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Jul 1, 2014 08:57 PM

Adam Richman goes too far

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      1. Wow. That's beyond rude. Sounds like he was Posting Under the Influence.

        1. So he was a little rude, but there was nothing wrong with "thinspiration." He should have dismissed his critics in a more gentlemanly way.

          Losing 70 lbs is terrific and he should be proud of that.

          28 Replies
          1. re: GH1618

            Actually, if you know the 'history'/background of the word, you would know what is wrong with it.

              1. re: GH1618

                I am aware of that. That said, there are people who randomly refer to death marches or make comments like "hey, is this thread ready to have the doors shut and the gas pumped in?" who are probably (hopefully) not promoting the holocaust, but could use some sensitivity training nonetheless.

                1. re: linguafood

                  I didn't know the connotations behind the word. However if someone corrected me and told me why it could be offensive, (especially if I worked in a high profile job and especially in FOOD) I would thank them for the information, and apologize to anyone I inadvertently offended... then I would go off and enjoy my new television program.

                  1. re: Firegoat

                    Right. I think that is the point many here are trying to make. Tough one to understand, apparently :-D

                      1. re: Firegoat

                        The Ana movement is huge Huge HUGE in Asia.
                        ChowTeen has a friend who was hospitalized in 2008 and is Still championing the cause.

                      2. re: linguafood

                        It's kind of insensitive comparing the holocaust to anorexia, no?

                        1. re: Siegal

                          It's flirting with Godwin's Law, I think.

                          1. re: Siegal

                            I wasn't comparing the holocaust to anorexia, but rather pointing out the ignorance about using 'loaded' terms.

                            Surely, you understand the difference?

                            1. re: linguafood

                              I do. But the whole point it's just It's really unnecessary to bring that up in a conversation about a tv personality and crazy twitter people. It trivializes it

                              1. re: Siegal

                                The reason I brought this up here is b/c I have read comments and jokes like that here on CH, which is not only trivializing and insensitive, but incredibly bad taste. And that's really all I have to add at this point.

                            2. re: Siegal

                              I agree. Actually, I thought it was quite inane to compare people's knowledge of gas chambers to people's knowledge of a Twitter hashtag.

                              Using a term that refers to a well recorded and taught-in-every-school historical act - one that can be considered one of the most horrific periods in the history of the modern world, to a Twitter hashtag that a small demographic is familiar with is pretty out there. Gas chambers? Loaded term. #thinspiration? Not so much.

                              Even at 39, I probably skew towards the younger range of Chowhound users and I had no idea what #thinspiration meant to some people in the Twitterverse. Ask any sixth grader about mass killings in gas chambers and they know.

                              Comparing the two as equal is pretty insulting on a variety of levels.

                              I don't fault Richman for using the term, and I still think it is silly that he was attacked for it, but a public personality, he should have handled his responses better. There is really no excuse for suggesting to someone that he go and kill himself.

                              1. re: Justpaula

                                I think Lingua's point was misunderstood.

                                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                  That's ok, it's teh interwebz. You get used to it after a while '-D

                        2. re: linguafood

                          Saying thinspiration is meaningless in 99% of cases. Who says he even knew it was a word and he thought he made it up?
                          In fact, thinspiration is not even a word listed in a dictionary...except Urban Dictionary (quite a source for those intellectual minds) meaning "
                          a.)A person's thinspiration is usually an Image or Photograph, but can be many other things like: Lyrics, Poems, Quotes, Sayings, etc..

                          b.)An inspiration to stay thin. "

                          get over yourself. It is meaningless.

                          1. re: genoO

                            He was criticized for being a dick about it *after* he knew the background.

                            And reading some of the crap he wrote afterwards, he can go fuck himself.

                            Bummer, I always kinda liked the guy.

                            1. re: linguafood

                              I used to like him too. Pity that he, like so many other people when they get to celebrity status, forget that it is the customer, whether in a restaurant, or a viewer on TV that put them there.

                              1. re: linguafood

                                I'm with you.

                                And I also suspect that a public figure spewing venom like that on social media might have been on the sauce or otherwise not thinking clearly.

                              2. re: genoO

                                Nobody's judging him for being uninformed, it's his reaction AFTER he got complaints that got him in trouble. Much like if Paula Deen had simply acknowledged that her choice of words was inappropriate (rather than trying to justify their [racist] cultural context) she would not have caused the uproar that ensued.

                                1. re: genoO

                                  Actually, the word is not meaningless because words gain meaning according to social use. (Goodness knows this is why so many people argue that incorrect usage is acceptable.)

                                  More importantly, this was a term used on twitter with a hashtag, and that increases its social meaning, because it functions as a search term and can create directed feeds. Someone liking and pursuing Richman's hashtag, intended for himself, could readily stumble upon this other existing field. In that way, he affiliated himself with these groups (the pro-anas and the like).

                                  Obviously he didn't intend to and that's why people wrote to him-- to point this out. Noone was incensed with him or giving him grief, just pointing this out.

                                  And then he responded as he did, which was in a manner utterly unacceptable-- so much so that his programmes are now on ice.

                                  His response was disproportionate to what he received and his apologies began as non-apologies and have started to work their way into the lukewarm.

                                1. re: GH1618

                                  That was the point. When someone disagrees with you - especially when you have a high profile - you approach the situation with a little more thought. It wasn't the first post that got him in trouble, it was the second.

                                  1. re: ferret

                                    Celebs sometimes forget they are in the public eye and what they say online is like the shot heard round the world. He only apologized for using the C-word and making the suicide comment after his show was pulled.

                                    Now of course, he'll portray himself as the victim.

                                    I have an idea - New TV show starring Adam Richman and Paula Deen, called Big Mouths, Little Brains.

                                    1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                      Paula Deen press release from two weeks from now: the newest addition to the Paula Deen online network will be Adam Richman!

                                  2. re: GH1618

                                    "Thinspiration" may have been the trigger word for his commenters, but that's not where he went too far, or what got his show pulled.

                                    Comments to his critics, like this one, are where he was beyond rude: He fired back with his own remarks -- including one regrettable comment: "Grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you."

                                  3. Let's see if he keeps it off, that's the test of time.