'Man Finds Food' was intended to premiere July 2, but the Travel Channel pulled the plug over social media remarks last month.
Warning: eating disorders discussed in article.
Thanks to Natalie Abrahams's piece "Travel Channel Delays Adam Richman's New Show Following Social Media Rant", TV Guide's giving the dirt on the why the TV host is now boiling in hot water.
Last month, the Man vs Food reality TV host posted a picture of himself with the caption: "Had ordered this suit from a Saville Row tailor over a year ago. Think I'm gonna need to take it in a little…" Not so controversial. Who doesn't celebrate when you lose 70 pounds after trying, especially when posing almost nude with a smile for Cosmopolitan UK’s cover?
The controversy happened when he included #thinspiration at the end. Thinspiration is a term many people with eating disorders use for losing weight. The National Eating Disorders Association says the term refers "to web content that intentionally encourages or glorifies dangerous behaviors" for those suffering with "Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa."
Both anorexia and bulimia are life-threatening disorders and the promotion of a commonly known tag definitely wasn't the host's best move.
Especially given his obvious awareness of the term and the fact the pro-ana content (which is the term thinspiration, or thinspo, fall under) rose 470% between 2006-2007.
Definitely a bad move there.
While the content is no longer available, screencaps show the man telling a concerned Instagram user to "grab a razor blade and draw a bath. I doubt anyone would miss you." Richman seemed to be under the impression everyone who disagreed was a troll instead of people aware of the Internet's rise in pro-ana content.
Even more alarming was the fact he openly acknowledged what the word meant when telling another user, "if it inspires someone to attain a healthier, thinner body - then that's what it was meant to do." He flat out told the user "no apology is coming" as well.
In short: don't criticize Adam Richman without expecting some kind argument and insult attached.
Yet on July 1, 2014, Richman apologized for what he calls “inexcusable remarks” on ABC's Good Morning America. “I've struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight." He continued on, stating, "I'm incredibly sorry to everyone I've hurt."
ABC News summarizes the appearance in "Adam Richman Apologizes for 'inexcusable remarks' on Twitter and Instagram".
A week earlier, he apologized to Us Weekly using the same speech. Stephanie Webber’s “Adam Richman, Man vs. Food Star, Apologizes for Bashing Twitter Haters” gives a good run down of the quick escalation as well.
"Instead of responding to comments with compassion, I lashed out in anger. I'm not asking for sympathy, but rather understanding and forgiveness. I can say with certainty that I'm taking a deep look at myself and I'm incredibly sorry to everyone I've hurt."
Apparently, the Travel Channel didn't appreciate the words on social media. At all. Richman's Man Finds Food was set to premiere July 2, but has been pulled indefinitely.
TMZ reports the station doesn’t specify the reasoning, but like many reality hosts, public image is everything. However the television personality will has Food Fighters on NBC coming up. No date has been announced.