Who is Gluten Dude? And could he possibly be the most opinionated person on the Internet?
First, let me tell you a couple things about “Gluten Dude.” The creator of this website (who also has a blog with the same title) is, in fact, a dude. He is in his forties, has two teenage daughters, and is, of course, gluten free, and has been since 2007 when he was diagnosed with Celiac disease. After searching the internet extensively, I was unable to find his real name ANYWHERE (which I thought was a little odd, especially in today’s society where you can find information on practically everyone), but I decided to trust him, as he promises to “always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.” And he’s a pretty funny guy.
I came across an article on his website titled “Disney Thinks Bullying a Gluten Free Child is Funny.” Naturally, it caught my attention, and made me wonder whether this insanely dramatic title was justified. So, I read on. Essentially, the article was Gluten Dude’s reaction to an episode of Disney Channel’s TV series “Jessie,” in which Stuart (potentially the show’s most annoying/disliked character) is made fun of for his dietary restrictions in general, but primarily for being gluten free.
The article includes a YouTube video that shows the footage from the episode that Gluten Dude and a multitude of parents found to be extremely insulting and insensitive to gluten-free kids everywhere, as well as a message from a parent who started a petition at change.org to get the episode removed from air waves. Ultimately, Disney did remove the episode and posted an apology to their Facebook page for upsetting families across the nation.
So what do you guys think? I’ve watched the clip several times, and it’s hard to say why Disney included this in one of their shows. A part of me thinks it wasn’t to make fun of gluten free kids, but instead was used to satirize the immense number of people who decide to be gluten free just because they think it’s “healthier,” not because they have any allergy or intolerance to gluten. That being said, Disney should be an ally to gluten free kids instead of supporting the bullies that they have to face everyday. What do you guys think? Did the episode really deserve to be petitioned and taken off the air, or did parents overreact and take it too far? I can’t decide!