Jamie And His Misdirected Battle
April 9, 2010
I’ve been watching this show. I almost can’t decide whether I like it or not. It is focused on introducing healthy food (organic chickens and cow milk aside) into the school lunch program and that is something of which I am a huge proponent. But the problem is it’s still just reality television. The dramatic music plays when protagonist Jamie has a “showdown” with the antagonistic Alice, he pulls stunts like cooking up a week’s worth of unhealthy food and then throwing it away, and he even cries in the first episode (but hey, maybe that was sincere). I’m not saying he can’t make a difference on a small scale. Maybe he reaches a few parents in Huntington or some television viewers. But this show is much too shallow to make any kind of lasting impact on what school children are served in this country. The problem is the school lunch program. And the problem with the school lunch program is the government subsidies of meat and dairy which dump huge amounts of animal products (cheesy, creamy goodness) into food for those kids.
But I’m still watchin’ it.