It was brought to my attention last night that you posted something on Instagram that had some of my fellow celiacs upset. I figured it was just some stupid attempt at gluten-free humor (because…you know…our disease is funny) and I’d just write it off.
After all, we’ve been lit up by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, and plenty of other media outlets over the years. Eventually…I just stopped reacting to them as to not draw attention to the negativity of it all.
But when I saw your Instagram post, I was…let’s see, what’s the right word here…disheartened, disgusted, appalled, repulsed. Yeah…those words will work. But then it got worse. Until this morning, I actually missed what you said along side the picture.
Unbelievably, you said: “We all have that friend…”
Look…I know you’ve got a tough job. I mean, you have the weight of the world on your shoulders trying to solve life’s problems. It must be so taxing to come up with these types of headlines:
“I WAS A REAL-LIFE “SUGAR BABY” FOR WEALTHY MEN”
“KIM KARDASHIAN’S OUTFIT IS GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT SEX”
“YOU CAN SMELL LIKE RIHANNA FOR JUST $260”
I mean honestly…you are changing the world so I get it that you may not be so in tune with celiac disease and how your cartoon may affect the community. So, if you have not read the feedback from some of us on your Instagram post, let me fill you in a bit.
I wrote a blog post yesterday, asking the 3 things people miss the most since their celiac diagnosis. I got over 400 responses. Besides missing our favorite foods, you know what the common theme was? Here…let me read some to you.
“I miss not feeling afraid and anxious.”
“I miss not planning everything.”
“I miss being able to relax at family gatherings/social occasions involving food.”
“I miss spontaneity.”
“I miss not thinking about food constantly.”
“I miss being able to just say ‘Yes, let’s go out to eat’ without knowing every little thing about the restaurant.”
“I miss not having to think about everything that goes in my mouth.”
“I miss not having to explain celiac at every social gathering!”
You get the picture? Because THAT is the life of a celiac. We’re a strong bunch. We deal with it. But we HATE living in that bubble that you portrayed us in. We WANT to be at that table enjoying whatever the f*ck we feel like. And at the end of the day, even though we’re ungodly diligent and careful, one crumb, one little bit of cross-contamination, can set off an autoimmune response in our system that can make us feel like we’re crawling out of our skin for weeks.
And I don’t wanna hear that your cartoon was aimed toward the fad dieters. That line has gotten so old. That is simply a defense mechanism that lazy writers use to make fun of people. And by the way, the general population cannot discern between the two so you are indeed insulting EVERYONE who eats gluten-free.
So please Elle, stick to doing what you do best, whatever the hell that is. Get out of YOUR bubble and learn a bit about our disease. Oh…and I just saw that you also posted it on your Facebook page to your 4 million followers. Of course you did, because f*ck you.