The politics of…cheese?

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Palmetto Cheese

[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”J” font=”Ultra” background_color_class=”otw-no-background” size=”large” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]ust when we thought life couldn’t get any more political, it does. And this time, it’s in the food.

Palmetto Cheese, a regional pimento cheese brand based in South Carolina, is sparking outrage by shoppers and social media alike after publicly comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to a terrorist organization.

So, Costco has decided to pull the popular cheese spread from its shelves, according to the New York Post.

Palmetto Cheese founder and Pawleys Island mayor Brian Henry took to social media to share a controversial stance against BLM last month.

“I am sickened by the senseless killings in Georgetown,” he wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post on August 25, following the death of Charles Nicholas Wall and Wall’s stepdaughter Laura Anderson on August 24.

The pair were fatally shot following a car accident on Georgetown county Highway 521.

“2 innocent people murdered. Not 2 thugs or people wanted on multiple warrants. 2 white people defenselessly gunned down by a black man.”

Henry continued, grouping Black Lives Matter activists together with Antifa as terrorist organizations:

“So why do we stand by and allow BLM to lawlessly destroy great American cities and threaten their citizens on a daily basis? Should they have a carte blanche license to pillage and destroy? Why? This has gone on too long. Rise up America. This BLM and Antifa movement must be treated like the terror organizations that they are. Law and order, protection of liberty, and the right of peaceful enjoyment. If we don’t have that, we no longer have a country. My wife cried last night when she read about these murders. I’m sure their family is devastated. This did not have to happen. Does the senseless murder of these people not matter as much because it doesn’t fit the media narrative. You are damn right their lives matter. And we should all be outraged and engaged to demand action and stem the tide of lawless fringe. We can’t stay silent anymore. All lives matter. There I said it. So am I racist now? I think not. How about the POS who just gunned down 3 defenseless white people? You be the judge. We need Law and Order. Now!”

Costco has yet to make an official statement on the matter.
But, the mayor claimed last week that Costco is not a consistent buyer, and expects that they will pick up the cheese brand again in the future.

“They will occasionally add and drop products as a matter of normal business,” Henry told Charleston’s Post and Courier, via the New York Post. “We remain optimistic that Palmetto Cheese will be back on the shelves in the not too distant future.

In a statement on its website, Palmetto Cheese claims it is taking steps to “embrace change.”

“We understand action is necessary to embrace change within our organization and we are committed to making an impact internally and within the community.”