Julia Child was a homophobe

7 08 2009

After my praising of Julia Child as a great chef and great woman yesterday, I came across  a slightly disturbing article from Boston Magazine in 2007 about Julia that showed a different darker character. She got sued in 1992 for blocking a gay chef from an executive position with the American Institute for Food and Wine. She called Fashion designers little Pansies,” a cooking school was “a nest of homo vipers,” a Boston dinner party was “peopled by 3 fags in an expensive house. San Francisco was beautiful but full of pedals(french slang for fags)—“It appears that SF is their favorite city! I’m tired of them, talented though they are.” Of course this was in a different time period when most people knew little gays but she met enough of them, so she could have been a little more open-minded. My grandmother who was her age, once said after hearing a guy was gay that she hoped that he would meet up a man to live with and would not end up being alone.

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