Charities: Padma Lakshmi’s Genitals Discussed; Betty White Purrs
Two good charity events recently came and went, and I’ve been remiss in not mentioning them. The Endometriosis Foundation is turning into a big deal, what with “Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi leading the way. A recent new mother, Lakshmi told a very scientific crowd at the New York Public Library that it took her a long time to conceive and carry a child because of this ailment. She got pretty specific on the podium before a little self-editing.
“I’m not going to discuss my genitalia here,” she said sweetly, but it was too late. Susan Sarandon also spoke, and we got to meet Oprah’s “Dr. Oz,” violinist Joshua Bell, and some models. During dinner, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff discussed world events, and talk to Bridget Moynihan and director Joel Schumacher…
…Meanwhile, in LA, Betty White–she’s 89, everyone loves her–hosted the Humane Society’s 25th annual Genesis Awards. Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City” was honored with the Wyler Award for bringing the plight of elephants’ poached ivory tusks to the world. James Cromwell, who loved animals in “Babe,” singer Leona Lewis, and Valerie Bertinelli–who co-stars with Betty in “Hot in Cleveland” on TV Land–were there for support. Ryan O’Neal was there, too. I don’t know why. Betty White, I’m told, was in and out quickly. Betty, the password is, speak to the reporters. Still, her work with animals is quite admirable.
Anyone who knows anything about endometriosis knows that it has absolutely nothing to do with genitalia – it is scar tissue that forms in and around the uterus – preventing the necessary expansion of it in order to carry a child. It typically requires surgery to correct – and in more severe cases, requires a hysterectomy. The uterus is hardly considered to be genitalia. If Ms. Lakshmi considers her uterus to be her genitalia, then she’s as ignorant as I’ve always suspected her to be, or she’s just plain lying.