Earlier this week, Paula Deen announced she has diabetes, and what followed was a lot of criticism noting her buttery stock-in-trade can lead to a diabetes (and also that she's only divulging it now three years after her diagnosis when she's got a drug endorsement deal.)
"I couldn't take it anymore," she says. "It's time to show our support, to show our love."
To that end, Stewart has created National WE LOVE Paul Deen Weekend!!!!!!!
It's not an event, per se. It's a Facebook page, where Deen fans, and non-fans, can offer comments of encouragement. It will be up through Monday 12 a.m.
From the site:
It's truly saddens me to see all the negative comments surrounding the recent events. And it ends TODAY!!!! We are officially moving into the love portion of this program. Southerners are known for having BIG Christian hearts & loving folks no matter what..and Paula is a HUGE part of all that! We owe this to her to let her know that she is loved & supported. The judgments from our foodie society are making all of us look bad.
Stewart says she's been a Deen fan for about 10 years. She's made her recipes and met her and her husband at food events.
"If I saw her," she says, "I would run up to her and hug her."