A bakery in a small coastal town in the French Riviera can no longer display its dark chocolate cupcakes featuring cartoonishly fat male and female figurines with bright pink lips and genitalia.
An administrative court judge has determined that the cupcakes are offensive after an activist group filed a formal complaint, the Daily Mail reports.
Here is what the cupcakes look like:
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The judge in the case concluded that the “God” and “Goddess” cakelets sold by the patisserie in Grasse, Nice incite “racial hatred” and defile “human dignity, especially that of the African people or people of African descent.”
The baker, Yannick Tavolaro, may still produce and sell the cakes, the judge ruled. The court also found that the baker had no ill intent.
Forthwith, the judge ordered, town officials in Grasse must make sure that the desserts never appear in the windows of the patisserie.
Failure to enforce the edict will cost the town a fine of 500 euros (about $535) each day.
For now, the town must pay a fine of $1,000 euros (about $1,085) to a French group with a name that roughly translates to the Representative Council of Black Associations in France. This group called for a ban on the cupcakes.
“We must fight this kind of racism,” CRAN spokesman Louis George-Tin declared, according to the Mail. “I cannot imagine what would be said, rightly, if an African baker decided to represent Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary in a similar way.”
As for Tavolaro, the baker, he is unapologetic.
He noted that he has made the cupcakes for the last 15 years, and usually makes them only to order. Also, he swore, the dark chocolate is “technically” necessary for creating the misshapen figures in his special way.
Tavolaro has indicated that he plans to file a defamation case against CRAN.
Also, on Facebook, he indicated plans to bake future “God” and “Goddess” cupcakes without genitalia and with the message “Castrated by Censorship.”