Through a viral Twitter thread, we recently learned that there are countless of gringos who didn’t realize that you had to unwrap tamales before they could be consumed. Apparently, people just dug right in – corn husk and all – and obviously, they hated it because the hoja de maíz is not meant to be eaten.
We just came across a tweet from @ChavezTheRapper, which gathered a few people realizing that you have to remove the corn husk, and we haven’t stopped thinking about it since. The comments showed several people agreeing with OP, who said she “always thought tamales tasted like shit…I didn’t know you were supposed to unroll them.”
Should white people have rights? pic.twitter.com/8ylz5YA07L
— chavez (@ChavezTheRapper) April 29, 2019
“Omg me either,” one person responded. “And not one fucking person corrected me when I ate the husk at the Mexican restaurant I was at with my ex’s family. They were all white, so maybe they didn’t know, either.”
Since then, more people have weighed in with similar experiences.
i’m so fucking mad i’m MEXICAN and my family eats them like this!!! when i ate tamales i always hated them too for this exact reason sksksks no one ever told me the fuck!
— ℨ Ⓥ (@saladdavs) April 30, 2019
I did not know that one was supposed to unwrap tamales from the corn husk before eating them. I am a Northerner, and no one had bothered to tell me how to consume tamales. @DreadBride 's family was quite amused by my surprise as I watched them unwrap the tamales…
— Renwick Ransley (@DreadScribe) April 26, 2019
Omg what?!? My Argentinian grandmother has watched me eat them whole and not said anything about it
— . (@OhQueenBey) May 1, 2019
me, a white, finally finding out how to eat tamales at nearly 24 years old after a lifetime of assuming you ate the husk pic.twitter.com/ySbsSZ1jHX
— v e g g i e s l u t (@vegan_vexation) May 1, 2019
And of course, incredulous people have reacted accordingly.
Good morning to everyone except the people who’ve eaten tamales with the husk on.
— m a r I s s a (@suzekellogg) May 1, 2019
There's a post on FB about YT people not knowing to unwrap tamales. The been eating the wraps and I cant stop laughing. pic.twitter.com/Ij87u2FrbL
— Max (@condelove) April 30, 2019
I just saw a tweet about white people eating tamales with the husk still on and phew I haven’t laughed that hard in a while
— alex✈️bts (@6ramyeoncups) May 1, 2019
Thought it was news to us that so many people ate tamales incorrectly, we knew it had happened to Gerald Ford as he ran for president in 1976. At the time, the blunder was known as “The Great Tamale Incident.” Some believe that the incident cost him the presidency.
Tamales are literally presents and you need to unwrap them before you can enjoy the masa-filled goodness. Also, if you come across a tamal wrapped in plantain leaves, please don’t eat that either.