Today I read that some members of the Black community are calling out the stunningly beautiful Padma Lakshmi, one of the hosts on the Food Network’s, “Top Chef”, for having the audacity to wear her hair in cornrows during the filming of an episode of the show and attending a basketball game in Kentucky. It would seem in the year 2019 in America it is considered by some insensitive nearly to the point of blasphemy for a woman from India to wear her hair in cornrows, a traditional African/African-American hairstyle.
As most of you know I go to great lengths not to offend anyone on this site, especially my very good friends on the Left. I’m NEVER argumentative and I would much rather backdown when confronted with a point of view different from my own. In short, what’s most important to me is to be liked. (super sarc)
In thinking about Ms. Lakshmi’s disgraceful cultural appropriation I came to the conclusion that I must myself “come clean”. In an effort to maintain my image on this site I have something important to admit to my fellow RO contributors.
I am guilty of CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. No, no, it’s true. Not only am I guilty, I have been guilty since leaving Little Axe, Oklahoma to attend Stanford. My God, can you believe it? While growing up just outside of Norman, I was as righteous as the driven snow. Then, I arrived in Palo Alto - and my Midwest value system just went to hell.
You see, I like TACOS. Dammit, there I admitted it. Not just any tacos mind you - I like the ones made with authentic Mexican masa - corn infused dough, freshly rolled out after a bit of water is added and then freshly fried in hot oil - then filled with pork that has been prepared in a hot skillet with finely chopped chilies and a little onion. Yep, I’ve culturally appropriated the hell out of authentic Mexican tacos for over 50 years now.
So, to my many Lefty friends on this site, I must ask - does my cultural appropriation - give you cause to think less of me? If so, I wish to apologize and leave you with this thought:
Kiss my butt!!