P/C police found another atrocity to chase, this time in the food isle. Suit up, pilgrims.
Background: renowned food show guy Andrew Zimern is opening an upscale Chinese restaurant in Minnesota, but he sort of trash talked Chinese fast food restaurants. A grievous offense by calling them “horseshit restaurants.” (He has since apologized)
Okay food critiques or political swordsmiths, take your shot. The question here is: is the guy right or wrong in what he said and what he is doing?
Does he sink or swim on those comments? Should he? Should he be run off and boycotted — if not burned at the stake? (I have a feeling neither one is a good solution)
See the video interview(@ 8 min) in the piece if you want the full context. He sure is taking heat for it. Some compare it to cultural appropriation. Some say let the market decide.
Andrew Zimmern Sparks Outrage With Chinese Restaurant Comments
The man who eats strange foods for a living now has to eat some humble pie.
Bizarre Foods host and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern has caused a firestorm in the Asian-American and foodie communities over his comments that Chinese food in the Midwest is served in “horseshit restaurants.” Zimmern made the comments to promote his own Midwest Chinese restaurant chain, Lucky Cricket, in an interview with Fast Company. The first outlet for Lucky Cricket just opened in a Minneapolis suburb mall.
“I think I’m saving the souls of all the people from having to dine at these horses - - t restaurants masquerading as Chinese food that are in the Midwest,” said Zimmern.
Call me old fashioned or not, I don’t think his identity should dictate whether or not he can cook Chinese food. But here is some other food for thought, I notice Walmart now has General Tso’s chicken at its hot foods counter. I’m pretty sure they didn’t hire a Chinese guy to come in to make it. He does have a point about their cookie cutter menu.
But I see other large supermarket chains that delegated space at the deli to sell local Chinese food by Asians. I don’t know where Walmart gets its General Tso’s chicken.
Is it off limits for a white guy to open say a soul food place? How about a northern city person cooking Southern food; a non-Latino cooking Latin food? Or does the fact that he is doing it commercially for a profit business have something to do with it? But is he right?
I’ve already seen liberals drop the cleaver on him and promise to boycott it — presumably until he starts cooking something culturally aligned with his identity as a white guy.
You decide if the guy and his restaurant chain should survive, or be nipped in the bud.
If it was so offensive, then why did the (obvious liberal) interviewer not stand up, say “that’s it,” shove the table to the side and walk away? Isn’t that what the identity and word police would demand he do? Or was publicly skewering him the main dish?
I say “pass the duck sauce and give him a break.” But that’s just white guy me.
A publicity stunt or now stunted publicity?
Of course my other conspiracy theory is still that there are only 5 Chinese guys who make all that food for all Chinese American restaurants. But that’s another issue.
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