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Gluten Joke On Letterman Sept 19, '06


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#1 skbird

 
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 11:33 AM

OK - last night I was up watching Late Show with David Letterman and right after his monologue, and he was seated at his desk, he made some joke, and then this random woman came out with a tray of food for him. (I've seen her before -recurring gag). Anyway, he looks at her and she says "it's pizza bread" and he looks at her and says "No thanks - I'm allergic to glue-tin" (big emphasis on the "glue" part). Now I could have just been imagining things but I'm 95% certain that's what he said.

That pissed me off. I mean, so it's a joke? Makes me feel discredited when I tell people I can't have it.

Did anyone else see it?

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 11:37 AM

I didn't see it, but I think I would all depend on the context of the joke. I normally like Letterman, though!

You know what they say, no such thing as bad publicity (I don't believe that, but at least we're hearing the word "gluten" in more common settings!) :rolleyes:

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 11:41 AM

I think the thing that bothers me is so many people are learning about gluten that it's being perceived as a trend to be gluten free, and the underlying health condition is not being discussed. It's getting to the point in some places that it's "the new Atkins" which is not a favorable comparison.

Anyway, I do like Letterman, but that bothered me. My first reaction was wow - interesting joke - then, hmmm, at whose expense?

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 11:44 AM

Maybe he's discovered he actually has a problem with it? It's always possible...

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 11:47 AM

Yes, the first thing I thought was--maybe he has a problem with gluten!
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 11:51 AM

I think the thing that bothers me is so many people are learning about gluten that it's being perceived as a trend to be gluten free, and the underlying health condition is not being discussed. It's getting to the point in some places that it's "the new Atkins" which is not a favorable comparison.


Stephanie,

I think you're right about eating gluten-free becoming a "trend" - but I think this is because SO many people feel better on the gluten-free diet. Think about it, the diet is supposed to help autistics, and with the number of undiagnosed Celiacs out there, maybe this is a good trend. If people try the gluten-free lifestyle and notice how good they feel on it, sounds win-win to me. :)

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 12:03 PM

OK - last night I was up watching Late Show with David Letterman and right after his monologue, and he was seated at his desk, he made some joke, and then this random woman came out with a tray of food for him. (I've seen her before -recurring gag). Anyway, he looks at her and she says "it's pizza bread" and he looks at her and says "No thanks - I'm allergic to glue-tin" (big emphasis on the "glue" part). Now I could have just been imagining things but I'm 95% certain that's what he said.

That pissed me off. I mean, so it's a joke? Makes me feel discredited when I tell people I can't have it.

Did anyone else see it?

Stephanie

Nope I didn't see it, but I did want to comment on the misconception that being gluten free is a trend. My husband works with this guy who's wife and he eat only organic foods, so after my diagnosis my husband came home all excited about the gluten free diet. This is not my choice, I'ts not "cool or exciting " to me to have to eat this way, I have to. I think this is really hard for some people to grasp because of all the trendy eating out there these days. Its very annoying to me also...
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 12:55 PM

any press is good press in my opinion...
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:03 PM

I say at least it's publicity, something that may get people thinking. The way I see it, most jokes have the potential to offend someone. It's not really any different than a blonde joke or a gender joke.


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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:06 PM

Or a newfie joke....... :D ;) B)
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:14 PM

Or a newfie joke....... :D ;) B)


:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:15 PM

what's a newfie?
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:23 PM

:ph34r:

I was so distracted by my memories of Newfoundland that I forgot the thread topic.

I didn't see it but it sounds as if the underlying tone was one of ridicule, no big surprise there. I'm sure there are a lot of people who are refusing to eat gluten because they feel so much better when they don't. I'm equally sure there are a ton of people out there who know they would feel better if they quit eating gluten but they can live with how sick they are and would rather do that than change. I think it is great that it is becoming enough of an issue that it makes the Letterman Show. It means people are changing.

Does Letterman write his own jokes? I don't think so but I don't know.
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:42 PM

David Letterman had shingles and the complication from it called postherpetic that I had in 2004 as well. Who knows, an infection that serious could easily trigger the Celiac gene so he could have it or not. I just know people with autoimmune diseases are at much more risk to get shingles than the average population.
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Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:52 PM

Floridanative, that is an interesting fact, thank you. Could he have been referring to himself?
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