The other day, I found myself agreeing with something Bill O'Reilly said.
In case you don't know him, Bill O'Reilly is a guy on American television. Talks a lot, in a loud angry voice. I'm not sure what he actually talks about, because as soon as he starts yelling (i.e. whenever his mouth is open) I switch channels. I think he
In case you don't know me, I (Merry) am neither male, loud, nor given to appearing on television.
What brought the two of us into agreement was an ad that PETA had tried to get played during the Super Bowl. (And how weird is it that some people now watch this sports contest solely for the ads?)
The ad features scantily clad models posing suggestively with vegetables and no, I don't mean people in a coma. NSFW, but might be useful at home if you want to turn your own cheeseburger-munching Homer Simpson into a veggie-lovin' Hugh Jackman.
NBC rejected the ad, called "Veggie Love," because it "depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards."
I hope posting this video hasn't caused a horde of Cranky Fitness readers to storm off in a Huffington post. The video strikes me as more silly than salacious, but it's certainly gotten a lot of coverage. (More coverage than those poor models had; really, the thermal-insulation properties of black lace have been seriously overestimated.)
If you'd prefer a PG-version, this is Whoopi Goldberg's safe-for-television re-enactment.
I've decided that I should start a movement, and invite Mr. O'Reilly to join. All I can think of to call it is People for Ethical Relationships with Vegetables. (Yes, I realize the abbreviation of the name might cause some people to look askance, but I figure most of the askance-looking people already stormed off in the previous paragraph.)
What Bill O'Reilly actually said that struck me as profound was the following comment: "I'm not touching that vegetable! I don't know where it's been!"
Whether you fall into the Liberal, Conservative, or Confused category politically, I think you should listen to the man on this one.
If a vegetable is labeled organic, that means (according to the USDA) that it's been grown with the minimal amount of pesticides.
The good news is, not all organic vegetables were created equal. Some vegetables, it doesn't matter so much if they were raised around pesticides, because they don't absorb them (the pesticides) as much and therefore you don't ingest them either.
This chart lists the vegetables that you really want to buy organic and the ones that it's okay to buy from a regular source.
Since organic vegetables = more $$ than your average vegetables, following this chart is a way to save money while staying healthy.
And what you choose to do with those vegetables, in the privacy of your own home, is none of my business. Frankly, I'd rather not know. No, really.
P.S. Here are the commercials that actually made it to the Super Bowl.
P.P.S. I don't suppose you can think up a better name for my new vegetable-respecting movement?