FOX NEWS - IHOP on Sunday received scathing backlash for tweeting a sonogram image of a stack of pancakes inside a womb in honor of Mother’s Day.
In what appeared to be a harmless tweet, IHOP wrote “If you have pancakes in your tum tum, does that make you a pancake mum mum? Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the moms out there!”
If you have pancakes in your tum tum, does that make you a pancake mum mum? Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the moms out there! pic.twitter.com/wauH9sYvDb— IHOP (@IHOP) May 12, 2019
However, the tweet sparked a social media firestorm with some pointing out an anatomical error while others assumed the message was meant to stir up a personhood debate – a topic that has made headlines since Georgia enacted the controversial “heartbeat” bill last week.
I feel comfortable enough in my medical training thus far to confirm that the uterus is NOT in fact connected to the GI tract https://t.co/6xJHjvGgPS— Ioana F (@ibflorea) May 12, 2019
IHOP really thinks people are just sliding whole stacks of pancakes down their throat and into their uterus https://t.co/XI8hUlzBdK— Cam Nadeau (@NadeauCameron) May 12, 2019
And @IHOP weighs into the most controversial space in American politics in the last 50 years.— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 12, 2019
LIFE STARTS AT CONSUMPTION— Joe-Joe and Kim! (@joejoehasfun) May 12, 2019
The picture, which was also posted on Instagram, received sharp criticism as well.
"Does ihop know the difference between a womb and a stomach," one person commented.
"What dad in an ihop boardroom thought of this one," another person wrote.
IHOP’s tweet received more than 1,000 retweets, 5,000 likes, and nearly 3,000 replies. The previous tweet had only received around 1,000 total interactions. The Instagram picture received more than 9,000 likes.
Though the restaurant appears to reply to customer complaints about service issues or waiting times, the company didn’t respond to any critical comments about the pancake tweets.