I’m not one to wantonly praise Waleed Aly. However, every now and again he does a work of public service that deserves recognition.
And, to be fair to Australia’s coolest Muslim, last week he did just that.
He proved that halal certification is a scam.
I’m not sure that’s what Waleed Aly intended to do. I think he was rather more intent on smugly and condescendingly trolling ordinary Australians who simply want to buy an Easter egg that celebrates Easter rather than funding Islam. Considering Easter is a Christian celebration, it’s really not a strange request.
I am well aware that many Australians have taken their business from Cadbury and instead moved to Lindt as a result of Cadbury’s decision to pay for halal certification. So, on prime time television, Waleed Aly attempted to give these people the finger by eating a Lindt bunny.
Good for him. All it proves is that the entire halal certification industry is costly and pointless and that the ‘product’ it ‘sells’ is worthless. Muslims don’t need a halal certification logo as Waleed so emphatically demonstrated.
It was all a bit of a laugh for the cool brigade that tunes into Channel 10’s The Project. But at the end of it all Waleed Aly was literally left with egg on his face. And it was not halal certified.