I have an awful addiction to reality television, which is usually kept under control because I don’t have cable and I’m often not home to watch TV.  But FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen has caught my attention again this season.  Every Tuesday night, I watch Chef Gordon Ramsay yell, throw food, and insult a dwindling number of aspiring chefs who all desperately want a job at one of Ramsay’s famous restaurants.  I know that these shows are completely scripted (so I’m not sure who to blame–the “aspiring chef” or the producers), but there was a particularly vile character on the show this season.

Jason Underwood, a sous chef from Las Vegas, was the third chef kicked out of Hell’s Kitchen.  Althought he completely botched his tasks night after night, Jason found the time to serve up boat loads of misogyny along the way.  His rants were completely ridiculous, unprovoked, and provided nothing of substance in terms of entertainment.  He was like a broken record, repeating boring, stereotypical anti-female schtick over and over again. 

When he is chastized for not memorizing the dessert menu, his excuse is:  “I hate desserts.  They’re tedious.  Women can make desserts.  They’re not my thing.” 

During a competition between the two teams (men vs. women), Jason is sure that the men will win because Hell’s Kitchen is a cooking competition, not a housekeeping contest. 

When kicked off the show, he had this lovely response: “You know, the last girls that got put up on the block, they start crying.  Well maybe if I would have cried like some pansy, some chick, maybe I’d be back upstairs chilling right now.  But I can’t do that.  I’m a man.”

If you see this man on the street, please let him know how you feel about his antics.  I don’t care if he was told to act that way or not; there is not a big enough paycheck in this world to risk ruining your reputation for life.