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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 06:58 AM

Paula Deen Shocked By Lack Of Public Support Following Diabetes Announcement + 20 Bacon Recipes

Two unrelated HuffPo articles from their front page. I just thought they went well together.
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Chef and television personality Paula Deen was blindsided by the public backlash following the announcement that she has type 2 diabetes. But what has the butter-loving star shocked more than anything? None of her famous foodie friends have shown her one ounce of support.

Yet some believe that other chefs have remained silent because Deen kept quiet about her illness for years.

"The amount of chefs that would have come forward with public statements of support and sympathy would have been overwhelming if it wasn't for the fact that Paula hid her diagnosis for three years," a top food publicist tells me. "To only tell the truth when you have locked in a paid spokesperson deal for a non-insulin medication is just too toxic for anyone to want to be involved with."

The news not only surprised Deen's fans and colleagues, it also surprised her own network, which had no knowledge of her disease prior to the public announcement.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23/paula-deen-diabetes-announcement-celebrity-chefs-support_n_1224454.html


20 Mouth Watering Bacon Recipes For Breakfast, Lunch Or Dinner

Bacon is one of those few ingredients that is appropriate any time of the day. You surely won't come across a breakfast diner that does not offer -- if not feature -- bacon strips on its menu. Bacon makes an appearance around noon too, in BLTs and Cobb salads. Come dinner time, we have recipes that work great with this cured meat -- think pasta carbonara and baked potatoes. It is even showing up on the dessert menu, in such creations as bacon-maple sundaes and bacon-frosted cupcakes.

People just never get tired of eating bacon. You'd be hard pressed to find a home where bacon was left over from a meal and had to be thrown away. Nope. Normally, bacon is the first item to disappear from the table. People count who had how many strips, making sure that they weren't cheated out of any of their prized pieces.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23/bacon-dishes_n_1224760.html

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 07:04 AM

1. I guess Deen doesn't get how disengenuous she looks.

She only came out publicly offering to "help" others with the new links on the drugmaker's website after she signed a deal. Why wasn't she promoting healthier eating options sooner if she wanted to help people, as she said in her interview with Al Roker?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 07:07 AM

2. never cared for Paula nor her fake accent (nobody talks like that), nor her sticking her fingers in

 

... the food.

I can't say I hate her, but I don't like her very much.

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Response to Syrinx (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:57 AM

7. her accent is hsrd to take for me: ch'yall

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Response to Syrinx (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:54 AM

11. It isn't just her fingers, it's the huge rings on her hands that made me gag. No telling

what gunk is embedded in those.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:06 AM

3. She can cry all the way to the bank.

"To only tell the truth when you have locked in a paid spokesperson deal for a non-insulin medication..."

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:23 AM

4. If the people in her industry are ones that she actually, really knows, this is sad

and - I think somewhat unusual. Think about all the people you really know - including neighbors or co-workers you are not close to. Even if they smoked like a chimney, you would react with sadness if told they have lung cancer; even if they were the size of Christie and had a heart attack, your reaction would be to express regrets. It might be that you would think they contributed to it - and might in the privacy of a very close relationship (not the victim) express that it was not surprising.

Where this is different is with famous people, where, on one had there is a one sided familiarity, where the name, face and what they do is so well known that you almost think you know the person - though you really don't. That almost makes them unreal - characters on the screen. Many reactions are not personal. Though some filter reactions that do not have any thing to do with who they are as people - look at the threads yesterday on Senator Kirk.

It may be that many of Deen's peers don't really know her and may never have met her. Any of them who have worked to create tasty healthy foods might look on her as having been part of the problem. Just as we see Republicans. There might also be a certain amount of disgust that she did not change the type of food she was creating three years ago - even though it had contributed to making her ill. The lack of response might be that they are filtering their response - and following the socially acceptable choice of not saying anything, if they can't say something good.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:34 AM

5. I just want to taste her fried chicken

sorry, sorry. I know I'm weak.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:18 AM

12. We're only human. But the real trick to good cooking is making healthy food taste good.

Anybody can fry a ball of butter.

mmm... fried butter...



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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:38 AM

6. Plus, she was on Dr. Oz a couple months ago for a "candid discussion".

She confessed that smoking was her secret vice and she seemed very regretful that she'd never been able to stop. Not a peep about any other health problems.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:03 AM

8. I thought money was her secret vice.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:25 AM

9. Yes, I saw that show as well, and it seemed like he really had to drag that admission

out of her, and she followed that with all kinds of rationalizing and excuse-making for it. She certainly didn't come off as particularly sympathetic in that interview.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:38 AM

10. Yeah, she reminded me of when a comedian goes on a talk show and they're always "on".

Every question is a set-up for a humorous response. No serious discussion of me or my problems allowed. I guess it's a defensive/deflective mechanism.

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