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Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

February 25, 2017
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A pineapple pizza.

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate that went viral.

He made his remarks in a visit to a high school. Students were talking about pizza. The president said if he could pass a law, he would like to ban pineapple as a pizza topping. It started a media firestorm.

The story ranked among the top trending stories on Reddit. News sites picked it up including the GuardianCNNUSA Today and even Foreign Policy.

The stories outrage fans of the topping. Pizza purists thought they had found a champion.

One fan wrote, “A true hero. Pineapple on pizza is a crime against gastronomy.” Another person said The Hague is too good for such war criminals. He said people who put pineapple on pizza should face a firing squad with “no trial, no blindfold.”

There is even a pineapple pizza meme.

Some do not agree. The man who runs pizza industry magazine PMQ spoke out. “Being against pineapple pizza is like being against Santa Claus. There’s nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”

Finally, Iceland’s president made a statement.

“I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”

Seafood? A magazine responded by saying first the president says he cannot dictate pizza toppings. Then he says people should put seafood on their pizza. It turns out the president was talking about “fish products,” not seafood.

A white clam pizza

There is a famous white clam pie in New Haven, Connecticut.

By the way, pineapple-topped pizza did not come from Hawaii. It came from Canada in 1962. The pineapple topping makes a lot of noise. It made the worst topping list in 2014.

Source: The New York Times February 22, 2107

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