So in foodie news, Paula Deen was diagnosed three years ago with Type II Diabetes. She continued to star on a cooking show that promotes "classic Southern cuisine", such as deep-fried dressing and Krispy-Kreme bread pudding. Now she's signed on as a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk promoting diabetes medicine as the solution and says she doesn't plan on making any changes to her cooking show. It is common knowledge that obesity and diet are the main causes of what used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but is now showing up in children. Generally, I don't care what celebrities do unless it involves torturing dogs, sexually exploiting children or something equally reprehensible. Still, Paula bugs me because the last thing that people in the United States needs to hear is that they can take medication instead of taking direct responsibility for their health and giving up the butter-coated deep-fried Coca-cola coffee cake with buttercream frosting. So what are your thoughts? Does she deserve some Deng-style loving sideways with a cast-iron skillet or no?
My favorite has been what Anothony Bourdain's been saying about her. Things like calling her the most dangerous chef in America, and also calling out her failure to share her disease while promoting unhealthy eating.
His latest tweet is the best:
"Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later."
My favorite part? Anthony Bourdain was a HEROIN ADDICT and he's giving somebody shit for cooking with butter. Bitch, please. He cooked at Les Halles. Red meat, butter, cheese...French. And let me give you non-southerners a lesson: she isn't exclusively cooking "classic Southern cuisine." Her ingredients can be picked up at any Walmart in the country.
It's because she's Southern and therefore perceived as stupid. The Barefoot Contessa cooks with lardons and fromage, and she's cooking in the refined style of the French. Paula cooks with bacon and cheese and she's out to murder children and promote obesity. Nobody is telling you to watch her, eat anything she cooks, or buy her diabetes drug. She donated the money from that drug deal (ha) to a diabetes research organization, y'all.
I am so sick of seeing people attacked like this. I bet most people would be thrilled to have Paula as a grandma. I heard her on the Today show - I'm a cook, not your doctor. Amen, sister.
But it was kinda funny when she got hit in the face with that ham. I'm not made of wood, y'all. Still, the people that are so "outraged" by her must not have much to occupy their time.
I'm sorry, everything in moderation, I eat butter, fat and sugar myself, yadda yadda -
But when you broadcast nearly exclusively recipes you know are unhealthy, get diabeetus from having eaten it all, don't tell us for three years, then sign up for a lucrative contract promoting the anti-diabetes medicine and products of Novo Nordisk, you deserve what you get from the rest of us.
This isn't a north/south thing. I've made and eaten my share of chocolate mousse, and I cooked professionally for nearly four years, all of it rich, high end food that should only be eaten once a month by healthy people. This is NOT what Paula Deen's message was or apparently still is, despite contracting what is clearly an IF/THEN disease that will likely kill her before her time.