser, here are some funny and relevant tweets about the whole debacle.