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Old 12-31-2018, 07:00 AM
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The fact that he may be correct doesn't make his comments not insulting. The fact that Andrew Zimmern is a white man opening a (actually not an "authentic") Chinese restaurant is not insulting.

What IS insulting is Andrew Zimmern criticizing and diminishing the work of people who, unlike himself, do NOT have the luxury of deciding the level of "authenticity" of their restaurants. They are not in position of privilege where they get to make that decision; their businesses are their survival, and the survival of their families, and they produce the food that their customers will buy, period. It's not a pet project, it's their life. There's a reason Chinese takeout joints also sell wings, onion rings, sandwiches and subs, and I promise you it ain't because the proprietors' dream is to one day open a delicatessen. They're in the restaurant game to earn a living any way they can, and the fact that Andrew Zimmern is going to talk shit about what they do, even if he is 100% correct, is massively insulting.