Sunday, March 27, 2011

Contessa, you will comply

Daughter is an inveterate viewer of the Food channel, so I do I have a passing familiarity with this woman's show. So I wasn't shocked, but simply interested, to see this via Drudge:

"Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten has a new nickname -- "Heartless Contessa" -- in the wake of news that she repeatedly refused to meet with a 6-year-old boy named Enzo who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

But what I do care about is the slippery slope that we, as a society, are whizzing down with ever-increasing speed, so I read the article. And the comments. After which I wondered if the contessa is glad she doesn't live in France in the late 1700s, for she would surely have mounted the guillotine shortly after Marie Antoinette.

Here's a few snippets from the comments:

"Selfish BI**H!"

"Hooved Beast"

"what an ass"

While there are some supportive voices (plus my comment about the nature of forcing her compliance via threat, which I'm betting never passes the test to appear), it seems the lynch mob is forming. Ina Garten is going to be crucified for "failure to give back to the community".

The whole thing sounds like a bad remake of The Fountainhead.

In case you miss it in the comments, there is another good blog on this subject at I Fry Mine In Butter.

2 comments:

redlami said...

I think the tide is already starting to turn... the kid's mom posted a stop the madness post on her blog wherein she expresses her shock that things got so out of control. I know, how could that have happened!

raymondj said...

Thanks for the link love to Fry Butter, btw! Glad we weren't the only bloggers in the wilderness making noise about this issue.

I'm a little concerned that Ina caved actually, I'm hoping no precedents are set.