No doubt about it. Kim Kardashian should be in a good mood. That’s because another high profile queen of reality TV has recently revealed herself to be somewhat of a phony and not true to the ‘down home’ character she’s portrayed to her fans for years.
By now, you’ve likely read or heard about the controversy surrounding Paula Deen, the queen of high-calorie, high-fat recipes, which she’s been touting for years. Despite her size, she’s kept an ‘It’s yummy, y’all’ attitude throughout – and is attempting to do the same during this current media firestorm.
Last week, Ms. Deen appeared on The Today Show to reveal she has Type 2 Diabetes – a condition that can be contributed to (along with other factors) by improper diet and not enough exercise. While attempting to smile, play down her deep fried recipes’ contribution to her diagnosis as only ‘part of the puzzle’ and promote her son’s cooking show throughout the interview, Ms. Deen also revealed that she was diagnosed 3 years ago. This is when interviewer Al Roker let the ball drop that Deen had just signed an endorsement deal with a drug manufacturer of pills that treat Diabetes 2. So even though Ms. Deen knew about her condition and continued to encourage fans to cook her high-fat, potentially artery-clogging fare, she didn’t reveal her own medical condition until she had a fat promotion contract in place.
This is behavior that is, quite frankly, piggish. And I make no reference to Ms. Deen’s girth.
During the same interview, as Ms. Deen tried to giggle away her inconsistencies and apparent lack of authenticity, she quoted herself from a years ago appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, during which Ms. Deen attempted to defend her unhealthy recipes by saying, “Honey, I’m your cook, not your doctor. You are going to have to be responsible for yourself.” This lame attempt at an excuse is so ridonkulous it makes my head spin. Wouldn’t that be the same excuse a drug dealer could use?
Ms. Deen’s continual defense of “Moderation” is just as laughable (“On my show I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people, ‘in moderation, I’ve always eaten in moderation.”). Oh, really, Ms. Deen? Then why is it a single serving of 3 wings from your recipe for Hot Buffalo Wings delivers 910 calories and 85 grams of fat? There’s nothing ‘moderate’ about even that small of a serving size.
Perhaps the example from above is one of the many reasons why Ms. Deen’s Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible was named one of the five worst cookbooks of 2011 by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
The good news is that Ms. Deen’s seemingly selfish and inept behavior has sparked a national discussion – not only about Diabetes 2 being better treated through prevention rather than medication (no matter what Ms. Deen’s new allegiance with a drug manufacturer might have us believe), but also about the revelation of another celebrity being an alleged fraud and apparently in it for the money.
Ms. Deen’s insistence on continuing to tout, sell and promote unhealthy, high-fat recipes for 3-years after learning she had Type 2 Diabetes and then choosing to go public after she’d arranged to make a profit off of her diagnosis is just downright inhospitable, y’all.
It’s since been reported that Ms. Deen will be donating a percentage of her earnings to the American Diabetes Association – an announcement she made while back peddling on The Chew a few days after her Today Show appearance. This seems more like a somewhat inauthentic response to the backlash she’s experienced than a genuine tithing. Otherwise, why wouldn’t she have reported this while on The Today Show, when discussing her endorsement deal with the drug company?
Perhaps it’s time for Ms. Deen to start actually practicing some of that ‘moderation’ she’s always chirping about – both when eating and when speaking.
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