Friday, April 27, 2012

Is Sean Hannity a brilliant male badass?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

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As many other writers have suggested over the years, I rarely read comments on posts anymore. Apparently the occasional reader just can't stand that, so they send me an email instead. Here's an example, from "Suzanne Price" (love the appropriate last name), in response to my recent post about Sean Hannity's assertion that people don't go to bed hungry in America:

YOU ARE VERY STUPID...beans and rice are very inexpensive and they are GOOD for you... you should be spreading the word...not tearing people down for sharing ideas that will help the poor people of all colors.. I learned about beans and rice as a young adult THERE IS NO REASON TO STARVE UNLESS YOU ARE JUST STUPID!

Actually, Suzanne, YOU ARE VERY STUPID. My post doesn't dispute that rice and beans are a cheap meal. What I dispute is that people in America don't go hungry, that Mittens isn't out of touch, and that the simple solution to hunger is rice and beans. (Call me crazy, but I'm guessing poor people already know about rice and beans.) Please take yourself to an elementary school cafeteria in a poor section of town and scream at the kids, "THERE IS NO REASON TO STARVE UNLESS YOU ARE JUST STUPID."

I did write a response to people in the comments section of the post....

Maybe it's just me — I know, it's always just me — but I find The Daily Eater's article about the "Top 15 Badass Women Chefs in America" kind of strange.

It's not that the women chefs don't deserve attention, to say the least, but what is the point of measuring their skills in terms of male chefs? That's what the article and slide-show commentary do. It all basically boils down to: They are badass because they measure up to a certain set of male chefs.

Many of the women have participated in competitive food shows like "Iron Chef." I understand the entertaining idolatry of TV chefs, but it ought to be obvious that there are plenty of chefs far better than the theatrical titans of "Top Chef" and such. Badassery — theatricality — does not in itself make anyone a good chef.

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