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Tunnock’s sparks online boycott row after ‘donating’ treats to LGB Alliance

A CONTROVERSIAL campaign group has sparked a row on social media after it thanked Scottish-based confectionary firm Tunnock’s for donating sweet treats to its conference.

The row began after the LGB Alliance, which has been criticised as trans-exclusionary for dropping the T from the LGBT acronym, posted to thank the company for caramel wafers it “donated”.

The alliance tweeted: “Many thanks to @TunnockOfficial who kindly donated generous quantities of their fabulous caramel wafers and the legendary Tunnock’s Tea Cake.

“Both were gulped down by a hungry LGB crowd and lovely straight and trans allies. (Gannets every one of them).”

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The tweet has led to a Twitter storm, with “Tunnocks” trending on the platform.

Some on one side of the argument have accused the confectionary firm of supporting a “hate group”, allegations the LGB Alliance deny, and called for a “boycott”.

Teacher Vic Symonds wrote: “This Gay Glaswegian can’t buy from [Tunnock’s] in good conscience now. The LGB Alliance actively harms my whole community. #LGBWithTheT.

“They attack and undermine trans people and wrecked my favourite biscuit. Scunnered.”

“Hey well, anti-trans Tunnocks shall be eaten no more if true! I want intersectional inclusive cakes not dumbo bigoted ones, thanks”, another user added.

A third wrote: “‘The anti-trans teacake’ is a weird promotional tactic.”

Others came out in support of Tunnock’s, thanking it for its donation to the alliance conference.

“Thanks a bunch you lot! I’m going to have to buy some Tunnocks tea cakes now as I’m craving them,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Adding extra of these lush teacakes into to shopping trolley,” another added.

India Willoughby, Britain’s first transgender national television newsreader, said she had it on “good authority that the lovely [Tunnock’s] had no idea who the LGB Alliance even were when they supplied freebies”.

“Thought they were supporting LGBT. Cut them some slack. Bound to happen when you get baddies masquerading as the good guys,” she added.

The Equality Network’s Scott Cuthbertson wrote: “As an LGBT conference organiser who’s received generous support from Tunnock’s in the past we should be fair about what’s happened.

“They received a request from a conference being held at the QEII centre and didn’t understand how the LGBT community feel about that [organisation]. That’s all.”

Comment alleging to be from Tunnock’s circulating on social media says that they receive “hundreds of donation requests per week” and that they try to give out “a little to a lot”.

They allegedly said they did not mean to offend anyone and would look into the matter.

The MailOnline reported that the firm declined to comment.

Tunnock’s has been approached for comment.



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