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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Top 5 Racist Food Faux Pas

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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By now, you've probably heard about Ben & Jerry's limited-release ice cream flavor, "Taste the Lin-Sanity," which included a lychee swirl and Fortune Cookies. You know, because he's Asian. Because, you know, if he was African-American, Ben and Jerry woulda thought it was a good idea to fill it with watermelon and fried chicken. OH WAIT. Anyway, we live in an incredibly racist world filled with crap like this that happens all the time, and so we thought we'd take a walk down memory lane and see what other fun food campaigns turned out to be just the tiniest bit racist. And by "tiniest bit racist," we mean, Long Duk Dong-level racist.

5. NYPD Cases Muslim Restaurants
Turns out, the NYPD just really loves to keep an eye on Muslim restaurants. Maybe it's because some of them sell donuts? Or maybe it's because they're profiling based on race. One or the other, we guess. Maybe both!

4. Fun with receipts!
Restaurants just can't stop being racist on their receipts. Not only are these people racist, they're also incredibly stupid. Customers get copies of their receipts, brainiacs.

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3. Obama Fried Chicken.
Yep, there was a restaurant called "Obama Fried Chicken." Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the then-new president, an industrious restaurateur renamed his chicken joint, "Obama Fried Chicken." First of all, that doesn't even make sense. And second of all, WHAT?! Finally coming to his senses/bowing to pressure from locals, the restaurant was quickly renamed Popular Fried Chicken. Really creative new name, guy!

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1. Coon Chicken Inn and Sambo's
Not that long ago, entire restaurants used racist language and imagery to sell American fast food. These depressing historic realities are incredibly angry making, and sadly, strongly inform our present. When people are yelling out "Sweet-and-Sour Pork" and "Wonton Soup" at NBA games, we're reminded of exactly how far we haven't come. Everyone better watch it, we're just one short step away from Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus! and tweets at mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie on Twitter: @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.
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