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Thursday, September 24

Paula Deen on 'The View' -- It's Just Sad

I was disturbed by Paula Deen's recent appearance on The View, and it wasn't just because she tried to "accidentally" flash her granny bits upon first sitting down. (I'm sure that was an accident, Paula, you sly puss.)

Just watch:

Where Paula, at 1:31 says, "Barbara, you remind me of my mother and my Aunt Peggy--classy, classy, so ladylike" and Barbara, without words, simply emotes what appears to be utter disgust with both Paula and the smorgasbord of fat-laden food spread out on the table before them, I knew the segment could not go well.

And then, at 2:13 after not getting a chance to ask her question, Barbara gives up and attempts to take a bite of the thing she's holding, but she looks so weirdly hesitant. It's almost like she's being asked to take a bite of human flesh or something!

Finally Barbara gets her serious question in to the very non-serious Paula. She asks:
"This is a cookbook for kids. Obesity is the number one problem for kids today. Everything you have here is enormously fattening. You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast... does it bother you that you're adding to it? Not at all?"

Appearing kind of stunned, Paula just tries to rattle off a talking point about teaching children "moderation," all the while shoving more slices of cake down the throats of the other co-hosts.

I admit that Barbara Walters could have let loose a little and should have been a bit more generous to her guest, but come on... how many more times are we going to see this same charade from Paula Deen?

Are the "parsley is a vegetable when you garnish a giant piece of cake with it" jokes ever going to stop being funny?

I think it's kind of sad that a woman who has basically made her fortune by blatantly joking about the very real effects of shoving butter-filled pie after butter-filled pie down your throat (and selling similar, pre-made food products directly on QVC and discount outlets like Walmart), can't seem to branch out from the friend chicken-surrounded corner she's put herself in.

Paula may be able to get away with having everyone fawn over her negligent behavior on her Food Network "talkshow" Paula's Party, but I honestly do not believe people would buy this shtick day after day on a daytime talkshow. Do you?


I've been incredibly busy with a lot of other things going on in my life lately and haven't had that much time to devote to blogging. I'm sorry, faithful readers! I hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule. It's been a crazy, three years straight of blogging about Food Network and I'm thankful to all who're reading. Have a fun thu/fri/sat/sun!




At 9/25/2009 8:54 AM , Blogger Little Ol' Liz said...

I saw the whole segment -- and haven't returned to The View since. It left a terrible taste...to be sure.

The BW comment about obesity seemed forced, as though they were someone else's words. Pauler really blew her off - as no one else can. The entire time the other women are shoving food into their faces at an alarming pace. Someone could have lost a finger. Sharks have nothing on these crazy people, and Pauler was dishin' in out

At 9/25/2009 10:23 AM , Blogger Alec Smart said...

We were wondering what happened to you Jake .

The notion of Pauler Deen ghosting a cookbook for kids is crazy. You think sane people don't think it's just another greedy attempt by this woman to sell more crap ?

A good example of consumerism gone bad.

At 9/25/2009 11:55 AM , Blogger Lensman158 said...

What can one say? Paula Deen writing a cookbook for kids seems a little ridiculous, but no more so than Joy Behar getting her own show on CNN News. I will neither buy the book, nor watch the show.

At 9/25/2009 12:23 PM , Blogger MrsG said...

And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse ol' Pauler did it again. I can't remember the last time I even watched one of her shows and you can bet your bottom dollar that if she teams up with Kate Gosselin - that channel will be blocked!

At 9/25/2009 2:01 PM , Blogger Kate said...

Have to say, encouraging kids to bake their own oatmeal muffins sure beats shoving a Pop Tart or a Jimmy Deans frozen breakfast sandwich at them as they rush out the door. While there's a lot of food on that table, it looks like most of it's made with fresh ingredients, including fruit and vegetables. There are a lot of factors contributing to childhood obesity, and I doubt Paula Deen is in the top 5.

At 9/25/2009 6:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

americans were obese long before paula arrived ...

At 9/25/2009 7:26 PM , Blogger SmothAsTNWhiskey said...

Whats a granny bit?

At 9/26/2009 1:33 AM , Blogger ckrtom2 said...

She looked like a witch in the black outfit. I thought Paula wears a wig; guess not.

At 9/26/2009 1:56 AM , Blogger Jerilyn Friedmann Burgess said...

I'm not a fan of Paula, but what bug was up Barbara's butt? She's usually quite gracious to guests.

At 9/26/2009 4:05 PM , Blogger Sakemoto said...

Paula, can't take her anywhere.

At 9/27/2009 10:49 AM , Blogger pattyannie said...

I love Paula Deen. I think Baba was very ungracious. She seems to do that a lot lately with guests. I remember an episode where she was extremely nasty to Bonnie Hunt. So what if Paula has a cookbook for kids. I am a teacher and I have several cookbooks from various sources and they are pretty much all the same. What kid wants to eat a salad anyway?

At 9/28/2009 10:22 AM , Blogger JC said...

I am so tired of Paula. Is there anything this woman won't stick her name on. This southern fried act of hers is just getting so old. I wish she would take her two dufus sons and be gone. And take Emeril, Martha Stewart, and the totally sicken Rachael Ray with her. We've had enough of all of them.

At 9/28/2009 10:46 AM , Blogger ibcheft said...

It is a shame, that people over look being just down right rude, unmannered and so unlady like, because of the situation. Now if Paula's cooking is so fattening why are Jamie and Bobbie not fat pigs ? They grew up with her cooking, Paula is right it is moderation. Getting our butts off the couch, quit watching crap like the View and go do something, like take a walk, go play hide and seek, go rake the yard, the TV, Video games, and computers have lead to our fat problems. As my Dad use to say Off your Ass, on your feet, out of the cool air and into the heat, go outside and do something.

At 9/28/2009 8:36 PM , Blogger Charles said...

Ole' babs lookd like a shriveled old sick bitty that day. Granted, she did just turn 80. Babs is just mad ole' Paular is still vivacious and flirty and isn't a shriveled up old worn leather shoe like she is. And if Babs had her granny panties in such a bunch about the display of food, she should have directed her disgust at her sidekicks, shoveling in it like pigs at a trough.

Anyways, I think the looks on Babs face was due to her incontinence, probably sitting their peeing/pooping on herself.

At 9/29/2009 11:08 AM , Blogger Rick B. said...

Paula tried to bust a chop on Barbara for being old and deserved to get slapped down.

At 9/29/2009 3:41 PM , Blogger Tyler said...

I'm in love with Paula . . . like seriously in love, haha.

She can do no wrong in my eyes. Barbara needs to loosen up and eat a hamburger, some carbs and red meat will probably make her feel better and not look so dang old.

At 10/02/2009 3:58 PM , Blogger shannon said...

blaming a chef for spreading childhood obesity is like blaming toyota for shitty drivers. really reaching on that one. if parents don't know to feed their children healthy food, they have bigger problems than obesity. more like they can't afford fresh food for their family everyday and grab fast food or they are just ignorant.

At 10/02/2009 5:22 PM , Blogger Joice said...

Come on y'all. Ya gotta know if Paula Deen is going to be your guest not to expect a spa meal. Barbara needed to loosen up and be more gracious or, better yet, perhaps she should have taken the day off

At 10/10/2009 6:31 PM , Blogger Becca said...

Yeah, Barbara could have been more gracious, but Paula kept talking with her mouth full which made me a little sick. And those other women shoveling food down their throats - the whole thing was gag-inducing.

At 10/25/2009 12:46 PM , Blogger Hildegard802 said...

Pauler is a disgusting pig. Again with the licking fingers. While she's SERVING people.

It was sooo unnecessary for Pauler to tell Babs she reminded her of her mother. What woman is going to appreciate a "compliment" like that?? It came out of nowhere and was a smackdown. Period.

Right, Pauler. You practice moderation. That's why you and Mah-kul are obese. The Sons are not slim, either.

Still don't believe that's her real hair.

At 11/11/2009 2:14 PM , Blogger McGeeter said...

I get so sick of people blaming others for their problems. I'm amazed there aren't lawsuits (maybe there are) against Paul for "making their kid fat." Isn't it time for the public, in general, to take ownership and stop blaming, Paula, the media, video games, evil rock & rock music and McDonald's for all of their shortcomings? I happen to like Paula, but wouldn't make her recipes from the show or this cookbook, for my kids 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. Engage the brains, people!

At 11/15/2009 6:45 PM , Blogger Babette said...

In regards to your quote "I think it's kind of sad that a woman who has basically made her fortune by blatantly joking about the very real effects of shoving butter-filled pie after butter-filled pie down your throat (and selling similar, pre-made food products directly on QVC and discount outlets like Walmart), can't seem to branch out from the friend chicken-surrounded corner she's put herself in."

Wow that's the pot calling the kettle black since you dont seem to mind if you use your blog to affiliate market Paula Deen and her merchandise, seems to me you shouldnt bite the hand that feeds you even if it is southern fried.

At 5/09/2011 10:19 PM , Blogger Robert said...

People will eat whatever they want. No one, not even the government will be able to dictate this. If you take drinking, dope, or eating away or try and govern it, or any habit some of you may think is not good, people will find a way to do it. If you don't like Paula Deen don't watch her, you have that freedom. Barbara and the View are Idiots to begin with, and I am sure Paula pays no attention to them, however, I would think she knew enough not to go on that show in the first place. She is right on as far as Parents should educate not necessarily the academics, and discipline their children, it is not the teacher's or society who should be responsible for that
if you create it you should make sure it works.


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