March 26, 2017

‘Food Porn’ gone bad on Instagram

Social media sites like Instagram make it hard to avoid the viral habit of posting food photos. Viewers are often bombarded by friend’s photos of restaurant meals as well meals they have cooked.

Sometimes these photos are easy to appreciate other times others times they are a waste of space.

Whether it be filet mignon or lasagna made with american cheese slices, people have posted photos of it; some without a care in the world if it actually looks appealing or not.

Due to some Internet users inability to decipher a good food photo from a bad food photo, some genius has created a page dedicated to “regramming” all of the horrible and seemingly inedible “food porn” fails.

The page, @cookingforbae, is full of some of the most hilarious meals and comments ever  – and just in time for the holidays. The food on this page is often – and fittingly – referred to as “struggle plates.”

According to Urban Dictionary’s website, a “struggle plate” is defined as, “A dish of food that either looks like nasty, unappetizing slop or is simply ugly in presentation, even if it might actually taste good… [the] Term even applies to when one posts a picture that exposes his or her lack of culinary savvy. Person who prepared said food is usually quite delusional, really believing they just threw down like a gourmet chef at a restaurant rated tops in a Zagat survey.”

Sadly, a lot of the food posted does not look much like food at all. Viewers are bound to encounter loads of horrifying, yet gut busting photos of the world’s proudest creations.

Some of the funniest things about these photos are the comments of the – often times confused – viewers.

“Banana Pudding or Snot Pudding?”

“I can’t identify one thing on that plate lol”

“Looks like what comes out of my dog after he goes through the garbage”

“If this was my last meal I would just have to die hungry”

“Has anyone correctly identified this yet?”

So it is safe to say, before you decide to post photos of your aunt’s signature macaroni casserole, your mom’s famous potato salad, or your grandma’s delicious holiday stuffing, you may want to think twice, because finding your favorite meal on this Instagram page is not a good thing.

Anisca Miles can be reached at [email protected]

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