Ree Drummond, also known as the Food Network's "The Pioneer Woman", has gone viral because of her seemingly innocent remarks in one of the show's segments, that many considered as racist. The segment has been filmed five years ago but was reposted all over the internet for apparently a negative reason that could do more harm than good to the show. In the segment, Drummond played a trick on her family as she served them what she called Asian hot wings.
Nothing wrong with the Asian hot wings, except that in "The Pioneer Woman" segment, Drummond later told her husband and his friends that it was just a joke. Instead, she had in store for them a Buffalo-style wing, exactly what white people liked. One of the crew asked where the real wings are, while another said he did not trust how the chicken looked.
"I'm just kidding guys. I wouldn't do that to you," Drummond of "the Pioneer Woman" said. "Now those are some wings."
What made "The Pioneer Woman" segment worse was Drummond's earlier narrative, according to Huffington Post. She explained that her husband loved Buffalo wings but she wanted to mess with him by serving an Asian chicken dish instead. The idea was that her husband and his friends would not like Asian wings.
The website Thick Dumpling Skin shared on Facebook and Twitter "The Pioneer Woman" segment that has placed Drummond in big trouble. This website was created as a sounding board for the sharing and discussion of food and body issues and images experienced by Asian Americans. Its editors have criticized the Food Network's terrible treatment of Asian cuisine. It has also scored Drummond's show for its mockery of Asian cuisine.
Thick Dumpling Skin founders Lisa Lee and Lynn Chen called Drummond's attention, according to AOL. They considered that segment of "The Pioneer Woman" racially insensitive. Lee and Chen pointed out that the Food Network and television in general, do not have any chef who is authentically Asian. Twitter users criticized Drummond's offensive comments.