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2019-03-24 09:13:27 AM  
Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....
 
2019-03-24 10:37:24 AM  
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How to eat invisible watermelon.

 
2019-03-24 10:41:12 AM  
Amazing performer, amazing. Yes he was.

You don't get a free pass everywhere else though.
 
2019-03-24 12:09:19 PM  
Am I to assume that the Watermelon Crawl is also out of vogue now, as the pendulum runs wild
 
2019-03-24 12:11:51 PM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....


Serious question:  How were they stupid?  It was an eating contest created by students to highlight healthy eating.  They wanted to use a fruit and they picked watermelon.  Personally, I think it shows the students went thinking about race at all.
 
2019-03-24 12:13:11 PM  

wrussell1982: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....

Serious question:  How were they stupid?  It was an eating contest created by students to highlight healthy eating.  They wanted to use a fruit and they picked watermelon.  Personally, I think it shows the students went thinking about race at all.


They coulda just said no black kids are allowed to participate because it could appear racist, woulda solved this problem.
 
Ant
2019-03-24 12:20:35 PM  
Black people are never allowed to eat watermelon ever again.
 
2019-03-24 12:21:15 PM  

Starkaryen: wrussell1982: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....

Serious question:  How were they stupid?  It was an eating contest created by students to highlight healthy eating.  They wanted to use a fruit and they picked watermelon.  Personally, I think it shows the students went thinking about race at all.

They coulda just said no black kids are allowed to participate because it could appear racist, woulda solved this problem.


That would've looked even more racist to me, since it's an African American majority school and area. But that's just my opinion and I'm in no way, shape, or form an expert on anything but being chubby.
 
2019-03-24 12:27:04 PM  

wrussell1982: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....

Serious question:  How were they stupid?  It was an eating contest created by students to highlight healthy eating.  They wanted to use a fruit and they picked watermelon.  Personally, I think it shows the students went thinking about race at all.


While to me it does sounds like the story of no one thinking things through, I do wonder if the best way to highlight healthy eating is picking a food and then doing the most American thing possible and saying "NOW CONSUME TO ABSOLUTE EXCESS TO WIN!"
 
2019-03-24 12:28:04 PM  

wrussell1982: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....

Serious question:  How were they stupid?  It was an eating contest created by students to highlight healthy eating.  They wanted to use a fruit and they picked watermelon.  Personally, I think it shows the students went thinking about race at all.


Watermelon is kinda like hot dogs in that it's an easy food to put away quickly, so it's a common contest food.
 
2019-03-24 01:07:39 PM  
I love watermelon. As a kid I could probably (I think I did) eat half a watermelon on my own.

As a non-American the black people love watermelon stereotype always seemed weird to me because almost everyone I've ever met in my life (except for 2 people) loves watermelon. It's the first fruit to disappear on a fruit platter. It's just nice and refreshing.
 
2019-03-24 01:33:02 PM  

Ant: Black people are never allowed to eat watermelon ever again.


Only when white liberals tell them it's okay..
 
2019-03-24 01:47:25 PM  
Bedstead Polisher:
As a non-American the black people love watermelon stereotype always seemed weird to me because almost everyone I've ever met in my life (except for 2 people) loves watermelon. It's the first fruit to disappear on a fruit platter. It's just nice and refreshing.

My wife doesn't like watermelon or any other type of melon for that matter. It was almost a deal-breaker.  20+ years later I still give her the suspicious eye about it.
 
2019-03-24 01:49:42 PM  
What I want to know is did they have to pay to be in the contest?
 
2019-03-24 01:57:24 PM  
https://www.abc27.com/news/local/harr​i​sburg/steel-high-parents-offended-by-w​atermelon-eating-contest/1869750055

> "The matter itself and what happened was still very, very racially insensitive," James Hatcher said. "It caused my nephew to feel so bad that he asked to go to the bathroom."
Hatcher's Facebook post about the incident garnered hundreds of comments.


was the nephew "pissed off" and believes that phrase only has a literal meaning? Or did he need a place to hide and have a good cry?
 
2019-03-24 02:00:32 PM  
Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language
 
2019-03-24 02:14:30 PM  

SBinRR: Bedstead Polisher:
As a non-American the black people love watermelon stereotype always seemed weird to me because almost everyone I've ever met in my life (except for 2 people) loves watermelon. It's the first fruit to disappear on a fruit platter. It's just nice and refreshing.

My wife doesn't like watermelon or any other type of melon for that matter. It was almost a deal-breaker.  20+ years later I still give her the suspicious eye about it.


My sister-in-law is the same. For a while she refused to eat any melon, which was weird to me. But I have seen her eat a bite of watermelon "Let me try. I haven't eaten this in years." And she tried a melon salad my family makes with honeydew, olive oil, vinegar, salt+pepper. She actually really enjoyed that. Otherwise she won't touch any melon.

So I don't blame you one bit for giving her the suspicious eye. It's like saying you hate to laugh or something.
 
2019-03-24 03:07:02 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: I love watermelon. As a kid I could probably (I think I did) eat half a watermelon on my own.

As a non-American the black people love watermelon stereotype always seemed weird to me because almost everyone I've ever met in my life (except for 2 people) loves watermelon. It's the first fruit to disappear on a fruit platter. It's just nice and refreshing.


This and I'm black. Hispanics and people of the Caribbean  actually eat way more watermelon than any other groups. They farking mastered it.
 
2019-03-24 03:18:45 PM  
A few stereo types

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2019-03-24 03:25:47 PM  

wrussell1982: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....

Serious question:  How were they stupid?  It was an eating contest created by students to highlight healthy eating.  They wanted to use a fruit and they picked watermelon.  Personally, I think it shows the students went thinking about race at all.


I think it's a certain innocence.  The old Popeyes, Betty Boops and other cartoons showing the black stereotypes are not easy to find without searching.  They probably had no idea of the history.

Their teachers should have told them.  Spoiling the fun is their specialty, and administrators should expect to be scolds.

The students' parents DID know.

CSB:  Purdue's student section has the occasional blackout, when the students wear black and paint their faces black...even some of the African-Americans join in.  Meanwhile people of a certain age ask themselves if this is innocence or ignorance.
 
2019-03-24 03:55:16 PM  
Other things black people can no longer do because it's a racist stereotype:

eat fried chicken
wear gold chains and baggy trousers
be poor
be homeless
be on welfare
smoke weed
talk really fast in rhyme
be pulled over by white cops
go to prison
convert to Islam
play basketball
shoot a gun sideways
sell drugs and/or women
player hate
 
2019-03-24 04:06:50 PM  
"We're in Steelton. This is a majority African American community," Raye said. "Most of the students that go here are African American. The numbers were just in the favor of the people being picked were African American."

Oh sure, if you happen pick only black students from your majority black school to eat watermelon, that's fine.  But if I "happen" to pick only white jurors from this majority white town for your trial, that's "racist".
 
2019-03-24 04:13:38 PM  

berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language


I've never understood the fried chicken stereotype.  I'm German/Irish and get sunburned in the shade, and I will eat fried chicken until it kills me. I don't know any white people who DON'T love fried chicken.
 
2019-03-24 04:35:32 PM  

Exile On Beale Street: berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language

I've never understood the fried chicken stereotype.  I'm German/Irish and get sunburned in the shade, and I will eat fried chicken until it kills me. I don't know any white people who DON'T love fried chicken.


I've knowingly met a total of three people that didn't like it, out of quite a range of skin colors.  One hated chicken in general, regardless of form.  Another just hated fried food, once again regardless of form.  Third I have no idea, he didn't say why.  That's out of... I don't even know how many people?  Heard a lot of "Well maybe it's this..." on the historical origins of the stereotype, but nothing definitive really - some stereotypes just seem to spontaneously generate because people decide they want one to use on someone.  It does show up in Birth of a Nation, but it was apparently already pretty ubiquitous by then.

/somewhat ironic aside
//for the racists anyway
///when people have actually done demographics on watermelon purchase, African Americans generally buy less watermelon than most other groups.  Like the bottom 1/3 of the spread somewhere
 
2019-03-24 05:46:35 PM  

berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language


^^^This^^^

Watermelon, fried chicken, refried beans, rice, mayonnaise, curry, borscht, tuna casserole, matzo-ball soup....all of these things are f*cking delicious.

It'll be a good day when we can all eat anything we like without biatching about it.
 
2019-03-24 08:20:48 PM  

Exile On Beale Street: berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language

I've never understood the fried chicken stereotype.  I'm German/Irish and get sunburned in the shade, and I will eat fried chicken until it kills me. I don't know any white people who DON'T love fried chicken.


It's not a black stereotype insomuch as it is a poor/south stereotype (of which a predominant percentage of poor southern people are black).

Chicken is the cheapest source of animal-based protein on the market. Most poor people cannot afford any meat above the price range of chicken so that's all they eat. And deep fried food is practically a southern delicacy -- they deep fry everything.

So you put the two together: Southern culinary customs (read: deep fried), of which black people are familiar with, and poultry based meal plans, of which black people can afford, and that produces the stereotype. If you live in the south and you get invited to a black family's home for dinner, you know they'll be serving fried chicken.

Which I also have no problems with because deep fried chicken is farking delicious.
 
2019-03-24 08:23:31 PM  

Yamaneko2: I think it's a certain innocence.  The old Popeyes, Betty Boops and other cartoons showing the black stereotypes are not easy to find without searching.  They probably had no idea of the history.

Their teachers should have told them.  Spoiling the fun is their specialty, and administrators should expect to be scolds.

The students' parents DID know.


...and?  This ain't like Covington Catholic where they knew exactly what they were doing, enough to be able to cash in on playing the victims themselves. The kids honestly had no idea, and it's only bad through other peoples' interpretation (which we need a little less of; sometimes a watermelon is just a watermelon).
 
2019-03-24 08:29:05 PM  

Yamaneko2: wrussell1982: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....

Serious question:  How were they stupid?  It was an eating contest created by students to highlight healthy eating.  They wanted to use a fruit and they picked watermelon.  Personally, I think it shows the students went thinking about race at all.

I think it's a certain innocence.  The old Popeyes, Betty Boops and other cartoons showing the black stereotypes are not easy to find without searching.  They probably had no idea of the history.

Their teachers should have told them.  Spoiling the fun is their specialty, and administrators should expect to be scolds.

The students' parents DID know.

CSB:  Purdue's student section has the occasional blackout, when the students wear black and paint their faces black...even some of the African-Americans join in.  Meanwhile people of a certain age ask themselves if this is innocence or ignorance.


Some people can actually distinguish the difference between wearing blackface and painting your face black
 
2019-03-24 08:34:18 PM  

Exile On Beale Street: berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language

I've never understood the fried chicken stereotype.  I'm German/Irish and get sunburned in the shade, and I will eat fried chicken until it kills me. I don't know any white people who DON'T love fried chicken.


I don't like breaded fried chicken.

Well, I like lightly breaded fried chicken.  When the breading to chicken starts to get equal, fark that noise.

/also fark KFC, if I wanted to eat a ball of grease, I'd be going to Wendy's
 
2019-03-24 08:40:03 PM  

Bonzo_1116: berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language

^^^This^^^

Watermelon, fried chicken, refried beans, rice, mayonnaise, curry, borscht, tuna casserole, matzo-ball soup....all of these things are f*cking delicious.

It'll be a good day when we can all eat anything we like without biatching about it.


I think I was like 15 or 16 when I said, hey, we're farking Polish, why do we make a point of eating corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day?

Then I said, hey, we're not Catholic, so why do we observe Lent and only eat fish?

And so on...

And I got the same response every time:  Because it's delicious and it's as good an excuse as any to eat delicious food.

Worked for me.

/where is the holiday where everyone eats kielbasa and sauerkraut, or a big steaming plate of pierogie and sauteed onion?
 
2019-03-24 08:59:53 PM  

Mister Peejay: I don't like breaded fried chicken.

Well, I like lightly breaded fried chicken. When the breading to chicken starts to get equal, fark that noise.

/also fark KFC, if I wanted to eat a ball of grease, I'd be going to Wendy's


KFC doesn't bread their chicken. It's spices mixed with flour.
 
2019-03-24 09:02:40 PM  

Mister Peejay: Bonzo_1116: berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language

^^^This^^^

Watermelon, fried chicken, refried beans, rice, mayonnaise, curry, borscht, tuna casserole, matzo-ball soup....all of these things are f*cking delicious.

It'll be a good day when we can all eat anything we like without biatching about it.

I think I was like 15 or 16 when I said, hey, we're farking Polish, why do we make a point of eating corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day?

Then I said, hey, we're not Catholic, so why do we observe Lent and only eat fish?

And so on...

And I got the same response every time:  Because it's delicious and it's as good an excuse as any to eat delicious food.

Worked for me.

/where is the holiday where everyone eats kielbasa and sauerkraut, or a big steaming plate of pierogie and sauteed onion?


Kielbasa + anything is so tasty and simple to prepare it doesn't require a holiday.

Just eat it and feel lucky.
 
2019-03-24 09:13:58 PM  

Ishkur: Mister Peejay: I don't like breaded fried chicken.

Well, I like lightly breaded fried chicken. When the breading to chicken starts to get equal, fark that noise.

/also fark KFC, if I wanted to eat a ball of grease, I'd be going to Wendy's

KFC doesn't bread their chicken. It's spices mixed with flour.


That's breading
 
2019-03-24 09:16:22 PM  

Ishkur: Mister Peejay: I don't like breaded fried chicken.

Well, I like lightly breaded fried chicken. When the breading to chicken starts to get equal, fark that noise.

/also fark KFC, if I wanted to eat a ball of grease, I'd be going to Wendy's

KFC doesn't bread their chicken. It's spices mixed with flour.


I know.  I just needed to point out fark KFC.
 
2019-03-24 09:17:15 PM  

Ishkur: Southern culinary customs (read: deep fried)


I had roommates from Mississippi for a while. They would put four pans of hot oil on the stove to make dinner. Fried fish, fried okra, fried chicken, and french fries would be a typical meal.
 
2019-03-24 09:28:52 PM  

chitownmike: Ishkur: Mister Peejay: I don't like breaded fried chicken.

Well, I like lightly breaded fried chicken. When the breading to chicken starts to get equal, fark that noise.

/also fark KFC, if I wanted to eat a ball of grease, I'd be going to Wendy's

KFC doesn't bread their chicken. It's spices mixed with flour.

That's breading


No, breading is rolling it in actual bread (crumbs). Makes the skin thicker and mushier -- think fish sticks and chicken fingers.
 
2019-03-24 10:10:40 PM  
If you don't like fired chicken and watermelon, I don't want to talk to you.
 
2019-03-24 10:24:26 PM  

jaytkay: Ishkur: Southern culinary customs (read: deep fried)

I had roommates from Mississippi for a while. They would put four pans of hot oil on the stove to make dinner. Fried fish, fried okra, fried chicken, and french fries would be a typical meal.


Cheap meat, cheap veggies, potato... sounds pretty slav to me.

The last thing I fried in a pan of oil was cheburek.  It was good, although it is also pure artery putty.
 
2019-03-24 11:30:20 PM  

Bonzo_1116: Mister Peejay: Bonzo_1116: berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language

^^^This^^^

Watermelon, fried chicken, refried beans, rice, mayonnaise, curry, borscht, tuna casserole, matzo-ball soup....all of these things are f*cking delicious.

It'll be a good day when we can all eat anything we like without biatching about it.

I think I was like 15 or 16 when I said, hey, we're farking Polish, why do we make a point of eating corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day?

Then I said, hey, we're not Catholic, so why do we observe Lent and only eat fish?

And so on...

And I got the same response every time:  Because it's delicious and it's as good an excuse as any to eat delicious food.

Worked for me.

/where is the holiday where everyone eats kielbasa and sauerkraut, or a big steaming plate of pierogie and sauteed onion?

Kielbasa + anything is so tasty and simple to prepare it doesn't require a holiday.

Just eat it and feel lucky.


My step family has a New Year's Day tradition of eating roast pork, sauerkraut and black eyed peas. As I understand it, it's a Pennsylvania Dutch thing for luck.

It's not bad, I just wish they weren't so averse to seasoning. Their cooking is usually painfully bland.
 
2019-03-24 11:59:37 PM  
Everything is offensive to everyone nowadays.
 
2019-03-25 01:37:53 AM  

Ishkur: chitownmike: Ishkur: Mister Peejay: I don't like breaded fried chicken.

Well, I like lightly breaded fried chicken. When the breading to chicken starts to get equal, fark that noise.

/also fark KFC, if I wanted to eat a ball of grease, I'd be going to Wendy's

KFC doesn't bread their chicken. It's spices mixed with flour.

That's breading

No, breading is rolling it in actual bread (crumbs). Makes the skin thicker and mushier -- think fish sticks and chicken fingers.


Mushier? WTF?
 
2019-03-25 03:14:52 AM  

Pancoaifo: Bonzo_1116: Mister Peejay: Bonzo_1116: berylman: Some stereotypes just need to go away and never made any sense in the first place.
Good food is basically a universal human language

^^^This^^^

Watermelon, fried chicken, refried beans, rice, mayonnaise, curry, borscht, tuna casserole, matzo-ball soup....all of these things are f*cking delicious.

It'll be a good day when we can all eat anything we like without biatching about it.

I think I was like 15 or 16 when I said, hey, we're farking Polish, why do we make a point of eating corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day?

Then I said, hey, we're not Catholic, so why do we observe Lent and only eat fish?

And so on...

And I got the same response every time:  Because it's delicious and it's as good an excuse as any to eat delicious food.

Worked for me.

/where is the holiday where everyone eats kielbasa and sauerkraut, or a big steaming plate of pierogie and sauteed onion?

Kielbasa + anything is so tasty and simple to prepare it doesn't require a holiday.

Just eat it and feel lucky.

My step family has a New Year's Day tradition of eating roast pork, sauerkraut and black eyed peas. As I understand it, it's a Pennsylvania Dutch thing for luck.

It's not bad, I just wish they weren't so averse to seasoning. Their cooking is usually painfully bland.


Same here in Kentucky. Just replace the general roast pork with hog jowl, the sauerkraut with fried cabbage, and use the grease from said jowl to fry the cabbage.

It's alright enough, on it's own, but it the whole idea needs work.
 
2019-03-25 08:49:05 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Whatever the intent, how goddamn stupid do you have to be to organize something like this in this day and age? Jesus....


Why, are watermelons riskier than they used to be?

\only such contest I've ever seen involved only white people
\\I wish my stereotype were fried chicken and watermelon
\\\I'd be: "And?"
 
2019-03-25 08:50:15 AM  

SBinRR: My wife doesn't like watermelon or any other type of melon for that matter.


A-cup-like typing detected.
 
2019-03-25 08:52:20 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: I've knowingly met a total of three people that didn't like it, out of quite a range of skin colors.  One hated chicken in general, regardless of form.  Another just hated fried food, once again regardless of form.


Ahh, you met a vegan and a crossfitter.

They don't count as people.
 
2019-03-25 08:53:42 AM  

Pancoaifo: My step family has a New Year's Day tradition of eating roast pork, sauerkraut and black eyed peas. As I understand it, it's a Pennsylvania Dutch thing for luck.

It's not bad, I just wish they weren't so averse to seasoning. Their cooking is usually painfully bland.


Que?
 
2019-03-25 10:13:46 AM  
I don't know, I think if you see black people eating watermelon, and you think its racist.
You are probably the racist.
 
2019-03-25 11:40:45 AM  

mrsleep: I don't know, I think if you see black people eating watermelon, and you think its racist.
You are probably the racist.


THIS.
 
2019-03-25 11:48:05 AM  

kdawg7736: mrsleep: I don't know, I think if you see black people eating watermelon, and you think its racist.
You are probably the racist.

THIS.


that
 
2019-03-25 01:42:09 PM  

This text is now purple: Pancoaifo: My step family has a New Year's Day tradition of eating roast pork, sauerkraut and black eyed peas. As I understand it, it's a Pennsylvania Dutch thing for luck.

It's not bad, I just wish they weren't so averse to seasoning. Their cooking is usually painfully bland.

Que?


Yes, there is bland sauerkraut out there. No bite to it and that's what my family prefers. Mostly store bought stuff.
 
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