Internet loses it after NY Times savages book by Toronto restaurateur
A New York Times review of Jen Agg's new book is being panned as "a shameful, dishonest badly written turdlet" – and that's just by Anthony Bourdain.
And while I’m on the subject of Jen Agg aka @TheBlackHoof . The NYT review of her book is a shameful, dishonest badly written turdlet.— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) November 1, 2017
The Toronto-based restaurateur behind such places as Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar and Grey Gardens released her memoir, I Hear She's A Real Bitch, in May of this year to rave reviews from news outlets across the continent.
"A terrific, beautifully written, frank, and funny memoir," Bourdain's blurb continued, "and a compelling argument for pulling down the long outdated system of 'bro' culture that has dominated the industry since what feels like the beginning of time."
also this prudish, pearl-clutching book review of Jen Agg's book is kiiiind of amazing in that it is very funny.https://t.co/zrFCULVtwW— ಠ_ರೃ Alex 🎃👻 (@aeleitch) November 2, 2017
In the review, writer Tamar Adler pontificates on the merits of talking about oral sex and Agg's "very specific variety of" feminism.
"What will it accomplish if in the struggle to be treated equally, we assume the worst behaviours of the privileged group?" she asks, referring to male chefs. "Agg is cocky, profane, pro-conflict — as only men are 'allowed' to be."
This review is a remarkable (and profoundly disappointing) exercise in internalized misogyny https://t.co/yOSS8aSWvz— Helen Rosner (@hels) November 2, 2017
Readers and fans of both women were displeased.
This review is just a woman telling another woman to shut up and act like a lady, which to her credit, she realizes. https://t.co/8j4yrSTyYS— alicia kennedy (@aliciakennedy) November 3, 2017
"Go ahead & be a pearl-clutching-prude. That’s fine. It doesn’t bother me (although I’m not super eager to hang)," wrote Agg on Twitter this afternoon in response to the controversy. "
But please stop telling me I’m feministing wrong because you don’t like to fuck or whatever and find swearing abrasive— Jen Agg (@TheBlackHoof) November 3, 2017
You can read her entire thread on the subject here. As always, it's both entertaining and enlightening.
Hector Vasquez at Grey Gardens
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