It’s been a long time since I have posted anything. Because of this, I’m sure my few regular readers think I have fallen off the face of the earth. But alas…I have not.
I am starting a new weekly posting called “Have A Seat” where I intend to point out the bullshit, hypocrisy and outright lunacy of people, places, or things that grab my attention. These things may be in the news or daily occurrences in my life. That is to say, no one is exempt. Given some of the things I see in the news this could be a long running series.
Now, let’s get started.
Hey y’all!! Paula Deen announced this week she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes three years ago. Her revelation was met with a firestorm of criticism from many of her fans, diabetic patients, and a fellow celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. (If you missed that you can read about it here.)
The timing of her revelation coincides with the announcement of her partnership with diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk as a paid spokesperson.
So here we have an overweight celebrity chef whose menu and focus is comfort foods laden with butter and sugar telling the world she is diabetic in order to educate you about the disease.
Ms. Dean….HAVE. A. SEAT!!!
Your entire empire is built on recipes that are a diabetic’s kryptonite. No matter how subtlety mentioned “moderation” your fatty sugar-rich recipes, which you state you will continue to promote on your shows, and your paid “partnership” with the drug company casts you in the bright lights of hypocrisy.
Your supporters say that you owe no one an explanation. I disagree.
If you were to be taken seriously and sincerely, you should have made the announcement of your diagnosis years ago, shortly after you learned of it. If you were sincere about your desire to educate others on diabetes, you should have offered healthier alternatives to your recipes in conjunction with emphasizing moderation. And here’s a novel idea…introduce your viewers to healthy tasty recipes that can assist them in AVOIDING diabetes altogether.
And finally, all of this should have been done without you profiting from promoting drugs that only treat and mask diabetic symptoms.
I balked at Anthony Bourdain’s assertion that you were the “worst, dangerous person in America.”
But now I think, he may not be too far off the mark.