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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."
zencheeseburger zencheeseburger 9 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 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 9 years
I agree with Anthony Bourdain. I cannot stand Rachael Ray.
cubadog cubadog 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years
Rachael Ray is so annoying! I want to punch her in the face.
smp7328 smp7328 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years
rachael ray is a stupid whore. the sooner we all agree on this, the better.
pintsized pintsized 9 years
Neither, but if I had to pick it would be Mr. Bourdain hands down.
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Tony all the way!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Just another celeb making a quick buck with no regard for ethics..
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 9 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.
laura763 laura763 9 years
I'm with wmurdy; her only ethical responsibility is to like the product. Are we seriously saying that people in general shouldn't advertise for dunkin donuts because it is unhealthy? Isn't that getting dangerously close to banning unhealthy food altogether? Besides, isn't she mostly pushing their coffee? "Promoting the Dunkin Donuts brand" seems to be what she signed on for; I don't think I've ever seen her promoting the donuts. Even if she is, I tend to think she's trying to sell those donuts to me, a member of the adult population who likes a treat every now and again. Should we hold every celebrity who's advertised for coke or pepsi partially responsible for the obesity epidemic? I mean, I suspect soda plays a way bigger part than donuts. Is that Cindy Crawford's fault? This could go on endlessly. Another huge problem in our society is opressive credit card debt; is Tina Fey acting irresponsibly, endorsing American Express? I think it ultimately has to be about personal responsibility and public education - everything else is just pointing fingers, and it's counterproductive. It's my job to know what a donut does to my body, or to make sure I keep track of my kids' donut consumption; after that, if I still want a donut, I don't see any problem with Rachel Ray trying to convince me of which one is tastiest.
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 9 years
No one can blame Rachael Ray for any eating disorder. Blame the parents for letting their kids turn in to fatties because they are too lazy to serve them a healthy snack. RR got paid large cash for the endorsement, not for deciding what is and isn't healthy in your own personal lives. Step up and take responsibility for your own lives instead of pointing the finger at others.
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Maybe the true problem here is that we shouldn't look to ANY celebrities about what we should or should not do.
syako syako 9 years
The good thing about RR is she doesn't claim to be a chef. I read in her magazine last month where a reader asked when she became a chef - and she said never! that she wasn't a chef. She doesn't claim to be one, she just likes to cook and likes to show people how to cook quick and easy meals. You all need to get over yourselves, sorry if you can't stand her but that doesn't make her an evil person OR make her recipes all terrible and unhealthy. Grow up.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
*oops can sell
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Everyone is so anti-Rachael because she is literally the most annoying person ever. What is the point of saying EVOO if you are going to say Extra Virgin Olive Oil right after :rotfl: Plus none of her ideas are original. She is not even a chef. Seriously she just got lucky. Anthony on the other hand is a real chef and recognizes the hypocrisy of being a "celeb chef" (even in himself). This is a man who has made it on his talent without having to peddle any products. Im sure there are plenty of healthier brands that RR cant sell. Face it celebs influence the sells of the products they push otherwise they would never be hired. So they might as well be conscience of what they are doing. Nothing about Dunkin Donuts is healthy. And who in reality goes and gets just a basic donut?
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