10 Great Excuses for When You’re a Guest With Someone’s Family at Thanksgiving and They Offer Chitlins and You Don’t Want to Offend Them

Rashida Withers via YouTube screenshot
Rashida Withers via YouTube screenshot

I eat chitlins occasionally, but I know some of y’all bougie Negroes don’t. And I also know that some of y’all chitlin doubters will be with friends’ or your new partner’s family over the holidays for the first time. And there might be chitlins present. And you might be wondering what to say or do to get out of eating them without offending anyone.


Well, you’ve come to the right place.

1. “I’m allergic to pork.”

Works better than most food-allergy declarations because, instead of the instant disdain and dismissal that comes when random-ass pollen or potato allergies are articulated, a pork allergy will be met with sadness and empathy.


2. “My grandmother used to make them, and I haven’t eaten them since she died because they remind me of her.”

Again, gets the sympathy points while also cementing your status as a veteran chitlin eater. Extra bonus points for effort and shamelessness if your grandma is actually dead.

3. “You know, I actually had some this morning and I’m all chitlined out.”

Not only do you get out of eating them—they’ll be so impressed that you ate some before even brushing your teeth that you might get extra pound cake. And who doesn’t want extra pound cake?


4. “Is that Beyoncé?”

If you want to find a creative way to get out of chitlin eating, allow for a generous helping on your plate, and then look toward the living room TV and blurt, “Is that Beyoncé?”


When everyone turns to look, dump the pig innards back into the gutbucket.

5. “Jesus ate them. And I’m not Christian enough yet to eat what Jesus ate.”

If they ask how you’re so sure that Jesus was feasting on swine ’testines, remind them that’s probably why he drank so much wine. They’ll be too busy trying to figure that out to even care about your refusal of the pork meats.


6. “Do you have croissants and pickles? I can’t really eat them without croissants and pickles.”

Establishes, again, that you’re a veteran chitlin eater while also requesting a combination of foods to eat with them that they probably don’t have in the kitchen at the moment.


But although useful and efficient, this is the most dangerous excuse. Because if they do happen to have croissants and pickles, you’re stuck now eating chitlins with croissants and pickles like a fucking raccoon.

7. “Do you mind if I post these on my food blog?”

Of course they’ll say, “Of course!” Which now gives you leeway to spend the next 47 minutes taking pictures of them and selfies with them instead of eating them. #ChitlinSelfies.


8. “You know, I’m really full, but if I could just have some to take home, that would be great.”

Of course, that Tupperware is getting hurled into a dumpster as soon as the coast is clear, but they don’t know that.


9. “Would you mind if I put these in the microwave?”

This’ll give you an out because no one puts chitlins in the microwave. Chitlins are either heated on a stove or with the heat emitted from the flames from Confederate monuments set on fire.


10. “Thanks, but no thanks. I actually brought my own.”

Of course, this requires some foresight because you’ll have to prepare and bring a vat of chitlins just in case you might be asked to eat some. Which is why, if you decide to do this, instead of chitlins, just chop some lightly fried bacon into little pieces and soak them in Vaseline, and they won’t be able to tell the difference. 

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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Look the person dead in the face and tell them you only eat human ass, the way the lord intended. Of course this could back fire but hey, everyone likes a good story.