Burger King in South Africa is removing the word “ham” from “hamburgers” in an effort to accommodate Muslim customers and “be more respectful” of Islamic beliefs.
According to Business Insider: “On Friday the chain confirmed it has changed the names of three of its products. What was previously known as a ‘Double Spicy Hamburger’ will now just be a ‘Double Spicy Burger’; the ‘Triple Hamburger with Cheese’ becomes the ‘Triple Burger with Cheese’, and ‘Hamburger King Jr’ on the kid’s menu will now be just a ‘Kids Burger’.”
Despite the fact that hamburgers don’t actually contain pork products, the chain said in a statement that the names will be changed “to be more respectful of” its Muslim client base.
Ironically, at the same time, the chain will also be introducing a line of bacon items to its South African menu. From September 1, a total of 44 restaurants, which had previously been entirely halal, will now offer non-halal food.
In other words, Burger King is introducing hamburgers containing 100% more pork than the burgers they’ve renamed.