I’m going to be up front and say that I AM PISSED OFF! If that offends you, go away and come back some other day. Please. Go now. I don’t have much patience to wait.
Ok, well, hopefully the easily offended are gone now. I’ve been in a bitch ass mood all day and it’s not getting any better. Not at all. It’s been the kind of day that Mrs. Mom says makes Satan quake in his boots and say, “Oh Shit! She’s UP!” Yeah, that kind of day…
And just as I thought it was getting better, I went on Facebook. Oh, I can hear it now! Y’all are wondering why the hell I went and did something like that when I’m already in a rank mood. Because, apparently, I can’t decide if I’m sadistic or masochistic today.
Tosca Reno, a woman I admire, who has really caught the media’s eye with her Eat Clean lifestyle, has pushed me over the edge. What is it she said, you wonder? Here, I’ll directly copy and paste her quote from Facebook for you:
“I have opened a can of worms but not with ill will.
I want us to think about what we are eating. It may not be popular for me to express my opinion but if it isn’t food that is making us sick then what is? Miss Deen is in a position through her TV and books to teach people how to eat therefore she has a responsibility to the public to include some awareness about what is healthy to consume daily or not.
It makes me upset that so many of us are fooled about food. There has never before a crisis of health in our nation as there is right now regarding diabetes, particularly diabetes Type 2, a totally unnecessary disease. We can’t be casual about our approach to food.
Do you think for one second I don’t enjoy birthday cake with my kids or a glass of wine? I have even tried some of Miss Deen’s recipes. What is missing from this whole situation is the plea for common sense. This means limiting those foods that act like poisons to our body and make us sick. I’m not on a high horse about this. I just think it is a terribly sad situation that people would rather defend the delicious taste of a cookie than their own health. My compassion for people is not to profit from books or seminars but out of a genuine concern for what is happening to us. Look at us. Just look at us. I’m frightened by what I see happening.
So let me keep hearing from you because I need to know your thoughts on this whole issue. It is very important to me.”
– Tosca Reno, Facebook, 1/17/2012 @ 10:30 pm EST
And this was my response to her comment:
“I’m sick of this ‘blame someone else for our problems / let’s all find a scapegoat garbage’ going around. Look, Paula Deen never made anyone eat her cooking, or cook her recipes, or buy her books or even watch her on TV. Trust me, I’ve turned her off plenty of times. Enthusiastic southern women just kind hit a nerve (and I live in the South). Has nothing to do with them, that’s MY deal.
You want someone to blame, let’s blame the fact that we’ve had 100 years of corporate interests advertising worse and worse things for us to eat. Blame a goverment system that has completely failed the greater good of it’s citizens. Want to blame someone? Blame Monsanto. Blame General Mills. Blame everybody who voted in a politician that appointed a bureaucrat who sold out our children for the expediency of corporate funded health studies paid for by the people trying to sell Americans the crap they claim is healthy.
WE did this. Our Parents did this. Their Parents did this. Paula Deen did not do this! She is not shoving food in OUR faces making little airplane noises or loading OUR grocery carts! She does not force us to buy her cookbooks, eat at her restaurant, cook the things she makes, or force us to watch her shows.
We don’t fix this by blaming a woman who has books and a tv show about regional cooking…we fix this by addressing the REAL problem. WE need to take responsibility for OURSELVES.
-This comment brought to you by Americans sick of everybody finding a new horse to beat to death and then try to ride.”
Now, to be fair and give credit where credit is due, Bad Pants listened to my inarticulate rage and watched me storm around his office absolutely fuming, then took what I said and put it together for me. Which I deeply appreciate, because, we all know Satan and His minions were cowering in some far corner of Hades, trembling in fear of my wrath.
So, Paula Deen is a spokesman for the Danish diabetes medication company, Novo Nordisk, and apparently that also has Tosca Reno upset. Well, she’s no more directly responsible for the diabetes of America than Nell Carter or Wilfred Brimley, and they were also spokespeople for diabetes medications! Or, Patti LaBelle, because she has diabetes and wrote a cookbook for diabetics! I know! How about holding any famous person responsible that represented Firestone responsible for the death and accidents that happened before and during Firestorm? Doesn’t that make as much sense? The whole thing is utterly ridiculous!
WE are each individually responsible for what we put in our bodies and allow our children to put into their bodies. No one is forcing us to eat crap! It’s time people took responsibility for THEIR OWN ACTIONS! Quit blaming everyone else, America! It’s each our very own individual fucking fault if what we’re eating is making us unhealthy! Not some celebrity!
WAKE UP! We all have free will! We get to choose what we eat or don’t eat, what we do or don’t do! BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!
Oh, and Ms. Reno, that agave nectar you’re so fond of in your cookbooks? Yeah, it’s about as natural and “clean” as margarine. It’s also “processed” and animals won’t touch it in the wild. What makes YOU think it’s so great for the rest of us to consume? Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?
(see here, here, and here. Oh, and here.)