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Top 10 reasons why Ina wouldn’t make “time” for a terminally ill child

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Ina, Ina, Ina (also known to many as The Barefoot Contessa)I am so disappointed in you! I have followed you for years, watched your show, made your food, remade your food to make it “healthy” and just smiled when I heard your little tune on TV, but come on now…. Please tell me you didn’t actually turn down a 6 year old “make a wish” child, three years in a row, whose wish was to cook a meal with you? Wow, I actually had thought about writing to you about being on your show and cooking but now I know I have no shot!

So here are my top 10 reasons why perhaps you wouldn’t make “time” for a terminally ill child coming from a mom of a special needs child who understands just how important it is to make these kids with daily challenges smile:

1. You were out getting a “new” blue shirt…

2. You just didn’t have the time because I understand how important it is to run to the “market” for fresh cheese every day!

3. You were busy getting ready for Jeffrey to come home and eat your delicious meal you spent hours making, (which is why you are to busy to see sick children)

4. Or perhaps you were busy having lunch with your editors coming up with a new cookbook to quickly follow up your last one.

5. Or perhaps you were to busy working on making a new prepackaged food (um do you actually do this?)

6. Oh, I get it, you have to actually bid at an auction to “have lunch” with Ina then she isn’t to busy for you…

7. You just don’t have the time because when you aren’t cooking you are lurking in your herb garden.

8. Of course you spend hours cleaning that perfect white kitchen you spend all day in.

9. You were coming up with a new recipe for your new cookbook, something cold and blue… o wait that isn’t a food, it’s just you!

10. For someone who is concerned about getting down to the “basics” what about basic compassion for those less fortunate then yourself?

That’s it, my little list and I know that celebrities get hit up all the time for things like this and I know they have challenging calendars, we all do! But if it weren’t for the everyday people to put these people where they are today in this case TV and buying cookbooks, then where would they be? I’m just sayin’…

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  1. Who's Ina?

  2. I was in total shock today when I read that she had not only turned him down once because of scheduling conflicts, but multiple times! C'mon no one is that busy!!!

    Won't be supporting her extra busy lifestyle anymore.

  3. Amen. Who's Ina? There are many "famous" people who don't have a clue. People whose lives really count are those who reach out to help others. As Jesus said, "Such as you have done for the least of these, you've done unto me."

  4. #11. The ill child doesn't live in the Hamptons so she couldn't be seen with him. Oh, was that mean? Maybe Ina needs to be humbled a bit. (Sorry if anyone lives there, this is directed at Ina.)

    Ina has always been one of my favs. It is sad to see she can't figure out a way to make someone happy.

  5. I'm really saddened to read that she's been turning down his request. You're so right: celebs are who they are because of their fans.

  6. I heard this today too and it just breaks my heart. It's such a shame.

    PS – Love #9!!

  7. Hear hear, well said. Hopefully Karma will come back and bite her on the butt, big time!

  8. I don't know Ina, but this is probably because I can't stand cooking and therefore would never watch cooking shows, but I would boycott her after this if I did!

  9. There isn't enough awareness or publicity about our special needs children; to have someone with high profile status involved in raising awareness could decrease the appalling ignorance by our society. What a crying shame there are people like this.

    CJ xx

  10. Oh, forget her. The end. I'm done with her. My husband never liked her in the first place – says she has no personality and puts him to sleep. Well I won't be watching her show anymore.

  11. Amen to all you said and all the comments!!!

  12. Why am I not surprised? I never liked Ina.From the minute I first saw her she rubbed me the wrong way….there was just something about her. Then I found out about some shady business practices of hers and the last one was while browsing recipes on Every chefs recipes are there to share with others who love to cook, but every single of Ina's recipe has copyrights blastered all over it. That should tell you about her personality right there. She's one selfish, full of herself person.

  13. Hi Shelley!! It's so good to reconnect again!

    I've never heard of Ina! She doesn't sound like a nice person!

    Have a blessed Sunday!

  14. Wow- I am shocked. What a terrible person. I understand being too busy once… maybe even twice if circumstances were crazy. But THREE times?? That is absolutely awful.

    She probably didn't even think that maybe this would help her ratings. Not that I watched her before, but I certainly won't now!

  15. Thanks for this article…she's lost me as a fan!

  16. Unfortunately many people are afraid of the unknown. Most especially in today's society there is no reason to be afraid of the unknown.

    Ina should have thought about the implications of what her fans would think once they found out. I don't know who Ina is but she will, and should, lose many fans.

  17. This is so sad. Most people would never do this…unless they were missing a heart! Thanks for filling us in, Shelley.

  18. I admit that I don't ever watch or read Ina and can't say I could even guess at her personality, BUT I find that so sad. So, so sad. I hope that child can get something even better, since I wonder how Ina would behave if she were forced into it. :(

  19. Ugh!


  20. I just read an article that said she has changed her mind and will meet with him.–2633

    It's still very sad that it took people writing about it on the Internet for her to change her mind.

  21. I can understand having a scheduling conflict ONCE, but for a kid from MAKE A WISH – that ONE TIME had better be for a damn good reason. After that, EVERYONE ELSE WAITS. No questions asked, nothing. Baring family emergency or sickness, I say nothing should have stood in her way.

    This obviously wasn't a priority for her, and for her fans the question she needs to answer is: WHY?!

    I don't follow her that closely, but I do know of her and I know she has a huge following. My heart breaks for the child who requested this and the family of that child!

    Perhaps Ina has some really good reason (I am hard-pressed to think of one…), but until she lets us in on her motivations there will be a foul flavor cast upon all of her creations!