NOTE: A review of TNFNS Finale show follows this entry.)
To your right you will see a picture of Aaron McCargo Jr., the lucky fellow who won last night's The Next Food Network Star final competition.
You will notice that Mr. McCargo is African-American.
If these two facts together are making you unhappy, I'd like you to go away and stop reading this blog. Really. I don't need you.
Now you may be saying, "Well, good morning to you too, you knee-jerk liberal fool!" and if you are I wouldn't blame you. It does seem kind of old-fashioned, say 1965 or so, for me to boldly come out and tell you that I dislike race prejudice and do not like the kind of people who practice it.
The reason I feel I have to make my feelings clear, is that some people are saying Mr. McCargo only won because he is black, because the Food Network is taking "affirmative action" in employing a man just because of his race, religion or ethnic background.
In other words, McCargo did not win because he was the best contestant, but because he was the best black contestant.
This is nonsense. If they wanted to take Affirmative Action, the FN would have loaded the finalist group with Asian women, Hispanic men and lots more people who could trace their roots back to the Easter Islands.
Then they would have changed Ingrid Hoffman's name to Zarazuela Los Pamplones and Rachael Ray's to Katrina Ten Broeck.
The fact is that TFN started out being extremely white and, as their audience (and the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States) has changed, they have added more non-white hosts and more shows about "ethnic" cuisine. More of us are interested in soul food and barbecue and Caribbean and Puerto Rican and other cuisines.
But that isn't why Aaron won. If TFN wanted to hire more nonwhite hosts, what's to stop them from doing jut that? Why would they have to run it through the whole "Next Food Network Star" machinery?
Face it, fans: Aaron won because he was the best. His food has always rocked the house, and he worked hard to project a great personality through the camera, and, as of the final episode, he simply was the best.
I'm not saying that Affirmative Action doesn't exist. It does, and I personally don't like it. (On the other hand, I've never actually needed it). But we can't say that every non-majority person who wins a competition, has only won it because of his or her ethnic background.
A few brain trusts out there have come to the conclusion that, because the winner was posted early through that screwup at the FN website, this means that "the fix was in" and Aaron was picked as the winner long before the competition even took place.
Now look, Speedy. I'm only going to go through this once. The whole series took place months ago, okay? The winner has been known, by lots of people, for a very long time. It wasn't decided just last night. Or even last Thursday.
Why don't you just shut up and enjoy the man's show?