In this fucked up political fake-o-sphere world we live in, I can almost see a crazy conservative boycotting Cracker Barrel because they added a meatless option to the menu. I can’t agree with it or understand it, but I can see it happening.
However, if someone for reasons that aren’t conservative unhinged “purity” decides that Cracker Barrel is to be shunned due to this menu addition, that is simply fucking crazy for no reason. Not even a fake one, like the conservatives have.
I mean, I can empathize with the people in question, but it’s more at the level of how much it would suck to be that angry and scared all the time.
And I say that as someone with anxiety and anger issues. But I at least try to direct it towards things that are actually some sort of thread (though I do fail at times). Heck, that’s why I can empathize.
I don’t see how it was a broad brush statement, though. The context is clearly the type of conservative (really a reactionary) who gets upset about these things.
See, that’s where they’re confused right there. Cracker Barrel restaurants are highway restaurants. Every single one I’ve ever seen has been on a highway of some kind, and the vast majority have been in relatively large cities. They’re not rural or small-town restaurants, they’re not particularly Southern, and they’re not a small time operation. They’re a humongous nationwide restaurant chain that has a menu that consists of more or less “country” foods, and who deliberately cultivates an “old-timey”, “country” or “down-home” atmosphere.
But it’s not authentic; it’s a huge restaurant chain’s homogenized idea of what that is, both on the menu, and in the stores.
I have a feeling that you’re right that those people have grown accustomed to thinking of the chain as “their” kind of restaurant and them starting to offer meatless sausage somehow dispelled that illusion, and they’re angry now. If they were not idiots, and consistent, they ought to be pissed off that Diet Coke is served as well… that’s as least as “woke” as Impossible Sausage.
The defining feature of the conservative brand is a lack of empathy. Any empathetic conservative needs to explain why they’re riding on the bandwagon of a movement whose loudly proclaimed slogan is “facts don’t care about your feelings.”
This is not an out-of-hand dismissal. It’s based on long and hard observation of them telling us loudly and repeatedly “fuck your feelings.”
This is basically it. They love to feel special when a corporation caters to their culture. When that corporation is inclusive toward a “rival” culture, it destroys that feeling of being the specialest snowflake. And worse, they know they can’t do anything about it.