9:11 pm, January 17th, 2012
Paula Deen’s announcement that she was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago – after which she continued to feature unhealthy food on her cooking shows – has sparked a lot of debate today over whether she was obligated to come forward earlier.
Another wrinkle is that Deen is now a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company that specializes in treating diabetes.
On Tuesday, fellow celebrity cook Anthony Bourdain, who’s been critical of Deen in the past, made a not-so-subtle reference to the potential conflict of interests.
He tweeted, “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”
TMZ seized on the feud, using Bourdain’s tweet to post the headline, “Anthony Bourdain RIPS Paula Deen – She’s a Diabetic Scam Artist!”
Bourdain then clarified on Twitter, writing, “For the record: Never called anybody a ‘diabetic scam artist.’ TMZ’s words. Not mine.”
What’s not disputed, though, is that Bourdain and other observers see Deen as profiting from an illness may have helped facilitate with earlier products.
Do you think that’s a fair assessment? Or are Deen’s critics out of line?
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