Nearly 3,000 people died on September 11, 2001 when terrorists took control of commercial airplanes and piloted them into New York City’s Twin Towers. It is a day that lives on in infamy and is remembered by mourners across the world each year. One Austrian baker demonstrated an extreme lack of disrespect for the lives lost that day when he decided to make a cake that resembles the Twin Towers at the moment the planes crashed into them.
The baker’s name is Thomas Kienbauer and he’s the owner of the Alexander patisserie in Vienna, Austria’s capital city. Pictures surfaced of Kienbauer’s cake on Twitter, along with one in which he poses proudly next to his creation. According to Kienbauer, the provocative design is nothing more than political protest.
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Kienbauer’s version of the Twin Towers depicts one tower colored red, representing Austria’s Social Democrats, and the other tower colored black, representing the People’s Party. The planes also represent Austrian political parties – the Greens and the Freedom Party – and an additional plane atop the red tower represents Austrian liberals.
“Sometimes, you have to present an exaggerated view of the situation if you really want to make a point,” Kienbauer told Kronen Zeitung. The majority of Austrians voicing their opinions on social media did not seem to agree. One commentor said, “Social Democrats and People’s Party as twin towers? The Greens and the Freedom Party as planes? 9/11 as cake? That’s unbelievable!”
“This made me almost physically sick. Everything lumped together. Unbelievable,” said another person. The cake attracted plenty more hostile comments as it made the rounds on Twitter and other social media outlets. Kienbauer, jumping to his own defense, claims that he never meant to offend anyone. Rather, he simply wanted to make a statement about the current balance of power in Austrian politics. Considering the public outcry surrounding his “art,” it does not seem likely that he achieved his goal.