A Change.org petition is calling on the ACT Government to ban the popular Dutch pancake and chips on sticks stalls at the National Multicultural Festival.
The petition, created by Matthew Archer, argues on its Change.org page that the stalls should go not because of their lack of nutritional value, nor because they’re readily available throughout the year elsewhere (and in the case of chips on a stick, not in keeping with the multicultural theme), but because their queues are too long.
Archer writes that the event celebrates the “multicultural foundations of our great country, however there are certain elements that dampen the atmosphere of the event.”
“Chips on a Stick and Dutch Pancakes are two of the most popular stalls, and are overcrowding the festival with multiple sites, and lines as long as fifty metres,” he adds.
“These lines inhibit crowd movement, causing dangerous bottlenecks on the festival site that pose a serious safety risk to all patrons.
“I propose that these two stalls be removed from the multicultural festival in years to come, in order to facilitate crowd movement and safety, as well as to help patrons step out of their comfort zone and embrace other cultures they may not have encountered, which previously might not have been visible through the huge crowds of people blocking the frontage of other stalls while waiting for their Dutch pancakes.”
Reactions on the Change.org site and the small number of supporters who have signed the petition to date (16 when we last checked) would indicate he will not receive enough support to be taken seriously by the government (or anyone else for that matter). That’s if he is indeed wanting to be taken seriously and it’s not just a wind-up.
“Chip on a stick is one of the most reactionary foods since smashed avocado with quinoa risotto,” writes Dylan Clements on the petition page
“Dutch pancakes are a confusing size,” adds Joseph Buckmaster.
“Garema Place is chocked by pancake (dutch) like a person who is also chocked [sic] on a dutch pancake (OH&S risk), blocking the flow of the oesophagus (multiculturalism) into our belly (Canberra)” says Leon Twardy.
RiotACT tends to agree with Steven Pennington, who writes: “I’m signing this because culture isn’t just white carbs and fats.”