Flora-owner Upfield cuts ties with Mumsnet over website’s ‘transphobic’ content
The popular butter spread, Flora, has become the latest brand to cut ties with the UK parenting forum Mumsnet due to its ‘transphobic’ content.
Flora had teamed up with Mumsnet to do a ‘taste test’ and subsequently advertised its partnership with the site by adding a ‘Mumsnet Rated’ symbol to the tubs.
This has now ceased after pressure from trans advocates, led by the pro-trans feminist @mimmymum, who urged Flora to “stop funding transphobia”.
She tweeted Flora’s owner, Upfield, noting their diversity and inclusion statement which pledges a commitment to equal opportunity and an intolerance of discrimination and harassment.
Seeing this, several other Twitter users joined her in condemning Flora’s association with ‘transphobic’ Mumsnetters.
Good grief, how is any company associating with MN? It’s a guaranteed way of telling a customer base it supports transphobia.
— T-F-Z (@TFZMamaBear) October 10, 2019
Yup, if @flora continues it’s support for transphobic Mumsnet, I will not use it either.
— Dr Natacha Kennedy #FBPE #Peoplesvotenow (@natachakennedy) October 10, 2019
Mumsnet rated for hate speech?
Wow @Flora, great way to make your brand toxic, especially to younger people 🙄
— Lisa Severn 🧜♀️ (@lisasevern) October 10, 2019
Hey @Flora it’s a good idea to check the organisations that you’re partnering with to see if they behave in a way consistent with your own diversity and inclusion statements.
— about:blank (@MxARivelin) October 10, 2019
Damn. I do online shopping for my mum and always get her Flora. No longer.
— Caroline Debenham 🧜♀️ (@CarolineDebenh1) October 10, 2019
Ta for the heads-up. There are plenty of alternatives to @Flora.
— Quibilah (⧖) (@Quibilah1) October 10, 2019
Ugh. TERF grease.
— 🎃🕸Ravin’d Salt-Sea Shark🕸🎃 (@Afishoutofwtf) October 10, 2019
Upfield replied: “We take our Human Rights and Diversity policies very seriously and so do our brands. Thank you for raising this issue and we’re currently investigating.”
But it didn’t take long for them to reach a decision, as just a day later they announced they’d be ditching Mumsnet.
“We’ve investigated. We are wholly committed to our values, which include treating everyone equally, so have made the decision to no longer work with Mumsnet. #DiversityMatters” they tweeted.
— Upfield (@upfieldglobal) October 11, 2019
Mumsnet responded with a statement defending the right of “free speech” of those using the site.
“Mumsnet will always stand in solidarity with minority communities. We don’t tolerate transphobic comments and will delete any when they are flagged to us. But we do also believe strongly in free speech.
“The discussion of gender self-id and what that might mean for very hard-won women’s rights, as well as the rapidly growing number of children exploring gender identity issues, is contentious.
“We know some people would like us to simply censor this entire debate but a similar number think we censor too much. We’re committed to allowing respectful discussion of an issue that is of particular interest to parents.”
Flora’s not the first brand to distance itself from Mumsnet: the frozen food giant Birds Eye severed ties with the site in April, and children’s charity NSPCC was forced to end a Facebook Live chat after Mumsnetters flooded it with a slew of ‘transphobic’ comments.
As expected, Mumsnet commenters responded to Flora’s announcement by urging a boycott of the spread and all of Upfield’s other products too.