Dawn Butler, who represents Brent Central, lent her voice to the criticism that Oliver has received after he was accused of not staying true to the traditional Jamaican recipe, which is usually a marinade for meat such as chicken.
Writing on Twitter, Butler said: “I’m just wondering do you know what Jamaican jerk actually is?
“It’s not just a word you put before stuff to sell products.”
She continues: “Your jerk rice is not ok. This appropriation from Jamaica needs to stop.”
#jamieoliver@jamieoliver#jerk I'm just wondering do you know what #Jamaican#jerk actually is? It's not just a word you put before stuff to sell products. @levirootsmusic should do a masterclass. Your jerk Rice is not ok. This appropriation from Jamaica needs to stop.— (((Dawn Butler MP))) (@DawnButlerBrent) August 18, 2018
Conservative MP Neil O’Brien chimed in on the debate, replying to Butler that “she’s going to go mad when she finds out about ‘Jamie’s Italy’.”
If Jamie Oliver isn’t allowed to make Jerk chicken because it’s cultural “appropriation” she’s going to go mad when she finds out about “Jamie’s Italy” https://t.co/uY7YzWZ5Vr— Neil O'Brien MP (@NeilDotObrien) August 18, 2018
There has been speculation that Oliver’s product cannot being considered as jerk because of the ingredients it uses, as well as the fact it’s rice, rather than a meat marinade.
I was about to headbutt my desk over this tweet from Dawn Butler because most cultural appropriation brouhahas are nonsense. Then I saw this description of Jamie Oliver's "Jerk" Rice. On what planet can "garlic, ginger and jalapenos" be described as "Jerk"? pic.twitter.com/wYHN1ngUnv— David Llewellyn (@TheDaiLlew) August 18, 2018
There's no such thing as jerk rice apart from what Jamie Oliver has concocted. That's her point. Anybody from any nationality can eat anything they want, there are just some dishes that are best left alone and enjoyed how they're supposed to be made.— Regina Holland (@ReginaHolland_) August 18, 2018
Meanwhile, others leapt to Oliver’s defence and supported his decision to launch the food product, which is available in many supermarkets.
Are you honestly saying that white people can’t cook food from other cultures in case they get it slightly wrong?— Benjamin Tucker (@Ben1jammin) August 18, 2018
Does this mean I can no longer cook Indian, Chinese or Thai curry? Or pizza or pasta? What about hotdogs & burgers?— Marc Adams🇬🇧🏳️🌈 (@Cranners007) August 19, 2018
They're not British by origin just like Jamaican jerk chicken isn't.
But to say it's "appropriation"?
Just grow up!
You cannot do cultural appropriation with food. Every cuisine is appropriated from somewhere else— Michael McCabe (@the_happycamper) August 18, 2018