No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain characterizes Paula Deen as “The worst, most dangerous person to America who should think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”
That Paula Deen is a confirmed diabetic is no longer shocking, but what IS shocking to a great many people is the unrepentant, flippant, and blithe manner in which Deen cheerfully views herself after deliberately deceiving millions of fans by pimping fried food so laden with fat, recipes come with instructions to call 911.
“Paula’s Brunch Burger” features a fried egg and bacon atop a burger served between glazed doughnuts instead of a bun.
Not only had Deen been lying to fans about having type 2 diabetes, but she allegedly kept her bosses at the Food Network in the dark.
The Daily notes when Deen’s cookbook for kids, “Lunch-Box Set,” was published in 2009, Barbara Walters asked her, “You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn’t it bother you that you’re adding to this?”
Now that the cat’s out of the bag about Deen’s glaring omission to come clean about her diabetes in 2008, Deen has been rewarded for her obfuscation by signing on as the new spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk, a Danish drug giant that will land her a seven-figure payday.
And according to Business Insider, seven figures is in addition to the $10 million it is estimated Deen currently makes per year between her TV deals, restaurants, books, magazines, licensing and endorsements deals, speaking fees, retail sales and even rental properties.
“So, $10 million a year for three years? That’s a cool $30 million in Deen’s pocket — all while Deen sat on the secret that her famous food is a serious factor in causing her disease.”
“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,” Bourdain told Eater.com.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, Deen told Al Roker, “I tell people ‘In moderation you can have that little piece of pie. Diabetes does not have to stop you from enjoying the things you love.”
Tanner Stransky with PopWatch writes: Deen officially announced her affliction while also touting her new Diabetes in a New Light Web site and products, thus capitalizing on a disease that one could argue…she helped further in America with the comfort food she teaches the television masses to make.
Stransky adds: Love him or hate him, does Bourdain have a point? — referring to Deen and Bourdain’s ongoing feud. “Is it sick that Deen is profiting from a disease she seems to endorse? Are you Team Bourdain or Team Deen in this feud?”