I never thought Ina Garten, of all people, would be embroiled in a big controversy spanning online news giants Shine from Yahoo! and leading social media sites Barefoot Contessa Facebook wall.
Here’s the deal.
A six year old little boy with leukemia asked the Make a Wish foundation for a chance to cook with Ina Garten. Three different times, over three years. He watches her show with his mother from his sickbed as he courageously battles the non-fatal, but super serious disease. Barefoot Contessa gives him peace.
First time her answer was no.
Second time Ina’s schedule was too busy. Also a no.
Third time (after media caught wind), there were lots of apologies, which include the fact that Ina does (and has) worked with the Make a Wish foundation, and that she receives so many requests for things like this, she can’t possibly agree to them all. HOWEVER, yes, she has now invited this little boy to her studio for a chance to cook together.
But WOW. Self-proclaimed “faithful” Barefoot Contessa followers have turned on her. And I mean, they’re seethingly nasty on her Facebook wall. Almost as if Ina personally said, “THAT little boy? No way. I’d NEVER see him.” To them? She’s the devil incarnate.
Even the boy’s mother, who happens to be a blogger and has written about this situation on her son’s blog, has said to leave Ina alone.
Some of the more logical posts on the Barefoot Contessa Facebook wall suggest that perhaps the request never made it past her PR reps, the ones that handle incoming requests for her time.
I believe that. Does anyone really think Ina handles her own schedule and fields every single request the comes in for her? Sure, her life in the Hamptons seems serene and überrelaxing, but that’s television. It’s no wonder he and his mom had the dream to cook with Ina. I want to cook with Ina. In the Hamptons.
Anyway, it’s happening. Ina called the little boy. He’s going to come cook with her. In the studio (is that in the Hamptons?).
And the other wish they substituted for the little boy when Ina turned him down the first two times? Swimming with dolphins? That’s happening too. And he seems super excited about that, in a “sleeping in his bathing suit he’s so excited” kinda way.
Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect mojito, and time to finish my novel!