Store launches gender-neutral 'gingerbread person' and want public to name them
A British supermarket chain has launched a type of biscuit called a 'gender-neutral gingerbread person,' and has asked the general public to come up with a name.
The chain shared a picture of the biscuit figurine, which appears to be wearing a grey icing sugar smock, and a cheerful grin, on their website.
Online, the supermarket states: "Our Food team is adding the final touches to a new Co-op gingerbread person, but they’ve yet to come up with a name. They’d like members to join in and suggest a fitting name for our new little biscuity friend."
They added: "The plan is to give our new gingerbread fellow some seasonal costume refreshes - a distinctively Christmassy look for December and something rather spooky around Halloween for example. So they’ll need a name that works for any time of year. We also need to ensure that the name is gender neutral too. Join in to suggest a name.
"Our Food team will create a shortlist of the ones they think will best fit the bill and we’ll be back to ask you to vote for your favourite next month. Join in to suggest a name. Our Food team will create a shortlist of the ones they think will best fit the bill and we’ll be back to ask you to vote for your favourite next month."
Reactions to the initiative on social media have been divisive, to say the least. For instance, one Twitter-user going by the handle @MGillan86 wrote: "Why don’t they just make a gingerbread lady in addition to a gingerbread man? And while they’re at it, a gingerbread transgender, gingerbread gender fluid, gingerbread gender neutral and a gingerbread confused. Has that covered all bases as I wouldn’t want to offend anybody." [sic]
If you'd like to provide a name for the 'gingerbread person', then why not visit this page to make a suggestion of your own?