If you didn’t know already I love food porn shows. Anthony Bordain is my favorite…i love his almost beat-poetry narrative, his rock and roll sensibility, his willingness to try any food, be it high-end or drunken street vendors, his leather jacket and hair that reminds me of my father. And, until today, his show is free of fatty fatty 2 x 4 narritive…he partakes in whole pigs and bitter beer with wild abandon, greasy fingers and all.
Until today. One of his guests on his current show is about food bloggers…and one of the bloggers was scared into giving up is heart, his soul, his livelyhood….they forced him onto a diet because of a heart attack and cholesterol problem. So while Anthony Bordain….fucking rock and roll king who MADE it….has his own food network show and everything is there, giving an interview to you about your favorite burger….and he has to eat a fucking greek salad and apologize and give the good-fatty-imma-loose-weight docta! ™ spiel. DAMMIT. this is food netowork…im supposued to be (relatively) free of this fat hate (especially with tivo to filter out diet commercials), this constant bombardment. If I wanted to watch diet food I wouldnt tune into to Bordain….he’s sheer food porn…But i guess I don’t get to enjoy my food porn without a fatty disclaimer anymore.
After the commercial break he goes onto say HIS doctor has made him go on a diet too. HIM. Bordain is not what i would call obese. I guess, in a way Bordain proves what HAES proponents have been saying all along. You CAN be skinny and unhealthy. Bordain is by no means obese….hes motorcycle/rocker cool, whipcord and lean….but he proves that eating fried pork skin and sausages with beer and smokes for a living is hard on the old ticker, the plumbing system in the body.
Interestingly all the direct to the audience narrative that usually goes on is his shows is there….as he butchers a whole pig on camera….A little heavy-handed with the symbolism, no?
I feel betrayed. One more not so safe place. I know I shouldnt, I feel the saving grace of Bordain admitting even he with his unhealthy love of all things pork is UNhealthy though skinny. But the food porn has been marred with OMG EAT BETTER YOU ARE GONNA DIEEEEEEEE. I guess it’s better the fatty fatty 2×4 gonna drop dead on the kitchen floor media hype of the OMGZ OBESITY EPIDEMPIC.