Many Twitter users and netizens are livid after a recent episode of Food Network’s “The Pioneer Woman” trashed an “Asian” dish in a subtle racist jab.
According to Eater, what was supposed to be fun segment backfired when host Ree Drummond and her guests made fun of a batch of “Asian Hot Wings” that she pulled out from the oven.
— Thick Dumpling Skin (@dumplingskin) March 6, 2017
In the video clip, the men seemed all but disgusted over some “Asian Hot Wings” and immediately asked where the “real wings” were. Another male guest was heard saying, “I don’t trust them.” But Ree laughed it off and pulled out another tray of “Buffalo Wings” from her oven saying, “I’m just kidding guys, I wouldn’t do that to you.”
It’s unsure whether it was some sort of innocent gaffe or really a racist quip. However, the damage was done and many online users who were able to see the clip reacted negatively about it.
“Why must we watch non-Asian cooks who can’t pronounce ‘Sriracha’ and don’t have a chopstick drawer show us how to make our own dishes? And how come, when they do, we have to watch as their entire family mocks it — like in this episode of The Pioneer Woman?” Thick Dumpling wrote in a post.
To make matters worse, Ree mentioned in a previous episode that her husband likes Buffalo Wings but wants to prank him by serving him an Asian version.
Many Asians also criticized the lack of diversity on the Food Network and some expressed their disappointment by Ree’s behavior.