You are a bully. Plain and simple. Your attempt at poking fun at gluten free diets was not only not funny, but it was mean and inappropriate. Celiac Disease affects 1% of the population, and that’s a whole hell of a lot of people in this world. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone you are related to suffers from either celiac or non-celiac gluten intolerance. To make fun of a genetic condition someone is born with is stooping way too low.
You remind me of the girls in my middle school who decided it would be funny to switch my gluten free lunch with all-gluten containing items. You remind me of the kids who threw wheat flour and water on my friends car, effectively making it impossible for him to get into his car without the possibility of getting violently ill. You remind me of all the kids who made fun of my “gross” food constantly when I was growing up, and told me how much better my life would be if I could eat real food-like I had a choice in the matter.
Smashing a wheat-filled pie in a celiacs face is basically the same as forcing a kid with a peanut allergy to eat a spoonful of peanut butter. But of course, no one would ever do that, because that’s “terrible”. So how is smashing the equivalent of poison in a celiacs face any more ok?
Did you know that every time someone with celiac disease gets a crumb of gluten their chances for stomach and intestinal cancer increase greatly?
Did you know that undiagnosed Celiac Disease can cause malnutrition that could last a lifetime?
Did you know that kids are made fun of in school every day for being “different”, for having to eat “strange” food, for having a medical condition they cannot control?
Do you think it’s fun to be the kid at the birthday party who can’t eat the cake? The college kid who can’t drink beer with all their friends? The weird person you’re on a date with who spends 10 minutes interrogating the waiter about how the french fries are fried?
Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance are not choices for most people-and being gluten free is the only way getting out of bed each day is possible. How I would love to be able to go eat out with my friends without worrying if I’m going to be hunched over from pain and vomiting for the next week, resulting in a trip to the hospital for dehydration. It would be great to eat a normal sandwich for once, to taste what a fresh baked loaf of bread tastes like, but that will most likely never happen.
Maybe if you had to experience first hand someone you love wasting away in front of your eyes from eating something as simple as gluten you could start to understand. I was 6 weeks away from dying of starvation, even the best medical facilities couldn’t figure out what was going wrong in my body. Being gluten free is the only reason I am alive, and my parents and friends can attest to the fact that I truly need to be gluten free. If I had been on the other side of that pie I would be suffering for weeks, the villi in my intestines would be destroyed, I would be in the hospital hooked up to an IV with as many anti-nausea medications my body could take pumped directly into my veins. Is that really something you want to say is OK for someone to do to another human being?
What you did on your show was such a low blow, and deserves more than just a simple apology. Your bullying is the same that kids get expelled from schools for. You might want to think about who you are hurting before you put something on TV. I’m not sure how that sketch even made it through production without anyone saying how offensive it is, but whatever you guys were thinking made it funny was stupid. Instead, you bullied and insulted an entire community.
Good luck getting any celiac to ever tune into your show again, I know that it’ll take a lot for me to ever respect you.