Paula Deen Blasted Again by Anthony Bourdain for Good Reason


Paula DeenCelebrity chef Anthony Bourdain blasted Paula Deen via Twitter today. In a blatant barb, he tweeted, "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later."

This, of course, comes on the same day that Deen announced that she has Type 2 Diabetes and that she's signed on to be the spokeswoman for a diabetes drug. Way to hit someone when they're down, what a jerk, was my original thought after reading his tweet. He's not exactly known for his tact. But the more I consider the details, the more I think his outrage over her behavior is justified ... this time.

You see, Deen didn't just find out she has diabetes. She's had it for three years -- three years during which she kept dishing up all of her fat-filled dishes and teaching America how to do the same. And now she's signed on to be the spokesperson for diabetes medication -- not Weight Watchers or some healthy lifestyle plan to help prevent the disease. So yeah, his analogy seems pretty accurate.

Of course Deen didn't purposefully make herself sick just so she could endorse a drug, but the message it all sends is not one that paints her in a favorable light.

Last year Bourdain called her the "worst, most dangerous person to America," and at the time I defended her. Everyone deserves a little indulgence once in awhile, and it's not Paula's fault if her recipes make people indulge a little more. We all need to find our own willpower, because if it's not Paula Deen, it's Hostess, or McDonald's trying make us all fat. Leave Paula alone.

But details in the news announced today make her appear nothing short of reckless. According to WebMd, "While not everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight, obesity and lack of physical activity are two of the most common causes of this form of diabetes." Since Deen is clearly overweight, it's not a huge jump to assume her case is related. Even if by some weird stretch it's not, just knowing that obesity can lead to diabetes would have seemingly changed her fat-laden path or least have made her stop pimping it to the world.

Her health is her personal business, and I don't believe she or anyone else makes people fat but people themselves. But does Deen come off looking like she cares a lot more about the almighty dollar than about her health or that of her fans? Without a doubt.

As Bourdain told Eater:

When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you've got Type 2 diabetes ... it's in bad taste if nothing else.

Do you think Anthony Bourdain's tweet about Paula Deen was mean or justified?

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godde... goddess99

I have no idea who this guy is. But we are all adults, we choose what and how to cook and what goes in our mouths. It's nobodies business what disease someone has.

nonmember avatar Cookie

It's nobodies business? She is a public spokeswomen. She cooks on a TELEVISION SHOW! It is everyones/anyones business. Does this women have no shame?

prplecat prplecat

Seems to be both mean AND justified.  The time lapse between her diagnosis and her admission is troubling.  If she hadn't found an income source connected to her disease, I wonder if she would EVER have admitted a problem?

jalaz77 jalaz77

He needs to shut up. If it is not directly affecting him then he has no business lowering himself to a jr high level writting public tweets slamming a happy woman. Kind of like bullying. Paula makes unhealthy meals but she is not holding a freaking gun to your head saying "eat up". I am tired of everyone blaming everyone but themselves for being unfit and unhealthy. Any of us without medical issues can eat whatever we want IN MODERATION!!!! Anthony shut the eff up already. For the record I do like Anthony but he is picking at Paula. Also saying she is the worst most dangerous person to America, is so false. That's the American government!

nonmember avatar Kristi

Omg, you people get off your high horses! She cooks good old fattening comfort food, she doesn't shove it down your throats. There are plenty of other shows out there that cook just as badly, you aren't jumping on them though. The fact of the matter is we're fat, not because of this lady, but because we're too lazy to exercise, like food too much to eat healthy and because we just freaking want to be. She's is not the problem! WE ARE. Never once did she say you should cook the way I do for every meal, every day of the week. Quit blaming others for your issues and take some responsibility. Paula didn't have to tell us about her diabetes at all! Her personal life is just that, personal. She also doesn't need to change her cooking show because of it. Leave it and her alone!

Saphi... SaphiraJFire

I think it is wrong to verbally bully and abuse a person for a medical condition.

keriley1 keriley1

I am pretty  sure Paula Deen didn't pry anyone's mouth open and shove food down their throat and say "here, eat my healthy not fattening food. now." We can all think for ourslves and know damn good and well that a friggin cheesburger surrounded by donuts is not healthy at all. She NEVER claimed to be healthy, she claimed to be good. And that woman never lied about good!!!

DebaLa DebaLa

So calculated, don't forget her son's new show for lighter calorie cooking, "Not My Mama's Meal's." Credibility = Ø  
Paula and the Kardashian's must have the same agent.

Btw, Novartis denies any contract with Deen. 

Lebel... Lebelle93

Bourdain NWO.

Lebel... Lebelle93

Bourdain NWO.

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