Paula Deen is a Liar and Anthony Bourdain Hates Her (Video)

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Well, well, well. Who woulda thought that the notoriously Southern Paula Deen was actually a Cuban-American in disguise? Oh, no wait -- she isn't. It just seems that way, since like many of our abuelitas, she has been suffering from diabetes while pushing sugar-laden goodies down our eager throats for years.

My own abuela, Cuban and diabetic through and through, could not stop eating (and making) flan, arroz blanco, and Cuban bread -- all very, very bad food stuffs for people with diabetes. But my grandma, like Paula Deen says, would "not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying" her life.

Although foodies are in a furor over the news that Deen hid her illness three years while continuing to peddle unhealthy food recipes, the truth is that her illness is her business and no one else's. Whether she is a diabetic, a practicing Santera, or collects Beany Babies, is really none of our concern.

What gets my stewed goat however, are the following two statements she made after the 'scandal' broke out:

"People see me cooking all these wonderful, Southern, fattening recipes ... it's for entertainment. People have to be responsible."

For entertainment? Really, Paula? No, Booboo Crazy Eyes, you know full well that you encouraged, cajoled, and fully expected for us to try and recreate your unhealthy, rich, diabetes- and obesity-producing recipes.

And...

"You can have diabetes and have a piece of cake. You cannot have diabetes and eat a whole cake."

As a person who also struggles with type II diabetes, I'm just gonna flat out call Paula Deen a no-good, stinkin', liar. We cannot eat a slice of cake -- unless it's a no-sugar or low-sugar recipe. We can have a bite of cake, maybe even two or three, but an entire slice of cake would make our sugar spike which could lead to several immediate health problems, including coma and blindness.

Her decision to "come out" was obviously fueled by her new contract to serve as the spokesperson for a diabetes medication and everyone knows how strategically ambitious Paula Deen is.

Just ask Anthony Bourdain, who stated in an interview with Eater, "Clearly this has been coming for a while. She's been looking for ways to position herself." He also called Deen, "the worst, most dangerous person to America."

I wouldn't go that far, Tony. But she is a sneaky, money and fame hungry, little heifer that should not be trusted. Unlike abuela.

Enjoy this somewhat unrelated video of Deen getting hit in the face by a flying ham:



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Aguccione
Aguccione

I'm sad for Paula, but not all that surprised. Maybe she should look into a healthier diet to treat her diabetes instead of drugs? There's lots of interesting information available at this noncommercial, science based site (nutritionfacts.org). To quote the good doctor: "It is too bad Paula Deen missed this opportunity" to tell her fans "that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, managed, treated, and even cured" (read more at http://nutritionfacts.org/blog...

jaycee
jaycee

People are responsible for themselves, it's not like Americans just recently became aware of how to acquire diabetes. If one is so foolish to think that they can make and eat Paula Deen type food everyday then they deserve to be fat with diabetes.

Most slices of cake I eat are only about three bites.....the fact that that size is clearly not enough for you - Ily, is the reason why YOU TOO have diabetes. If you had more self control then you wouldn't be in the position you are in. Did you get diabetes because Paula Deen didn't come clean about her diabetes three years ago when she found out? I hardly think so. The simple fact is, you were eating terrible long before any show she many have had, and you continue to eat terrible regardless of the fact that you have diabetes......and that is Paula's fault HOW? Like most American's you simply refuse to take ownership of your own life, and try to place blame where it does not belong.

Lastly, how is it wrong for Paula Deen to not divulge her medical history to the public just because she is on TV? Do you think she WOULDN'T have gotten the contract had she shared her diagnosis three years prior, again, I hardly think so, in fact, she could've been making big bucks three years ago if she came out with this info.

Fatty
Fatty

" the truth is that her illness is her business and no one else's."

Wrong.  When she's brokering a deal to promote diabetes drugs while also pitching her diabetes-causing food, it is our business.

Brian Tannebaum
Brian Tannebaum

Illy, I also have type II diabetes, and I'm not sure that: "We cannot eat a slice of cake -- unless it's a no-sugar or low-sugar recipe. We can have a bite of cake, maybe even two or three, but an entire slice of cake would make our sugar spike which could lead to several immediate health problems, including coma and blindness."

Diabetic comas are normally caused by extremely low blood levels and blindness is a result of long-term elevated blood sugar levels. I think an occasional piece of cake is ok. Not the best thing to have, but ok.

Judyhaddock35
Judyhaddock35

Jaycee,I personally think you are over analyzing this way too much. Ily's article is based on her opinion and her own personal knowledge of the subject. It is apparent to me that you need to hit the books and get well informed about this topic before trying to to make your point.  Your attacks are pointless and useless here.  Its not helping anyone! I pray you rethink what you wrote (out of rage) and do some research!

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi Jaycee,

I'm not sure that you actually read my column. I don't eat more than one or two bites of cake -- I never have. I don't like sweets. I got diabetes for three reasons: I consumed ridiculous amounts of Coca-Cola for almost three decades, it runs in my family, and I stopped exercising regularly once I hit my early thirties. My mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle, and more, all have (or had) type II diabetes and if it's in your genes, you will also develop the disease if you don't take extra special care not to (which I clearly did not).

I'm not quite sure where you got the information for your statement, "and you continue to eat terrible regardless of the fact that you have diabetes." I eat a low-sugar, high fiber diet and rarely put anything fried or fatty to my lips. 

As I said, I'm not sure you really read the article -- I agree with you. Her business is her business. She's just a sneaky heifer and I don't like her. That's all.

Thanks for your comment.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi Fatty,

I think it's disgusting that she is promoting the consumption of unhealthy food while accepting money to promote a medication which offsets the effects of such foods, but it is her business. She has the right to do whatever she wants -- we just don't have to like it.

jaycee
jaycee

wrong! certainly you are intelligent enough to know what causes diabetes! its plastered all over the news constantly. you didnt actually think you could eat a diet of fried and buttered  and NOT get diabetes did you? you know what you should make your business? the food you put in YOUR mouth.

smiller
smiller

Not sure why everyone is so upset about  the Paula Deen thing... we should all own our choices.  Everyone in this day and age knows that eating fattening and sugar filled foods is unhealthy.  Paula Deen is not force-feeding anyone these foods.  Its a choice to eat those types of foods and if you do and you develop diabetes then own the responsibility. 

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi Brian,

If our blood sugar becomes too high at any one point (or too low, as you said), we can go into a coma and we can lose our sight. This was told to me both in the ER when I was first diagnosed and afterwards by the physician I see every three months.

I'm referring to a piece of cake very high in sugar -- like the ones Deen usually makes. As diabetics, we should NEVER consume a huge amount of sugar in one sitting. It sucks, but it's true. 

Good luck with everything and thanks for taking the time to comment.

ButterHead
ButterHead

If she's a public figure that is promoting diabetes meds because she has it, then she's being paid to make 'her business' public.   Simple.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi Jaycee,

Actually butter and fat do not contribute to diabetes, to heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, yes, but not diabetes. The only factors which contribute to diabetes are genetics, a lack of exercise, and consuming foods and beverages with high sugar content. 

Thanks for your comment. 

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Hi Smiller,

It is her choice -- we all have free will. But I think the hypocrisy and the deceit is what is really bothering everyone.

Thanks for your input.

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