Another day…another blog post where I need to defend my fellow celiacs from the media whores who keep piling on.
Watch the video above (or here). This may be about as bad as I’ve seen.
And I didn’t want to do this today. I’m very cognizant of having too many “negative” posts in a row. Yesterday, I called out the CSA and Omission Beer so I was hoping for something a bit more uplifting today.
But I just couldn’t give Jimmy a free pass.
I’m not gonna spend a lot of time on this. The video speaks for itself.
I think Mr. Fallon can be brilliant at times. Anybody who gives me THIS is ok in my book. But not only is this “skit” simply not funny…I just don’t understand the point of it. Are they that desperate for material?
Why bring out a nerdy guy to represent those who are gluten-free?
Why say it’s not real?
Why put a pie in his face and then laugh about the consequences?
And don’t tell me because it’s a comedy show. You can poke fun at things while not debasing 1% of the population and misleading an entire audience of how ungodly important gluten-free is to us.
George Carlin would have had a friggin’ field day with the gluten free fad. He would have laid into the media and the B-list celebs promoting the diet. But he also would’ve educated at the same time. That’s what smart comedians do. Lenny Bruce. Richard Pryor. They made you think.
Heck…even Johnny Carson wouldn’t have sunk to this level.
When the Disney channel had an episode where people threw pancakes at a gluten-free kid, the celiac community erupted and we got them to pull the episode before it aired. That was such a sweet victory for us.
And now here we are six months later and Jimmy is saying gluten-free is complete BS and is smashing a blueberry pie in a celiac’s face. All in the name of comedy.
Except it ain’t funny.
Jimmy…why don’t you smash a peanut butter sandwich in a kid’s face who has a severe peanut allergy? What…that’s not funny? It would send the wrong message? Exactly.
One step forward…two steps back.