US Professor’s tweet slams Indian food as ‘terrible’; Zomato calls for a dislike button
Turns out, calling Indian cuisine ‘terrible’ is indeed a recipe for disaster.
The latest one to join the list is an American professor, Tom Nichols, whose ‘controversial food opinion’ landed him in the middle of a storm. What’s more? The circumstances were so dire that it made food delivery giant, Zomato jump in and ask for a ‘dislike’ button.
It all started with a user, Jon Becker, asking Twitterati to share their controversial food opinions. As expected, netizens poured their heart out on the post and shared views, several of which left Twitter divided.
One user raised a seemingly valid point about walnuts and raisins.
@jonbecker_ Walnuts are gross and pairing them with banana just ruins banana-flavored food. Also, Commonwealth coun… https://t.co/CZHRCN6Sux— Francis (@effemwarner) 1574518670000
While another voiced his concerns over lettuce and why all of us should be brave enough to stop eating it.
@jonbecker_ Lettuce serves no purpose, we just use it because no one is brave enough to stop— Adam MacKinnon (@AdamCMacK) 1574215402000
And then came a tweet from Nichols, that earned him the wrath of desi Twitter.
Indian food is terrible and we pretend it isn’t. https://t.co/NGOUtRUCUN— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) 1574543650000
The gastronomists were offended. So were the connoisseurs and lovers of Indian food. Indians on the micro-blogging platform unanimously questioned if Nichols’s taste buds were doing their job right and wondered how the man could lead a flavourless existence.
The host of the US cooking competition ‘Top Chef’, Padma Lakshmi, slammed the author-professor for his opinions.
Do you not have tastebuds? https://t.co/o2IVYsrr8R— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) 1574570582000
Shashi Tharoor’s son, Ishaan, too, joined the conversation,calling Nichols’s palate ‘stunted’. “So, Indians in Tom’s world are also “pretending” that their cuisine is terrible? Or do they not exist in Tom’s sense of community?”, Tharoor asked.
The thing that gets me here more than the stunted palate is the use of “we.” So, Indians in Tom’s world are also “p… https://t.co/mc8AcizU9T— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) 1574557766000
now would be a good time to launch the dislike button @Twitter https://t.co/GzpmpX1ZG2— Zomato India (@ZomatoIN) 1574662433000
Twitter users came for Nichols in hoards after his tweet went viral.
@RadioFreeTom This opinion is worse than if you’d support trump.— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) 1574562575000
@RadioFreeTom Some people are so mistaken and pretend they aren't.— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) 1574562652000
@RadioFreeTom This condition has a cure via the gastronomic brilliance that Indian food is which itself is vast,var… https://t.co/inokacqklp— Monica Jasuja (@jasuja) 1574559136000
@girinathan "A face that knows no flavour"— Harold Wilson's margarine head (@richardcoops) 1574556783000
@RadioFreeTom Who's this "we"? Also they asked for "controversial opinions", not "wrong opinions" https://t.co/4SB648QmNy— কমরেড শাহাদা | Shad (@shad_chowdhury) 1574550301000
@RadioFreeTom https://t.co/4fzrR0GwiO— Felt (@MrFelt_) 1574561144000
WIth desi Twitter taking Nichols to task, it will be interesting to see if he will defend his views on Indian cuisine.