Anthony Bourdain’s Assault on Paula Deen’s Reputation

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CBS correspondent Anthony Bourdain should be severely reprimanded for branding Paula Deen as the “worst, most dangerous person to America” . His hyperbole is unacceptable and CBS should consider terminating his employment.

Paula Deen probably should have been more forthcoming about the health dangers associated with some of her high calorie and high fat recipes, but Bourdain’s criticisms are still way overboard.

As for the folks who are castigating Deen for not divulging that she had diabetes sooner, I ask you to walk in her shoes. Had she done so, her ratings and image may have suffered and her income would have dropped commensurately. Pretty much everybody does what is required to put money in their pockets.

Anthony Bourdain is continuing his war of words with Paula Deen.

The “No Reservations” host, who previously called Deen the “worst, most dangerous person to America,” made his most recent comments after the Food Network personality announced Tuesday that she has Type 2 diabetes and had signed a deal to endorse a diabetes drug.

Hours after Deen broke the news, Bourdain posted this message on Twitter: “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”

He sent a second tweet later, responding to an article on TMZ about his tweet. “For the record: Never called anybody a ‘diabetic scam artist,'” he wrote. “TMZ’s words. Not mine.”

On Monday, when Deen’s news had yet to be announced but speculation about it was rampant, Bourdain questioned Deen promoting fatty foods while knowing about her diagnosis.

“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,” he told Eater. “How long has she known? I suspect a very long time.” (On the “Today” show Tuesday, Deen revealed she was diagnosed three years ago.)

This isn’t the first time he has criticized Deen. Back in August, he called her “the most destructive person on the Food Network” and said in an interview: “She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f—ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”

Deen responded at the time by saying that Boudain needed to “get a life.”

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  1. Bourdain is right about exposing Paula Deen for promoting a diabetes causing diet, but he must have been inebriated to call her the most dangerous person in USA. Probably just trying to draw attention to himself to elevate his own viewership.

  2. Do not order any specials from drive through at Whataburger in Roswell NM managed by Javier Avila. They take your money and ask you to pull your car out to the front so they can serve the customers who order the more standard menu items. We waited longer than the two cars behind us in line.

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