Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hating Katie Lee

Oh, Jesus! Must everything be dumbed down? And down and down? It’s bad enough when Hollywood changes its Demi Moore screen version of The Scarlet Letter to have a happy ending. (Moore claimed, “It’s OK. Not that many people have read the book.” So noted.) But when food gets messed with, specifically by “celebrity chefs,” it’s time to man (or “to person”) the battle stations.

Our petitioner this time around singles out one Katie Lee, though any number of eligible candidates leap to mind. Ms. Lee, the former child bride of singer Billy Joel, has parlayed her photogenic face, figure and Greenwich Village townhouse into instant entrée to the ever-increasing ranks of food wannabes. Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Katie Lee, the list goes on. Who are these people? Where did they suddenly come from? And how can we send them back pronto? Enough!

Lee’s claim to fame, it seems, aside from her five-minute marriage and her former hosting duties on Top Chef, is a deft hand at making cheeseburgers, an award-winning skill she proudly displays online, on TV and at celebrity events. (A recent New York Times profile with accompanying online video had its tongue planted comfortably in its cheek as it ooohed and ahhhed over Lee and her oeuvre.) Sounds like something we should be laughing at on community access TV, not reading about in the newspaper of record.

Julia Child and James Beard were the first to bring the art of preparing fine cuisine to the masses via television, and through it all they remained dignified, respectable, entertaining and true to the art they espoused. This new crew of backwoods experts seems happy as all get-out just to be on TV…and so what if they use canned frosting, garlic powder and processed cheese-food? (Though not all in the same recipe. Not yet anyway.)

Kiss of Death: Katie the L (along with her ex, “William”) is extolled in the pages of Gwyneth the P’s unctuous newsletter, Goop.

Ms. Lee, you seem like a sweet young lady with a lovely family, you really do. Why not just shut up and go home? Thanks.

Katie Lee:
Officially registered at Hate for Hire, May 13, 2010.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The hateful Katie was recently extolled by the equally hateful Paua Deen for her fabulous (!!!!) food. Maybe Katie needs a barrage of those redneck granny grilled cheese/hamburger combos hurled at her like Paula's recent water-added ham in the face.

The defining moment of Katie's video interview with Frank Bruni arrived toward the end when she picked up a half of one of those burger atrocities and said, "I'm going to put ketchup and mayonnaise on mine," and proceeded to douse a .5 square inch area with a scant tablespoon of each. This Katie's gotta go!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Always wondered where the notoriety was from. Younger people are so full of self-esteem that they don't feel they need training or expertise to be something. Class, dignification, education, and expertise use to be what people humbly expected of themselves. And it was what onlookers expected as well in order to take advice.....SS-Anonymous

Anonymous said...

First of all no offense but Katie Lea is not attractive she's bucktooth and very ordinary looking like everyone else on the planet. Secondly she is the most boring person I've ever heard on television, her voice is nasally she is monotone and she talks so severely slow and so fake. All of her recipes are boring,lame and my four-year-old granddaughter can make them better. She is uninteresting, her food is horrible and she is only riding on the coat strings of other people, it is shameful. She is so desperate desperate to be like desperate to be numb and desperate to have everyone thinks that she knows anything but how to be a gold digger. I guess being a gold-digger does pay!

Anonymous said...

Katie Lee is not attractive she is not a cook she is not an author she is nasally boring monotone her so called recipes are horrible my four-year-old granddaughter does a better job she's nothing to look at. The most annoyingly slow obnoxious voice ever did I mention twangy monotone oh my gosh! What she is is a gold digger, right place right time legs wide open! Apparently she will spread them for anybody. She is a desperate desperate person she wants people to know who she is even though she is a nobody and always will be but I guess gold digging does pay