Food Network star and best-selling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis happens to be a long-time personal hero of mine, and ordinarily, I defend her to the death. But I'm having a hard time stomaching a recent interview she did for the February issue of Redbook. Call me cranky, but some of her comments about "men, trust, and tabloid lies" are just rubbing me the wrong way.
Take, for instance, her stance on being a "traditional wife" to husband Todd Thompson ...
I think it can be hard for any man to sometimes be upstaged by his wife ... So when I'm home, I work very hard to be Todd's wife and Jade's mother. I have no problem going back to those traditional roles.
Is it just me or did women everywhere take a collective step back in time?
While Giada stops short of apologizing for being more famous and making more money than her husband, the guilty sentiment is still there. She feels the need to compensate for the fact that she has a successful career by reassuring us that it's okay because she cooks and cleans for him (or whatever being "traditional" these days entails) -- even though I bet a lot of her fans are comfortable with the idea of a partnership in which the woman is the breadwinner. Blech.
Moreover, I'm sure she didn't intend this, but I think her comment is actually offensive to Thompson because it suggests that he can't handle being married to a successful woman. In fact, he's probably thrilled -- Giada is hot, rich, and talented! (And is this a good time to mention my favorite piece of trivia about Thompson, that he is a clothing designer for Anthropologie? Coolest job ever.)
The only thing more annoying than the above comment is this one:
I try to be Giada, the young girl that he met 20 years ago and fell in love with ... All men want to be treated like kings in a relationship, and I think if women don't indulge that sometimes, their men are likely to stray and look for someone who can give that to them.
I'll ignore the barfy "treated like kings" cliche (hey, she can treat her man however she wants) and instead ask this question: She's not saying that it's a woman's fault if her man cheats, is she? IS SHE?
I'm just going to hope that these quotes were taken out of context and move along with my day. In the meantime, I will say that I was happy to hear she addressed the ridiculous John Mayer cheating rumors and denied all allegations:
The John Mayer incident was completely unexpected ... I was shocked. And not so much for me, but for my husband and family ... Todd was embarrassed that his family in Michigan would see it and think, "What is going on over there in Hollywood?"
Giada's reign as my personal hero continues -- but she may be hanging there by a thread.
What do you think of Giada's Redbook interview?
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