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Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten apologizes for insulting Indian cuisine in column
In the August 19 article titled “You Can’t Make Me Eat These Foods,” Weingarten reviewed a number of foods he’s turned his nose on, such as Old Bay Seasoning, Hazelnuts and anchovies, among others. Regarding Indian food, he wrote that “If you like Indian curries, yes you like Indian food!

The illustration at the top of the column shows a mustached man in a bib literally turning his nose to a spoonful of food offered to him.

“I don’t understand, as a culinary principle,” he added. “It’s as if the French passed a law requiring every dish to be covered with mashed and mashed snails.”

These statements drew negative reactions, with critics claiming they were inaccurate and contemptuous. Native American author and model Padma Lakshmi, who hosts Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Hulu’s “Taste the Nation”, tweeted, “What’s in White Nonsense ™ ️?” Native American actress and screenwriter Mindy Kaling tweeted, “You don’t like a kitchen? Good. But it’s so weird to feel proud not to like a kitchen. You can calmly not like something too.”

Weingarten tweeted an apology on Monday and admitted his column was “insulting.”

“From start to finish, plus the illo, the column was about being a childish, whiny idiot”, Weingarten tweeted. “I should have named just one Indian dish, not the whole cuisine, and I see how insulting that brush was. Apologies. (Plus, yes, curries are a mixture of spices, not spices. .) “

After this story was published, Weingarten told CNN Business that he believed “people wouldn’t take this column seriously because I didn’t take myself seriously.”

“It was a miscalculation, and what I realize I hadn’t realized before – I should have – is that the Indian food article was different from all the others,” said he added. “All the others were specific foods. Ironically, I didn’t condemn any ethnic cuisine, and I think that made it stand out. I understand why people are upset about it.”

The Post also amended the column with a correction at the top and removed the inaccuracies.

“A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Indian cuisine is based on one spice, curry, and Indian food is all about curries, types of stews,” the correction says. “In fact, the very diverse cuisines of India use many spice blends and include many other types of dishes. The article has been corrected.”

A Post spokesperson declined to comment beyond sharing the correction.


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