The Heart Attack Grill is a “deliberately unhealthy Arizona restaurant” owned and operated by Jon Basso, a former nutritionist and Jenny Craig employee. The Heart Attack Grill sells customers immense artery clogging burgers served up by attractive waitresses in nurse’s garb. The menu features items like the “Triple Bypass burger” and “Flat Line Fries.” They even have a 590 pound pitchman, Blair River. In a video sure to become viral, River tells the audience “other diets don’t deliver results, but I’ve made incredible progress on the Heart Attack Grill Diet. A couple months ago I was wearing these” he says as he holds up a pair of slacks that look like they belong to an emaciated John Kerry.
The uproar from the do-gooders is predictable – and annoying. This is America, for crying out loud. We still have the right to self-determination – sort of. And food is still supposed to taste good, fill you up and give you heart burn. Yet, says Eric Forney, “Obesity, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are no laughing matters.” Well, maybe not, but he video is. And I think Forney needs to get a grip. Who put him in charge of Blair River’s dietary decisions? At least dietician Joy Bauer has a sense of humor: “to celebrate and promote unhealthy food is terrifying but I will admit, there is something hilarious and different about their marketing.”
One characteristic of the Messianic bureaucracy is the tendency to demonize innocuous behavior the State has deemed inappropriate. Although it is not yet criminal to eat “unhealthy food” we can see the direction we are moving, courtesy of Nanny State apostles like Forney. Supporting the right of Jon Basso and Blair River to market their fatty food may not seem like the work of a patriot but it is. Remember, all it takes for evil to triumph is for fat men to do nothing – or something like that.