Burrito store pop-up closes over cultural appropriation outrage
A small burrito pop-up shop was forced to close over cultural appropriation outrage.
PORTLAND, OREGON — Two white women had to close down their pop-up burrito shop after being accused of cultural appropriation.
Kooks Burritos faced ridiculous backlash after its owners, Kali Wilgus and Liz Connelly, were featured in the Willamette Week, Fox News reported.
The duo started their business after going on a trip to Mexico last December. They initially started in a taco truck, but then moved to a weekend pop-up store.
“I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did,” Connelly told the Willamette Week.
“They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins,” Connelly said.
“They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look.”
Cue the outrage. The Willamette piece prompted a flood of harsh critiques and cries of cultural appropriation in the comments section. If you feel like getting outraged over some outrage, go check it out.
The Portland Mercury accused Wilgus and Connelly of stealing intellectual property and repackaging it.
Rather than going after two girls running a small business, why not get outraged by Taco Bell and Chipotle instead?
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