Hema renaming “Easter eggs” called an attack on Dutch culture
Supermarket chain Hema is causing quite a bit of controversy in the Netherlands by renaming "Easter eggs" to "hiding eggs". A photo of the new name is circulating on Twitter, with some people calling it an attack on Dutch culture.
A number of Twitter users are accusing Hema of changing the name because of religious beliefs. "Now Hema fatwa on Easter? Hiding eggs? Really? H used to stand for Holland, now for Halal", Rene Dercksen, PVV leader in Utrecht tweeted.
— René Dercksen (@ReneDercksen) February 26, 2016
Other Twitter users called it "a new low in the attack on our culture" and "cultural Marxism in action". And another: "From Easter eggs via hiding eggs to Eid eggs?" Another: "Hiding eggs instead of Easter eggs in Hema, to hide their own culture in the name of diversity? #idiots"
Hema does not see any harm in changing the name. "The goal is to hide the eggs. For this reason, Hema calls the eggs 'hiding eggs'", one employee responded on Twitter. "We stay away from religious beliefs, political or sexual preference or anything, precisely because Hema is for everyone", a spokesperson said to newspaper AD. "We are sorry that there are again people who see a reason to doubt our sincerity in this."
Verstopeieren ipv paaseieren in de Hema, om de eigen cultuur te verstoppen in naam van diversiteit? #idiots
— Philip Roose (@PhRoose) February 28, 2016
Van Paaseieren via Verstopeieren naar Suikerfeesteieren? pic.twitter.com/1vgN5zAHjr
— widtvoet (@widtvoet) February 25, 2016
@AsterBerghe Het doel is het verstoppen van deze eieren. Om deze reden heeft HEMA de eieren 'verstopeieren' genoemd. ^MA
— HEMA (@HEMA) February 26, 2016