New York Times Reporter Uses The Stupidest Tortilla Metaphor EVER

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Damien Cave is a New York Times reporter whose recent story on less Mexicans coming into the United States was, like most things reported by the Times, about seven years too late and towing the elite line instead of talking to the street. But that's an issue for Navel Gazing; here, our beef with him is in describing Mexico City in an art story as a "cityscape with the color and curves of a tortilla."

Um, what? ¿Qué que?

This line makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Mexico City explodes with colors; a tortilla is a uniform shade, whether the healthy brown of wheat, blue corn's violet tone, the healthy yellow of fresh corn, or the pasty white of flour, all broken up only by occasional flakes of char. Mexico City is in a valley, surrounded by mountains, and sinking; a tortilla is as flat as, well, a tortilla. Mexico City is a blob at its most defined, a nebula in reality; a tortilla, even at its most jagged, remains a circle. "Curves of a tortilla"? A tortilla has but one, and it's its circumference.

¡Qué pendejo! Of course, I'm sure the Times editor who saw it delighted in Cave's ridiculous turn of nothing, and probably hasn't eaten a tortilla since the days he was a college student and it was Multicultural Night. But, hey: tortillas? Mexico? Yeah! Easy metaphor, even if it's so fucked up it doesn't even aspire to be a mixed one!

In other news, another Columbia University School of Journalism-educated reporter recently compared New York City to a bagel...

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O2theleft
O2theleft

It's no wonder the rest of the world is laughing at the way the United States is heading ( which is in a downward spiral.), with comments like this.  This is a very stupid comment which only goes to prove how dumb the people in the US have become.   

rbar
rbar

A tortilla is perhaps the least precise metaphor to describe DF, which is quite unlike anything else in Mexico (even in racial-cultural terms that Americans so love to discuss when they imagine Mexico). It is cosmopolitan, sophisticated, multicultural, complex. Lalo's suggestion of an enchilada (see comment below) fits the description much better.

Rafael
Rafael

at least he didn't call a tortilla a wrap. 

Ipat314
Ipat314

What a pendejo! White people love Mexican food especially tortillas and this idiot with his limited vocabulary is no different than all the other racist people that think they can insult a Mexican just because they are white. Next time he eats a burrito I hope he chokes on it!

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