Look, I'm sorry, I usually use this webspace as a tourist information center for scientific and artsy web surfing. But now that J-Fav and I have cable - and TiVo - I have been infected with awareness of one "Rachael Ray" and her $40 a Day traveling-eatery TV show.
AND I HATE IT.
I cannot stand Ms. Ray's hyperebullience. Her manic hand-waving. Her thoughtfully selecting the most pedestrain of foods at outdoor stands and exclaiming, "Wow! This MUFFIN! It's got tart CRANBERRIES!"
Don't get me wrong - I enjoy the premise of the show, and I value good meal deals as much as the next guy. But her upstate NY wholesomeness has been overrun by what comes off as a phony, Hollywood, condescending...
Please, please, let me know if your blood curdles at the sight of her. I am worried that my sensitivity or snobbishness is turned up to 11. After all, the dear J-Fav seems to be immune, and she - well, actually, she has a much greater tolerance for such things. Bad example.
There are even websites fueled by this: the Rachael Ray Sucks Community, heck even the Food Network's Rachael Ray message board is overrun by Ray-antagonists. And if Jofish and Jim proclaim their disdain, then maybe I'm on the right track. But she's so successful. And evidently so focused; she's on Oprah, she has multiple TV shows, she has cookbooks. It takes talent to pull that off, right?
What do you think?
Lurkers, friends, unite.