21 August 2017

New hate crime guidance "good news for tripe" says TMB chairman

Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has welcomed the publication of new guidance for prosecutors on online hate crime.

Sir Norman Wrassle
The Crown Prosecution Service has said that online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as abuse committed face-to-face, and that the impact of tweeting abuse can be as "equally devastating" as shouting it.

Sir Norman, who was speaking at the launch of the new home delivery service, Tripe Direct, hailed the announcement by saying: "This is good news for tripe.  Our product is one of the most reviled and destested foodstuffs in the social media. Even a cursory search of Twitter will reveal how much hate is directed our way."  He said he hoped to see a reduction in the abuse aimed at tripe in the months and years ahead. 

Sir Norman pointed to examples of the hate that Twitter users had shown towards tripe. "When you see some of the language used, I think you can see  why this guidance is necessary," he said.

Recent examples from Twitter show the need for new guidance

At the same time, he acknowledged that tripe lovers might have to curb their emotions when responding to insults if they were themselves to avoid prosecution. "They may have to turn down some of their anti-vegan rhetoric, I'm afraid. A staple diet of tofu and chard makes them unduly sensitive, and I can see one or two of them chomping at the bit to get into the courtroom," he said.