The Philadelphia Public Health department took to Twitter Friday to let the internet know that they were very much against #NationalDonutDay. Many businesses offer free donuts on the June 3 national holiday, making the temptation to forgo healthier options too strong to resist.
The department tweeted a plea to Philly residents, asking them to "swipe left" to National Donut Day, referring to the hookup app Tinder, on which users swipe left to let a person know they are not interested.
That didn't go over too well.
Didn't we just have a #NationalDonutDay LAST year? #StopTheMadness #DownWithSugar— Philadelphia Public Health (@Philadelphia Public Health)1464962021.0
@PHLPublicHealth What exactly are you trying to say? 🍰 #LetThemEatCake 🍰— Philluminati (@Philluminati)1464989085.0
DOWN WITH YOU! 🍩 https://t.co/DlPn8wLFYl— B 👋 (@B 👋)1464962813.0
.@beakaboo 🍩 = 195 calories, 🍎 = 95 calories, lifetime without diabetes = priceless. #StopTheDonutOligarchy— Philadelphia Public Health (@Philadelphia Public Health)1464963224.0
And a lifetime of unhappiness with no donuts. Hard pass. https://t.co/f9LjrUrdbj— abby. (@abby.)1464966238.0
.@ybba2026 #SwipeLeftOnDonuts! https://t.co/TcnoAD97MZ— Philadelphia Public Health (@Philadelphia Public Health)1464966411.0
@PHLPublicHealth so not one person at Philly Public Health ever eats a donut, eh?— Sun Green (@Sun Green)1464997214.0
settle down, Beavis https://t.co/FusambY5Jg— Phase 3: Laron Profit (@Phase 3: Laron Profit)1464962455.0
After receiving a considerable amount of backlash, the PPHD called on other public organizations for backup.
So many people angry that we're opposed to #NationalDonutDay today. And we haven't even heard from @PhillyPolice or @PPDEricGripp yet!— Philadelphia Public Health (@Philadelphia Public Health)1464963023.0
Unfortunately, they didn't get the response they were likely hoping for from the Philly City Council.
@PHLPublicHealth The people have spoken. Doughnuts in moderation, especially if @PhiladelphiaGov brought enough Beilers to share.— PHLCouncil (@PHLCouncil)1464970231.0
@PHLCouncil @PhiladelphiaGov LOL, SERIOUSLY! You should see the hate we're getting for messing with Donut Day— Philadelphia Public Health (@Philadelphia Public Health)1464970309.0
Finally, Independence Blue Cross stepped in to offer their hearty "no" to National Donut Day.
@PHLPublicHealth We've got your back. #DownwithDonuts #eathealthy #antisugarcrusaders @PHLCouncil @PhiladelphiaGov— Independence Blue Cross (@Independence Blue Cross)1464974021.0
But did that stop donut lovers from indulging in their favorite holiday? Of course not.
@PHLPublicHealth it's one day calm down and stop telling people how to live their lives #NationalDonutDay I've already had 2 today 😁— Alaina Ables 🐜#2251 (@Alaina Ables 🐜#2251)1464975800.0
@alaina_ables That's it. You're off our Christmas card list. =P— Philadelphia Public Health (@Philadelphia Public Health)1464976637.0