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Negative racial stereotypes in Journal de Montreal review of Le Piment Rouge


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Negative racial stereotypes in Journal de Montreal review of Le Piment Rouge

VinnyRW | May 20, 2011 12:51 PM

This is a continuation of the Piment Rouge review at:

The Journal de Montreal review in question by Thierry Daraize is located at:

I don't believe the Journal de Montreal article. Our group had a wonderful dinner at Piment Rouge in March, and a great business dinner there a couple of weeks ago. Le Devoir, the Gazette and CBC all recently had good reviews. If Thierry Daraize didn't like the creme brulee or the mango pastries, he could have just said that. Instead, he plays on ugly racial stereotypes to presumably stir even more controversy for his tabloid audience: «Hong, pas gâteau du chef aujourd’hui» and «Hong, non, non, non, pas dessert chinois, pas bon Monsieur, dessert chinois pas sûr, chef change, moi recommande dessert mangue». I doubt other papers would ever allow this to be published, but imagine if the Gazette said the same in English: “Ching chong, no chef cakee today” or “Ching chong, no, no, no, no Chinee dessert today, no good mister, no sure Chinese dessert, me recommend dessert mango.” I think it's Journal de Montreal who deserves half a star rating, not Piment Rouge.

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