For those of you who don’t read People, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, OK, In Touch, Star or follow any of the zillion websites dedicated to our glorious entertainment industry (seriously…how do they all stay in business??), last week Jennifer Lawrence called gluten-free “the new cool eating disorder.”
Was it a stupid thing to say? Of course.
Do I think she meant it literally? I do not.
As a celiac, do I take offense? Not so much.
But do her words matter? Sadly, they do. This is a woman on top of the world right now. People listen to her.
Yahoo actually ran an article about her quote and they titled it “Jennifer Lawrence Says Gluten-Free Is ‘The New Cool Eating Disorder,’ Might Actually Be Onto Something”.
Look…I’m a big boy. I can handle this crap.
But then I think of the children who have celiac and are getting bullied. And my heart breaks.
I think of celiacs going out to eat and having a server who thinks gluten-free is BS. And my heart breaks.
I think of the newly diagnosed whose families are not being supportive of their new lifestyle. And my heart breaks.
And I think of all of the undiagnosed celiacs walking around who won’t get diagnosed because either they or their doctors won’t consider it. And my heart breaks.
So I could rant and rave about the ignorance of the statement. But I’m gonna shift my focus onto something good today. Call it a kinder, gentler Gluten Dude.
And what exactly is the good in all of this?
We have made progress in our advocacy folks. Real concrete progress.
On the Yahoo article mentioned above, there were over 700 comments left. If this happened two years ago, you can bet most of them would have been filled with comments like “Yeah, gluten free is such bullsh*t”, “I hate yuppie fad dieters”, “Just eat some bread you hipsters”, etc., etc.
But wow…what a difference a few years makes.
I reviewed the first 50 comments and only two of them were remotely supportive of what she said. (If you’re wondering why I didn’t review all 767 comments, it’s because I have a life. Well, not really. Ok….moving on.)
That means about 96% of the responses acknowledged either celiac or gluten intolerance.
That’s huge folks. That means we’re making a difference. Change doesn’t happen overnight. But make no mistake…change is happening.
And to you Miss Lawrence, here is what I say. You seem like good people. You’re funny. You’re quirky. You take nude pics of yourself. You’re my kind of person. Just be careful with your words. I understand that doing interview after interview must get real mundane and you might have a slip up now and then. But next time somebody asks you about gluten free, just do me a favor and take the fifth. Celiac sucks and you’re not helping things. Thanks for listening and I’ll see you at Mockingjay.