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Celeb chef Jamie Oliver is seriously vilified over a rice dish, accused of cultural appropriation

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The level of absurdity with the left on what is and isn’t politically correct seems to know no bounds.

A British celebrity chef is defending himself after being accused of cultural appropriation – over a rice recipe.

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Television chef and restaurant owner, Jamie Oliver, has set off a liberal meltdown with his “punchy jerk rice,” getting even a Member of Parliament to complain on Twitter that it was a case of cultural appropriation and “needs to stop.”

At the center of the controversy is a microwavable rice product which Oliver named after the Jamaican marinade which critics say does not contain many of the traditional jerk ingredients.

“I’ve worked with flavors and spices from all over the world my whole career, learning and drawing inspiration from different countries and cultures to give a fresh twist to the food we eat every day,” Oliver said in a statement, according to The Independent.

“When I named the rice, my intention was only to show where my inspiration came from,” he said.

According to the Independent:

Most variations of jerk marinade contain allspice and scotch bonnet peppers and often cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and salt.

Oliver’s rice mixes garlic, ginger and jalapenos “to create a jerk marinade with attitude.”


Celebrity chef Levi Roots called Oliver’s decision to launch his jerk rice recipe “a mistake” as the topic was discussed on “Good Morning Britain.”

“Which bit of his rice is wrong, again?” Zoe Williams wrote in an op-ed published The Guardian Wednesday. “That he would use seasoning that originated in another culture; that he would get the seasoning wrong; or that he would misapply it to the wrong ingredient, ‘jerk’ being intended for meat, not rice? What do the liberals want?”

Williams slammed the move by Oliver as “another inequality story.”

“But what people are angry about isn’t the homely cross-pollination of one tasty thing with another, but that a person who is already minted is making a load of money out of a bastardised version of something, while the people who eat the authentic dish make diddly-squat from it.” she wrote.

Apparently, Oliver giving credit to his “inspiration” with the dish has crossed some kind of line for the left, which recently went after pop mega-star Madonna, accusing her of cultural appropriation for her attire at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday.

Liberals seek to keep everyone in their lane, crying foul over anything from a clothing choice to a rice recipe that they deem politically incorrect.

Twitter users reacted to the drama online.

Frieda Powers


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