Friday, August 07, 2009
Julia Child: The Homophobe in the Kitchen
Oh no. I was so looking forward to seeing Julie and Julia because I adore Meryl Streep AND French cooking.
And when I was boy I used to love watching Julia Child on TV. She had such a funny accent, and was always dropping or spilling things.
And besides how can you not like a movie where a humble blogger becomes a STAR?
And they warn you NOT to watch it if you're hungry ..... because you might slobber all over your seat.
But sadly I'm going to have to give it a pass.
Because I just found out that the real Julia Child was a horrible homophobe.
She often used the term pedal or pedalo—French slang for a homosexual—draping it with condescension, pity, and disapproval. “I had my hair permanented at E. Arden’s, using the same pedalo I had before (I wish all the men in OUR profession in the USA were not pedals!),” she wrote to Simca. Fashion designers were “that little bunch of Pansies,” a cooking school was “a nest of homovipers,” a Boston dinner party was “peopled by 3 fags in an expensive house…. We felt hopelessly square and left when decently possible,” and San Francisco was beautiful but full of pedals—“It appears that SF is their favorite city! I’m tired of them, talented though they are.”
Gawd. Now I don't know whether to pedal forwards or backwards. I suppose I could go to the movie and just remind myself over and over again that's Meryl up there NOT Julia.
But I'm afraid after this everything she cooked would look about as tasty as a grilled homoviper au jus.....or a pedalo pancake. Even if I WAS hungry. And I'd always wonder what it must have been like to be a gay chef... or kitchen slave....and have been forced to work with that snooty bigot.
And of course... the ugly question: did they or didn't they spit in her fancy Vichyssoises? Which alone would ruin the movie for me because I really LOVE French cooking.
Oh boy. Isn't life unfair ? Homophobia usually rolls off my back like fat off the back off a roasted duck.
But serve up a bigot fruitcake. With a yummy chocolate pudding.
And it can be sooooooo DISAPPOINTING...
P.S. Luckily thanks to my favourite gay chef I get to have French cooking at home ALL the time. Like Poutine a la Italienne and Pâté Chinois or Shepherd's Pie a la Saguenay.
Mmmm..... Bon Appétit !!! .....*Burp* ..... Sorry Meryl.
But who needs Julia when I got Sébastien?
UPDATE: Oh great. Now the chef is offended and I'm going HUNGRY #@!&#
And no homoviper tonight either. Damn you Julia Child. I'm NEVER seeing your movie !!!!!