As you’ve probably seen in the media, Nigella Lawson has had the spotlight held over her these past few weeks. The News has portrayed her in bad light as her ex-husband Charles Saatchi accused her of being addicted to cocaine. However, in the new media on social networking sites such as twitter the public has shown a lot of support for Nigella; with many people tweeting ‘#TeamNigella’ accompanied by pictures of food they’d made following her recipes. I’m jumping on the bandwagon and taking it to the extreme by writing this blog post in support of Nigella and sharing the pictures of the gorgeous Lemon and Lime Drizzle cake I made following Nigella’s recipe.
From a feminist perspective I’m definitely Team Nigella. I think it’s unfair that she’s being slated, whilst I wouldn’t condone the use of drugs given that she is seen as a role model to many women, I do think it’s hypocritical given that a lot of men can get away with ‘dabbling’ in drugs, with little or no consequences, particularly in the music industry. In some cases, it may even be portrayed admirably or as a sign of masculinity for men to behave in such a way.
I can’t help but feel that it’s bad enough that Nigella’s career is belittled by constant objectification but if Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver were found in a similar situation, then it wouldn’t be as big of a deal.
So besides all the reasons I’ve listed above, I’m definitely Team Nigella, and baking this cake has reaffirmed that, it was so easy and tasted amazing. If you fancy making it I used this recipe from her website: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/lemon-and-lime-drizzle-cake-3779