“And there has got to be a correlation between food media and Americans becoming big fat pigs,” he says, “I’m not going to say Food Network’s responsible for American obesity. I’m not going to say that because of course what you put in your mouth is your own fault and your duty. But the fact that the rise of the celebrity chef has happened hand-in-hand with people becoming big fat pigs, someone’s going to reckon with that.
Alton Brown, celebrity chef, creator of Good Eats, and one of the “faces” of the Food Network, in this article. (Bolded by me.)
Food Network, get rid of your bigotted, holier than thou representative. You WILL lose viewers if you let this bigoted man continue to be one of your “faces”, one of your voices. You sell the concept of food to everybody. You sell spots to advertisers upon the idea that millions of people will continue to tune in to you, and therefor tune in to your sponsors. Alton Brown, if he continues his misplaced crusade, will hurt your business.
Alton Brown, I used to respect you. You are the “Science Guy” of food production. You helped me to understand a lot of the science behind things like yeast and other leavening, why putting an extra egg into cake batters at high altitude helps the cake not fall, and a lot of other things. Your recipes were great to recreate. Your show Good Eats was fun and informative. HOWEVER. You do NOT have any right to call the people who you, personally, are making money off of (in the form of book sales) big fat pigs. You do NOT have the right to engage in hate speech, condescension, nor ridicule towards them (remember the “did you eat the TV” comment? yeah, that’s the ridicule).
You will never grace my living room again. I’m just very glad that I’m not one of the “nice folk” who’ve personally contributed to your fortune (by buying one of your books).
Oh, and by the way, you might want to emulate Andrew Zimmerman. As you said, “he never disrespects anybody.” You might want to try that, if you don’t want to lose any more viewers for your employers, or sales of your book!