Jamie Oliver: Still the Worst

[Content Note: Child abuse.]

Jamie Oliver is basically a professional bully, who has, among other things, donned a fat suit as part of his eliminationist campaign against fat people, so I'm not entirely surprised that he's publicly bragging about being a bully to his own kid:
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver said recently that he secretly gave his 12-year-old daughter, Poppy, one of the world's hottest peppers in order to discipline her, according to The Daily Mail.

At the recent BBC Good Food show, Oliver said, "Poppy was quite disrespectful and rude to me and she pushed her luck. In my day I would have got a bit of a telling-off but you are not allowed to do that. Five minutes later she thought I had forgotten and I hadn't. She asked for an apple. I cut it up into several pieces and rubbed it with Scotch Bonnet and it worked a treat."

"She ran up to mum and said, 'This is peppery'. I was in the corner laughing. [My wife, Jools] said to me, 'Don't you ever do that again.'"

How spicy is a Scotch Bonnet pepper? It ranks a whopping 100,000 to 350,000 on the Scoville heat unit scale; for comparison, a jalepeño has a score of 3,000 to 6,000 units.
That is not "discipline." That is child abuse.

It's an excellent lesson, though, if what he wanted to teach her was that she can't trust her father.

And, totally aside from the gross parenting issue, I'm pretty sure most professional chefs would find it appalling that any chef would want to instill in any child an association between food and harm.

It's bad enough this guy continues to have show after show after miserable show, without the media cheerily passing on his "cute" anecdotes about betraying the trust of his own kid.

The worst, this guy.

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