[guest post by Dana]
A funny thing happened on Fox News this week: Go-to psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, who makes the rounds on various news programs, is not backing down from his from his recent comments criticizing Mrs. Obama’s weight, as well as calling her a hypocrite. His critics have called his comments sexist and I’m sure if one looked around, there would be racist accusations, too.
It happened on an episode of Fox’s show Outnumbered where Ablow was the token male. The discussion centered on a Kentucky school district opting out of the federal school lunch program because students don’t like the healthy lunches being provided.
Lisa ‘Kennedy’ Montgomery: As parents, we don’t need the federal government applying — projecting — these standards upon us. And Michelle Obama is so, like, the duchess when she speaks.
Kimberly Guilfoyle: She’s kind of annoying that way.
Montgomery: She is.
Ablow: And how well could she be eating? She needs to drop a few.
[Everyone goes “OOOOOOO”]
Ablow: I’m telling you, let’s be honest —
Harris Faulkner: You did not say that —
Ablow: We’re taking nutrition advice from who? Who are we taking nutrition advice from?
Montgomery: [Mimicking a man’s voice?] “Oh yeah, Michelle Obama, she needs to lose the junk in the trunk.”
Ablow: Well no, let’s be honest, there’s no french fries ever, that’s all kale and carrots? I don’t buy it.
Harris Faulkner: Oh my goodness gracious.
Ablow: Just sayin’. Her husband – I want some nutrition advice from Barack.
Montgomery: I like her booty.
Sandra Smith: Hold on. Let’s put the first lady aside and her presentation – I have no comment about that.
Today Ablow responded to critics:
“I do dislike hypocrisy and I really do believe that people speaking about diet should be role models themselves, and I’m not sure if the first lady is that role model,” Ablow said in an interview.
He didn’t stop there:
“I’m not taking food advice from an American who dislikes America, who in many photographs during her tenure as first lady is obviously not fit, and who has a record of saying things that show that she’s two-faced,” Ablow said Wednesday. “This should be obvious; I don’t know why it isn’t.”
Oddly clueless, Ablow also stated that he believed “people should be less sensitive talking about weight.”
So, women and their weight: shut up, don’t ask, don’t comment. It keeps order in the universe and peace in a husband’s life. However, if a public figure like Mrs. Obama presumes to tell others how they should live, what they should eat, and sets herself up as an example of correct living, she naturally opens herself up to criticism. (One notes that she is also influencing how taxpayer money is being spent on school lunch programs.)
And speaking of eating healthy, being fit, and sexism, the the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $747,891 for the development of a video game to teach “vegetable parenting practices” because moms are too dumb to figure out how to get their children to eat their vegetables.
A grant for “Kiddio: Food Fight – Training Vegetable Parenting Practices” was given to Archimage, Inc. of Houston to help fund the project from May of 2013 through the end of August 2014.
“The genre of games that we research and develop are called ‘Serious Video Games’”, Archimage President Richard Buday tells CNSNews.com. “It’s a game to teach to mothers of pre-school age kids how to get their children to eat vegetables.”
According to Buday, a major focus is to help fight childhood obesity. “One of the problems is that parents may want the kids to eat better – fruits and veggies – but lack the understanding of how to do that.”
“What we’re trying to do is get to parents – in a medium that they enjoy and look forward to receiving information through – but in a non-didactic way.”