Friday, January 18, 2008

More Reasons Why Rachael Ray Sucks

I haven't been overly vocal about this lately, but really, really, really dislike Rachael Ray. Her food, her voice, her weird way of wearing too-tight shirts.

Some celebrities I wish I could be friends with. Barefoot Contessa. Anthony Bourdain. Even Reese Witherspoon. Ray-Ray brings out the opposite in me. I kind of wish I'd gone to high school with her just so I could've said mean things about her at a time when it was socially acceptable to be cruel.

Anyway. I like her even less today than I did yesterday. She accepts money from Dunkin Donuts - but refuses to drink their coffee.

My issues with this: a) How wildly hypocritical. It's not like she was starving before she got that endorsement deal.. She could've turned it down if she wasn't into the product; b) Has she tasted all of her OWN cooking? I'm sure some of her recipes are good, but she dishes up a lot of crap, too; and c) Dunkin Donuts coffee is delicious. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but I will take down a cup of their liquid crack any day.

OK, that's it. Heart rate's back down. Rant is over.

UPDATE 2/12/08: I realize that this is an old post, so it's possible that nobody will see this update, but I just have to note something funny. I got a new comment here tonight - an ANTI-Rachael sucking comment that mentions that if we don't like her we don't have to watch her. Obviously, but she's also pretty ubiquitous these days.

But I digress. What's funny about the comment is that I had a hunch, so I looked up the web search that sent the reader here. And I was right - it was a Google search for "Rachael Ray sucks".

I'm the one who needs to "Get a life!!!"? The minute I start googling contrary blog posts just so I can post anomymous comments is the minute I will, officially, worry that I don't have enough going on in my non-internet world...

UPDATE #2 2/22/08: Her husband is so icky - and I kind of thought they were splitting up? But I do sort of think her dress is cute...

UPDATE #3 9/11/08: More of an announcement than anything else. Comments are great, even when they're slamming me. But I will delete comments with lots of bad language. It's not how I write, and it's not something I want on the blog.

30 comments:

James Diggs said...

no worries...it's socially acceptable to say mean things about people on blogs too at any age so your all good. :)

Thanks for the humorous rant!

Peace,

James

Kit Pollard said...

No - thank YOU! I was actually feeling a little guilty. But I'll stop.

Jennifer Brizzi said...

She is just too perky to be true, really annoying. Why is she so wildly popular? Do most people love perky?

Kit Pollard said...

I guess. I don't know...the weird thing is, I don't really know anybody who actually likes her, som I'm not really sure who's boosting her popularity.

Oh, wait. Except my father-in-law. He has this HUGE crush on her that the rest of the family thinks is hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Why waste SO much energy on "hate"!! I appreciate your "right" to free speech, but that's why there's there is a channel changer. You all seem to know alot about RR to hate her so much. "Me thinks thou doth protest too much". Get a life!!!!

Anonymous said...

No, really Kit ....GET A LIFE!!

LyndieLou said...

Tonight she flitted around in her high-waisted pants through an entire episode of recipes specifically to make your friends who just had a baby. I was thinking, ok... maybe she's going to make pink frosted cupcakes, or something remotely "babyish." I dunno. She glopped together some "ravioli lasagne," that ended up looking like gravy topped casserole and some orange scented broccoli and colly-flower. YUMMO. All the way through she was gesturing at inappropriate moments, making her weird faces, strange abbreviations, typical Rachael Ray stuff. I typed in "Rachael Ray sucks" and stumbled upon your page. Glad to know I'm not the only one who notices her weird behavior.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your comments about her. One thing that bothers me is she and other cooks on television wear rings while cooking. All the crap gets in the prongs and in the spots where the crud just accumulates. I also hate that Rachael fries bacon in EVOO, thats extra virgin olive oil in case you didn't know. Frying bacon makes a lot of grease. Why must she add more fat before frying. Oh, I forgot, EVOO, that's extra virgin olive oil in case you didn't know, is a good fat. Um, it's still a fat you don't need in order to fry bacon. Oh I could go on and on...

Kit Pollard said...

I'd never noticed the thing about the rings before (probably because I don't actually watch the show...) - but that's a great point. I ALWAYS take my rings off when I'm cooking, just because it's so gross otherwise!

awielek said...

Glorious rant. I belong to the RRSUX community because she needs to be stopped. She claims her oil, bacon and cheese laden crap is healthy, has pledged to combat obesity yet shills for Dunkin Donuts. Even if I turn her off she is still out there dumbing America down.

Anonymous said...

I could be wrong, but I get the feeling that many of the Rachael Ray lovers/followers are people who don't have a lot of experience in the kitchen. Not that, that is any great surprise. Her recipes are pretty basic.

The problem is that it seems that many people don't research things properly. They accept what a person says on TV as gospel. In other words lemming/sheepish behavior.

That IMO, applies to a variety of television personalities. That some viewers some how develop an attachment to these personalities and the viewers some how lose their objectivity.

I do all that I can to avoid Rachael Ray products and television shows, and believe me, that is not easy. I understand the concept of striking while the iron is hot, but not when the iron is molten. I understand the concept of taking advantage of every opportunity that one has, because who knows when the next opportunity will arise. That being said, I really think that Rachael needs to re-evaluate how much exposure she is getting. Has she ever turned any opportunity down?

As far as the RRsux community goes. Yeah, I have read there often and have never joined. If they really want to inform people about their issues with Rachael, they would be better off talking with those people in a constructive manner.

I don't know any people that will alter their viewpoint if they feel as though they are being insulted or talked down to. Putting people on the defensive is not constructive. That community is far better off discussing the issues they have with Rachael in a positive manner. It may not change anything, but putting someone on the defensive sure won't change a thing.

Regina said...

I have problems with the way she is so repetitive, hair hanging on top of the food, nails uneven and dirty, and plus: her recipes sucks!

Kit Pollard said...

To 1:15 - I could be wrong about this - I haven't spent a lot of time on the RRSUX community website, but I was sort of under the impression that it's purpose was more to vent and then laugh than it was to actually change anything.

Because, really, I'm pretty sure the only way RR will change her approach or overall brand is if people stop paying to buy her magazines and books and products and stop watching her shows...

awielek said...

I joined the community to vent my frustrations but I think a lot of people troll the website regularly, so I try to expose her hypocrisy and her lack of knowledge in cooking.
There was an article on NY times last year about how Food Network's rating has plummeted but for some reason they gave her another show so I don't know what can stop her. I sure don't buy anything with her face plastered on it and I barely watch FN anymore. Oh, and I don't let my friends buy RR's product. I point them to Alton Brown or Ina Garten's cookbooks instead.
I know we probably won't make that much of a difference but maybe there are people out there who will see the light. :-)

Kit Pollard said...

That's the thing...for all FN's faults, they are still the home of the Barefoot Contessa. Her recipes are so good, yet so simple. If she had a talk show, magazine and major endorsement deals, I'd feel very differently about the network as a whole...

Anonymous said...

Rachael is a very successful woman no matter what you all say about her. If fact, these ridiculous hate blogs make her even more famous, which kind of defeats the purpose of trying to bring her down. I'm sure she gets a kick out of the simple fact that ppl around america actually take the time to sit in front of their computers and blog about how they hate her but yet watch her shows and pay attention to every detail, like how she filed her nails or made gestures. All of you need a life and i mean it. Dont like it, dont watch it. Dont like the recipes? then dont make it. Stop wasting yalls energy blogging about her, because at the end of the day shes the one with successful jobs just for being herself. Worry about your own lives...and stop talking about others.

Anonymous said...

Rachael made a career out of her passion for food- what is so bad about that? I say GO GIRL !
She loves what she does and it radiates in her beautiful smile everyday-

So Rach keep going and I applaud your success and I thank you for sharing your passion with the world- those who love you do and those who don't could change the channel and just shut up !!

Anonymous said...

I am 10 yrs old and disagree. Rach is a fanominal women. Her awsome personality is y everybody loves her. On THS she said your entitled to your own opinion.I disagree. U guys hate her, but u dont no half of her life.
Rach, keep cooking and keep being you!

Anonymous said...

People, the reason you waste your time criticising Rachel - because you are all jealous of her success. Look, she's got the show - you don't. She's got the books - you don't. She's got the magazine, and you don't. You are the one who sucks!
You waste you time hanging around waiting for others to make a mistake, and she is the real doer of the world. She's too busy doing, making progress and succesful. So, get your own life!
And become another succesful Rachel Ray!

Anonymous said...

Before you say I was googleing 'Rachel Ray Sucks' I was actually trying to source the orange cooker/range she has on her set... and came across your blog!... wow it's nasty. I live in Ireland and Rachel Rays show is shown here.. and loved by many. She is lively and entertaining and in spite of ourselves we are saying E V O O .... I think it's nice to have a bit of happiness in todays world and think its a great pity that you feel the need to post something so negative.

Anonymous said...

Yall are all stupid and jealous people... because RACHEL RAY ROCKS!!! she is so kewl and her food is so gewd!!!!
Yall can hate her as much as you want but at the end of the day she is still the top bitch and gets paid more then all of you!!!!
HAHAHAH

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Regina said...

I am really sick and tired of this "Anonymous" people telling me to get a life. I already have one in which, my opinion is: "rich or not, Rechael Ray SUCKS! Peace out.

Anonymous said...

RACH IS THE BEST YOU F---EN B-----S ARE MAD YOUR ASS AND FACE DONT LOOK LIKE HERS AND NOT A ONE OF YOU CAN COOK SO BLOW ME...

Stacie said...
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Anonymous said...

RACHAEL RAY IS THE BEST SHE IS VEY HAPPY JOYFUL AND AMAZING U GUYS JST MAD CUZ SHE IS DOING HER THING AND UR NOT STOP HATING AN RACHAEL BUT U GUYS R HOME PROBABLY MAKING HER 30 MINUTE MEALS SO BLOW BALLS I LUV U RACHAEL


KEBA

Anonymous said...

wow ive seen better things to do with your time. i guess blogs are the only thing for people with no real skills or talant

Anonymous said...

"I kind of wish I'd gone to high school with her just so I could've said mean things about her at a time when it was socially acceptable to be cruel."

I'm glad your morals are so high-- you're willing to do something just because it's socially acceptable. Honestly get a backbone and grow some charactor.

You must be jealous of her fame or something. Cuz honestly, she's become so successful, and you're just one of those people that can't celebrate anyone's success other than your own.

And try being a famous person where people critique your every move. You can't please everyone..And I say Go Rachel Ray!! You're awesome Rachel!!

Victoria said...

Wow.. a little hypercritical

Anonymous said...

Contrary to what one poster said, I hate her, but I don't hate her because of her success, I am boggled and totally confused by it. Annoying personality, strange quirks, stupid abbreviations, (evoo- why say it if you feel the need to explain it every single time!- yummo,
sammies), and VILE recipes. And the stories about working at Howard Johnson's and sticking her fingers in the ice cream to pick out the fruit and nuts, yuck! no wonder they went under. She even says her mther worked there as manager and did the same thing! Obviously a family with high standards of sanitation-just the type that should choose food service as a career.
So far as being cute, sure, but a little grooming and fewer weird facial expressions would go far. . .
I also think it's telling that her staunchest supporter in this thread is a less-than-grade-level- literate 10 year-old. No offense intended to the fifth grader, but it is never too early to learn some spelling and grammar.
As far as RR is concerned, it's never too late to learn to cook well.

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