The media is struggling in their coverage of the alt-right, a movement part white nationalists, part provocative social media bomb throwers. Critics claim outlets like CNN are normalizing the group with excessive media coverage.
But that didn’t stop food magazine Bon Appétit from capitalizing on the alt-right craze with a perhaps poorly timed potato joke.
While it should be obvious that salt and vinger rösti is NOT in fact a racist, anti-globalist conspiracy of potatoes, some on social media did not take kindly to the topical reference.
There are some potatos that just want to make memes, these are the New-Potato. Others want to Roman salute. These are the Alt-Potato. https://t.co/b634wCevUf
— Autistotle™ (@villainial) November 24, 2016
Originally, Bon Appétit said they would not apologize for the crime of normalizing racist potatoes.
But then they did.
About that potato tweet. Inappropriate, insensitive, and won't happen again.
— Bon Appétit (@bonappetit) November 24, 2016
Thanks alt-right for making the term “alt” completely toxic now. What’s next, will Nickleback have to disavow alt rock? Will Marc Maron have to quit alt comedy? Will Hasbro have to stop selling those edgy Mr. Potato Heads?
Regardless, the alt right must be stopped.