The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 October 2007

Think outside the bunk

Another day, another complaint from a plundered culture:

It sounds like a fast-food grudge match: Taco Bell is taking on the homeland of its namesake by reopening for the first time in 15 years in Mexico.

Defenders of Mexican culture see the chain's re-entry as a crowning insult to a society already overrun by U.S. chains from Starbucks and Subway to KFC.

"It's like bringing ice to the Arctic," complained pop culture historian Carlos Monsivais.

Come on, Sr. Monsivais. Polar bears like ice. It keeps their Coca-Cola cool.

Besides, anyone who's ever actually eaten there knows that Taco Bell these days is about as Mexican as lutefisk. (Not to mention Taco Ockerse, a Dutchman born in Indonesia who works in Germany.) But I'll concede the defenders' point about how Mexicans despise the trappings of American culture, since obviously no Mexicans ever come here.

(Via The Local Malcontent.)

Posted at 2:38 PM to Almost Yogurt


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How about a deal? They quit entering our country illegally, we take out our "culture destroying" fast food places.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 3:12 PM on 10 October 2007

It's a little known fact the real reason they've been coming here is because all these years there hasn't been a Taco Bell in Mexico.

GOOGLE IT, PEOPLE!

Posted by: McGehee at 3:24 PM on 10 October 2007

I have a confession to make. I LIKE Taco Bell tacos. I know all the reasons I shouldn't, but they were the first tacos I ever had. That's what tacos are supposed to be like, as far as my taste buds are concerned.

However, I have to add that if I ever went to Mexico, I would not eat at a Taco Bell. I (and my taste buds) do have at least that much self-respect left.

Posted by: Rena at 4:40 PM on 10 October 2007

I've been known to crunch on a few of them myself. But their Mexican-food credentials are definitely lacking: there's a vague physical resemblance, but that's about it.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:36 PM on 10 October 2007

The first tacos I ever ate were made by my Irish mom who grew up in Montana. She'd buy corn tortillas and deep fry them into shells, and fill them with browned ground beef, lettuce and cheese. And if we wanted hot sauce we had some brand of Louisiana (!) pepper sauce.

Taco Bell wasn't very far from homemade for me.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:18 AM on 11 October 2007