So, I was reading The New Yorker and came across this crazy article about Trump supporters enraged by an 18th century dessert. Apparently, Jon Townsend & Sons is a YouTube show that looks at 18th century cooking, historical sites and historical interpreters. The host, James, was on location at George and Martha's place at Mt. Vernon around the fourth of July this year.
He was cooking with one of the historical interpreters onsite an orange custard, for which I have unwittingly memorized the recipe for, whose name is Orange Fool. Followers of the YouTube show became angry that Townsend would disrespect the current president in such a manner as to call him a fool. You see, they thought that he was underhandedly commenting on current politics by calling Trump an Orange Fool.
So much attention was given that several media outlets picked up the story, leading me to the New Yorker. Townsend vehemently denies any malice in preparing a Washington household dessert dating back hundreds of years. Though the situation caused him great frustration, I'm so glad it happened and glad that I was led to the channel.
For it led me to Michael Twitty, who I follow on social media and Brenda Parker, historical interpreter at Mt. Vernon. Her moving account of why she portrays enslaved women on the former Washington plantation, reaffirmed my love of and devotion to history. I love her and must meet her one day!