Ladies and gentlemen! Damas y caballeros! It is my pleasure, no, my honor, to present to you…
DEEP FRIED BUTTER!!!
As detailed in this pleasant and panic-free story from NBC’s Today Show, this “invention” is set to premiere at the Texas State Fair later this month.
Let me save you the experience of reading the entire article (an act which might induce a heart attack all by itself) to summarize the highlights:
1. The inventor–Abel Gonzalez Jr.–is Chicano (but of course!).
2. Gonzalez won the Texas State Fair’s “Most Creative Fried Food Award” in 2006 for his previous invention of “fried Coke.”
3. Gonzalez coats the butter with a tasty crust because, as he says, “Nobody just grabs a stick of butter and eats it. That would be gross.”
4. A Texan “nutritionist,” who thinks it is bad to ban any food and, instead, advocates a moderation policy, says even this has “some” nutrition. “Fried butter has fats, and you need some fats. The dough would have some carbohydrates.”
My brain is as overloaded as the average American’s arteries right now in trying to make “sense” of this. Should Latinos consider Gonzalez a covert re-conquistador, taking back Aztlan in a slow-motion act of heart attack? No, too easy. Should we not be concerned, since this “food” will really only affect Texans and, as we all know, there’s way too many of them anyway? No. And what about the children?!? Oh!! The CHILDREN!!!
In all seriousness, the fact that there is a competition to invent things like this is a testament to our current state of imperial decline. This is like the Romans sitting around…wait a minute. I just realized the only things I remembered about the Romans are from Mel Brooks. Well, that just shows you how far they fell.
Funny, though, that the oblivious excess of the whole thing is so hyperbolic as to also be uniquely “American.” And what does that say?