I just finished reading an article about all the people that now hate Paula Deen, the popular host of Paula’s Home Cooking which airs on The Food Network. Apparently they think her accent is fake, her obnoxious use of butter is life threatening and her diamond ring too large and gaudy.
Really? Seriously? Come on! With all the problems in the world, a person’s biggest beef is with Paula Deen? I guess it’s to be expected since there’s already a Rachel Ray Sucks club and a Giada Delaurentiis backlash along with the always fervent Martha misgivings (which have certainly died down since her stint in the slammer) and of course, the always constant Rosie and Oprah haters bringing up the rear.
Does Paula Dean use too much butter? Sure. And yes, I’ve had bowel movements smaller than her diamond, but I like the lady. She’s fun and exuberant and a great example of how food is more than just fuel. Food is love and comfort and your history and connects you to others. The reason she hasn’t had a massive coronary is because she truly loves every buttery, fried morsel.
Although it’s doubtful that she’ll live to be 100, she will enjoy every minute that she has on this planet. This exuberance and positive attitude may help her to out live the health nut that begrudgingly eats steamed veggies while sipping lemon water after a 20 mile run because hating yourself to healthy isn’t always healthy, people. Wellness needs to be balanced with fun and that’s what Paula Deen teaches us every time we tune in. And frankly, to overcome agoraphobia the way she did and create a culinary empire one sandwich at a time, is pretty damn impressive. Do we suddenly have to hate her because she’s filthy rich and happy?
Perhaps you can hate Rachel Ray some more. Then again, I challenge you to make one of her meals in less than 30 minutes because it’s damn tough. Yea she talks with her hands too much, but she’s learning and getting better and I dare any one of you to attempt to have a popular daytime television show while cooking, interviewing, listening, talking and trying to be entertaining. Thank you Rachel for showing us how to be more effective in our kitchens and more intuitive while we cook. When you can “eye ball it” in the kitchen, you can better wing it in other areas of life.
Now to Giada, another chef everyone loves to hate. Does she show too much cleavage? Sure, but admit it, if you had her figure, you’d show more cleavage as well. What I love about Giada is that she is living proof that you can eat Italian food and not be the size of a Volkswagen. Yes she’s naturally petite, but if you portion your food properly nothing is off limits. Anyone that encourages me to put cheese on my crusty bread while speaking Italian is okay in my book. The fact that she’s beautiful and has a waist, well hell, what do you care? It seems to me that people hate her because she dares to have it all and look good while doing it. If she was 100 pounds heavier with a hairy mole on her nose, all would be well in the world.
I’ve said it before on this blog and I’ll say it again, I truly believe that once a woman gets a little too much, the backlash starts. If she’s too rich, too pretty, too famous, or too successful, she needs to be taken down a notch. I don’t see men treated the same way. Where’s the George Clooney or Brad Pitt backlash? Why don’t the masculine heads of major hollywood studios or fortune 500 companies get picked on for having too much?
Or maybe the foodies are just extreme folks that don’t like famous TV chefs as much as the quieter, not so famous ones? I must admit the same folks hating the food network ladies hate the food network men just as much. Perhaps my estrogen is clouding my judgement on this topic, but it seems to me that the women have to wade through a bigger pile of horseshit than the men do.
Author’s Note: I forgot to link to the article I read about Mrs. Deen and now I can’t find it.