This Pizza Shop Had A Clever Solution To An Anti-Marriage Equality Message On Its Building

They turned it into another debate entirely.

When a sign encouraging Australians to vote against marriage equality was placed on their building, the staff at a pizza shop in Tasmania made the perfect adjustment, and started an entirely different — and much less political — debate in the process.

The sign, which reads "IT'S OK TO SAY 'NO'" in large black letters, is associated with the Coalition For Marriage, which is against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia, an issue citizens are currently voting on. The employees at Wiseguise Pizza in Launceston decided to paint a few extra words to alter the message.

The sign now reads "IT'S OK TO SAY 'NO' TO PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA!" 

According to Australia's ABC News, the shop wanted to avoid taking a political stance, and worried the sign might negatively affect business. Employee Ben Barwick said that the restaurant's workers are "respectful of everyone's opinions" and are "just here to make pizza."

"We try not to have a political point of view as a business, so I think we've taken the stance away from it," the shop's managing director Alex Jones added of the message. "Obviously we're big believers in freedom of speech, and we're very lucky that we live in a country that allows us to be like that."

The added message apparently took three hours to paint, and a time-lapsed video of the project was posted on social media. Reporter Carla Howarth's tweet about the story, meanwhile, prompted Twitter users to playfully debate the issue of pineapple on pizza in the replies.

Wiseguise seems to want to take a neutral stance on the issue of marriage equality, standing in contrast to another Australian business's response to an identical billboard. According to ABC News, the sign was also placed on the roof of the Winston Bar in Hobart, prompting the owner, Caroline Kiehne, to write a Facebook post clarifying the bar's stance.

"Winston supports equality for ALL," the post read. "The Winston is in no way affiliated with the billboard on the roof of our building or the views of its advertisers." 

The issue of marriage equality in Australia has also received a response from an even bigger company — Ben & Jerry's. Earlier this year, the ice cream chain announced that it would ban customers in Australia from ordering two scoops of the same flavor until same-sex marriage was legalized in the country.

Australia's Marriage Act of 1961 was amended in 2004 to define marriage as being between a man and woman. According to CNN, beginning on September 12, Australians who are registered to vote have received letters asking whether the current law should be changed. Results will be known in November.

A recent poll showed that 63 percent of Australians were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Interestingly, a 2015 Buzzfeed Australia poll about pineapple on pizza yielded similar results — 64 percent were in favor of the flavor.

(H/T: Mashable)

Cover image via Shutterstock / Thaninee Chuensomchit.


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