It is said that every 20 seconds, a Twitter user is boiling up a Twitter rage stew, leading to a fruitless debate, some name-calling and dissatisfying last words, and a bad taste in the mouth.
Twitter's latest beef is with The New York Times, who presumed to know our favorite Thanksgiving appetizer: Brussels sprouts sliders. The newspaper's tweet struck a chord with users claiming the "flat out un-American" recipe is uncoupling the last few sacrosanct holidays in an otherwise sacred-less 2017.
Sprouts instead of buns? Tempeh in place of meat? NYT crossed many lines. Brussels sprouts sliders just don't have a place during this time of year. But are we surprised? If you haven't noticed, anything goes in 2017, including an all-vegetable appetizer during the meatiest and the most hedonistic holiday feasts of the year.
Your new favorite Thanksgiving appetizer: brussels sprouts sliders— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 20, 2017
In 2015, The New York Times sent out a tweet about a guacamole recipe calling for green peas. "Trust us," the tweet added. And trust we did not. Twitter swooped in to set the record straight: "Possibly the worst food advice ever," tweeted journalist David Saleh Rauf. This is why we have trust issues. And if you think that's dramatic, former President Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Jeb Bush weighed in with a resounding, "No."
But this year, The New York Times' Thanksgiving appetizer recipe strikes us as a particularly poor judgment call; first, it's a repeat offense; second, Thanksgiving should be kept sacred, especially in 2017.
As it goes, Twitter users had much to say about this repeat offense.
"FIrst it was peas in my guac, now it's brussels sprouts to replace buns? Is nothing sacred in 2017?!" a user pleaded on Twitter. Another user lamented, "Sometimes I think you don't know me at all, NYT Cooking," while others like author Kealan Patrick Burke were insulted, "I would rather eat my own fingers," Burke tweeted. Well, if it's a meatless appetizer you're worried about …
But in the tumultuous times that we're living in, the people have spoken: Our classic dishes should be kept sacred. Recipes like avocado mac and cheese and "hand salad" should be kept in a vault, under wraps, so they don't hurt anyone. And now is not the time -- maybe when times are a little steadier will we take Brussels sprouts sliders into our Thanksgiving feasts. Until then, the rage stew boils.