American Professor Says ‘Indian Food is Terrible’ and Twitter Isn’t Having It
A White male professor has gone viral after his tweet critiquing Indian food sparked outrage online.
Tom Nichols, an international affairs professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island, shared his unsolicited opinions regarding “non-American” dishes, especially Indian cuisine, stating that, “Indian food is terrible and we pretend it isn’t.”
“I think people often pretend to like non-American cuisines as a way of showing sophistication,” he continued.
I think people often pretend to like non-American cuisines as a way of showing sophistication. I’m honest enough to say that my mostly Irish taste buds can’t handle whatever it is that is called “Indian” in the US and UK.
You may all continue with your outrage now.
Nichols was responding to a tweet from Jon Becker who originally wrote, “Please quote tweet this with your most controversial food opinion, I love controversial food opinions.”
Nichols ended his series of tweets with, “You may all continue with your outrage now.” And as he had anticipated, backlash ensued shortly, with prominent writer and political activist Shailja Patel calling this incident to be an example of “white male solipsism.”
Trips over himself with eagerness to spew racist bullshit in the name of “I’m going to say something controversial tee hee.”
Then chortles at the clapback: “People are tOuChY.”
Why yes, centuries of colonial slaughter, plunder, and mass starvation tend to have that effect.
Several Twitter users also viewed his words to be blatantly racist and pointed out that his statement was an unfair generalization as India is a diverse country with a wide variety of cuisines.
Tom, you’re a prominent public intellectual. You casually insulted the food, and by extension the culture, of a country of 1.35 billion people, not to mention one that was formerly colonized. It was ignorant on several different levels. It shouldn’t be that hard for you to grasp.
What you’re saying here is so absurdly ignorant that an intelligent response is basically impossible. I’ve shied away from using this phrase, but I think this is as good a time as any to just go ahead and say it. Ok Boomer. #OkBoomer
Celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi also responded to Nichols, asking, “Do you not have tastebuds?”
Democratic politician Saira Rao further explained, “Having white people trash Indian food is extremely triggering as an Indian who has been told that I smell weird, that my food smells weird and that Indians shit on the street which is why everything we are smells bad. My whole life.”
Having white people trash Indian food is extremely triggering as an Indian who has been told that I smell weird, that my food smells weird and that Indians shit on the street which is why everything we are smells bad.
I know why it offended some people and I think they’re being ridiculous. Maybe more of you should read what I wrote today and reflect on why you are such impossibly sensitive souls with such an insatiable appetite for self-referential (and self-reverential) outrage.