Props from the Ridiculous Department Team: Jamie Oliver

We here at the department have a list of people we want to congratulate for their hard work. It could be due to fantastic acting, charitable donations, or causes... or it could just be because we think that they're awesome. Whatever the case, props will always be given to those people who need them.

But since we have so many props to give, we think it would be better to dedicate each post to one particular person.

We'll all give our own props to different people we appreciate, and we all have different opinions here at the department, so your reading material will be varied.

My props today go to Jamie Oliver, for his School Dinners program.

He may have too fancy a chef training for most school lunch ladies in Great Britain, and he may have some high hopes, but he has a really good goddamn idea and he just wants to see the whole of his home country eat healthier. There is NO other agenda for him but to get the children of the future eating better foods, and learning more about what they're eating.

I give Mr. Oliver all my props for this show, and his war against the junk food we serve our kids today - because it obviously is very dear to his heart. Anyone who will sit on international television almost in tears over the idea of children being disgusted by fruit is a very brave individual.

I don't know how he puts up with any of those people, quite frankly. I don't know how he stood there without emotion as an 8 year old British boy spat out a fresh strawberry and called it disgusting. What I do know is, it's a fantastic idea, and it's backed by Ryan Seacrest - so it clearly must have some good documentation to go with it.

We all pick our wars, and we all fight them differently - but this is one that I will wholly support as it currently is. Someday I would really love to have a private cooking lesson with this man. Maybe he can teach me how to properly use artichoke hearts, maybe we can just discuss better ways to keep my future children from demanding McDonald's. Whatever the case, someone needs to just go up and hug him for all the bullshit he puts up with on that show.

A woman (a mother of two) in a British grocery store, talking about fucking BASIL of all things:

"Well, this must just be for decoration."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, it's just leaves... surely you can't eat that."

Will someone PLEASE fucking hug this man for me? Tell him I sent you. Thanks so much.


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