Cultural commentary has come down to pies.
The British publication The Guardian recently published a food article titled “Food injustice: Let’s start with America’s apple pie,” penned by contributor Raj Patel — who questions the origins of apples and sugar in the U.S. and makes the case that they have played a role in creating a negative cultural outcome.
“In the drama of nationalist culture, the bloody and international origins of the apple pie are subject to a collective amnesia. The apple pie is as American as stolen land, wealth and labor,” Mr. Patel wrote in his analysis.
The story garnered considerable reaction.
“Now American apple pie is cancelled. The Guardian links it to the ‘vast and ongoing genocide of indigenous people’, the slave trade and even calls traditional gingham cloth it sits on cultural appropriation,” the Daily Mail — another British news organization — said in its review of the lengthy story.
Though Mr. Patel — who is an American citizen — wrote his analysis last month, it is still reverberating on Twitter and elsewhere, and was picked up in recent global coverage in The Independent, The New York Post, Sputnik News and other news organizations.
“Social media users have continued to target the piece,” The Guardian said, citing a recent tweet from an unnamed author.
“Apple pie is racist too. These people are nuts,” the tweet read.
“Remember when we used to use the phrase ‘the flag, motherhood, and apple pie’ to signify things about which Americans were unified. It is now ‘an offensive symbol of white supremacy’ and ‘birthing people.’” commented Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro in a tweet Tuesday.