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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-23-13 01:02 AM
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On Deen: Yes, the racist stuff is beyond the pale. On the other hand, the
Edited on Sun Jun-23-13 01:43 AM by No Elephants
worst thing that Paula Deen can do for me is, if I choose to tune in to her show, offer me a recipe for a dish that I should not make. And she's gotten more air time for in the last week than the Afghan Occupation, where we've been getting nowhere, while bleeding money, lives and limbs for longer than it took us to defeat both Germany and Japan in WWII. And I have no option to change the channel. So, I try to keep it in perspective.

Maybe it's something about cooking shows?

PBS once put on a cooking show by the Carraba brothers of Carraba's restaurant chain fame.

In 2001 (the week of 911, in fact), I had been to the Houston location, which was still operated by the Carraba family members who founded the chain. A cousin regularly takes a huge table there once a week--whichever family members and friends of his who want to show up. They don't even have to RSVP. So, they indulge him by serving family style. As a result, I got to sample several dishes and several desserts.

I really enjoyed the food, and I live in what is supposedly one of the meccas of Italian restaurants in the U.S. So, I was pysched about getting some of their recipes and cooking tips.

I watched one and a half an episode and could not bear to watch any more.

In that short time, I had heard the two chuckle together over just about every racial, ethnic and religious stereotype known to U.S. humankind. It was relentless.

What made it worse for me was that they seemed totally oblivious to how horrid and bigoted they were being. Just two good-natured, likeable good ole boys, havin' big fun chatting and laughing amiably, while cooking them up a storm.


After the first show, I thought maybe they were done with schtick, so I tuned in again, but it was more of the same. As far as I know, PBS never renewed them. I hope not, anyway.

Then, there's this about allegedly racist, sexist and homophobic remarks from Food Network's Guy Fieri.

That, too, was revealed by sworn testimony in a lawsuit. Food Network fired Deen as soon as her deposition hit the fan, but Cieri is still doing fine on the Food Network. In a press release, not under oath, of course, "his team" denied the testimony. Maybe that made the difference for the Food Network?

And, Alton Brown, on the Food Network, supposedly contributes heavily to anti-gay causes and is not above race "humor." /

Hard to believe that the Food Network is unaware of that.

Alton Brown is still doing fine on the Food Network, too, though Deen got fired right away.

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