Paula Deen reaction: No surprise, lot of jokes, some support
There’s nothing funny about diabetes. But the online reaction to the news that comfort-food queen Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes has been predictably high on jokes — mostly about how predictable the diagnosis is in the woman who invented the Krispy Kreme burger.
Beyond the “water is wet” jibes, things have turned nasty here and there, especially among those referring to the fact that Deen’s health announcement was paired with a paid endorsement for a diabetes drug.
“Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later,” tweeted celebrity chef and Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain. It’s possible Bourdain wasn’t talking about Deen, but he has famously called Deen the “worst, most dangerous person to America” for pushing unhealthy foods to an “already obese nation” and working with “evil corporations.” So, he probably was…
Some are questioning whether the drug company will regret choosing Deen. Will others with diabetes see her as a “fellow traveler” — or an enabler who helped America get fat and still insists her butter-rich favorites are fine “in moderation?” (Deen defenders can point to a video clip in which she said those donut burgers should be “one serving per lifetime” treat).
Others are more supportive, including Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who helpfully tweeted Deen a link to CDC diabetes resources.
And Michael Smith, chief medical editor of WebMD, encouraged readers to taste-test when Deen– as promised — lightens up some of her recipes and comes up with a low-fat macaroni and cheese: “You know it’ll be good.”
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