My friends…there is no JOY in celiac-ville today.
We will not be taking any JOY rides this week.
The Morning Joe show is no longer my pride and JOY (not that it ever was.)
I will not be singing JOY to the World any time soon.
And lastly, when done reading this post, my guess is that you will not be jumping for JOY.
So let me give you the set up. Tom Colicchio and Joy Behar were on Morning Joe yesterday. Tom was there to discuss a new TV show about competing restaurants. Joy was there to be obnoxious I suppose.
The discussion was centering around Tom and then THIS happened:
Seriously…what the ever living hell was THAT?? I really thought we were past this, yet ignorance still rears its ugly head once in awhile. How sad and pathetic.
You know what this means, don’t you? It means it’s time for a Gluten Dude breakdown.
0:00-0:15 – I intentionally left this in so you can see that the ENTIRE conversation at this point was focused on Tom, the new TV show and the restaurant scene in general.
0:16 – Joy obviously feels left out so she completely interrupts the conversation with this gem: “How annoying are people who want gluten-free when they go into a restaurant? I just find it irritating.”
No…seriously…she said that. No one had even mentioned gluten up to this point so not only did she interrupt with her ignorance, but she totally changed the course of the conversation. The only word I have for it is…well I actually don’t have a word for it. Maybe you can come up with one.
0:22 – Mika, while eating a sandwich, nods and grunts in agreement, while everyone breaks out in perhaps awkward laughter. I honestly don’t watch this show but I watched most of this episode and found Mika to be awful. She had absolutely nothing to add to the conversation and she interrupted Tom so many times I’m surprised he didn’t walk off the set in frustration.
0:24 – While everyone is hooting it up, Tom says “You’re not in the kitchen when that happens.” but then catches himself and says “No, it’s ok.”
I honestly believe he was just thrown off, got temporarily caught up for a sec and immediately regretted his first comment. I’ve been to one of his restaurants multiple times, Colicchio & Sons, and they do gluten-free extremely well and take it very seriously. I actually tweeted Tom after I saw the show and simply said “What was that all about?” and he responded “I have no idea.” I’m sure even he was disgusted.
0:30 – The male host (don’t know his name) says “What if they have celiac?”
And I say YAY to that. These shows almost never bring it up so I was happy to hear it get a mention.
0:34 – Joy says “How many people actually have celiac?”
Well let’s see Joy. There are 318,000,000 people in the United States. An estimated 1 out of 133 people have celiac. That means about 2,385,000 people have celiac disease, many of whom are undiagnosed, suffer and won’t get tested for celiac because of idiot comments like yours. Add to that the number that have NCGS and I will conservatively estimate that over 12,000,000 people in this country alone have health issues caused by gluten. Still bother you Joy? Or because it doesn’t affect you personally, you simply don’t care.
0:37 – Joy says celiac is just a bunch of baloney. No comment needed.
0:39 – Joy continues to make an ass out herself with this gem: “My theory is that if you have a disease that a celebrity can pitch, then they will find a cure for the disease. So celiac is the new disease.”
Where do I even start with this one? There is no cure for celiac because a celebrity doesn’t endorse the disease?? And if one did, they would find a cure??? I am simply not following her logic. Perhaps because there is none. Note to Joy: There is no cure for A LOT of diseases. Plenty of celebs pitch for cancer and yet what do you know, no cure there yet. ALS…no cure. Diabetes…no cure. Should I go on?
And what does a celebrity have to do with finding a cure for a disease? What a bizarre and disturbed train of thought. I’m not sure if Joy is stupid, ignorant or a touch of both. But the fact that she is a public figure and can be so misinformed is beyond scary.
I will say this. Everyone on the set, except Mika, who is too busy eating to utter a word, seems to be against Joy during the conversation. I’m sure it was unscripted and they were thrown for a loop. You can see Tom a few times trying to speak up but Joy wouldn’t shut up. And the male host really is trying to give Joy a chance to make herself look human again but she just keeps digging herself deeper and deeper.
Finally…someone off stage, who has a look of utter contempt on his face, changes the topic and normalcy is returned.
But here’s some good news folks. I used to write articles like these all the time. Whether it was the Today Show (multiple times), Kathy Lee and Hoda, Jimmy Kimmel, or Jimmy Fallon, the anti gluten-free sentiment was in full force for a few years there.
But it’s been awhile since I’ve had to call a pseudo-celebrity out.
Thanks Joy for showing us that we still have more work to do.
(Dude addendum: I totally missed the fact that she worked with Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a fellow celiac, on The View for five years. Thanks everyone for the reminder. That just ups her ignorance ten-fold.)