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Washington Post writer apologizes after Indian food controversy

A Washington Post writer found himself in hot water after his article You can’t make me eat these foods,” mocked Indian food. In the original article by Gene Weingarten, he described Indian food as “the only ethnic cuisine in the world insanely based entirely on one spice,” reports Asamnews. The article was about Gene’s dislike of certain foods.

“If you like Indian curries, yay, you like one of India’s most popular class of dishes! If you think Indian curries taste like something that could knock a vulture off a meat wagon, you do not like a lot of Indian food,” Weingarten wrote.

This didn’t sit well with the South East Asian community and Weingarten was caught in a social media storm. They weren’t mad Weingarten disliked Indian food but rather because he reduced Indian food to a spice.

However, Weingarten initially doubled down on his stance and tweeted that he went to an Indian restaurant and that he still despised it because of the herbs and spices.

“Took a lot of blowback for my dislike of Indian food in today’s column so tonight I went to Rasika, DC’s best Indian restaurant,” he wrote. “Food was beautifully prepared yet still swimming with the herbs & spices I most despise. I take nothing back.”

But by Monday, Gene Weingarten issued an apology via Twitter.

“From start to finish plus the illo, the column was about what a whining infantile ignorant d—head I am,” Weingarten said. “I should have named a single Indian dish, not the whole cuisine, & I do see how that broad-brush was insulting. Apologies. (Also, yes, curries are spice blends, not spices.)”

Consequently, the Washington Post edited his article and issued a correction.

“A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Indian cuisine is based on one spice, curry, and that Indian food is made up only of curries, types of stew. In fact, India’s vastly diverse cuisines use many spice blends and include many other types of dishes. The article has been corrected.”

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