Sunday, November 06, 2016
Must not convey that you find Indian food unpleasant
In a Deepavali-related video by TheSmartLocal, titled “Singaporeans Try: Indian snacks”, its staff were shown making faces while trying “snacks that many of our Indian friends know and love”.
Singaporean poet Marc Nair, who was recently conferred the Young Artist Award, called the video “racist, reductive and revolting” on his Facebook page. “Please don’t foist your ignorance and squeamish responses on the rest of us,” he wrote. Playwright Joel Bertrand Tan lambasted the site for its close-mindedness, calling it “horrible”.
Some Indian snacks are rather strange to non-Indians. I personally enjoy them all. But everyone has their own tastes so why not say what they like? Overall, Indian food is a great success worldwide so Indians can be proud of their cuisine while accepting that not everyone will like all of it.