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A Brief History of Throwing Food in Politics

Far-right political figures are getting milkSHOOK. 🥤 But they’re not the only ones to have food hurled at them in protest.

The newest tool or political protest?

Protesting through milkshaking, pieing, and egging are amusing to watch. They wound pride, but little to nothing else. The absurdity is delicious (whether chocolate or strawberry-flavored). And when a political figure is pelted with mushy food products, they are being treated with the exact level of respect they sometimes dole out.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage was ‘milkshaked’ after giving a short speech in Newcastle on May 20, 2019. A few days prior, Edinburgh police asked McDonald's to stop selling milkshakes ahead of a Farage rally. Their rival Burger King retaliated… Farage is now the third U.K. political figure to have been milkshook.

Eggs have a long history in political protest — from Richard Nixon's motorcade getting pelted in the 1960s, to far-right Australian politician Fraser Anning's famous 2019 egging. This followed his comments about immigration after the deadly Christchurch mosque attacks.

In 2013, French poultry farmers smashed 100,000 eggs outside a tax office in Brittany to protest low egg prices. In 2002, French presidential candidate François Bayrou was cream-pied by four young people. In 2012, a protestor threw flour on ex-president Francois Hollande while he was giving a speech on housing in Paris. In India, food can shape politics. Onions are used by many people to judge inflation and have even toppled government. In 1981, former prime minister Indira Gandhi used their high prices to win the general election. Onions have also been used to corner rural votes.

It all started when another British far-right politician, Tommy Robinson got splattered. This was followed by another far right candidate and YouTube personality Carl Benjamin. Historically, it's not just shakes —here are some other edible protest tools around the world…

Brut.

05/24/2019 10:22 AMupdated: 05/24/2019 1:09 PM
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25 comments

  • Anu D.
    05/24/2019 10:44

    Throwing something to someone is a act of violence ,, NAZIS did this before they coming to power in Germany to one who oppose them, similar in soveitRussia This not liberalism this Fascism This western liberals are forgetting how to protest and respect in western free world

  • Alan S.
    05/24/2019 11:11

    Burger King have the right idea.

  • Brian S.
    05/24/2019 11:23

    To a leftist, anyone not in their line of thinking is "far right". Anytime the phrase is used you know you're hearing it from the "violent left" as they justify their violence to anyone that doesn't toe their line.

  • Darren F.
    05/24/2019 11:28

    Although I despise Robinson, Farage and the rest of their ilk, I'm uncomfortable at this turn. We're supposed to rise above their level, not descend to it. I don't see how we can laugh at this yet cry "jail him!" when that clown egged Corbyn. It's always nice to see a bully get their comeuppance but surely that should be happening at the polling booths? And aside from all of that, the people that vote for these racist bullies are only going to be galvanised by these actions.

  • Caryn R.
    05/24/2019 13:01

    I don’t condone this at all but the term milkshook was everything. #milkshook

  • Brut
    05/24/2019 13:23

    Here's another form of political protest: flying a diaper-wearing blimp of President Donald Trump over London.

  • Derek E.
    05/24/2019 14:06

    Brut, stop supporting assaulting someone for a different opinion as being ok.

  • Colin N.
    05/24/2019 19:02

    If they dont like it they should try to be the good guys instead

  • Bing H.
    05/25/2019 04:28

    Should have got his face!

  • Saddam H.
    05/25/2019 13:02

    Ypekd

  • Saddam H.
    05/25/2019 13:02

    Shotecvotdcjoe

  • Gregori B.
    05/25/2019 13:38

    In the US it would bullets.

  • Aamaliyah F.
    05/26/2019 00:49

    Thank u burger king

  • Na I.
    05/26/2019 01:36

    It's enough to start going back to Burger King! Well done Burger King!

  • John M.
    05/26/2019 13:23

    Far right? More like non Globalist.

  • Christian R.
    05/26/2019 15:35

    Stay trashy... commie propaganda

  • Necrojay F.
    05/27/2019 19:10

    Far right?

  • Dennis D.
    05/27/2019 19:12

    Where I am from we call that physical assault. I wonder if promoting crimes is against Facebook community guidelines... lets find out!

  • Robert W.
    05/27/2019 22:35

    This is why the Conservatives are winning because of the left wing crazy people. It’s the beginning of the end of the EU.

  • Dolca G.
    05/28/2019 19:45

    Well, it seems that those thrown milkshakes were like holy water and a bath of good luck because Nigel Farage's party WON big time.