Hostess asked the Federal Bankruptcy Court for permission to go out of business this morning, blaming unions and bakers who went on strike in protest of the company’s new contracts. The strike may have been the final nail in the coffin, but many would argue that their real problem is that people just aren’t eating Twinkies like they used to (or, that they don’t know how to run a business, depending on who you talk to). Whatever your take on what this says about workers, unions and business, the final score seems to be: American diets: 1, Hostess pockets: 0.
The news is probably saddest for the 18,500 Hostess workers who are now unemployed. (Twinkie-lovers shouldn’t despair yet; the company is now moving to sell its assets to the highest bidder, which probably means that another company is going to start making its most popular baked goods.) But you wouldn’t know it from Twitter: Most people are either happy about the demise of a junk-food producer, or mourning the loss of their favorite baked goods.
We parsed out the funniest tweets about the junk food company’s final closure. Add your own jokes in the comments section below:
β Shoq Value (@Shoq) November 16, 2012
Hostess files for liquidation just as States begin to legalize marijuana. Such tragic irony… β Sarcastic Jefferson (@SarcasticTJ) November 16, 2012
RIP Hostess. Eating a turducken of Twinkies and Ho Hos wrapped in Wonder Bread in your memory.
β Ruth Bourdain (@RuthBourdain) November 16, 2012
“Hostess workers won’t cross the line / Israel bombs Palestine” – Billy Joel, We Didn’t Start the Fire ’12
β Josh Patten (@thejoshpatten) November 16, 2012
Luckily for hostess their products won’t expire till 2026. β Owen Benjamin (@OwenBenjamin) November 16, 2012
Bad news: Hostess is going out of business today. Good news the Twinkies you buy now will remain edible for the next 40 years. β Lisa Lillien (@HungryGirl) November 16, 2012
Hostess was Michelle Obamaβs Osama bin Laden.
β Steven Amiri (@StevenAmiri) November 16, 2012
With #Hostess supposedly shutting down, Colorado to revisit the whole legalizing-marijuana thing.
β nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) November 16, 2012
IF HOSTESS GOES OUT OF BUSINESS WHAT FOOD AM I SUPPOSED TO FEEL SUPERIOR ABOUT NOT EATING???
β Ari Scott (@ariscott) November 16, 2012
Why do banks get a bailout and Hostess doesn’t? They’ve both been accused of causing inflation.
β Indecision (@indecision) November 16, 2012
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