Haunted Honey and the PC Police

We maintain a strict zero-tolerance policy here at this site for trolls. We simply have no time to devote to such foolishness. Any incoming trolling, like all incoming messages, gets snagged by the program’s filter for the moderators to review; if a comment is ruled not to be spam or trolling, then it gets approved and is allowed to post. If it’s detritus it gets flushed. I’m conflicted, then, about even addressing this particular topic, since I’m not altogether certain it doesn’t represent a case of trolling. Just this once, though, I’ll give the benefit of the doubt and accept that it isn’t trolling; it’s just stupidity.

After my recent report on my receiving of a package of Haunted Honey, we got a comment from someone about how the company responsible for marketing the honey was guilty of “cultural appropriation”. This qualifies as one of the stupider things I’ve seen on the Internet as of late, and believe you me, that’s saying something!

I can only assume that because it is acknowledged by the company that some people buy Haunted Honey not to eat, or to put on a bookshelf, like I did with mine, but for use in Voodoo or other spellwork, this constitutes in some plebeian’s mind “cultural appropriation”, because the marketers of the honey are not—what? Practicing witches? Practicing Voodoo priests? Black? It doesn’t make any sense. *They* are not claiming to be any of those things, and once someone purchases a container of Haunted Honey it becomes that person’s property to do with as he/she chooses. If he/she wants to use it for spellwork, that is his/her prerogative.

What I get from the complaint is that Voodoo is meant for black folks, and for white folks to even mention it is cultural appropriation. If that’s what our complainant was trying to argue, I hate to break it to him/her, but Voodoo is a religion. As such, anyone can practice it. Anyone. Not that the beekeepers who collect the Haunted Honey from the aboveground tombs in New Orleans ever claimed to be Voodoo practitioners, anyway. Or maybe the complainant is arguing that only Voodoo practitioners should be allowed to remove nuisance honeybees from tombs in Louisiana? Voodoo practitioners, it should be noted, who have not been trained in bee removal, and have no legal reason to perform the service in the first place? (The beekeepers, who are licensed, are *hired* to remove the honeybee hives from those tombs, remember.) It’s frustrating when people have brains but refuse to use them.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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