“I’m here today,” Deen told Al Roker, “to let the world know it’s not a death sentence.”
She was diagnosed three years ago — and continued to serve up deep-fried, buttery goodness to her viewers.
But others — including chef/author/longtime Deen critic Anthony Bourdain — are enraged that not only has she been promoting an unhealthy diet — certainly for those with diabetes — but she’s being compensated by a pharmaceutical company.
“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,” Bourdain told Eater’s Raphael Brion, “it’s in bad taste if nothing else.”
I can see both sides.
On the one hand, her medical issues are her private business. It’s not our business to know that.
On the other hand, though, she is a public figure, promoting a certain kind of eating habit and lifestyle that obviously isn’t healthy or fit for her.
Does Deen have a responsibility to revamp her image — she is, after all, the network’s queen of Southern cooking — to be considerate to the nation’s alarming obesity rates?
Which side are you on?