Wednesday, February 01, 2006

In Bad Taste: Racist media of the day

So Seattle is in the Superbowl against the Steelers, and so the obligatory rivalry between the cities is heating up. Of course the mayors of each city have a bet with each other going, as do radio djs, and I imagine a lot of other people.

Well, now the food critics of the Seattle P-I (Hsiao-Ching Chou) and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Marlene Parrish) have a bet going.

Never mind that the bet is grossly lopsided; Hsiao-Ching Chou has put up 5lbs of mussles and 5lbs of wild salmon to Parrish's 5lbs of kielbasa and a nut roll. Seriously, wild salmon vs. kielbasa? Keep your sausages.

Anyway, never mind that. Instead, read Parrish's first paragraph:

Pittsburgh is all about tradition.

It was a booming city when the denizens of Seattle were using bows and arrows. We were building our food traditions before Lewis and Clark trekked to the primitive Northwest.

So I wrote an email in response to Parrish, and CC:'d Chou:

Ms. Parrish,
I found your article to Hsiao-Ching Chou online in the Seattle PI today. I understand that the goal of your challenge is some good natured civic teasing.

Lewis and Clark's journals show that when they came to the Northwest, they wrote they found a native population that was as populous as the American East Coast at the time, a civilization that was much older than your Pittsburgh food traditions. Calling them 'primitive' and hanging your 'bows and arrows' stereotype on us is ignorant and disrespectful. I am not sure if you are meaning to insult the Native Americans or the white settlers who pushed them out; but either way, your comments are distasteful.

Parrish is ignorant on so many levels, it's confusing. But if she wants to belittle our food, why is she going after Native Americans?

I'll tell you why. Because she is pangit.

By the way.... kielbasa? Is that really the best you can do?


sheryl said...

ng daming pangit!

myrna said...

I haven't seen her but my Princess is probably prettier! Hah!