Sunday, February 25, 2018

Toronto Star report sparks Roti-gate

...the people of T&T are not amused

Do you think a chicken roti is too much food for one meal? Is half the amount enough for you?

For Toronto Star health reporter, Megan Ogilvie, the roti she obtained from Ali's in Toronto, Canada has too many calories and should be eaten as two separate meals.

Ogilvie published her thought last week and the backlash was swift.

Trinidadians home and abroad were outraged that the beloved local Trinidadian cuisine was being treated with disrespect.

Ogilvie sampled a curried boneless chicken with potato and channa (chick peas) wrapped in a dhalpuri roti.

Ogilvie said that the wrapped delicacy has approximately 1200 calories which weighed almost one and a half pound.

Social media went ballistic over. Roti-gate was born.

One person said: “when is half a roti ever an option?”

Another said: “OMG, she literally disrespected the entire West Indies”.

One Canadian national wrote: “That was indeed a pathetic display of journalism in our city.”

Someone criticised Ogilvie's pronunciation of roti, to which she pronounced “roadie”. “Roadie” is a chicken brand name outlet and of a product.
A San fernandian went in search of a roti, weighed it, posted the weight on social media, they ate the roti in defiance.

The experts consider Ogilvie's critique to be “ridiculous”.

Roti maker Stephen Narine from Point Fortin said: “The size of the roti does not matter. It is the taste. People from all over love eating roti. Right here in Trinidad we see so many people coming together to share in this meal. So saying that you want to cut roti in half and that it have too much calories is madness. You cannot put a price on taste. Plus, roti is not something people eat every day. So what they talking about is insulting to a roti lover.”

Another business owner, who did not want to be named spoke out in defence of roti.

She said: “Maybe roti have plenty calories but that will not stop people from eating it. When you check the price of roti in some places, it is cheaper to buy roti than to buy from fast food places. People watching their pocket. Everybody knows that eating a roti is heavy. But how could you stop somebody from eating it. That is like saying when you go to Maracas don't eat shark and bake. Roti is part of our culture and everybody loves a good roti.”

The Express has reached out to the Toronto Star reporter and will update if there is a response.