This is not a rant. Since the gluten-free bashing has been going on for years and years, I’ve sadly become pretty numb to it. So as you read this, picture me using my quiet voice; the one where I’m just out of words to explain why the media continues to have such a fixation on our disease; the one where I’m just sad that I need to write another article about this; the one where…dare I say…I just don’t give a shit anymore.
I don’t feel like giving a Dude Breakdown of the video. I’ll just let you watch the scene here:
And now I’ll just ask some questions, since I don’t have any answers.
Why would they choose celiac disease, out of all things in this world they could have chosen, to highlight how “unimportant” some things are in this world compared to the travesties going on around us?
Why would they portray the author as weak and annoying?
Why would they use “Gluten Freedom” as the title of the book when that is already a popular book by celiac expert Dr. Alessio Fasano? And is that even legal?
Why would the show actually take the time to learn about celiac disease (which is obvious they did) but then go ahead and just bash it to pieces?
Why would they conflict celiac disease with gluten-intolerance? (I’m not minimizing the latter here…just interested in getting the facts right.)
Why would they bring up celiac disease and then compare our diet to “hair volume” and “space saving packing tips”?
Why would they make it seem that NOBODY dies from celiac disease when celiacs have a higher-than-normal death rate from lymphoma?
Look…I know nothing about this show. And holy shit…of course celiac disease doesn’t compare to sexual assault and gun violence. But I’ve always hated the “it could be worse” argument even though it can be truthful. All it does is minimize what someone is going through.
So I am honestly just looking for answers. No bashing. No “woe is us” commentary. No petitions.