This New York Times ‘Meatless Gumbo’ May Top Disney Gumbo as Worst of All Time
In a race to the bottom of the gumbo charts, the New York Times is giving Disney a run for its money.
On Friday, December 16, 2022, a crime was committed on the social media platform known as Facebook. From its official account (and with full, pre-meditated knowledge of what they were about to share) The New York Times shared a photo of its "vegetarian gumbo."
NYT described its "meatless gumbo" as one with distinct flavor due to the "roux, Creole seasoning, and the holy trinity"—but imitation was not flattery in the case of this absolute travesty.
Before we get to the reactions (and there were PLENTY), let's get to the actual recipe. According to the NYT cooking feature, the vegetarian gumbo takes about 50 minutes to complete, but chances are you will stop at Step 4 when it calls for you to "stir in the diced tomatoes."
Facebook user Ashley Ash made a comment suggesting that, no matter how divided we may be on an array of topics and issues, Louisiana will unite to defend gumbo.
Another commenter agreed, saying that gumbo defense is when our state always comes together no matter what else is going on in the world.
Even Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards entered the chat, asking NYT if everything was ok up there.
Reactions poured in, ranging from outrage to flat-out humor.
Some suggested this could be a crime, threatening to call authorities while others gave the NYT a chance to delete the post altogether.
Many were left with more questions than answers, but ultimately it came down to the majority of commenters saying that these recipe bloggers and influencers need to stop being so "loose" in their interpretation of "gumbo."
The NYT vegetarian gumbo opened up the viral wound that we remember as "Disney Gumbo." (by the way, they ended up deleting that off of their Facebook page)
Whether or not NYT will delete their "gumbo" is yet to be seen, but they are definitely enjoying a ton of traffic, comments, shares, and engagement on the post in the midst of the outrage.
Is this worse than Disney Gumbo? Is this the worst gumbo of all time? Drop a comment and tell us how you really feel about it.
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