Everyone was wrong about food on the internet
On November 19, Jon Becker tweeted a prompt seemingly designed by a malevolent trickster god to fuck up everyone’s hard-earned weekend: what is your most controversial food opinion? Twitter feeds were inundated with opinions, jokes about opinions, fights about opinions, and pleas for the opinions to stop. Nobody was safe.
Please quote tweet this with your most controversial food opinion, I love controversial food opinions— Jon Becker (@jonbecker_) November 19, 2019
The takes tended to fall into one of three categories. The first was the I-just-wanted-to-say-something opinion from people who forgot the “controversial” element of Becker’s request. Stuff like “boxed stuffing is good” and “I don’t like ketchup.” Good for them, moving on. The second was stuff designed to rile people up, like diving into the old “should there be beans in chili?” question, or claiming that In-N-Out is overrated.
But then there were the racists. One man claimed Indian food is terrible, and that “we” pretend it isn’t. Another said all Chinese food is bad. There are, of course, many things to take issue with in these statements. India and China are huge countries with multiple region-specific cuisines (many of which existed before modern borders were drawn), making it highly unlikely someone could search the entire country and not find something they enjoyed eating. There’s the presumption of “we,” as if everyone shares the same palate, and that Chinese food is “gloppy” and salty, as if Panda Express is the arbiter of an entire country’s cuisine.
Pizza is more of a gastrointestinal nightmare (gluten dairy fat AND acid) than Indian or Mexican food, but y’all are racist and can’t handle a lick of flavor. https://t.co/qHRjfeGWWE— ahmed ali akbar (@radbrowndads) November 24, 2019
Chef Pim Techamuanvivit suggested English-speakers adopt a Thai idiom that, instead of “I don’t like this food,” translates to “I don’t know how to eat this.” That way, it’s the eater’s problem, rather than a dismissal of an entire cuisine (or cuisines).
Anyway, if white people think Asian food is so bad, maybe they should return the spices they’ve been taking since about 1500 A.D.
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