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Monday, May 12, 2014

How Dare Jon Favreau Not Make the Atlas Shrugged of Food Truck Movies?

Posted by on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Nick Sibilla and Garrett Atherton co-wrote a review of the new Jon Favreau movie Chef for conservative site National Review. They liked it, I guess, but they're upset that the movie didn't spend a whole lot of its running time complaining about Big Government:

But the movie diverges sharply from reality by giving scant attention to the No. 1 obstacle faced by many food-truck operators: restrictive and anti-competitive laws that, all too often, drive them out of business...

...while Chef spotlights Austin, L.A., and New Orleans for their vibrant street-food scenes, it doesn’t show why food trucks are thriving there. Simply put, Austin and Los Angeles have generally resisted the urge to restrict food trucks from competing with restaurants.

Of course, this review makes sense when you get down to the author bio and read that Sibila and Atherton work at the right-leaning Institute for Justice, which advocates for "food-truck freedom." This review kicked off an earnest discussion in the comments about whether it's appropriate to use parking meters for food trucks, including whether the use of a parking spot in the Bosom Buddies theme song is an appropriate use of a parking meter. The collision of conservative thought and popular culture is always an awkward mating ritual to watch, and this thread is a positively delightful example of that in action.


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Well. To be fair the left does this kind of Ideological Check-Listing bullshit griping in TV and movie reviews all the time. But with the far-leftist ideological purity filtering of art - the good is the enemy of the perfect.

Remember WALL-E? A cartoon robot with a great ecological message - it was too sexist and it fat-shamed. Breaking Bad was accused of stereotyping Latinos. Fuck. Wasn't Stephen Colbert satirical character just accused of being a racist? We could go on and on with examples really.

With all these Right or Left extremists nothing is "pure enough."

Posted by tkc on May 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
What drives "taco trucks" out of business is food service regulations, not restrictive or anti-competitive laws. How many of those trucks do you honestly believe have running hot water for the servers to wash their hands with? Food-trucks need to renamed food-poisoning-trucks. The sooner they are run out of business the better.
Posted by Unless you enjoy eating fecal coliforms. on May 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM · Report this
Someone lime Matthew Yglesias would write such things. Some rules are silly: restrictions on traditional African hair styling ( must have a cosmetologist licence! ).

Food trucks should be freer to operate.
Posted by Christopher J on May 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM · Report this
@2: Good point.
Posted by Tyro on May 13, 2014 at 2:52 AM · Report this
@2: and sometimes it really is useless restrictive laws. In Houston there's a law on the books about 2 or more food trucks being with a certain distance of each other because somehow that could make downtown blow up.
Posted by neverdidlikeyou on May 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM · Report this

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