Just when you thought the “perpetually offended” crowd have hit rock bottom, they prove you wrong.
Social justice warriors on guard against “cultural insensitivity” have reached a new low after they smugly attacked The New York Times over a small detail in a restaurant photo.
Yes, girls are being brutalized in the Middle East, human trafficking is rampant in many parts of Asia, and inner cities are failing in our own country… but leftist snowflakes have definitely got their priorities in order: Outrage over food photography.
The drama started when the Times published a dining review (subscription required) of a new restaurant in the Big Apple. “New York Steakhouse Inspired by Asia Opens on Upper East Side,” the headline reported.
It seems innocent enough, right? Wrong. Oh, so hysterically wrong.
According to PJ Media and Huffington Post, the original photo that accompanied the article featured an arrangement of delicacies at the Jade Sixty, which is a combination Asian restaurant and steakhouse.
Two sets of chopsticks were shown in the photo — and that’s where the outrage began.
Liberals on Twitter exploded in phony fury, all because the chopsticks were supposedly placed in a “culturally insensitive” position.
“Was that chopsticks placement also ‘inspired by Asia’,” demanded a verified Twitter user named Wilfred Chan, a leftist journalist whose profile shows that he previously worked for CNN. Over 3,000 users “liked” Chan’s chopstick outrage.
was that chopsticks placement also ‘inspired by asia’ 👀 pic.twitter.com/xG4ixOsOd3
— Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan) December 27, 2017
A pinned tweet on the top of Chan’s feed made his political views obvious. “Are we safe? I wrote about how journalists of color plan to survive,” the hand-wringing post declared, accompanied by a link to a fear-mongering article bemoaning the “dangers” of President Trump.
Other social justice warriors joined in the hysterics. “I’m glad the chopsticks are placed like offerings to the dead,” whined a user with the handle “Chung Guk Panda.”
“I’m sure my ancestors will be excited to eat steak with chopsticks,” he huffed.
In case you didn’t know — we didn’t, either — placing chopsticks in a vertical position is apparently considered bad luck in Japan.
Keen readers will note that the restaurant is not actually in Japan.
“This is an absolute no-no because it’s the way a bowl of rice is offered to the spirit of a dead person, at their deathbed or in front of their photograph on the household Buddhist altar,” explained Just Hungry, a Japanese food website.
It was quite obvious that The Times photographer was simply trying to snap an interesting photo and hadn’t meant any disrespect, but that didn’t stop the snowflakes from melting. One even managed to get upset over the use of the term “inspired by Asia.”
“Inspired by, like, ALL of Asia?” griped the Twitter user. “I don’t see any Indian or Malaysian food on that table. Oh, I forgot. All of Asia is basically the same.”
Ah, of course. A restaurant advertising “Asian food” is now horribly racist unless it serves a dish from every country in the entire Asian continent. We’ve done it: We’ve finally arrived at peak social justice. Everything from here on is just a parody.
For its part, The New York Times appeared to cave to the outrage, and quietly changed the photograph in the article to one with no chopsticks visible.
Well done, leftists. You’ve kept the world safe — and a bit more bitter and miserable — for another day. Bravo.
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