Will only people from Mexico or from provable Mexican descent be able to get served at Taco Bell restaurants in a move to fight cultural appropriation? No, that's not true, no such announcement has been made by the company. The story came from a Christian and conservatively themed satirical website, the news is not real.
The announcement appeared on May 4, 2018 in an article on The Babylon Bee titled "Fighting Cultural Appropriation: From Now On Taco Bell Will Only Serve Customers Of Mexican Descent" (archived here) which opened:
IRVINE, CA--Cultural appropriators in America, you've just been put on notice. Fast-Food giant Taco Bell has announced that from now on it will only serve customers of Mexican descent to ensure that "everyone stays in their lanes."
Patrons will be asked to show proof of their Mexican heritage at the drive-thru window or dine-in counter, and anyone who doesn't meet the stringent racial standards won't be able to partake in Taco Bell's authentic Mexican cuisine.
Great job, Taco Bell! It's important for restaurants to make sure that people of different ethnicities are not experiencing each other's cultures, or harmfully colonizing fast food.
Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail might have confused it for a real story at first sight:
IRVINE, CA--Cultural appropriators in America, you've just been put on notice. Fast-Food giant Taco Bell has announced that from now on it will only serve customers of Mexican descent to ensure that "everyone stays in their lanes." Patrons will be asked to show proof of their Mexican heritage at the drive-thru window or dine-in counter, ...
But "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:
The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.
And Taco Bell's newsroom page with press announcents makes no mention of the story at all.
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