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On November 19, a baseball aficionado named Jon Becker took a break from tweeting about his favorite sport to collectively asked the internet to “Please quote tweet this with your most controversial food opinion, I love controversial food opinions.” Little did he realize his request would quickly rack up nearly 2,000 retweets, over 14,000 likes, a slew of contentious replies.
Please quote tweet this with your most controversial food opinion, I love controversial food opinions— Jon Becker (@jonbecker_) November 19, 2019
Becker asked for opinions and boy did he ever get them. People were not afraid to dunk on some of the world’s most popular foods.
Ranch dressing is like Prince Andrew. A disgusting embarrassment that should be fired and stripped of its (food) title.— Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) November 23, 2019
Cheesecake. That’s right. Cheesecake is disgusting and should be outlawed. https://t.co/9y9DVzb0PF— DB Woodside (@dbwofficial) November 25, 2019
Butter is fuckin rotten https://t.co/VQvqsD8Pzd— Michael Smyth (@michaelsmyth__) November 25, 2019
Avocados are fuckin garbage https://t.co/Vix2j3xyjF— Yradahk 🇯🇲🔊🧘🏾♂️ (@Papiwook) November 25, 2019
Although some people decided to defend certain foods that they feel were unfairly given a bad rap.
pineapple does go on pizza 🎯 https://t.co/oKa8L0ldhZ— kelly (@Kellss_babee) November 25, 2019
I like to think that this is less controversial now than it was before but: MSG is harmless like, objectively, scientifically, and it's such a fantastic catalyst for flavour and you should have some on your shelf https://t.co/0WcUgZrGf7— Witnesstheabsurd (@Personfaces) November 25, 2019
I eat lemons like an orange. https://t.co/CnUYqOssD9— Xhosa Disaster (@Hlehle_Lupindo) November 25, 2019
Others took things in a more serious direction and used the opportunity to highlight things like the world’s food inequality.
Food is a human right, and each person that dies of starvation or malnutrition has been murdered. https://t.co/5bOALMKItG— Nothing lasts forever, even cold November Slime (@ThoughtSlime) November 25, 2019
veganism and vegetarianism are an economic and even medical impossibility to a vast number of people and to argue otherwise is incredibly self righteous https://t.co/vUUv6LgtSD— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) November 25, 2019
And of course, since it’s Twitter, things got weird.
if you ate a saxophone, it would be a snacksophone— 我咬警察因为我是一只同志狗 (@DxGGEAUX) November 25, 2019
A rotisserie chicken did 9/11. https://t.co/RThLOBgd6k— Kashana (@kashanacauley) November 25, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein was murdered while eating delicious candy corn https://t.co/wBwIoF8aXy— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) November 25, 2019
it’s pronounced jif https://t.co/03pebXOkF4— shawn wasabi (@shawnwasabi) November 25, 2019
i ate my brother 😢 https://t.co/wS2rIxGqBl— Benjy Bronk (@bronk) November 25, 2019
Chocolate is a vegetable. https://t.co/IXQNpCbSFJ— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) November 25, 2019
(For the record some people do consider chocolate to be a vegetable.)
And one man hit on something that some people might find revolting but is perhaps brilliant:
Cap’n Crunch “Christmas Crunch” with Egg Nog instead of milk. https://t.co/14yF9tHtbJ— Dustin Pari (@dustinpari) November 25, 2019
Despite all the controversy, Jon Becker, the original poster, seemed glad to have started the discussion.
This dumb tweet is now at 3 million views, and I want to sincerely thank everyone for participating. There’s a lot of bad in the world right now and I’m glad that controversial food opinions have brought respite and joy to so many people. https://t.co/eiYNO99Oub— Jon Becker (@jonbecker_) November 25, 2019
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving food isn't that good. Happy Holidays. https://t.co/2a2mZ37zlP— Jaclyn DeAugustino (@JaclynDeAug) November 25, 2019
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.