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.
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.