By Sarah Best.
So raw food made another appearance on prime time TV last night, in a half-hour documentary which featured interviews with several raw fooders: Suki Zoe, Kate and Andy Richards, and Kate Wood with her delightful sons. American author and speaker Matt Monarch was also shown in action, during a lecture filmed in summer 2007. All of them did a wonderful job but clever editing ensured the show was like a whirlwind tour of Weirdsville for all except the very well-versed in holistic health and raw nutrition. You only have to look at the comments on this popular TV forum to see how the show came across to the average viewer.
It was by no means the worst 'raw foodist' media stitch-up job ever, but an indication nonetheless that mainstream TV is still not quite ready to take the subject seriously.
So the subjects were portrayed as obsessive, self-depriving and socially isolated, and their comments were taken out of context to ensure they would make as little sense as possible to the average viewer. So all of it sounded sane and reasonable and came across brilliantly...as long as you've been into raw food and holistic health for a long time and have read extensively on these subjects. The other 99% of the viewing public would have needed serious amounts of background information to make sense of it. That information was, no doubt, in the original interviews, but was promptly relegated to the cutting room floor once editing began.
Writing on the Give It To Me Raw forum last night, participant Suki Zoe had this to say about her experience on the show: "you do the best you can & then they take the bits they want & it's out of your hands. 5 hours of footage becomes 5 minutes & you just hope your knife skills don't let you down!! there was lots of great info that Kate Wood, Kate & Andy Richards & I talked about which didn't get used - that's the way it goes... ps. including me feeding the camera crew raw chocolate & their sighs of delight."