Jonathan Kay: I’ll miss Taste of the Danforth, but not the ‘woke’ lectures on cultural appropriation

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The accusation rocketed around woke Twitter for a day until — surprise, surprise — the business was canceled

On Wednesday, the young journalist, we’ll call her Karen, tweeted out a long thread about “a white-owned trendy spot …selling bone broth across from golden turtle pho. also sexualizing ‘jerk’ sauce and pho hot sauce and making ‘superfood dumplings’ for profit? y’all im sick.” Karen, who also accused the white woman who owns the business of undermining Asians who “literally fight daily for legitimacy,” was tweeting from a private account, and it isn’t clear what race-metric benchmarks she was using to measure the owner’s blood quantum. But the accusation rocketed around woke Twitter for a day until — surprise, surprise — the business was canceled.

In a Thursday “update,” Karen (and to be clear, that’s not her name) spiked the football, triumphantly declaring that the white woman’s food kiosk is being canceled “immediately.” She also helpfully posted a note from the grovelling business owner who’d hosted the kiosk, expressing appreciation for being publicly humiliated: “We saw your tweet yesterday and have been working since to make these necessary changes…thank you for calling us into this conversation.”

Taste of the Danforth celebrated its 26th anniversary from August 9-11th in Toronto on Saturday August 10, 2019. Photo by Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

We have all been through this type of culture-war battle many times over the last few years. The front lines are static, and it’s doubtful that I’ll be able to get anyone to switch sides. If you’re someone who, like Karen, truly believes that stripping food-service workers of their livelihood during a pandemic recession is justified by the need for ethnically purified dumplings and bone broth, I can’t help you.

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