On the eve of the death of America’s most famous serial killer, Charles Manson, Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut made a tribute doughnut and thought it would be a good idea to publish a picture of it on Twitter.
Voodoo Doughnut deleted the post after it immediately provoked negative responses (see below), most centered on the question of whether the iconic Portland doughnut shop was glorifying the mass murderer. Other Twitter users made sure to get a copy of it, preserving the surprisingly realistic portrait, made of frosting.
Tribute doughnuts are not new for Voodoo Doughnuts; in fact, they’re incredibly popular. Over the years, Voodoo has made tribute doughnuts for most major musicians, celebrities, and more — both as a result of special customers orders and its staff’s own creativity. Last year’s Prince tribute doughnuts especially blew up on Instagram.
Eater has reached out to Voodoo Doughnut for details. What’s your take? In the comments, tell us whether you think Voodoo made a mistake or whether the decision was in step with its “Portland Weird” style.
Here’s a picture of the offending doughnut, with some of the ensuing responses afterward:
lol i cant believe they thought that posting that was a good idea.— ✡sift through ash (@jordangerdes) November 20, 2017
Has @VoodooDoughnut made any more stupid donuts today?— Captain NoUnderpants (@BigShaun) November 20, 2017
I demand a Ted Bundy doughnut for Oregon vs Washington game week next year. We must celebrate the infamous.— Quacktion Bronson (@SwooshMcDuck) November 20, 2017
A Mugabe donut would be timely, don't you think? Heck, they could do a whole month's series on Africa alone.— hyperextended proboscis (@Benzduck100) November 20, 2017