The owner of a bakery in Austria is facing criticism for creating a cake depicting the twin towers being destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.
Thomas Kienbauer, the owner of the Alexander patisserie in Vienna, created the sugary towers, with planes smashing into their sides, to protest the Austrian governing coalition and “corruption” in politics, reports RT news.
— RT (@RT_com) April 29, 2015
Kienbauer said the idea for the cake simply came to him after a customer remarked that the Vienna elections, to be held this year on Oct. 11 (or 10/11), have a similar date to 9/11. Austria's coalition is made up of Social Democrats and the conservative People’s Party.
He added that the attacks in 2001 changed the world, and he wanted to send a bold statement.
“Sometimes, you have to present an exaggerated view of the situation if you really want to make a point,” Kienbauer told the newspaper Kronen Zeitung.
But many say Kienbauer's creation is in poor taste, calling it offensive and "unbelievable." More than 2,900 people died on Sept. 11, 2001.
— EvaDichand (@EvaDichand) April 29, 2015
(Translation from RT: Awful comparison! When one understands that he depicted 9/11 that claimed so many lives…)
SPÖ und ÖVP als Twin Towers, Grüne und NEOS als Flugzeuge. 9/11 als Torte. Ich glaub das nicht. http://t.co/KmhNTpxCRf
— Lou Lorenz (@lou_lorenz) April 29, 2015
(Translation from RT: Social Democrats and People’s Party as twin towers? the Greens and the Freedom Party as planes? 9/11 as cake? That’s unbelievable!)
— Simon Tartarotti (@SimonTartarotti) April 29, 2015
(Translation RT: This pastry-cook tends to mix incompatible things. 9/11 + local elections in Vienna = WTF?)