The Disney Gumbo Recipe Fiasco Interpreted In Memes

willy wonka gumbo

gumbo dr evilThis week Disney posted a “gumbo” recipe that was supposed to be a healthier alternative to the Louisiana staple… and Louisiana didn’t take it well. Facebook exploded Tuesday with reaction from DeQuincy to Galliano, exposing the myriad of problems with Disney’s well-intentioned, but ill-fated attempt at Cajun cooking.

What were some of the problems? First of all, they didn’t start with a roux. Their ingredients included tomatoes, kale, and quinoa. And I think one of the overriding themes that caught people’s ire was that it was one of those sped up recipe videos. As if gumbo can me made on the fly. We take pride in our gumbo. We cook it slowly, with love. To speed it up is an insult. Disney pulled the recipe some time Tuesday evening.

If anything, South Louisiana should be thanking Disney for posting the recipe in the first place. It’s nice to see Louisiana rally together like a family. Sure we do it in the wake of tragedy, but it’s cool to see it when it’s about something that isn’t a natural disaster. (though some would argue that recipe was a very unnatural disaster)

Here are a handful of memes that captured everyone’s emotions about the “gumbo.”

joker gumbo

mugatu gumbo

gumbo dr evil

willy wonka gumbo

bat man gumbo

office space gumbo

pulp fiction gumbo

archer gumbo

interesting gumbo

cow gumbo

austin powers gumbo

success gumbo

Maybe next week Disney can offer up a red beans and rice recipe… for us to make on a Tuesday. #SMH


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Brian started in radio in late 2004 as a part-time board operator, but “made his bones” in the business a year later when Hurricane Katrina struck, catapulting him into a full time position covering both news and production of live broadcasts. Haldane was promoted to Program Director in 2008 and held that post until 2011 when he was recruited to help launch a new station. In 2011, Brian helped launch Talk 107.3 FM. He was the morning show co-host, and helped build the show and the station into a top 10 performer. From there, Brian has moved on to work in Inbound Marketing, where he strives to marry the worlds of traditional advertising w/ the marketing methods of tomorrow. He also hosts a number of podcasts, including The Red Bayou Show, which is featured here.

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