The dread hipster racism has reared its ugly head once again, this time in the world of food trucks. Writes the Huffington Post:
On Friday, disgruntled D.C. area resident Drew Franklin, posted an “Open Letter to the ‘Fojol’ Bro-dawgs” on Facebook.
The letter concerns the Fojol Brothers food truck, whose proprietors sell decently-reviewed Indian, Thai and Ethiopian food while wearing fake mustaches and brightly-colored turbans, and whose fictional “traveling culinary carnival” origin storyhas the Fojols coming from the country of “Merlindia” to “share their family traditions with the world.”
These traditions are “over-the-top racist,” Franklin wrote in his letter. The “brothers” themselves are “worthy ambassadors of poor taste” and “well-meaning (if woefully misguided) white boys with a contemptible sense of humor.”
As one of the operators of the truck put it, accusations of racism occur “very infrequently. And so it doesn’t seem very legitimate. It’s generally people who are offended on behalf of another group.”
If I didn’t have lunch plans already today, I’d eat at Fojol Bros. just to spite Franklin. I don’t even like the food they sell; idiocy must be countered, however.