What better way is there for a celebrity host of a cooking competition show to protest America’s policy on illegal immigration than to bake a pie? How about a pie decorated with the American flag and the words “Close The Camps” spelled out in the dough for Independence Day? That is what Padma Lakshmi, host of the television show Top Chef did.
There seems to be a pattern developing, using food as a political statement. Recently, it was cookies. Now it’s a pie. It looks like a tasty fruit pie but the political message is not so appetizing to those of us who want our country’s borders secured.
A truly American pie for the bbq today: pic.twitter.com/WeuuGNSteZ
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) July 4, 2019
Padma Lakshmi uses her social media accounts to promote #TheResistance. She sure doesn’t think highly of female supporters of President Trump’s policies, either. Sorry, ladies, you’re just robots. She posted a tweet mocking women after the one about her pie.
The roll-out of her pie stunt was well-orchestrated. She tweeted on July 3 that while Americans celebrate the 4th of July, families are in detention centers. She used a photo of a temporary camp in El Paso. Thursday she tweeted out the pie before popping it in the oven. She brought her young daughter, Krishna, into the mix and she sounded out the message on the pie. The left does like to use children as political props, you know. It was a “teachable moment” for Krishna.
Functional and informative, Padma popped the dish in the oven and snapped a video of the bubbling fruit when it was done.
She asks her nine-year-old daughter Krishna: ‘Doesn’t that look good? Doesn’t that look good Krish?’
Her daughter, who she affectionately nicknamed Little Hands, then sounds out ‘close the camps’ from the freshly baked confection.
The irony is that Padma Lakshmi is an immigrant herself. Her family, however, chose to do it the legal way. Her mother left Padma at the age of two in the care of her grandparents so that she could come to America and then, after two years, the family was able to move, too. Padma is an American citizen now.
“When I was two my mother left India to build a better life for us here in America while I stayed behind with my grandparents,” she said. “I was loved and safe. But still, I’d sit at the gates of my home every day, waiting for my mom to come home and take me back with her.”
The Top Chef host said she lived apart from her mother for two years before finally moving to America as a family — but the trauma of the situation lasted much longer.
“It was confusing and anguishing,” she said. “I know firsthand what that trauma feels like and how long its devastating effects can last.”
Padma Lakshmi enjoys the freedom of American citizens to assemble and protest. She is a far-left political activist. She speaks out about “male dominance” in the food industry and protested about McDonald’s sexual harassment policy. Now she calls the chaos on the border and the detention centers a “stain on our nation” and asks her followers to contact their representatives to tell them to close the centers. I don’t find any such rally cry from her to support our nation’s sovereignty or asking Democrats to work with the Trump administration to provide funding to ease the burdens on the border, like additional boots on the ground, additional judges to speed up the asylum process, or electronic security measures. The open borders crowd isn’t interested in solutions. They simply want to allow people to cross the southern border and continue on into the country without consequences.
Others joined in and also made desserts with Padma’s message. You can see one of the tweets in response to her pie features the face of a child with a raised, clenched fist.
thanks for your inspiration today and everyday. looking forward to going to the BBQ now. pic.twitter.com/aBDaHMzuQv
— karyn spencer (@KarynSpencer) July 4, 2019
— raf (@rafaelshimunov) July 4, 2019
Amy Schumer re-posted Padma’s Instagram post and thanked her for sharing. Her baby is a little too young to be sounding out any political protest on freshly baked desserts. There’s always next year.