I’m saddened by people whose lives are so uneventful, so lacking in gravitas, so worthless, that charges of “cultural appropriation” completes them.
Is this all Jamaicans have to point at in the world of accomplishments, a culinary dish? If their “rice and peas” recipe isn’t satisfactorily authentic it causes apoplexy amongst the social justice warriors?
I would consider this borderline insulting that a recipe wouldn’t fall through the cracks of day to day world problems. Is Jamaican contributions to the world so lacking that rice and peas becomes the battleground? It seems so.
“The peas in rice and peas are kidney beans pal, not green peas, and don’t you forget it. Stop insulting Jamaica like that, or else! If we had anything else going on we wouldn’t make such a big deal out of this, but it’s not like this is distracting us from our space program.”
Despite some social media defense, it seems the pressure was too much as IKEA has issued a formal apology and removed the item from their menus:
IKEA is a Swedish home furnishing company with a much-loved food offer. We take inspiration from many countries around the world and have always worked to combine different flavors and ingredients to offer delicious, healthy and affordable dishes. … We’re aware that our new jerk chicken, served with rice and peas has created some conversation and in some cases offense. Our intention was to create a dish for many people to enjoy but we appreciate that we may have got it wrong. We apologize and we are now relooking at the dish.