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Let’s talk about food.
Some of us LOVE to cook. Cooking is a ritual, cooking together can be a bonding experience, and we all know cooking can be an art form.
Some people study for years to become a premier chef, others learn alongside their parents in the kitchen, and some just are just born with that natural talent to create foodgasms.
When we make meals at home, we aren’t restricted to making just Mexican dishes, or just Peruvian, Cuban, or Spanish cuisine. I make a pretty mean spaghetti and meatballs and my homie does some rad curry.
Hell, Gordon Ramsey does dishes that range from A to Z on the culture-o-meter, and we’ve got Latinos in the kitchens of every type of restaurant from French to sushi.
Okay, so here’s where this gets weird, so to speak:
Liz Connelly and Kali Wilgus took a road trip to Baja California, Mexico – where they ate lobster burritos on the beach and fell in love at first bite with the cuisine.
They did everything they could to learn the recipes from the cooks they met on their road trip. In an interview, Connelly said,
“I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did. They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins. They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.”
When they felt they had a good grasp of the intricacies of what makes a Mexican burrito tick – they went back home and set up a food truck business in Portland to spread their love of burritos.
Unfortunately, many people were outraged at the young women’s alledged method of acquiring their burrito skills. It was allegedly “worded in such a way” that triggered some crazy people, and the girls were accused of cultural appropriation because of an annecdote.
What are SJW’s? They’re supposedly Social Justice Warriors.
I call them Social Justice Whackos. They’re people who cry for safe spaces, get outraged by every little thing, and accuse people of everything from whatever minor slight they can think of.
What is Cultural appropriation? It is the adoption or use of the elements of one culture by members of another culture. Cultural appropriation, often framed as cultural misappropriation, is sometimes portrayed as harmful and is claimed to be a violation of the collective intellectual property rights of the originating culture. Often unavoidable when multiple cultures come together, cultural appropriation can include using other cultures’ traditions, food, fashion, symbols, technology, language, and cultural songs without permission. According to critics of the practice, cultural (mis)appropriation differs from acculturation, assimilation, or cultural exchange in that the “appropriation” or “misappropriation” refers to the adoption of these cultural elements in a colonial manner: elements are copied from a minority culture by members of a dominant culture, and these elements are used outside of their original cultural context — sometimes even against the expressly stated wishes of representatives of the originating culture.
This time, they accused a couple of WHITE people of making and selling burritos of that very thing.
Over FOOD. Mexican Food made by white females.
Everyone cooks food and even cook food from recipes learned from OUTSIDE their own culture.
Wonder if these geniuses know that Taco Bell was started by a white guy.
It got SO BAD that they had to CLOSE their business due to death threats and international outrage.
Their business page on Yelp began filling up with vitriolic slurs and false reviews that even Yelp stepped in on the duo’s business review page:
It’s easy to understand digging burritos, or any other awesome eclectic foreign cuisine, and wanting to get good at making it and sharing it with others.
However, it is NOT appropriate to accuse someone of FOOD CULTURAL APPROPRIATION of all things when they take what was supposed to be a FUNNY annecdote out of context.
The utter INSANITY of it just boggles the mind.
Author: Richard R.
(This is the original article, a facsimile of this article was also written, but altered for Latin Life)