Folks, I know that those of us who are still sane have been massively affected by the “Messenger of Allah Unites Us” campaign in Jordan that is boycotting Danish products. Suddenly, Lurpak, our favorite butter is no longer sold in stores, and I know, I know, we were all shocked to our core when we discovered that stores were refusing to sell Kinder products because they had been put on the evil “57” black list; now representing the number of the beast known as Denmark.
Butter is one thing, I mean there are hundreds of choices out there, including margarine. But how on God’s green Earth would we survive without our Kinder Bueno or Kinder Surprise Eggs with the cute little plastic toys inside them? And with Kinder being manufactured by Ferrero, I was sure that their other products we all love, like Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, would soon follow, not to mention Ferrari, because you know, it kind of sounds like Ferrero.
But you can all rest easy now.
It turns out, Fact International, the Islamic-oriented Jordanian newspaper that is leading the “Messenger of All Unites Us” campaign – or MOAUU – kind of got their, uhem, facts wrong. It turns out that Kinder is in fact manufactured by Ferrero, which is an Italian company, and shipped to Jordan. Therefore it is not on the evil “57” black list, but on the “80” list denoting Italy: a country we could never boycott because we love their football team too much.
In fact, this was all discovered when Ramzi Mushahwaf, the sole Kinder agent in Jordan, called the campaign up to tell them Kinder is Italian and not Danish. According to the article, Zakaria Sheikh, who is both the Chariman of Fact International and the head of this campaign, still believes that Kinder chocolates sold around the world are produced in Denmark, but the ones that come to Jordan are Italian.
That was a close call.
Anyways. Feel free to boycott any of these other Danish products, if you can pronounce their names. The pamphlet looks pretty professional and they are after all distributing half a million copies of these things, so this must be legit. And I’m sure they’re all accurate because after all, if you can’t trust Fact International to check its facts about international products, then who can you trust? Who I say!
p.s. If I was Ramzi Mushahwaf, I would sue the hell out of Zakaria Sheikh.