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For Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, the question is not why kids are asking for spaghetti tacos, but why they haven’t asked for them sooner.
“This combination seems to be an inevitability, sort of like chocolate and peanut butter running into each other on that Reese’s commercial,” he said. “The amazement should be only that it took ‘iCarly’ to bring it into our melting pot of a culture.”
“Spaghetti tacos has made it possible to eat spaghetti in your car,” he said. “It’s a very important technological development. You don’t even need a plate.”
First of all, this guy, Robert Thompson, is a “professor of popular culture.” What the hell is that? Did institutions of higher learning give up on inventing erudite fields of study for middle aged guys who get asked for comment on a story about iCarly? If this guy is a professor of popular culture, then I declare myself the Grand Doyenne of popular culture. Notice that neither the title nor the department is capitalized; it’s like the New York Times stylebook has bullshit detectors on these experts.
Second of all, please read what he says and explain to me why that shit has to come from a “professor of popular culture.” What the fuck is the inevitability of spaghetti and tacos coming together like chocolate and peanutbutter? Aside from the Taco Town commercial, I just don’t really see the inevitable mashup of those two foods. After all, this is America not Japan, a wacky place where they do have noodle sandwiches called yakisoba pan. And the rest of the quote about eating spaghetti in cars and not needing a plate? How hard is this guy bullshitting? Oh, New York Times, did you really dig up a tenured asshole to lend credibility to your spaghetti taco story with a couple of dumbass jokes?
So, in the end, spaghetti tacos turned into a lesson in demand and job creation. The Times needs an expert with credentials to comment on anything from spaghetti tacos to Snooki. Some dude becomes the indispensable source of expert credence and becomes the department head of Television and Popular Culture. This guy’s too old to be GenX but his story might as well have the marquee “The Slacker’s Progress.”