Give Paula a break-that means you, too, A. Bourdain. She developed a shtick based on her particular culinary upbringing that people found entertaining. But that's what her shows are all about-entertainment.
Anyone with any sense who occasionally reads the news would know that her combinations are unhealthy. But her sense of fun, audacity and enjoyment of life is appealing. I never got the sense that she was an advocate for eating this way on a regular basis.
I admire Paula-
She was a single mom who used her ingenuity to support her family and build a career for herself. Yes, she played up the southern stereotype which as a southerner, I find a bit troublesome.
However, she pulled herself up from her bootstraps and made a successful life for herself and her children. She's positive, cheerful, accepting and friendly to everyone. Those are admirable qualities-too infrequently found in today's culture where judgment, criticism and derision have become the norm.
Anyone remember Paul Prudhomme? He made an enormous contribution to the acceptance of beautiful American regional cooking with lots of rich food and it clearly had a negative effect on his (and his wife's) health. But he changed that around and wrote another wonderful cookbook (Fork in the Road) that reflected his culinary roots while significantly improving the nutritional aspects of each dish.
Nobody shot arrows at him, and many applauded him for doing so.
Why shouldn't Paula Deen do so too?
There's a double standard being applied to Paula and given her situation, what would you do? Curl up and go away? or transform your approach and move forward the best you know how, while helping others in your situation do the same?
Anthony, I agree with her, you should just shut your mouth.