Paula Deen is endorsing drugs, but not healthy eating

After announcing she has Type 2 Diabetes, Deen becomes a spokesperson for a diabetes drug instead of healthier eating habits. We (and Anthony Bourdain) wag our fingers.
Jezebel, Paula Deen


If you haven’t heard by now, Paula Deen, the queen of Southern fried cooking (with a side of butter), announced on the Today Show on Tuesday morning that she has Type 2 Diabetes. (Refresher: Type 1 is the kind you’re born with, Type 2 is usually lifestyle-induced.)

Which is just so ripe for tsk-tsking, you feel bad (or cliched) even addressing it.

The thing that we definitely will call her out on, however, is her decision to act as a spokesperson for a drug that treats the condition (chef-TV host Anthony Bourdain did the same on Twitter this morning), while not taking the opportunity to talk about changing her unhealthy eating habits.

Anthony Bourdain Tweet on Paula Deen
Anthony Bourdain wags a digital finger at Paula Deen's decision to profit from a diabetes drug endorsement with his "crutches" Tweet today

Deen told Today she had “always eaten in moderation,” rather than admitting she could have substituted a kale salad for Doughnut Burgers or Deep-Fried Stuffing on a Stick once or twice.

To add insult to injury, she said the food that she cooks on TV is just “for entertainment.”

So she didn’t expect anyone to cook it? Right.

But the reality is Deen doesn’t need to admit to the irony of her unfortunate diagnosis. It sends a clear, obvious message that really doesn’t need any pointing out.

Though we will.

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