How the internet came together to make a random recipe go viral just to spite a homophobic parent

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Saturday 23 November 2019 15:45

You know that feeling when you're in the mood for a dinner that's kind of bold and fresh and slightly salty? Well, look no further – the internet has got this covered.

Behold – the revenge meatloaf.

Its origins are somewhat mysterious, but that just makes it all the more enticing.

The recipe found its people when it was posted to Reddit earlier this month by a user who explained their mother was wildly secretive about it and never wanted anyone else to find it out.

Said mother turned out to be "super homophobic and abusive" to their child when they came out as gay.

Hell hath no fury like an LGBT+ icon with a secret to expose.

And because Reddit be Reddit, people were mostly obsessed with dissecting the logic behind the recipe – to breadcrumb or not to breadcrumb is apparently a point of serious contention among meatloaf connoisseurs – and pondering what "1TBs ketchup" means (we're going to say more likely to be "tablespoons" than "terabytes", just FYI).

But it was when writer Marjorie Ingall tweeted out the recipe yesterday that people began to seriously take notice of the revenge meatloaf.

Many seemed sceptical about the sheer amount of meat it called for (the equivalent of 16 quarter-pounders), but Ingall followed up with a ringing endorsement and the revenge meatloaf is now basically everywhere.

We can almost hear the homophobic mother sobbing at her Twitter timeline and honestly it's absolutely perfect.


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