Krispy Kreme's Free Donut Sparks Twitter War

Mar 26, 2021 06:07 AM EDT | By Zyanya James (

Krispy Kreme Donut Incentive Getting Mixed Reactions
Are free doughnuts really a bad thing?
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Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren slammed Krispy Kreme's effort to incentivize Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Fox Business reported on March 22 that Krispy Kreme is giving away free glazed donuts for anyone who can present their vaccination card. This sweet treat was made even sweeter as it's not a one-time deal. Customers can enjoy this treat daily if they meet the requirements. According to CBS News, Krispy Kreme has specified that guests that have received one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or at least one shot out of two from Moderna or Pfizer are qualified for this year-long promotion.

While this delicious news has been accepted with enthusiasm by many, Lahren slammed this food incentive saying, "Nothing like using junk food to incentivize COVID health protocols, huh?" With a heavy dose of sarcasm, Lahren adds that it "makes perfect sense" to give people "free circular glazed diabetes rings." She makes her resentment clear, saying that while gym owners are being fined thousands of dollars to remain open, Krispy Kreme is celebrated for giving out junk food. As Lahren huffs, "Welcome to the new and completely moronic normal."

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Mixed Reactions

The Washington Post also reports that this Krispy Kreme incentive has incited a Twitter war with some strong opinions from health experts. Baltimore's former health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen says that while she loves that Krispy Kreme is thanking people for getting the COVID-19 vaccine, donuts are not a healthy treat if eaten daily and can add up to 15 pounds of weight gain by the end of the year. This is a popular opinion among many health practitioners, but dieticians are pushing back. Nutrition therapist and co-author of "Intuitive Eating," Elyse Resch, says she's horrified about the oppressive fat-shaming and that everyone "deserves to have satisfaction in our eating and having a doughnut is a delicious thing." Lindo Bacon adds that "Doughnuts can be part of a healthy diet, and they can be part of keeping people happy." While some people may indeed take up this enticing offer by Krispy Kreme, it's probably safe to say that not everyone is going to hit up Krispy Kreme for a donut every day. Even Krispy Kreme agrees that, like other sweet treats, their doughnuts are "an occasional indulgence best enjoyed in moderation." In a statement to The Washington Post, Krispy Kreme says that "We're certainly not asking people to get a free Original Glazed doughnut every day." This incentive is just "to show support to those doing their part to make the country safe by getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them."

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

This is not the only good deed that Krispy Kreme is doing. Every Monday starting March 29 to May 24, customers can get a free coffee and donut with no purchase necessary. Available in all US locations, Krispy Kreme says this treat is to help Americans get "good start in these tough times." Going even a step further, the popular donut company also announced that their employees can get up to four hours of paid time off so they can also get vaccinated. Bravo, Krispy Kreme.

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