(Corine Gatti, Headline USA) Macon Bacon, a beloved collegiate summer league baseball team based in Georgia, found itself facing an unexpected call to change its moniker after it was accused of glorifying bacon.
A high-profile billboard located on Interstate 16, sponsored by the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine, encouraged fans to “keep bacon off your plate.” The social-shaming scold group also sent a note to team president Brandon Raphael accusing the organization of “glorifying the meat,” Fox News Digital reported.
“Macon Bacon’s glorification of bacon, a processed meat that raises the risk of colorectal cancer and other diseases, sends the wrong message to fans,” the letter from nutrition education program manager Anna Herby, DHSc, RD, CDCES, to Raphael read.
The letter audaciously asked the team to change the name to Macon Facon Bacon and promote plant-based bacon alternatives, such as “Facon Bacon or Mushroom Bacon.” As for Kevin, Macon Bacon’s mascot, he can reveal that he is actually plant-based bacon,” the letter continued.
The letter instructed the organization to encourage fans to consume delicious, healthful plant-based foods instead of current menu items like “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Bacon Wrapped Bacon, Steak Cut Bacon, Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon Dog, Bacon Loaded Cheese Fries, Bacon Loaded Mac N Cheese and Bacon Chips,” the letter read.
Raphael responded to the letter in a statement to Macon, Ga.-based WGXA-TV.
He clarified that the organization is not a glorification of an unhealthy lifestyle but focused on bringing families and communities together in a “fun-natured way in Middle Georgia and beyond,” WGXA-TV reported.
“We take great pride in the Macon Bacon naming rights (which our fans named), as we get to witness the smiles and laughter from our fan base – who have supported our branding since our inception — that stems from the brand’s lighthearted and playful nature,” Raphael said.
“With that, the Macon Bacon will be sizzling forever and will not consider a name change,” he vowed. “Ever.”