January 18, 2012, - 1:25 am
There are two “news” stories of which I’m particularly tired. One is the new baby of Beyonce and Jay-Z and the excessive gushing over this nothing by all of the media. This mere baby is suddenly the new supreme being of the universe for some reason because her dad is a foul-mouthed, over-rated rap star and her mother is a pop singer. So what, who cares. The other annoying story stuck in an endless echo chamber is the “Paul Deen has diabetes, and she deserves it ‘cuz her recipes are unhealthy, nah-nah nah-nah nah-nah!” baloney. The schadenfreude-style gloating of the nanny-staters who want to tell me what to eat, how much, and when is just a little disgusting. I’m tired of hearing it. Shut up already.
The Paula Deen story is a national IQ test. If you join the snickering groupthink crowd and blame the excess of Type 2 diabetes and fat kids in America on her, you failed . . . and you’re a liberal–which is just a nicer way of saying, you failed. These same liberals who attack Paula Deen for making a cheesecake are the same ones whining that the Gitmo detainees only get five versions of halal cheesecake and not 15. Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you or any other American to make Deen’s fattening, butter-laden foods. No one forced you to eat it, especially the whole thing. No one made you sit on your ass afterward and not go for a walk or do something to work it off. That was your choice. If you’re in a wheelchair or paralayzed, that’s a different story (and it’s still not Paula Deen’s fault). But, for everybody else, your excuse isn’t Paula Deen. It’s you. There’s a reason the word is “self-control,” not “Paula-Deen-control.” Try it, sometime.
Somehow Deen “deserves” diabetes for this? Anyone who feels this way–including the airheaded faux-conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck who said so today on ABC hag-fest, “The View”–is mentally disturbed. In fact, Deen said that Michelle Obama ate more food on the set of her show than any other guest. Does that mean, by the logic of the food police, that Michelle Obama deserves to get Type 2 diabetes, too? Can’t wait to see how statist Obamacare deals with diabetic Americans. Yes, Deen is responsible for her own choices, and she’s now seeing the consequences of what she chose to put in her own body. She’s not responsible for what you put in yours, regardless of whether or not it’s one of her recipes. That she has had diabetes for several years is her business, and she had no duty to disclose it.
America is about the freedom to make your own choices and accept responsibility for them. Or, at least, that’s how it used to be. Now, we blame everything on everyone else, thanks to the left-wing, Saudi-style food police and their absurd jihad on food. We blame fat people on McDonald’s, even though those fat people had a choice to order a salad and go work out instead of eating five Big Macs. We blame fat people on soft drinks, even though nobody forced you to buy and then drink the liquid sugar crack. What–you were out of potable running water from your faucet? And we blame fat people on Paula Deen who does a show you don’t have to watch and has magazines and books you don’t have to buy and/or read. When I was at the gym today, and yesterday, and the day before that, I never saw a single fat person. They aren’t going to the gym because that’s what they chose. That’s their fault. Not Paula Deen’s. You wanna eat fried chicken? That’s on you. If she has such magical sway over you, you should probably lose your right to vote, too.
For the record, I’m not a fan of Ms. Deen because she doesn’t pass my smell test. I think she’s to cooking what Andy Griffith’s Arkansan-hobo-cum-media sensation was to America in “A Face in the Crowd“: a synthetic act. To me, her over-exuberant folksiness feels manufactured by Madison Avenue, not homegrown in America’s G-d’s country. She’s a branded entity, not a naturally occurring Southern belle of the kitchen. I don’t eat her kind of food because, yes, it isn’t healthy . . . especially if you eat it all. Plus I don’t like rich foods with lots of butter and grease, and many of her recipes aren’t kosher, my religiously-mandated diet. It’s just not my kind of food. But to each his own. It doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate that she has a huge fan base of people who love her cooking.
And it doesn’t mean I believe I should impose my will on everyone else in America. That’s the attitude, though, of the gloaters who are now attacking Paula Deen. I was laughing at the gym, this evening, when I saw the “NBC Nightly News” newscast come on the screen with the “Deen has diabetes, let’s all tell her she deserves it” story as the TOP story on the newscast. Really? That’s really worthy of the lead story? We have so few problems in America that this is deigned not only “news,” but the top news story of the day, as opposed to gas nearing $4.00 again and Republicans in the midst of choosing the man who might be the next President?
If Paula Deen getting diabetes is the most important thing to happen to America today or even the 100th most important, we are a pathetic country. Even more pathetic are those who tell her it’s some sort of karma for demonstrating fattening recipes on TV.
It’s not Paula Deen’s fault if you can’t stop stuffing your face and get sick because of it. It’s yours. End of story (I wish).
Tags: cooking, diabetes, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, food, food police, jihad on food, NBC Nightly News, Paula Deen, Type 2 Diabetes