As you’ve no doubt heard, queen of butter Paula Deen recently revealed that she has Type 2 diabetes. The news got food critics and other chefs all constipated as they tried to keep from blurting out “I FUCKING TOLD YOU THE FUCK FUCKING SO” in the face of Deen’s devastating, potentially life-threatening news.
All this went down just over a week ago, and no sooner has the ink dried on her announcement of her diagnosis than here we are with this headline from People magazine:
Is it OK for Paula Deen to eat a burger. A question for the fucking ages, but at the end of the day, it’s a question that we have absolutely no right to be asking.
We have to assume, at this point, that Deen is being seen by a physician. She can afford one of those, right? She probably has health insurance. So we can also assume that the doctor has given her instructions on what to eat. Maybe that burger is on it, maybe it isn’t. Whether Paula Deen eats herself into oblivion or carefully manages her own illness is really nobody’s business but her own.
But more to the point, the problem with People weighing in in such a random way is that they’ve now created a whole new category of body- and behavior-shaming: along with mommy-shaming, slut-shaming, virgin-shaming, skinny-shaming and fat-shaming, we can now add diabetic-shaming.
If Deen is in fact a role model — which People puts forth as their reasoning behind why she shouldn’t be munching on that alleged piece of delicious cow — trying to humiliate her publicly isn’t going to make it less likely that other people with diabetes will eat foods that might not be healthy for them. It will, however, let them know that they’re being judged.