The Daily has this headline,
Paula’s big fat secret
TV chef famous for Southern-fried decadence to reveal she has diabetes
Paula Deen — the queen of high-calorie, Southern cooking — is about to come clean and confess that she can’t eat her own dishes anymore because she has diabetes.
The Georgia-born chef — a Food Network star who has written five best-selling cookbooks — has been trying to keep her condition a secret, even after the National Enquirer reported in April that she has Type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with fatty foods and obesity.
Sources say Deen, 64, who never addressed the diabetes question, has worked out a multimillion-dollar deal to be the spokeswoman for a pharmaceutical company and endorse the drug she is taking.
The unnamed “sources” were wrong: James Joyner’s commenter PJ clarifies
Novartis, the pharmaceutical company, denies that she has signed a deal with them:
The rumors that Novartis has signed a multi-million dollar spokesperson deal with Paula Deen for a Diabetes treatment are not true. Novartis is not working with Ms. Deen.
If Deen has made a lot of money frying Twinkies, that’s fine by me.
There are two things that bother me about this type of story:
1. The outrage over Paula Deen making money from her own private enterprise. Face it, she’s a self-made successful entrepreneur who didn’t ruin a state and lose $1.2 billion of her client’s money.
That she became morbidly obese is her own responsibility, too, which brings me to
2. Deen’s not at your house making you fried twinkies (or whatever), and putting a gun to your head to make you eat them. You and no one else is responsible for what you ingest. Somebody go tell that toNanny Mike Bloomberg.