Social media users have hit out at the ‘woke cancel culture mob’ who have now torn into one of America’s most iconic symbols – the apple pie.
People took to Twitter Tuesday in outrage at an article in The Guardian condemning the all-American treat as linked to ‘a vast and ongoing genocide of indigenous people.’
The 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 labour.’
Social media users have hit out at the ‘woke cancel culture mob’ who have now torn into one of America’s most iconic symbols – the apple pie
It was first published May 1 but the piece gained further attention after conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted sarcastically that apple pie is now the only part of the phrase ‘the flag, motherhood, and apple pie’ that is ‘still good’ in today’s society.
‘I remember when we used to use the phrase ‘the flag, motherhood, and apple pie’ to signify things about which Americans were unified,’ he tweeted Tuesday.
‘It is now ‘an offensive symbol of white supremacy’ and ‘birthing people.’ So I guess we’re still good with apple pie.’
Shapiro appeared to be wading into the debate about political correctness and ‘wokeism’ following the release of Joe Biden’s 2022 budget proposal this week.
The proposal has adopted more gender-neutral language, using the phrase ‘birthing people’ to replace the word ‘mothers.’
Progressives argue the terminology is more inclusive but it sparked some pushback among 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 labour’
A social media user was quick to point out that the apple pie may also not be exempt from the political correctness, replying to his tweet with a link to The Guardian piece.
Other social media user chimed in slamming the piece for what they said was suggesting ‘apple pie is racist too.’
‘According to The Guardian newspaper(London), apple pie is racist too. These people are nuts,’ one person tweeted.
‘Oh FFS. Now apple pie is being attacked? Well, it is the Guardian. Lol,’ added another.
One person tweeted: ‘Good grief, the article should have been titled, Going for the Gold in the Oppression Olympics. Of course gold is problematic as well, I’m positive of that.’
‘This is why we can’t have nice things,’ chimed in another.
Others hit out at the piece last month when it was published with one person accusing the ‘woke cancel culture mob’ of trying to ‘destroy everything that is American.’
‘The ‘woke’ #CancelCulture mob seeks to destroy everything that is American and/or good. Now going after ‘Apple Pie.’,’ one person wrote.
The piece gained renewed attention when Ben Shapiro tweeted 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 replied to his tweet with a link to The Guardian piece
‘The Guardian, ‘Food injustice has deep roots: let’s start with America’s apple pie.’ It’s so absurd it sounds like a parody of #CancelCulture. No such luck…’
The article begins by detailing how the apple pie is instantly recognized as an American symbol.
‘Resting on gingham cloth, a sugar-crusted apple pie cools on the window sill of a midwestern farmhouse. Nothing could be more American. Officially American.
‘The Department of Defense once featured the pie in an online collection of American symbols, alongside Uncle Sam and cowboys,’ it reads.
The author then lists off the key ingredients of the pie and accuses America of suffering ‘amnesia’ when it comes to the history behind one the dish.
The article writes that apples originally came from central Asia to the western world as part of a ‘vast and ongoing genocide of Indigenous people.’
The recipe, it continues, comes from the English, with apple trees becoming a symbol for land ownership after it was taken from Indigenous communities.
Both the sugar and the gingham are tied to the slave trade, the article says, with the latter laying ‘the basis of finance, police and government that made the United States.’
‘In the drama of nationalist culture, the bloody and international origins of the apple pie are subject to a collective amnesia,’ it reads.
Others chimed in slamming what the piece for suggesting ‘apple pie is racist’ and accusing the ‘woke mob’ of trying to ‘destroy everything that is American’
Others hit out at the piece last month when it was published with one person accusing the ‘woke cancel culture mob’ of trying to ‘destroy everything that is American’
‘In the imagining of American community, the dish is transformed into a symbol of domesticity.’
It also takes aim at another American staple, the burger, as a symbol of the nation’s ‘struggles for justice’.
‘America’s red meat republic has long been the arena for struggles for justice,’ it reads.
‘This is true even within the most iconic job in beef production, the one featured alongside apple pie at the US Department of Defense’s greatest hits of American iconography: cowboys.’
The author argues that the iconic foods America is known for are rooted in inequalities in the nations’ food system from low wages and tipping in the service industry, to land ownership, food injustice among racial minorities.
‘The history of the US food system has always, however, been one of struggle. ‘Food justice’ is a term that is intelligible only because oppressed and exploited communities have organized for redress against the predations of US capitalism,’ it reads.
Americans have long made the apple pie their own dish and it has cemented its status as a part of the national culture.
The country’s first cookbook American Cookery featured two recipes for the sweet treat and soldiers in World War II would proudly say they were fighting for ‘mom and apple pie.’
The saying ‘as American as apple pie’ goes back centuries to typically express patriotism.