Indians try American food: Comment on the comments of YouTube

When two videos of Buzzfeed revealing the perceptions that Indians have about America appeared in my YouTube suggestions, they got me very excited. To make matters more interesting, the content of the videos was related to food!

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Buzzfeed is a global internet media company based out of US that produces great viral content. It has recently opened office in India with Rega Jha as its head. In a side note, I am jealous of this girl Rega. You would also be if you knew that she is just 23 years old and is already heading a subsidiary of one of the most creative media companies in the world. However, Rega and Buzzfeed India has their work cut out as they face competition from many of Buzzfeed’s desi clones like ScoopWhoop, Storypick, The Next Meme.

But with controversial(so viral) tweets like these(below) and some great videos like the ones I have mentioned above, they are getting traction among young Indians and attracting many viewers.

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An Indian girl’s tweet that Pakistanis are way hotter than ugly Indians, broke Twitter in India and Pakistan that day. For countries like India and Pakistan who have insane levels of inferiority complex this tweet blew their minds. For Bhakts their radars of Love Jihad got switched on. For Pakistanis, it was the nicest thing that anyone had said about them, since Bin Laden was found there living like a Sultan. By the end of that day, most subcontinent people on the internet had heard about Buzzfeed.

Some of the most viral videos of Buzzfeed are its food tasting videos. They assemble a bunch of young and attractive adolescents from a country(mostly US), ask them to try foreign food(sweets, snacks etc) and record their reactions and commentaries about the food. Naturally, such videos go viral as many people are interested either in knowing what other countries eat or what other countries think about their food.

A few months back, Buzzfeed did two video in which Americans eat Indian sweets and snacks for the first time. It was hilarious to watch milky-white looking people not able to handle Indian spices and becoming crimson red. While some were afraid of the ingredients used in the dishes due to stereotypes about them and some others did not know how to eat aloo Bhujia. But they seemed to love Indian sweets especially the divine Gulab Jamuns and Jillebees -Yum!

Though I had enjoyed watching such episodes in the past, the comment section always made me feel sad and cynical. Mostly the comment sections were flooded with hateful remarks starting with one guy/gal insulting other countries with a stereotype such as ‘All Americans are fat’ or ‘All Indians smell’ etc and ultra-nationalists or teenagers of the other country counter-abuse or counter-stereotype and the cycle continued. In some videos like the one in which ‘Americans try Pakistani food for the first time’, instead of having a chuckle at the clueless Americans, keyboard warriors from India and Pakistan decided to have their 5th war using toxic lethal comments, fighting over the ‘ownership’ of the food depicted-whether it is Indian or Pakistani.

The two videos that I keep talking about are vastly different from the past taste test videos of Buzzfeed. Here, Indian teenagers were the ones who were trying ‘exotic’ food from far away lands with their mysterious ingredients. It was a chance to turn the tables- Indians being judgemental about American food. I think the video was produced by Buzzfeed India office, so unlike other Buzzfeed videos about India(see: Americans try bollywood) the humour was not generated by playing on cheap stereotypes about India and there by accentuating the differences between nations, but through witty comments by the tasters. Buzzfeed did a good job by gathering charismatic and good looking young Indian adults for the video. They were witty and open minded, this made them very relatable, many of the viewers expressed that they would want to be friends with ‘these kind of Indians’. Humour is one of the most powerful tool to break stereotypes(see my previous article).

‘These Indians’ did not act disgusted eating the processed food or seemed narrow minded. I am guessing most of them were from urban Mumbai as they gave many US based TV/film references and that’s where BF’s office is located. Their behaviour which is counter to the stereotyped behaviour about Indians must have created new ‘Schemas’ in the minds of viewers-being Indian is cool!

The videos:

The comments

After watching these hilarious videos, I expected a comments war going below using food stereotypes as Bazookas- American food makes you fat vs Indian food gives you diarrhoea. But..

Lo and behold! I witnessed a rare event in the history of YouTube comment section. People of different nationalities were being nice to each other. Comment after comment exuded positivity and restored my faith in humanity! This video has one of the lowest dislikes to corresponding likes and Indians suspect that most of those dislikers to be jealous Pakistanis!

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So many heart warming and interesting things were happening in the comment section, check them out.

There was a lot of love for Indian accent, like these comments…there were hundreds of them

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Some were just sad that they do not have an ‘accent’…

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Or this beautiful comment…

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Boy, that got escalated quickly! She has good imagination, Bollywood can use her services…

Was this guy being nice or dramatic? Almost no one had said they hated the accent

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Show these comments for Indians who think like this…Be proud of your accent Son!

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I found it rather perplexing that so many people of diverse countries had this much love for India…

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She said it first, our guys followed…

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A random Bollywood fan from Mexico…there is some faternalistic connection between Indians and Mexicans, some one needs to look it up

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Some admired our Spice handling capabilities, when would our Space faring capabilities get admired?

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Buzzfeed videos are not only about entertainment, it is educative too. Some Knowledge gaps got filled like here…

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They were given thorough explanations…so no worries


But of course, internet trolls have to declare their presence, so this comment…

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This guy just went full retard

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The trolls found an opening with this beautiful comment…

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A battle broke out and it continued for some time…

I don’t know what to think of this comment, it started as trolling but ended up really nice…may be he had a change of heart in the middle of the comment!

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In the end, I have to say, the trolls have lost as most did not give much attention to them and their wild voices drowned in all the positivity generated in the comments


Another thing I observed was that most of the comments were from women, does that mean more women watched the video? Also majority of hate comments were from Men, so does that mean more women viewers mean more positive comments? Or is my ‘Women are nice..’ bias playing me?

These two guys were a big hit with the ladies…

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They got comments like…

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Some Indian were buzzkillers saying shit like this…

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I have never seen Doritos in India, may be they are available in high end convenience stores in urban areas where these people live in their little bubbles.

It is a video involving India on YouTube, do you think the ‘Bhakts’ will leave it alone without preaching their Chauvinistic views…

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Does his username mean, India is the Daddy of the world? With such a username, he lived up to it in his comments. How can an accent be the cleanest? Because some of the American people like Indian accent, you want all of them to ‘improve’ their accent so that Indian call centre guys can talk in their normal accent? I think he deserves the retard of the day award.


For many this was a fresh taste test video because, the tasters were genuinely funny and had witty things to say unlike other videos where tasters just expressed disgust and reiterate stereotypes. These Indians’ commentary was highly appreciated…

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I think we are XD!

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Many found these charming ‘tasters’ likeable and relatable. These are the guys with whom you want to be friends with..

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In the end most commentators agreed that these guys should be back…

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2Buzzfeed are you listening to Miss Foxy?!

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This guy just dropped some Wisdom in the middle of all these nice comments…Like a boss!

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Good job, Buzzfeed India.

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