Chocolate New Orleans
|Chocolate New Orleans|
The Chocolate New Orleans fad spawned from a speech given by New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin on Martin Luther King Day, in which he called for the establishment of a chocolate city.
The speech contained several bewildering ideas, including Nagin professing to have spoken to Martin Luther King and, the 2006 hurricane season being a punishment from God for the US-led invasion of Iraq. As he reached his conclusion, Nagin referred to the reconstruction of New Orleans following the damage of Hurricane Katrina, and stressed that the rebuilt city would maintain it's largely black population:
"We ask black people: it's time. It's time for us to come together. It's time for us to rebuild a New Orleans, the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans. And I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day."
The misconception that Nagin was calling for an entirely black population and the absurdity of his metaphor resulted in widespread mockery, particularly on YTMND, where Willy Wonka was already an established fad. Most sites utilizing the Chocolate New Orleans fad feature the tell-tale soundbyte of Nagin as well as a scene where buildings are altered to look brown in order to create the illusion they are made of chocolate.
One of the more notable musical selections for the fad is "The Land of Chocolate." The music originated from a scene in the Simpsons episode "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" in which Homer Simpson daydreams of a literal chocolate city. The entire scene has been included as a track on YTMND - The Soundtrack Volume 9.