The problem with this post is that I have to admit that we watch “Hell’s Kitchen”.


So, if you read my title, you already know. As much as I say I hate reality television (and I think I really do) Gabe and I watch “Hell’s Kitchen“.

Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsey

For those of you who watch shows for smart people, “Hell’s Kitchen” is a reality show where 12 contestants are trying to win a restaurant in Las Vegas. These poor sucks have to impress Gordon Ramsay (who apparently has his own fancy pants website). Ramsay is a former soccer (or football to non-Americans) player who went on to become a famous chef. He is also a dick.

Ramsay spends most off the show yelling at the contestants and getting bleeped out for his foul mouth. Normally, I would find this charming. I love bad words and I like scary guys (I don’t know why) and Gordon Ramsay is pretty cute. HOWEVER, something he does on the show has been really bugging me.

He keeps calling this one girl a “cow”.

I am not easily offended. I enjoy bad words and toilet humor. Blasphemy cracks me up. Usually the only things that really get to me are racists or gay-bashers, but this guy has really gotten me upset.

The girl he is calling a cow isn’t fat. Sara (yes, that’s her name too) is just a regular person. I mean this size wise. She is sort of an asshole, but she isn’t heavy. She isn’t as pretty as some of the other girls on the show, but I can’t think of any reason why this man keeps calling this poor girl a cow. It’s driving me crazy.

I was talking to Gabe’s parents the other night and they were talking about a good friend of the family who lost a battle with bulimia and died when she was still a teenager. I have to say that I can understand this mind set. We’re all supposed to love food and be wonderful cooks and know about wine and drink beer with the boys and still wear a size two? How?

THIS WOMAN WORKS IN A KITCHEN, she is a chef and HE is a chef and why is he calling her a cow? If people stop eating for pleasure this man is out of a job.

What the hell America? What do you want from us? I saw a magazine at the grocery store with Kate Moss on the cover this morning. No wonder more than half the women I know have struggled with an eating disorder at some point in their life. I openly admit that in 9th and 10th grade I used to throw up after dinner every single night and then I would go do sit ups until I puked again. Guess why. It was because I thought I was fat. I was 5′ 9″ and I weighed 129 pounds and I thought that boys didn’t like me because I wasn’t skinny like the girls on tv.

Right now I weigh 30 pounds more than that and I feel pretty good about myself. Or, at least I did until I started wondering if Chef Ramsay really thinks that this girl is a cow.

If I am this upset about it what mush be going through her mind? That the 7.5 million people who watched this show last week all think she is a cow?

Is it just me or is this upsetting to you guys too?

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  1. Maybe she has four stomachs . . . ?

  2. Tammy and I watch the show and really like it. I know I’m an ass, but I would laugh everytime he called her a cow. For some reason it cracks me up. And his calling the tard that refers to himself as K-Grease, “big-boy”. But the cow thing really cracked me up. I think it had more to do with her being from Texas.

  3. I think the fact that he gets away with it is appauling.

    Time for you to stop watching Hells Kitchen. Put him out of business.

    I mean, its not just tacky…it’s even more sick because he’s doing it in front of millions. I have only seen the last half of one show, and I was ready to hit him. Now I KNOW I won’t be watching again.

  4. I always thought calling someone a cow meant she was ugly, not that she was fat.

    Otherwise “fat cow” would be redundant, no? Like calling someone a stupid dummy? Or a dick reality show star?

  5. I’m big on redundancies. I repeat myself. I say the same thing over and over.

  6. Lyndzloo says:

    I think he means she’s just stupid or dumb. If you think about it, the only other fat reference he’s made is “big boy”. And there have been other people on there that were bigger…..

  7. Sarah watches reality shows. Nanner-nanner-boo-boo.

    For the record, I think the “cow” should refer to him as Tiny Dick from now on.

  8. What always cracks me up about that show (though I don’t watch it – my husband pissed and moaned last night while I watched Wife Swap, so I’m not even going to TRY to watch HK) is that all the commercials show the chef guy calling someone a donkey. Yeah, like that’s an insult.

    If someone I was trying to impress called me a donkey, I think I would have to laugh in their face.

  9. Ok, i am so jealous of you….because i know you are the same height as me, and you weigh what i want to weigh…only 90 more lbs to lose! which seems ridculous. but i will do it. I appreciate your rant though on what the media does to body image. i totally agree. It really bugs me when i catch an american idol judge or something tell someone with an amazing voice that they need to lose 50 lbs. that they can’t make it in the business unless they lose that weight. it is a terrible cycle that the media has gotten us to expect skinny people, and then we don’t accept less than skinny people.

    whew, ok, enough of MY soapbox.


  10. “Cow” definitely has a “fat” connotation, even if he only “means” ugly. Especially for women. And since he isn’t calling any of the men “cows,” I’m even more inclined to interpret it the way you are.

    What pisses me off about it is that (I may be wrong about these assumptions because I don’t watch) 1.) he wouldn’t refer to a male in a term like this, and 2.) even if he DID refer to a male as being overweight in a negative tone, it would be taken differently by the audience, which further entrenches all of us in the stupid mindset that women should be small and beautiful, that small IS beautiful, and that anything else (on a woman!) is ugly.

  11. Chris is into this show too, which means I end up watching at least parts of it. Tied to the annoyance of hearing Ramsay call that woman a cow is my annoyance that he seems to be picking a cute thin woman to win. I’ll be surprised if he ends up picking the blonder woman over that dark haired woman (sorry, I have refused to focus on the people’s names).

  12. Well as your FATTEST Friend I’d say yeah, cow means fat. At least it’s what it’s meant by any random prick who has thrown it at me, in the past. Stupid cow, fat cow is like even WORSE than just cow. You’re double fat. It’s like living in hell, living in a super size culture and being this incredibly fat.
    He’s demeaning her, and making her not human.
    But if she called him DICKLESS she’d be emasculating him and somehow that’s WORSE.

  13. I’ve seen it and he. is. a. tard.

    ‘Nuff said. Because what YOU said is exactly right.

  14. I will admit to Big Brother and American Idol, but that’s it. And…Amazing Race. But THAT’s it.

    And as for being fat, after almost a year post-babIES, I feel it. People say that I’m not, but I feel every piece of fat that’s laying around so unpleasantly on my body. I hate it when I hear people calling normal looking women “fat” because they aren’t thisclose to skeletal. Hate it.

  15. I agree with all the ranting about the stupid media and mixed messages about eating and thinness and all of it, but I sort of remember a scene from Bridget Jones where her dad called his wife a “daft cow” with affection, so I wondered if maybe “cow” has a different connotation in England. I googled it (dork alert!) and learned that “cow” means: Noun. 1. A contemptible woman, a ‘bitch’. Derogatory, but often used less aggressively, as an affectionate aside, as in ‘silly cow’, see also ‘moo’.

    It’s still annoying, though. Calling her “bitch” is not any better than calling her “fat.” But the British slang website where I found that is pretty funny:

  16. I was actually more annoyed with Virginia purchasing a “cow” for Sara in on of the episodes. Like some of the others, I felt Ramsey’s use of it was along the lines of calling her stupid and not a commentary on her weight, but when Virginia bought her the china cow, I got more of an impression that was a commentary on the way Sara appeared.

    My husband is from rural Colorado and he maintains it is common knowledge on farms that cows are more stupid than fat.

    I’m not sure how that plays in a kitchen, but I don’t think I would want to be labeled a cow for either of those reasons.

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