Tom Philpott, writing for Mother Jones about Paula Deen’s spokesmanship of diabetes drug Victoza:
Here, Deen isn’t making a private decision on how to treat an ailment; she’s turning her ailment into a quite-public revenue stream. And she’s broadcasting a clear message to her legion of fans: Eat all the junkie food you want, and don’t worry, because the pharmaceutical industry will bail you out.
I’m late in hearing about this story, but two things stick out in my mind:
- The fact that Deen’s known about her condition for three years, yet she only comes out now.
- That she is diabetic should come as a surprise to no one. Just look at how much butter, etc, she uses. The woman's a cardiologist's worst nightmare.
Here’s the thing: nobody forces one to become a spokesperson for anything. Deen knew exactly what she was getting into when she signed her name on the dotted line. She’s getting paid a pretty penny by some big-wig pharmaceutical company to hawk a drug that just so happens to “combat” the disease that she’s so suddenly revealed as having. What’s worse, she seems almost defiant in not changing the way she cooks, and shirking her responsibility to her viewers by saying her shows are “for entertainment” and “I’m your cook, not your doctor”. This is fucked up all the way around. I wonder if we'll see a dip in her show's ratings as a result.