The Washington Post humour columnist Gene Weingarten has been slammed for his remark on Indian food in a an article.
Reportedly, an article by the humour columnist Gene Weingarten was published on August 19 where Gene slammed Indian food by saying “the only ethnic cuisine in the world insanely based on one spice”.
His remark created an social media outrage for hurting Indian sentiments.
“If you think Indian curries taste like something that could knock a vulture off a meat wagon, you do not like Indian food. I don’t get it, as a culinary principle", he wrote in the column named 'You can’t make me eat these food'.
He went on to write, "I’d personally have no problem with that, but you might, and I would sympathies".
Reacting to the columnist's tweet, Padma Lakshmi, television host and a Chef judge reacted, “What in the white nonsense TM is this?” “Is this really the type of colonizer 'hot take' the
@washingtonpost wants to publish in 2021- sardonically characterizing curry as "one spice" and that all of India's cuisine is based on it?”
Her reaction grabbed attention of netizens and dignitaries.
Anand Giridharadas, publisher of The Ink, tweeted, “@geneweingarten thinks Indian food is terrible because it is entirely based on one spice. Which is basically the opposite of the truth.”
He also added, “‘Curry’ is not one spice. I don’t even know how these people do their research.”
However, on Monday the Washington Post wrote in the column, “A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Indian cuisine is based on one spice, curry, and that the Indian food is made up only of curries, type of stew. In fact, India’s vastly diverse cuisines use many spice blends and include many other types of dishes. The article has been corrected.”
Followed by the controversy, Weingarten apologised with a tweet on Tuesday, “From start to finish plus the illo, the column was about what a whining infantile ignorant d---head I am. I should have named a single Indian dish, not the whole cuisine, & I do see how that broad-brush was insulting. Apologies. (Also, yes, curries are spice blends, not spices.)”
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