UNITED KINGDOM (WFLA) — Burger King’s United Kingdom Twitter account took a major public relations risk in an attempt to raise awareness for International Women’s Day.
The burger brand tweeted “Women belong in the kitchen” Monday morning. It’s a jarring statement made by a verified brand on Twitter, and swiftly gained a lot of eye balls and reactions worldwide.
You have to click on the tweet to see Burger King’s true intentions. Opening up the tweet reveals a chain of messages sent out at once by the account, clarifying their statement.
“If they want to, of course,” it says. “Yet only 20% of chefs are women. We’re on a mission to change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career. #IWD”
Burger King says it’s launching a new scholarship program which aims to help female Burger King employees “pursue their culinary dreams.”
Not a bad message to send on International Women’s Day. But Twitter users were quick to criticize the method in which the brand went about it.
Here are some of those replies: