In the US, mention of Spam can often provoke disgust rather than salivation. Many World War 2 veterans, who depended on the canned meat while deployed, came to loathe it in peacetime.
Even during the war, many were less than appreciative: company president Jay Hormel told an interviewer in 1945 that he kept a file in his office “in which (to) dump letters of abuse” sent to him by soldiers around the world.
Many British also dislike Spam, the canned meat carrying with it memories of rationing and hardship.
In the UK, “Spam is often looked at quite negatively as a cheap, salty processed meat,” said Da-Hae West, a Korean chef and food writer based in the south of England.
In the English-speaking world, Spam — sold in the iconic blue-and-yellow cans that have changed little over the decades — also gained a slightly ridiculous air thanks to a “Monty Python” sketch depicting a cafe which sold nothing but dishes containing the luncheon meat.