As reported late last week, TV butter flogger Paula Deen has indeed been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and has gone public with her diagnosis in order to shill for a drugmaker.
Deen has always come in for no small bit of criticism due to the style of meals featured on her shows, but has always unabashedly piled on cheese, butter, and deep fried dishes with abandon despite growing concerns about general American obesity and the impact of content like Deen’s on a populace struggling with the condition. And while I’m no gastronomic puritan, it does seem to border on unethical that Deen hid her condition- which is her right- until conditions became financially favorable for her to do otherwise.
I’m not saying I wouldn’t eat the hell out of all Deen’s dishes, but I would say to come out now with the news of her diabetes simply to sell drugs to her fans after she pretended for years the kind of food she promotes totally isn’t a fast track to blood sugar issues town. Deen waves off criticism suggesting her motives aren’t entirely pure:
“I made the choice at the time to keep it close to me, to keep it close to my chest… I felt like I had nothing to offer anybody other than the announcement. I wasn’t armed with enough knowledge. I knew when it was time, it would be in God’s time.”
Of course, God’s time happens to come with a pharmaceutical payoff, but that’s neither here nor there, Deen says:
“That was not why. My knowledge about the disease was very limited. But now I’m coming with good information, something that can help and bring hope to other people. It may sound cliché, but it’s the God-honest truth.”
Do you think Paula Deen’s new partnership with the makers of diabetes drug Novo Nordisk is a bit unseemly under the circumstances, or do you applaud her for bringing an important issue to light?