Gourmet Burger Kitchen is latest brand upsetting London Underground commuters with a tongue-in-cheek campaign looking to tempt vegetarians to eat meat.
Protestors promised a boycott of the burger chain in response to a trio of ads running with taglines like ‘You’ll always remember when you gave up being a vegetarian,’ ‘Vegetarians, resistance is futile’ and ‘They eat grass so you don’t have to’ which displayed a resting cow.
The campaign sparked guerrilla retaliation.
— Phil Lee (@Bill_Froog) January 16, 2016
An online backlash also ran on social media under the hashtag #gourmetmurderkitchen.
— paul warmington (@paulwarmo) January 18, 2016
— Jason Bromley (@Dispeller79) January 17, 2016
The brand has been largely quiet on Twitter following the initial protest although it did message two complainants, telling them it was looking to target 'carnivores' with its latest campaign.
GBK told The Drum: "Our new adverts have purely light-hearted intentions and were not meant to cause any offense. We've been serving beef as a core part of our menu for the last 15 years and whist we’re carnivores at heart, we have an extensive range of vegetarian options available.
"We value our vegetarian customers and their views, and have therefore made the decision to change some of our ads."