Oh no they di-in't!


By GottaLaff
UPDATE HERE. Video of the chef that clears a lot of things up.

What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by serving up a steaming plateful of stereotype?

NBCU employee Questlove is bringing it to the attention of his 1 million plus Twitter followers.


Questlove, the band leader and drummer for The Roots (the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) tweeted this picture from the NBC Commissary at 30 Rock, with the comment: “Hmm HR?”

Oh, but don't worry your pretty little head about it:

Apparently, not everyone was offended by it. They're just apologizing to those of us who were.

Oh sorry. Apologized for anyone who was offended. Not only are they insensitive, they're illiterate, too.

Good thing they removed it before only a million of us saw it. Whew! Close call.

Brought to you by the very same group that makes Al Franken a little jittery.

UPDATE: The apology came from someone who has a grand total of 9 followers on Twitter. I'm guessing it won't be too effective.

H/t: Misha 1234, Raine 1967

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  • Bruno

    Perhaps because I am an outsider, I am at a loss to understand why this menu has caused such a stir. I am aware that the roots of racism and any current day expression of it are deep, nuanced and personal to every individual, so I am not questioning the need to be ever vigilant. What I can't fathom is why a menu honouring one of the faces of African American culture is construed to be racist. If you were celebrating Chinese history month, for example, would a menu of Peking duck, shrimp in black bean sauce, spring rolls and Shanghai noodles be interpreted as an exhibition of racism, overt or otherwise? Perhaps, if this question could be answered for me, I would have a better grasp of this very complex and sensitive issue. In the meantime all this talk of yummy food has given me a huge craving - does anyone know the number for Ho Lee Chow Chinese Take-out and Delivery?

  • GrrrlRomeo

    Okay, I get it. Soul food is offensive. And we should not connect Soul food to African American history.

  • Thomas

    Are you serious? When I lived in Arizona, a professor of mine said something that was profoundly moving. She was from North Mexico, so as to have some background. She stated that "Mexican" had become a dirty word. Not from a stand point of usage, but rather the rejecting of usage. She said that people today are more comfortable saying "Spanish" because they don't want to offend. But that IS their identity. They ARE Mexican. Why is that offensive???

    Last night Olbermann was talking about a Bolivian tourist trap that allowed people to light sticks of dinamite and then he mentioned burritos. Now that is errant. Burritos are neither here nor there in Bolivia. They are "Tex-Mex" cuisine.

    So, speaking of cuisine and keeping in mind the historical influences of Southern culture (which include West African aspects), how in the word could anyone find collards, black-eyed peas, fried chicken, okra, etc to be racist?

    It depends on TONE! As a student of anthropology, I find the mocking racism light masquerading as Modern PC mentality to be a diservice to race relations in this country. We should embrace cultural realities - never mocking - otherwise we are doomed to live in an odd black-and-white (no pun intended) world where cultural pride becomes racism and racism goes for comedy.

  • Onray

    I'm black and Minnie's cool with me. Just sayin'. Oh and that menu looked really good too. 🙂

  • Laura

    I'm cool as hell. I'm actually laughing at this hissy fit. I don't think I said I was offended, never said you were racist. I just think it's ironic to fight a stereotype, with a sterotype.

    Hell, I have that magnet on my fridge at home, but it says "Save the drama for your mama"

    Even if I've gone back and read every single blog you've ever written in your life, this one would get the same reaction. And I'm allowed to feel however I see fit. You don't have to agree with me. I don't mean to hurt your feelings and if I did I'm sorry.

  • GottaLaff

    And you did just that.

    I've used that same cartoon over and over, and have many black readers. Two that I know of commented in this thread, in fact.

    None has ever taken offense, nor did any of us ever think it was a stereotype at all.

    So maybe it's you who needs to calm down. You approached me, remember?

  • Laura

    I didn't think you're mocking African Americans, I just think it's ironic that you pointed out NBC's food sterotype by using a Black caricature (it is NOT Minnie Mouse, lmao) being sassy and using slang...which in and of itself is a stereotype.

    You need to calm down. I honestly don't care if you're Black-friendly or people think you're Black, if you WERE Black, I'd make the same comment I did on Twitter

  • GottaLaff

    Just a guess, but I bet you forgot I was white for an hour.

  • Clancy

    And, so articulate! You really don't use the dialect unless you want to.

  • GottaLaff

    I'm a "light skinned Negro". Sorry, should have told you.

    I wanna scream.

  • Dr. President

    My man Questo! Love him! I've been on his site, okayplayer.com, for 10 years! 🙂

  • Clancy

    OMG! You're not black?!

    I'm also with Paprikapink, at $7.50, this lunch was a bargain for Manhattan.

  • GottaLaff

    I just got this Tweet:

    "wait a minute, you're trying to call out NBC for sterotyping Blacks by using a picture of a sassy Black girl using slang? #fail"

    My response was that Minnie Mouse wasn't a problem for me, and that it was humor/parody.

    WTF? Seriously, does she even read my stuff? Readers have asked me if I'm black (and gay), and she thinks I'm mocking African Americans?

    Good grief.

  • Paprikapink

    That sounds to me like a damned good lunch. I hope even tho they are taking the sign down they are still serving the food.

  • T1

    the only thing they're missing from this lunch of champions is grape kool aid and a white woman

  • jazzguyal

    I guess words have meaning.

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  • Clancy

    Too soon?

  • Clancy

    I can hardly believe that in 2010 the old Black people only drink Aquafina stereotype is still alive and well. It's truly sad.