Yeah…that’s right. I went there.
The lamest blog post title EVER.
And theoretically, I wasn’t “born” gluten-free. I was born with the celiac gene.
And I haven’t been gluten-free since birth; only the last five years.
So really, the title makes no sense whatsoever.
Can we move on please??
So Friday morning, Mrs. Dude, the two puppies and I took a walk to our local Starbucks. (Bear with me…I swear this is relevant to Lady Gaga going gluten-free.)
At the counter, they had some free samples of a fruit drink made with coffee beans. I like fruit. I like coffee. I was enticed.
But of course, I had to ask the dreaded question to the woman behind the counter:
Do you know if it contains any gluten?
The answer is not what’s important here (they couldn’t confirm).
The question is where my focus is today.
You see…I have reached the point where I HATE asking about gluten.
I feel stupid. I feel awkward. I feel embarrassed.
I feel…I feel…I feel…
And this is why I cannot stand the fact that gluten-free has become a fad.
I feel like part of some lame pack of sheep.
Is this simply a personal issue, perhaps low self-esteem, and something I need to work through?
But the fact is, 3-5 years ago, when gluten was pretty much an unknown to those outside the celiac world, I never felt stupid or awkward. I felt empowered that I was taking my health into my own hands and I felt proud that I was educating restaurants, etc. that did not know about it.
This brings us to today’s news that Lady Gaga has gone gluten-free.
Here is the official press release, which is on about a million websites by now because the media found it to be so vitally important to the fabric of our society:
Now before you bash me that maybe she has health issues, keep this in mind:
Celebrities like Gaga are extremely careful about their public persona. They cultivate their image to a tee and aim to be in complete control of it at all times. They know how much money their image brings in.
So the sound byte above is exactly as Lady Gaga wanted it to appear.
Does she mention her health? No.
Does she mention any allergy? No.
Does she mention trying to find an edge or increase her energy level? No.
She says that she is going gluten-free to lose weight and that it “is very hard to do.”
That sentence kills me. Like we’re supposed to be so impressed that she is (theoretically) going gluten-free.
Here’s something else that gets me. She says she is going to live off a diet of fish, chicken and veggies.
That’s great. That’s healthy.
Why the f*ck did she even have to mention gluten then??
Why bring it into the equation?
Don’t any of these celebrities understand 1) how ridiculous they sound; and 2) how difficult they are making it for the rest of us to be taken seriously?
And just for the record, I don’t hate Lady Gaga.
I think she is an amazing talent that she unfortunately intertwines with a caricature of herself.
Take a look at the below video and you’ll see talent and passion oozing out of every pore of her body. It’s just a phenomenal performance. She’s playing a small room like she’s playing to an arena. It’s very Springsteen-ish.
So I implore to you Miss Gaga.
Stick to your music.
Leave gluten-free to those whose health depends on it.