Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: Talk radio for the sane.
Earlier this week, a local sous-chef and self-described “proud Mexican-American” named Gil Amador-Licea wrote a lengthy piece detailing his misgivings with the upcoming Milwaukee Taco Fest. Amador-Licea claimed the event was guilty of “cultural appropriation,” and that it mocked Mexican culture and culinary heritage. The Internet, as it’s wont to do, went nuts. Ryan, Evan, and Matt try to make sense of the whole thing, wondering if food can be racist, if the search for “authentic” cuisine is misguided, and if anyone can learn anything from this taco-encrusted dust-up.