Oh dear

“Last time there was a fat woman chef was the Two Fat Ladies, and they called them Two Fat Ladies! There are male chefs who are bigger, but they don’t call them fat.

“As a woman you have to tick all these boxes to be able to be on TV. I know I look a certain way and that’s partly why I’m on TV. If I were really ugly and fat, I don’t think I’d have had the same chance.”

As one of the dearly departed pointed out “What, you’re saying we’re not fat?”

And of the male chefs on TV. Either they are stunningly talented (Gordon Ramsay, whatever else he is, is that as a chef) or they’re good looking. Which, TV being a visual medium, really isn’t all that much of a surprise. There’s plenty of actors and actresses out there who rumble along as little more than lookers. Perhaps perfectly competent but no better than thousands of others: except for those looks. Roger Moore wouldn’t have got as far as he did if he’d looked like the (far more talented) Bob Hoskins. Cheryl Cole, to extend to music, wouldn’t be having hit singles if she was Adele’s shape and size.

10 comments on “Oh dear

  1. In other news, it’s terrible being a woman online as well as offline.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/10870054/Beta-Woman-Celebrity-or-not-its-awful-being-a-woman-online.html

    As the father of two very bright girls, the husband of a very bright wife, brother of a very bright sister and son of a very bright, very cynical mother, I wonder if I’m some sort of outlier, women-in-my-family wise? Because a lot of women not in my family do seem to be a bit mad, or thick.

  2. I wouldn’t call those two Australian jobbies, Tweedledum and Tweedledee or whoever the are, “good looking”.

    What Rachel Khoo is missing is that you have to be bald.

    Farming Today and the Food Programme knock it all for six, anyway.

  3. There are male chefs who are bigger, but they don’t call them fat.

    This woman has clearly not witnessed any of the banter on Saturday Kitchen, especially every time James Martin puts butter in anything.

  4. “As a woman you have to tick all these boxes to be able to be on TV. I know I look a certain way and that’s partly why I’m on TV. If I were really ugly and fat, I don’t think I’d have had the same chance.”

    Well, it didn’t do Julia Childs any harm did it?

  5. Interested – from Bryony’s article:

    In 2006, the University of Maryland found that chat room log-ins with feminine usernames “attracted” an average of 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day. Male ones got just 3.7. The Pew Research Center found that, although an equal number of men and women use the internet, the most abusive messages are sent to women. The statistics are endless: Working to Halt Online Abuse, an organisation set up to help victims of online harassment, found that 72.5 per cent of victims are female; young girls are more likely to be cyberbullied than boys. And on it goes.

    The solution is obvious. Ban all women from the Internet.

    Set up an alternative feminist network full of delightful kitten pictures, recipes, and women nodding politely at each other’s complaints.

    Women who aren’t hypersensitive special snowflakes who can be driven into emotional episodes by words on a screen can still use the Manternet. But only if they disguise their avatars with a digital beard.

  6. Speaking of her new Kitchen Notebook series

    Yep, thought so. It’s just the old say-something-controversial-to-raise-media-presence-before-the-new-series-starts ploy.

    Quite safe to disregard utterly.

  7. Nice* of the Telegraph subs to choose a pretty awful picture of her. As someone who finds her (usually) delightful on the eye as well as having some all right recipes**, I’m quite happy to see her back on tele.

    *in the sense of ‘not very’

    **I mean they’re okay in a sort of ‘de-mystifying french food for the non-obsessive’ way. Personally I’d far rather have Len Deighton’s incomparable cookery strips in the kitchen when it comes to it.

  8. The Hairy Bikers were regularly called fat. This is not a surprise as it was just a re-make of the Fat Ladies but with working class chappies. They were even on a TV programme where they aimed to lose two and a half stone I think.

    Which they did.

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