Ok…I wasn’t going to touch this one. No seriously I wasn’t.
It seems I’ve gotten a bit of a reputation as a “ranter” and people contacted me yesterday asking me for another Kardashian-type rant. But I was going to take a pass on this one.
Why? A few reasons.
Mainly, because she did not say she is going gluten-free to lose weight. She claimed she has a gluten allergy (even though technically there is no such thing.). Does she really have a gluten issue? Time will tell…but she better! And if she does turn out to have celiac disease, she could be a great advocate for us.
Also because she only vocalized about it because the media kept saying she must be anorexic with all the weight she’s been losing. (Isn’t our media just wonderful??)
There’s also the fact that she’s only 19 years old.
And lastly, come on…it’s Miley Cyrus!!
I do wonder if Hannah Montana is also gluten-free. And for those of you saying it’s the same person, “I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you.” (as I cover my ears)
But as the day wore on and the night passed, a few things happened that made me realize I must speak up (including having dreams about it all…night…long). But my rant is not against Miley (well…not totally anyway); it’s against everyone elses reaction to her going gluten-free.
Take a look at the picture above. It’s from the Zite app on my iPad. Zite is a news aggregator that grabs stories from around the web for topics you choose. I follow “gluten”. And this is just page one. It went on and on and on.
Look…I’ll never understand our country’s obsession with celebrities. I think it’s misplaced energy that should be focused on other people who are more of a positive influence. But it is what it is.
What gets me is the tabloid type headlines that just trivializes what gluten-free truly means to us celiacs. And many of the articles have so many false statements that I lost count. One headline actually said “Miley Cyrus has trendy gluten allergy.”
That’s right…effing TRENDY. Aren’t us celiacs really, really hip?
And of course there was tweet after tweet yesterday that Miley Cyrus is gluten free and and it’s her secret to looking “hot”.
And all of you cynics out there who are saying “Lighten up Gluten Dude. What’s the big deal?” Well, here is part of a comment I got last night from a fellow celiac on my Kardashian blog post.
I was at my college campus “subway” today I saw two girls laughing in front of me and then they asked what they had that was gluten free, and this obviously caught my attention. They settled on a gluten free bun and when the worker went to change his gloves and get a new plate (as he should) they told him not to bother. This made me absolutely infuriated. This is not a fad diet and the fact you are telling a worker who is taking his job seriously not to change his gloves you are ruining it for the people who that would actually make sick! I seriously thought how many times will he be told not to change hs gloves and then when I come up he wont and I will get sick! Those girls made me so mad and so does this “trend diet”. I have a pretty gluten free friendly campus and you dumb girls are ruining it because you think you’re going to lose weight. Oh and to top it all off at the end they ordered french fires….which are fried in wheat flour (and aren’t going to help on your dumb diet.) Sorry about my rant, but I thought it fit with this story. I just wanted to share that this is becoming a reality, so I appreciate the protest on here.
And that’s why it matters folks. That’s why I preach. And that’s why all celiacs should preach.
Gluten-free is not a fad. It’s not a trend. It’s not a diet. It’s not a joke.
It is the way we survive.