Folks share questionable food choices and opinions on the web just about every day. Whether or not it is a piece of steak eaten straight out of a sandwich bag, or baking the most horrendous SpaghettiOs pie made instantly on a kitchen countertop in what seems to be a CB2 showroom, there’s all the time one thing horrifying (or attractive relying in your style) on the market. These abominations to the culinary arts are what retains the meals discourse loud and chugging, and this week one other fighter entered the ring to serve up one other gastronomical experiment to ponder.
Saweetie’s consuming habits have been in comparison with numerous issues: a possum, a starving rat on the subway, and a raccoon. That final one resonated a lot with the “Finest Buddy” and “My Sort” rapper that she changed her profile pic to Meeko, the racoon character from Disney’s Pocahontas as he is stuffing his mouth. All of it stemmed from a Story she posted this week wherein she indulges in a plate filled with spaghetti upon which she casually drizzles a by no means ending fats white line of ranch dressing. The web collectively blew its gasket. Whereas some identified how a fat person would be treated way more harshly in the event that they posted a video consuming an enormous plate of ranchghetti, others merely set free a cry for Saweetie’s intestines. They shouldn’t be too involved, although; the rapper told Page Six in January she takes ginger pictures and nutritional vitamins each morning, and is aware of “wholesome bowel actions are actually vital. You bought to get that factor flowing.”
It’s miles from Saweetie’s first foray into culinary experimentation. Final 12 months she went on Instagram Stay and ate oysters topped with lemon juice, scorching sauce, and barbecue sauce, which she stated had been “so bomb.” She additionally did a hilarious ASMR mukbang in 2020 the place she eats a fuckton of seafood, smacking her lips and slurping in delight all through. The meals wasn’t in any approach unusual, however simply unbelievable in sheer quantity. Want I may very well be her in that second, crushing crab legs like they contained the vaccine. The child hair princess loves her meals, and considers herself a “foodie” by and thru. In her 2018 single “Icy Woman,” she waxes on about her love of seafood, rapping “Money cash mama that be eating in Bahamas/ Consuming fettuccine pasta with the scallops and the lobster.”
Nevertheless, after the ranchghetti scandal, Saweetie got here again not simply with a #NewProfilePic, however with a good and really actual level. She tweeted: “wtf was yall consuming growin up??? Y’all should’ve had a boring ass childhood.” In Saweetie’s meals selections, and the delight she radiates as she’s consuming, I see the love language of Black, Latinx, and Asian folks.
The Bay Space-bred rapper, whose actual title is Diamonté Harper, was raised by a Black father and a Filipino-Chinese language mom. In 2020, she spoke to Thrillist about her deep love for Filipino and different Asian delicacies, impressed by her mother who inspired her to eat heartily and fortunately, and had her consuming uncooked meals from an early age. She recalled her childhood along with her titos and titas doing karaoke, consuming, and taking part in video games. “Filipino meals makes me completely happy,” the rapper advised Thrillist. “If it’s good, I’ll simply savor within the second. And if it’s actually good, I begin dancing. I simply can’t assist myself.”
Rising up in San Diego and Tijuana, I acknowledge Saweetie’s iron abdomen and her eclectic style buds. My center faculty and highschool was predominantly Mexican and Filipino, two peoples who share a colonizer and a love for mouthwatering, savory meals and spice. I spent hours in my Filipino pals and boyfriend’s home consuming adobo and singing Shania Twain’s “You are Nonetheless the One” karaoke in the lounge. They came visiting to mine and devoured carne asada and menudo; and I spent hours at their events stuffing myself with pancit and lumpia. We bonded over the meals our white pals thought had been bizarre or gross, and my household laughed when my highschool boyfriend known as Tapatío “ta-pay-shee-oh” whereas his household cackled after daring me to eat balut.
In seeing Saweetie gleefully drench her spaghetti in ranch, I used to be reminded of my very own sisters dropping gobs of Thousand Island dressing on their Little Caesars $5 Scorching-N-Prepared pepperoni pizzas; of my years drenching Flaming Scorching Cheetos in nacho cheese; of the Tostilocos (Tostitos chips coated in chamoy, scorching sauce, lime juice, Japanese peanuts, cucumber, jicama, pickled pork rinds, spicy tamarind sweet, and Clamato—a Mexican road snack delicacy) I’ve shoveled into my mouth till my abdomen could not take any extra. Probably the greatest issues I’ve had in my life is a hollowed out cucumber crammed Mexican tamarind sweet, scorching sauce, chamoy, Tajín, and different tasty treats—an off-shoot of Tostilocos.
Not too way back, an in depth good friend of mine from Chicago was extolling the delicacy that could be a Maruchan ramen cup stuffed with scorching sauce, lime juice, a slice of American cheese, and an egg. My nieces advised me that at their highschool, children stored bottles of chamoy, scorching sauce, and lime juice of their backpacks and charged their classmates $1 to decorate their baggage of chips within the tangy sauces. My mother has consistently stated I’ll get “gastritis” due to the rubbish I eat, but when that is rubbish, child, I am diving into that dumpster. To paraphrase The Pocket book, if Saweetie’s a raccoon, I am a raccoon.
Saweetie is just a hood snack gourmand. Most of the Black, Latinx, and Asian folks I do know who, like me, grew up in areas which have extra liquor shops than natural markets know this life. And even those that grew up within the nicer a part of city obtained into it, too. That is simply how many people eat, and she or he’s completely proper: our childhoods and maturity are all the higher for it. However when you grew up consuming nothing however greens and well-balanced meals, that is tremendous too. Good for you! You is likely to be shocked to study that we raccoons additionally ate well-balanced meals, greens, and dishes stuffed with dietary worth in addition to taste. You are able to do all of it, people!
I am not mad at my scorching sauce coated Doritos, orange slices sprinkled with Tajín, and Tapatío brand ramen bowls filled with birria. The flavors are like a symphony, and yeah, perhaps a few of the members of the orchestra are my intestines begging for mercy, however that is alright. My guts is likely to be struggling, however there’s ecstasy to that agony. You eat, Saweetie. I elevate a barbecue sauced oyster to you!
Alex Zaragoza is a senior employees author at VICE.
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