Famed butter lover Paula Deen gave her first interview on the subject of her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis to Al Roker on The Today Show this morning, and much like a deep-fried donut wrapped in bacon, something about it did not sit right with me.
To her credit, she at least admitted her unhealthy lifestyle was “a piece of the puzzle.” When asked why she waited two years to tell everyone about it, Paula responded that it was a private matter (fair), but also that she had “nothing to give to my fellow friends out there,” by which I’m pretty sure she meant “I hadn’t yet figured out a way to make money off of it,” as the announcement of her diagnosis was timed suspiciously well to coincide with her signing of a multi-million dollar endorsement deal to promote the new diabetes drug Victoza. “I have been compensated, just as you are for your work,” she condescendingly told Al Roker, as if marketing a drug directly to people without medical degrees is in any way a reputable profession.
I think I’ll let (an unusually diplomatic) Anthony Bourdain take it from here:
“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.”