Social media users have lashed out at the ‘woke cancel culture mob’ now torn into one of America’s most iconic symbols – the apple pie.
People took to Twitter on Tuesday over an article in The Guardian condemning the all-American treat as being linked to “a massive and ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples.”
The piece, titled “Food Injustice Has Deep Roots: Let’s Start With America’s Apple Pie” by author Raj Patel, claims the pie has “bloody origins” and is “as American as stolen land, wealth and labor.”
Social media users have struck at the ‘woke cancel culture mob’ now torn into one of America’s most iconic symbols – the apple pie
It was first published on May 1, but the piece gained more attention after conservative commentator Ben Shapiro sarcastically tweeted that apple pie is now the only part of the phrase ‘the flag, motherhood and the apple pie’ that is ‘still good’. is in today’s society.
“I remember we used the phrase ‘the flag, motherhood and apple pie’ to denote things Americans were united about,” he tweeted Tuesday.
It is now ‘an offensive symbol of white supremacy’ and ‘born people’. So I think we’re still good with apple pie.”
Shapiro appeared to be getting involved in the debate about political correctness and ‘wokeism’ after the publication of Joe Biden’s 2022 budget proposal this week.
The proposal has adopted a more gender-neutral language, using the term ‘people in labor’ to replace the word ‘mothers’.
Progressives argue that the terminology is more inclusive for transgender people, but it sparked some resistance from conservatives, such as Shapiro.
However, Shapiro appears to have been unaware of the Guardian piece.
The Guardian piece, titled ‘Food injustice has deep roots: Let’s start with America’s apple pie’, claims the pie has ‘bloody origins’ and is ‘as American as stolen land, wealth and labor’
A social media user was quick to point out that the apple pie shouldn’t be exempt from political correctness either, replying to his tweet with a link to The Guardian piece.
Other social media users chimed in with the piece saying that “apple pie is also racist.”
“According to The Guardian (London), apple pie is also racist. These people are crazy,” one person tweeted.
‘Oh FF. Is apple pie under attack now? Well, it’s the Guardian. Lol,” another added.
One person tweeted: ‘Sorry, the article should have been titled ‘Going for the Gold in the Repression Olympics’. Of course gold is also problematic, I’m sure of that.’
“That’s why we can’t have nice things,” interrupted another.
Others reacted to the piece last month when it was published with a person accusing the “woke cancel culture mob” of trying to “destroy everything American.”
The ‘woke’ #CancelCulture crowd is trying to destroy everything American and/or good. Now go after ‘Apple Pie,’” one wrote.
The piece received renewed attention when Ben Shapiro tweeted that apple pie is now the only part of the phrase “the flag, motherhood and apple pie” that is “still good” amid political correctness. A social media user responded to his tweet with a link to The Guardian’s piece
‘The Guardian, ‘Food injustice has deep roots: let’s start with America’s apple pie.’ It’s so absurd that it sounds like a parody of #CancelCulture. No luck…’
However, other social media users agreed that the apple pie’s past is problematic.
‘The apple was brought to America by European settlers. So yes, apple pie is racist,” one wrote.
‘Apple pie is made with apples, which is a fruit like a cherry & George Washington cut down a cherry tree & he owned slaves, which makes him a racist. So apple pie can no longer say ‘America’, wrote another.
The article begins by detailing how the apple pie is immediately recognized as an American symbol.
“A sugar-crusted apple pie resting on gingham cloth cools on the windowsill of a Midwestern ranch. Nothing is more American. Officially American.
“The Department of Defense once had the cake in an online collection of American symbols, alongside Uncle Sam and cowboys,” it reads.
The author then lists the key ingredients of the pie, accusing America of “amnesia” when it comes to the history behind a dish.
The article writes that apples originally came to the western world from Central Asia as part of a “massive and ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples.”
Others fell against what the piece suggested that “apple pie is racist” and accused the “awakened mob” of trying to “destroy everything American”
Others got excited about the piece last month when it was published with a person accusing the “woke cancel culture mob” of trying to “destroy everything American”
The recipe, it goes on to say, originated in English, where apple trees became a symbol of land tenure after it was adopted from indigenous communities.
Both the sugar and gingham are linked to the slave trade, the article says, with the latter “laying the foundation of finance, police, and government that made the United States.”
In the drama of nationalist culture, the bloody and international origin of the apple pie is subject to a collective amnesia.
“In the imagination of the American community, the dish is transformed into a symbol of domesticity.”
It also focuses on another American ingredient, the burger, as a symbol of the country’s “struggle for justice.”
“America’s red meat republic has long been the arena for the fight for justice,” it reads.
However, other social media users agreed that the apple pie past is problematic
“This is true even for the most iconic job in beef production, the one alongside apple pie at the United States Department of Defense’s largest American iconography: cowboys.”
The author argues that the iconic food America is known for is rooted in inequalities in the nations’ food systems, from low wages and tips in the service sector to land tenure and food injustice among racial minorities.
However, the history of the American food system has always been a struggle. “Food justice” is a term that is only understandable because oppressed and exploited communities have organized for redress against the predations of American capitalism,” it reads.
Americans have long made the apple pie their own dish, and it has cemented its status as part of the national culture.
The country’s first cookbook, American Cookery, featured two recipes for the sweet treat, and World War II soldiers would proudly say they fought for “mommy and apple pie.”
The saying “as American as apple pie” goes back centuries to express quintessential patriotism.