Rants

British Newspaper The Telegraph Mocks American Food; We Fight Back


The British newspaper The Telegraph has a slideshow up today mocking the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, California. The slideshow is titled "Only In America".

As you can probably guess, it features image after image of deep-fried American specialties such as deep fried Oreos, deep-fried Snickers, deep-fried Kool-Aid balls, and even deep-fried corruptions of healthy foods like avocado.

Now, we know that there is a bit of trolling going on here on the part of the Telegraph. There are also plenty of Brits in the comments defending our lardy ways and pointing out that this was a county fair, after all.

But still, what the hell, England? Seriously? You're one to talk. We thought we were in this overweight, first-world nation thing together. We were going to ask you to join Weight Watchers with us and be our diet buddy. Is this about our break-up? Eng, come on, that is so two centuries ago. We both agreed, we're better off as friends.

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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