Kudos to the gluten-free community once again.
After Hoda completely insulted the entire gluten-free community, our community rose to the occasion and absolutely bombarded The Today Show on Twitter and on Facebook.
The comments ranged from incensed (“These two people, especially Hoda, need to take a look at themselves. When did it become okay to make fun of other people’s diseases?!?!”)…
…to heartbroken (I couldn’t watch until just now. I cried. I am saddened to my core that such frivolous behavior could take place. It is just not ok to mock people who are ILL! I have no answers and seriously no more words.”)…
…to comical (“Hmmmm….being gluten intolerant means I can’t ever date Hoda? At least I found an upside to being gluten intolerant! Thank you god!”).
So during yesterday’s show, Hoda offered up an apology. You can watch the video above.
Am I happy it was at least acknowledged? Most definitely.
Do I think she felt bad about it? Probably.
Do I think it was a lame apology and a missed opportunity to educate? Absolutely.
It was more of a “I wish I didn’t say that” instead of a “Here is why I shouldn’t have said it” type of apology.
No mention of celiac disease. No mention of gluten intolerance. Just hemming and hawing and finally saying “food issues.”
But it is a small victory and that is what creating Awareness is all about.
Somebody left a great comment on my Facebook page that I think sums up our fight for celiac awareness and education.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
They are no longer ignoring us. That’s progress.
And one last thing…the below image was taken directly from Kathie Lee and Hoda’s Facebook page today. Ironic…huh?