Patrick Stewart Launches Yet Another International Food Debate

07/30/2015 at 05:03 PM ET

Patrick Stewart
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Patrick Stewart sure loves riling up his 1.93 million Twitter followers.

His preferred topic of discussion? Food. When Stewart asked his followers a very serious question last monthIf you didn’t eat the crusts of your pizza, did you really eat the pizza? — he ignited a lively international debate over pizza-eating etiquette.

Now, Stewart is tackling another food item near and dear to everyone’s heart: ketchup. His seemingly innocuous Tweet has riled up long-dormant national rivalries.

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That’s right, Stewart is claiming that the Brits brought ketchup to America.

Is that true? Or is he, a British person, still bitter about the American revolution? The condiment’s origins are actually quite complimented — and usually traced back to China, where ketchup (meaning “fish sauce” in Fujian dialect) evolved over hundreds of years. In the 1600s, when British and Dutch traders ventured to Southeast Asia, they fell in love with the condiment and dispersed it in the West.

The condiment’s history aside, people had all sorts of thoughts, none of them neutral, in response to Stewart’s cheeky Tweet:

One guy even tried to bring Australia into the discussion. This isn’t about you, Australia!

—Maria Yagoda

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Jessica on

All Brits are still bitter that America whooped their butts. Best military in the world?? Lol.

jeffwinterwolfhewitt on

William Shatner just drop dead after reading this

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