To follow up on Saturday’s post about Paula Deen’s diabetes story, it turns out that Deen’s “shocked” at the public backlash stemming from her revelation. The criticism is such that even her foodie colleagues haven’t (or won’t) rush to support her. (I'm guessing no one was very surprised at the news.)
From the aforelinked article:
“The amount of chefs that would have come forward with public statements of support and sympathy would have been overwhelming if it wasn’t for the fact that Paula hid her diagnosis for three years,” a top food publicist tells me. “To only tell the truth when you have locked in a paid spokesperson deal for a non-insulin medication is just too toxic for anyone to want to be involved with.”
Ouch. What’s worse, even the network had no clue about Deen’s condition until her reveal:
The news not only surprised Deen’s fans and colleagues, it also surprised her own network, which had no knowledge of her disease prior to the public announcement.
“You have heard correctly, Food Network learned last week about Paula’s diagnosis,” the network’s Vice President of Communications, Irika Slavin, tells me in an email.
This whole thing is even more fucked up than I thought. The shit just keeps on flying.
And, judging by the information in this piece, nobody feels sorry for Paula. (And rightfully so.)