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Anthony or Rachael: Whose Side Are You On?

Dunkin' Donuts has gotten some big names, like Naomi Campbell, to endorse its yummies, and Rachael Ray just joined the club. Page Six is reporting that chef Anthony Bourdain is not pleased with Ray's massive deal with the donut maker. He said:

"She's hugely influential, particularly with children. And she's endorsing Dunkin' Donuts. It's like endorsing crack for kids."

"I'm not a very ethical guy. I don't have a lot of principles. But somehow that seems to me over the line. Juvenile diabetes has exploded. Half of Americans don't have necks. And she's up there saying, 'Eat some [bleeping] Dunkin' Donuts. You look great in that swimsuit — eat another doughnut!' That's evil."

Ray's rep responded:

"Anyone who knows Rachael and watches her on TV is aware she promotes balance and moderation, instead of living life in extremes. Her work addressing kids' and families' nutritional needs speaks for itself so we respectfully disagree with Anthony's opinion."

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graftonreed graftonreed 8 years
Bourdain begins: "I'm not a very ethical guy. I don't have a lot of principles." and goes on to describe her endorsement as......... "That's evil." Should an individual begin a critique of another with a statement like that.......... "I'm not a very ethical guy.......... I don't have a lot of principales." Isn't he overstating her actions just a bit by describing it as......... "That's evil."
graftonreed graftonreed 8 years
Bourdain begins: "I'm not a very ethical guy. I don't have a lot of principles." and goes on to describe her endorsement as......... "That's evil."Should an individual begin a critique of another with a statement like that.......... "I'm not a very ethical guy.......... I don't have a lot of principales." Isn't he overstating her actions just a bit by describing it as......... "That's evil."
zencheeseburger zencheeseburger 8 years
I thought people were really interested and concerned about health issues? Most people are voting about their favorite TV personality? If this is the case i like Anthony. Maybe it's the The Yuppie Nuremberg Defense..You know..."I have to pay my mortgage." It's applicable for corporate/legal scumbags who do morally reprehensible things but make the argument that they have to make a living and this is how they do it. Come on.......Kids are fat and lazy and we helped make then that way, so anyone who does a commerical for doughnuts, whether in moderation or stuffing your face with them...is sending a clear message. I'm famous and on TV and i say it's okay to eat dougnuts. Moderation is not being taught... What is being taught...Nothing?
zencheeseburger zencheeseburger 8 years
I thought people were really interested and concerned about health issues?Most people are voting about their favorite TV personality?If this is the case i like Anthony.Maybe it's the The Yuppie Nuremberg Defense..You know..."I have to pay my mortgage." It's applicable for corporate/legal scumbags who do morally reprehensible things but make the argument that they have to make a living and this is how they do it. Come on.......Kids are fat and lazy and we helped make then that way, so anyone who does a commerical for doughnuts, whether in moderation or stuffing your face with them...is sending a clear message. I'm famous and on TV and i say it's okay to eat dougnuts.Moderation is not being taught... What is being taught...Nothing?
moonbaby9307 moonbaby9307 8 years
I agree with Anthony Bourdain. I cannot stand Rachael Ray.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Bourdain all the way. At least he admits he is not the picture of health. I cannot stand Rachel Ray; she is so irritating. I have banned her from my house.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Anthony could tell me to eat cat food and I'd think it was dreamy. Rachel annoys me with her YUM-O!!!! and what-have-you. I'll take the sexy epicure any day...
Allytta Allytta 8 years
kids should chose for themselved or the parents should control them. if they don't care, why should Rachael? i belive in freedom of speech and advertising.
JLMac JLMac 8 years
In my defense - I wasn't saying that Anthony had a kid fan base at all - I think that most kids wouldn't find him appealing, and either way they shouldn't be watching it because it's not age appropriate. However I am saying that Rachel doesn't have a very large kid fan base either. I think that Anthony personally has it out for Rachel Ray to start with. If they had someone like Hannah Montana supporting Dunkin Donuts - then that would be targeting kids. RR might have the biggest appeal to kids who watch cooking shows - but I think that the base size for that would be very small as compared to the number of kids that watch Nickolodean or Disney channel. The reason I said that it is the pot calling the kettle black is because Anthony might as well eat donuts along with all the toxins he puts in his body from smoking all the time. Moving forward, Anothony eats tons of stuff that isn't healthy on his show - while RR cooks tons of things that aren't healthy on her show. I almost think that endorsing Donkin Donuts wouldn't even make that much of a difference to this supposed "detriment to society" due to her current high fat/calorie/cholesterol food that she cooks on many of her shows (I realize now and then that she may have a moderately healthy meal here and there).
foudini foudini 8 years
bourdain vs. ray aside, how did ray become famous? has anyone heard her laugh? it's not the laugh so much as the timing. it's always awkward, forced and brown-nosey. nails on a chalkboard, ppl. i liked her food network shows but had to stop watching them because of her obnoxious, ill-timed giggles. oh yeah, no celebrity should be endorsing something so inherently bad for you. moderation, blah, blah does not give the green light to selling your soul to DD. i feel the same way about all celebrity endorsements. it bothers me a lot that dollar signs can be so easily traded for someone's integrity.
foudini foudini 8 years
bourdain vs. ray aside, how did ray become famous? has anyone heard her laugh? it's not the laugh so much as the timing. it's always awkward, forced and brown-nosey. nails on a chalkboard, ppl. i liked her food network shows but had to stop watching them because of her obnoxious, ill-timed giggles.oh yeah, no celebrity should be endorsing something so inherently bad for you. moderation, blah, blah does not give the green light to selling your soul to DD. i feel the same way about all celebrity endorsements. it bothers me a lot that dollar signs can be so easily traded for someone's integrity.
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 8 years
Rachael Ray is so annoying! I want to punch her in the face.
smp7328 smp7328 8 years
Off topic - JessNess, LOVE Your ICON!!!! now, back to the topic of discussion. I understand Bourdain's argument, but I personally think he is an arrogant a$$, so I am just siding with RR because I dislike her less.
ErinMichele1L ErinMichele1L 8 years
The difference btwn Bourdain and Ray is that he OBVIOUSLY has an adult audience (if you've read his books it's very apparent that he has no interest in catering to children). Ray on the other hand, is a daytime tv staple. So yes, I think she does have a duty to be responsible in terms of what she promotes, and I think that Bourdain has a right to comment on her behavior since they're in the same industry. On a side note, I can definately imagine she's downed a few donuts in her time.
Soniye Soniye 8 years
Rachel Ray is sooooo not healthy! Watching her show was like watching a "how to get fat" lesson. Huge portions, ogling over the fatty and sugary entrees, and just laughing it off. Moderation? I think a big fat check probably is more like it.
Soniye Soniye 8 years
Rachel Ray is sooooo not healthy!Watching her show was like watching a "how to get fat" lesson.Huge portions, ogling over the fatty and sugary entrees, and just laughing it off.Moderation? I think a big fat check probably is more like it.
UTnikki81 UTnikki81 8 years
Um...someone said Donuts are 200 calories? I just thought I'd point out that they're about 280 calories and over a quarter of your intake of fat. And probably not the good fat. And that's just the plain ones, the chocolate ones are 330. I think the problem is America's outlook on what is "healthy." As a country, we obviously don't know anymore. I'm not saying everyone, but overall.
UTnikki81 UTnikki81 8 years
Um...someone said Donuts are 200 calories? I just thought I'd point out that they're about 280 calories and over a quarter of your intake of fat. And probably not the good fat. And that's just the plain ones, the chocolate ones are 330. I think the problem is America's outlook on what is "healthy." As a country, we obviously don't know anymore. I'm not saying everyone, but overall.
marcella marcella 8 years
rachael ray is a stupid whore. the sooner we all agree on this, the better.
pintsized pintsized 8 years
Neither, but if I had to pick it would be Mr. Bourdain hands down.
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Tony all the way!
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Tony all the way!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Just another celeb making a quick buck with no regard for ethics..
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 8 years
I love Anthony so I'm on team Bourdain. He's an amazing chef, his show is awesome, and he's a great writer. Also, Rachael Ray is tragically annoying.
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