Salt Bae parody in Vietnam lands beef noodle vendor in sizzling water

It’s uncommon that a meme results in being hauled in by the police, but in Vietnam, a poorly – or maybe pointedly – timed meme has landed a beef noodle soup vendor in scorching water. Authentic posted a video of himself parodying the “Salt Bae” – chef Nusret Gokce, who went massively viral in 2017 for the flamboyant method he sprinkled salt on his cooking.
The 38 year previous soup vendor from Danang said that he thought it might be enjoyable and promote his shop to mimic the famous sprinkling transfer, so he made a video that he posted to Facebook with the title “Green Onion Bae”. It showed him slicing his boiled beef earlier than using Salt Bae’s signature gesture to rain down green onions onto his bowl of soup in a humorous parody.
“The video I made was for fun and for promoting my beef noodle shop. More clients have been coming since I posted it.”
The meme appears harmless enough, not offensive or insulting to anybody on the surface. But it’s the political context of recent controversy in Vietnam that seems to have police questioning if this is merely a prepare dinner copying a meme in hopes of viral advertising, or if it was a political statement, taking a jab at Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security To Lam.
See, Salt Bae owns a chain of luxury steakhouses, and the person himself had uploaded a video last week of him proudly serving the Vietnamese Minister a gold leaf encrusted steak that sells for nearly US $2000 (around 60,000 baht) at his London restaurant. The video enraged many critics on-line and within the public discourse that saw the decadence on display as extremely tone-deaf as the government has been claiming to be cracking down on corruption.
The video brought on such a stir that the hashtag #saltbae was globally blocked on Facebook for some time after the footage went viral. And whereas the soup vendor said the timing was a coincidence and his video was all meant in self-promoting enjoyable, he had also beforehand criticised the government on Facebook and claimed to be talking out to enhance society.
In Vietnam, anti-government activists who communicate out online and on social media are routinely interrogated by the Communist Party. His previous on-line antic had gotten him known as in to the police in April as properly, so it’s no shock that the Salt Bae parody proper after the federal government scandal in Vietnam raised red flags and obtained him summoned once once more to face police questioning, though Danang police have not commented on the case up to now.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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