So, returning to our previous conversation, “Paula Deen is Not Your Personal Savior”…I was reading today that Anthony Bourdain (of No Reservations fame) continued his verbal onslaught of Paula Deen at last week’s South Beach Food and Wine Festival.
Apparently, someone made a comment, during a Q & A, inferring that it might be hypocritical of Tony to lambast Paula’s “health choices” when he, himself, smoked on camera for years.
Here’s what he replied, courtesy of Ecorazzi:
“You are right. I did smoke cigarettes for a lot of years on my show. But I wasn’t selling you motherf-in’ cigarettes. I wasn’t selling Smoking Tony dolls for your kids. You couldn’t go to five or six casinos around the world and find the Tony Bourdain f-ing smoking section. And when I found a spot on my motherf-ing lung, I didn’t wait three years so I could get a deal so I could sell you the Patch, OK.”
Geez, you kiss your mother with that mouth, Tony?
Here was my knee-jerk reaction post…
“The problem is, it doesn’t matter how much make-up, snappy one-liners, marketing dollars, or jazzy music you use to clean up a drug & booze addled, foul-mouthed, elitist jerk, low-life cook…eventually everyone is going to realize that he’s still just a drug & booze addled, foul-mouthed, elitist jerk, low-life cook…and change the channel. The shock-jock is funny for a few minutes, but no one wants to listen to him all day…”
Then, as my engine was cooling, a thought sneaked in…one of those sudden flashes of the blindingly obvious…
This isn’t really about Bourdain vs. Deen, it’s about Travel Channel vs. Food Network!
If TC wasn’t feeding (or at least encouraging) these comments, they’d have snapped Tony’s leash and he’d have heeled a long time ago.
This is a ratings gambit for one of Travel Channel’s quickly tarnishing golden tickets…and I’m sure that the sympathy vote, coming on the heels of Food Network’s “Queen of Butter” (don’t get me wrong, I love Paula) revealing that she’s diabetic…isn’t hurting them, either!
Having worked a LONG time in marketing…I wouldn’t be even slightly shocked if we find out someday that this whole “fight” was planned out in a boardroom somewhere, lol.
So, I’m calling B.S. on this whole Tony vs Paula thing…you read it here first!
PS – Regardless, I do not retract my aforementioned comments on Tony Bourdain, lol.