Anthony, I love ya, man. But you crossed a line when you called Paula Deen the "worst, most dangerous person in America." And this is coming from someone who made fun of Paula Deen for drinking butter.
This is a picture of Our Paula holding up a carrot as if to say, "Who'd eat this if it wasn't coated in Southern Fry, double-dipped in caramel, and candied with marshmallows?" This is one of her publicity photos from a 2009 event when she went to taste some five-spice laden NYC Chinese style gourmet southern fried chicken. Brown, crispy, greasy - all it's missing is the cheese and butter for the Deen Stamp of Good Artery Clogging.
Paula, clearly stung by Anthony Bourdain's assertions (in TV Guide!), was defending herself in true Southern lady Paula style; I saw her on the news in the middle of the night (don't ask) and she was as cute as could be.
Paula defended her cooking and said, "We don't eat bugs or tadpoles," seeming to confuse Anthony with his Travel Channel mate, the more-willing victim Andrew Zimmern. Andrew Zimmern does eat unspeakable things on just about every show. Anthony Bourdain does not eat bugs or tadpoles. The worst things I've ever seen him eat are hakarl (the rotten shark, buried for months), roasted warthog ass (as in "anus"), and "squeezle," a Vietnamese meat treat that turned out to be some type of porcupine.
On to the facts of the matter. It's hyperbole (since when did that ever worry Our Tony?) to call Paula Deen "the worst, most dangerous person in America." Paula's not responsible for chemical foods, she just cooks with them. As in Velveeta fudge, Smithfield ham ("Cheesy Ham and BANANA casserole") and various other high-calorie, processed foods + sugar + cheese items.
Paula is adorable. I actually like Paula - I like watching her shows, I like her sense of humor, and she's cute as a bug. I just can't watch for long, because I can't eat any of that stuff. There is no item that Paula cooks that I can even vaguely eat. If I ate that Velveeta fudge, I'd be laid up for a week. I might even have to go to the hospital. These guys made an entire meal of Paula's recipes, including the famous "Lady's Brunch Burger," which is the one on Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
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It's up to you, not Paula, to think about what it is you're putting in your mouth if you eat something like she typically makes - like, every show. There is no way on earth eating something like the Lady's Brunch Burger is good for you, and if you don't eat that way regularly, you'll get sick. The only way anybody could eat Paula's food regularly is to build up a tolerance, and all those jokes are true. You will clog your arteries before age 40, you will get Type 2 Diabetes (Paula has diabetes, reportedly), and you will, most of all - feel horrible all the time. Because people weren't meant to eat this way. Our bodies aren't built to consume these types of rich, chemical laden, processed foods every day. In some of the extreme cases - at all. To my knowledge, Paula is sponsored by Smithfield Ham and Philadelphia cream cheese (Kraft). Velveeta is also a Kraft product - it's THE Kraft product, the item that launched James L. Kraft's food science business. Back in 1917, food science consisted of melting, homogenizing and pouring cheese into slabs that lasted a lot longer than natural cheese. That was Velveeta A. Much as the ancient Minoan civilization on Crete had Linear A, Linear B, and Linear C before being wiped out by the giant Atlantis-style volcanic eruption and tidal wave 1,500 years BCE, we have Velveeta Z today. And numerous other Frankenfood products, all of which are used liberally by Paula! And tens of millions . . . possibly hundreds of millions . . . of other eager American eaters.
This is - by the way - the last word on this topic.