Talk about ridiculous!
There’s no doubt that Lena Dunham is NOT afraid to share her opinion when it comes to anything remotely controversial, but accusing a college of cultural appropriation by serving sushi seems a bit much!
The Girls star recently sat down with Food & Wine magazine about Oberlin College, where the comedienne graduated in 2008. During the chat, the actress talked a bit about her school and supporting their cause of calling out the “insensitive” use of Japanese food on the campus.
The 30-year-old even said:
“There are now big conversations at Oberlin, where I went to college, about cultural appropriation and whether the dining hall sushi and banh mi disrespect certain cuisines. ├óΓé¼┬¿The press reported it as, ├óΓé¼╦£How crazy are Oberlin kids?’ But to me, it was actually, ├óΓé¼╦£Right on.'”
To be fair the students of the Ohio-based University do have some specifics regarding their protest that began back in November. A group of the outraged students, some international, pointed out things about the sushi like undercooked rice as well as other Vietnamese and Japanese dishes that were made in “disrespectful” ways.
One woman, Clover Lihn Tran, wrote about the students’ issues with the food saying Bon App├â┬⌐tit, the food service vendor:
“has a history of blurring the line between culinary diversity and cultural appropriation by modifying the recipes without respect for certain Asian countries’ cuisines. This uninformed representation of cultural dishes has been noted by a multitude of students, many of who have expressed concern over the gross manipulation of traditional recipes.”
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