Does the BBC’s use of the liquid cocaine allusion send our children the wrong message?

The BBC and it’s shameful use of a term that glorifies a Class A drug

I was reading the news on BBC Online this morning as part of my usual reading marathon at something past 4am. The headline to one particular article caught my interest, solely because it seemed a quirky type of story about fast food, entitled ‘How to find fast food menu secrets, so I decided to look and see where it lead.

Secret menus: Fast food ‘hacks’ for in-the-know customers

Popular secret menu items:Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino

  • Burger King: The Rodeo Burger (a cheeseburger topped with onion rings and BBQ sauce), Frings (a half order of French fries and a half order of onion rings)
  • McDonald’s: The Land, Sea and Air Burger (a Big Mac stuffed with Filet-O-Fish and McChicken sandwich patties), a McCrepe (a hotcake stuffed with yogurt parfait, granola and syrup), and the Chicken McGriddle (a fried chicken patty inside a syrup-flavoured McGriddle bun)
  • Starbucks: Cake Batter Frappuccino (a standard Vanilla Frappuccino with an extra pump of vanilla bean and almond flavouring), Liquid Cocaine (four shots of Espresso and four pumps of white chocolate syrup) and Nutella drink (a Caffe Misto with an extra pump of chocolate syrup, hazelnut syrup and caramel drizzle)

Without wishing to labour a point to too great a degree, does the BBC think it appropriate to popularise terms that allude to hard drugs for items that can be sold to children? Hack The Menu might not be so fussy, but the Beeb should be!


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