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Zooey Deschanel Pulls a Fast One? August 7, 2009

Posted by craftlass in hypocrisy, television.
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For those who don’t follow Top Chef Masters, two nights ago the elimination challenge was to cook one course of a five-course meal for Zooey Deschanel and her friends. Right after they were given the challenge instructions they watched a video message from the hostess with a huge list of what was supposedly her dietary restrictions: Vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free, just what a chef that doesn’t specialize in those diets fears more than anything. As someone who used to be vegan, gluten-free, and yeast-free I was actually quite excited to see what these masters could do within that framework, but I also felt pretty bad for the ones who had never gone near that sort of diet before because I know how hard it was for me to keep up with my own restrictions. Overall, an exciting challenge, though.

We watched the show last night and so it was still in my mind as I ended up watching Craig Ferguson’s show a few hours later. Ms. Deschanel was the guest and they were talking about baseball and the Dodgers, which led to this discussion of food:

Ferguson: “Do you like the Dodger dogs?”

Deschanel: “No.”

CF: “What?! Oh, no, you’re vegetarian, aren’t you?”

ZD: “Well, I, uh, you know, go vegetarian sometimes.”

CF: “Sometimes, like Lindsey Lohan.”

ZD: [laughs and says something I can’t make out] “…well, but I don’t do Dodger dogs… I have been known to go vegetarian.”

So, was this Top Chef Masters challenge simply cooked up by the writers and producers? I mean, someone who goes, “vegetarian sometimes,” is hardly in a position to demand food with loads of tough restrictions. I know, I know, it’s better television if she claims this is actually her diet, but the fact that these two things aired within two days really highlights the bullshit that we are fed all the time.

Just to be clear, I have nothing against people who can’t stick to the vegetarian thing, I went from eating nothing but grains, beans, and veggies to a full-blown carnivore who likes her meat practically bloody so I can’t say anything. I have nothing against Ms. Deschanel for whatever she chooses to put in her body, but this whole thing of people claiming a special diet and then it turning out to be not exactly truthful is such a weird by-product of these times.

I have a friend who has been telling people for years that he’s a vegetarian, but if you ask further he’ll tell you he eats chicken most days. So, then he’ll say, “Well, I don’t eat pork or beef,” but if you invite him to a barbecue and offer him a piece of chicken and a well-cooked steak or burger, take a wild guess what he usually picks…

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