November 26, 2006

WHAT ABOUT BOBBY FLAY AND THAT SOUTHERN CHICK?

Hatred of Rachael Ray can be a powerful uniting force (Rob Walker | November 26, 2006, Boston Globe)

Consumer culture and indeed popular culture revolve in large part around shared admiration, shared likes: Fandom, in a word, is a thing that can bring us together.

But what about shared dislikes? Can a community form around that? What is the opposite of a fan club? The answer is the Rachael Ray Sucks Community.

Gathering by way of the blogging and social-networking site LiveJournal, this group has more than 1,000 members, who are quite active in posting their latest thoughts and observations about the various shortcomings, flaws, and disagreeable traits of Rachael Ray, the television food personality.

"This community," the official explanation reads, "was created for people that hate the untalented twit known as Rachael Ray." The most important rule for those who wish to join: "You must be anti-Rachael!"

As with any community, the key to attracting members is not just a clear core idea but one that can be fulfilled in a variety of ways. Members of the Rachael Ray Sucks Community certainly do this, criticizing her cooking skills, her over-reliance on chicken stock, her kitchen hygiene, her smile, her voice, her physical mannerisms, her clothes, her penchant for saying "Yum-o," and so on.


They ought to just go 24/7 with A.B. and Sondra Lee.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 26, 2006 9:54 AM
Comments

Mario's show ain't bad either.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 26, 2006 10:15 AM

If I wanted to see a fat white guy boil water, we'd mirror the kitchen ceiling.

Posted by: oj at November 26, 2006 10:23 AM

Has anyone seen RR and Katie Couric in the same room together? They're either one in the same perky and annoying person or identical twins separated at birth.

Posted by: erp at November 26, 2006 11:04 AM

this group has more than 1,000 members

When you get that many people together who lack a real life, does it warp the fabric of the internet and cause a quantum singularity?

(I figure that this weblog should have pertinent, experimental data gathered on the subject.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 26, 2006 12:21 PM

We've seen an entire political party that does this.

Posted by: ken at November 27, 2006 3:36 PM
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