Twitter: perhaps the most political place on earth. You can only imagine the debate that swarmed following a tweet that showed a mom sending her daughter to school with a non-alcoholic beverage because she had supposedly run out of juice. Responders are divided.
Twitter is your neighborhood church, I'm not here to preach and make confessions in front of the priest
— G.U (@MissGU_) May 16, 2021
“My child was expelled from school on Friday. But what did I do wrong mina because I didn’t have juice so I gave her a non-alcoholic savannah,” she said in her initial tweet which was accompanied by a picture of a children’s lunchbox and the drink which has caused much debate.
Training them early I see… pic.twitter.com/c31M6HG4Tt
— K.K (@KhumaloKhulani) May 16, 2021
While some have made light of the situation, others have responded with absolute outrage.
Take a look at the debate. Light vs. dark side responders.
Light side responders:
Over to the dark side.
Opinions aside, the drink is not for sale to persons under the age of 18.
“Underage drinking is no joke. Seriously peeps,” said Savanna Cider when they first released the non-alcoholic beverage in 2020.
While we all understand the irresistible crisp delicious taste of Savanna Non-Alcoholic Lemon, and that it’s legally a Non-Alcoholic drink, and available at grocery stores, we still don’t sell it to kids. 👏 NOT 👏 FOR 👏 PERSONS 👏 UNDER 👏 18. Klaar. #TasteOfSavanna247365 pic.twitter.com/fciFZfcIIL
— SavannaCider (@SavannaCider) August 6, 2020
Meanwhile, whether or not the picture is fake news has been called into question. Could this be another Twitter user desperate for attention?
Tween via IOL.
Regardless, the uproar has called for an interesting debate. Is it acceptable or appropriate for children to be exposed to non-alcoholic beverages?
“The controversy around whether youngsters should be consuming non-alcoholic drinks is only the tip of the iceberg of a much bigger problem and one that needs to be addressed with great urgency in our country,” said educational psychologist Mandy Arnott to IOL.