Will it become “Inagate” or blow over?
Ina Garten repeatedly turned down the wish of a Make-A-Wish six-year old (Enzo by name) cancer patient to meet -– and now she has been branded the “Heartless Contessa” in the press. Nasty comments are running rampant -– though Ina has not commented on her decision.
Should the boy have been told of Ina’s decision not to fulfill his wish?
No, but he was.
He waited and asked again. And again, he was told she was too busy. That’s too bad.
The immediate reaction from a ten-year-old child Super Chef consulted was surprise and anger at the decision.
Many chefs set strong objectives for their charitable acts, choosing a particular charity to work for or a particular kind of charity -– to accomplish more and to sort through the tremendous number of requests they get from organizations and individuals seeking help.
Is Make-A-Wish any different?
The answer in hindsight is probably “yes.” As a society, we put great value in the individual. So, newspapers report on one Iraqi child who gets to come to the US for an expensive lifesaving medical operation –- even though it might have made more sense to invest the money in building a local hospital that could help hundreds of patients.
If one child (in this case, a six-year-old), asked for Ina, well, she had better satisfy him. It doesn’t matter as much that she has help many others –- we watch the individual story.
(Image of Ina Garten from She Knows the Wire)