US rapper Azealia Banks has trashed Russian cuisine, calling it the "most barbaric peasant food". In her Twitter post, the 28-year-old wrote: "Please go eat some deer cheeks and beets and go wash your a** in the town well".
At the same time, the singer noted that she likes Russia’s blini (crepes), honey cake "medovik", and smoked fish, pickles, and caviar, which are central to Russian cuisine. Banks also boasted of her culinary skills, saying she would cook Russian dishes better than the Russians themselves.
I make better blinis than your grandma and harvest my own caviar from my aqua-cooch. Don’t play we can battle lol— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIA_2020) April 21, 2020
We can't say for sure how good the singer's blinis and Olivier salad are, but her chicken with rice looks... strange.
Social media users from Russia were baffled by the way Banks described the country's cuisine. Some noted that the dishes she mentioned have nothing to do with real Russian cooking.
Your representations of russian food are so american lol. Usually we eat iced vodka and than drink vodka with our hand bears whom we have as pets, and than that bears give us a concert in ushanka with balalaika😉— LL (@leonelizavet) April 22, 2020
Where did you find such dishes? :) Beets are only added to some dishes - to salad or soup. Reindeer cheeks ... this is generally something unusual. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Perhaps this is popular with the northern peoples or in some special restaurants.— Олег Чепрасов (@Oleg_Chp) April 22, 2020
Other netizens mentioned dishes that the singer needs to try in order to understand Russian cuisine.
LOL!!!!! :))))— visualprolab (@visualprolab) April 22, 2020
The problem that you don't know nothing about real Russian kitchen, baby :))) pic.twitter.com/OTnGGELynk
Oh Yes of course we only eat raw wild animal meat and caviar. Yes, Yes, we are barbarians. Let's just leave out the fact that we have a bunch of different soups, pastries, salads and other things. Yes, we are barbarians.— татарский чай (@GreenWi66473200) April 22, 2020
Other social media users found the rapper’s post extremely insulting.
that was too damn toxic and shabby, azealia.— jss (@vladolass) April 22, 2020
How dare you say that things? If you have bad experience, it doesn't mean that all our food is bad. And what is that? You think we are savages and live like pigs? We have water in our houses too, you know?— ArtiePineMouse (@Arhtur_Pines) April 22, 2020
Still others made fun of her statement.
Last night I boiled this stone in a pot of hot water.— Max Kuznetsov (@kuznetsov_max) April 22, 2020
It was delicious. pic.twitter.com/Gq5REz3oWU