I was surprised to find an article on Rachel Ray on Lew Rockwell's site. This article compares Ms. Ray very unfavorably with the State, of all things! Geeze! To a libertarian anarcho capitalist like myself, that's a pretty harsh condemnation! I began to wonder what in the world this poor woman has done to rouse such ire. Does she poison her guests? Does she espouse socialized medicine? Does she douse neighborhood pets in lighter fluid and immolate them? Has she been photographed drunkenly copulating with another celebrity in a prominent public fountain somewhere? I read the bill of indictment laid out in the article and came to see that perhaps the lady has a few idiosyncrasies about her. Perhaps her show is not very entertaining. I still couldn't see how this woman merited an article in an anti-state, anti-war, free-market webzine/blog, even if the article was written by a high school kid.
The article on Rockwell's site was very informative. From there I learned that there is a drinking game based upon this woman's show(s). Moreover, there is a community on LJ dedicating itself to reviling this poor creature in her infamy. It's called rachael_ray_sux. At this point, I visited the community to see what they had to say about the woman. From their info page, I learned that this Rachel Ray has posed for a publication called For Him Magazine. Following links in the Rachel hate-ahs community, I found out that from her pics in For Him Magazine that she's, well, kind of "Yumm-o," to quote one of her own apparently much-reviled coinages. She has a lovely smile, pretty eyes, a nice physique. It's not great pr0n -- I'm a bit more jaded and kinky than that -- but really, what's not to like? Of course, not being a television watcher, I've never seen one of her shows nor even heard what her voice sounds like, but this kind of celebrity popularity/infamy just confuses me. Why get so involved over someone you don't know and who has no real impact in your life?
There's a community founded to despise this gal? Good gravy, why? What's she done to anyone? I don't get this phenomenon. Why is it that people join together in fellowship just to despise someone they don't even know? Sheesh, I could see not respecting her opinions on politics or economics or history or a world of other topics, if her opinions are bad ones, but these people seem to despise this lady just because they consider her television shows banal. I don't get it. There are hundreds of television shows saturating the airwaves. I figure if you have to watch television but don't like Rachel Ray, then watch something else. I couldn't imagine wasting the creative time and energy to put together and maintain a community dedicated to someone for whom I had disdain. How odd.
I once read something by a libertarian thinker and author named Peter McWilliams. It was in a book called You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought. Now I frequently splurge on such luxuries myself, but I am a firm believer in economizing, where it makes sense to do so. I at least can admit that McWilliams is right, no matter how often I fail to live up to such a standard. It takes a lot of energy to maintain a negative mindset about something. Frequently, I express contempt of certain ideas and disdain for some who espouse them, but it takes a pile of energy to work up a real hate or despise a person. More importantly, focusing on negatives is a focus on that which is essentially non-existent. Like philosopher Michael Miller says, it is important to focus on the things that really exist. It does no good to focus on non-values, on bad ideas, and on despising people for what they are not. At any rate, I don't think I've ever really managed it for very long with respect to particular individuals, even though this has not kept me out of cantankerous altercations when I want to indulge in them. I just can't be bothered to actually despise the people with whom I disagree -- most of the time. Like Captain Jack Sparrow said, "It's more of a guideline..." When all is said and done though, I don't get why anyone would waste their time and energy despising someone, especially someone who hasn't done anything to them.