Earlier this week, a blogger by the name of "Food Babe' was under attack by the majority of the interwebs.
'Food Babe' -- real name Vani Hari -- started her blog in 2011 for the purposes of helping you and me live a healthier life. On the site she writes, "Through reading the investigations and information I post on FoodBabe.com, you can expect to learn the truth about harmful ingredients in processed foods and how to avoid the stuff the food industry is trying to hide!"
The title of a Gawker piece this week pretty much sums up how the scientifically literate crowd are responding to the blog: The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of S***. Gawker tapped Science Babe -- Yvette Guinevere -- for the piece, who's an analytical chemist, former chemistry professor and has a boatload of sciencey street cred.
'Science Babe' doesn't hold back in the piece, consistently offering empirical data that blows everything 'Food Babe' states as fact to smithereens. Guinevere writes "[Hari] quit her job as a consultant, attended Google University and transformed herself into an uncredentialed expert in everything she admittedly can't pronounce."
'Food Babe' didn't like that assessment, and she's firing back at her critics via her blog. Calling the criticism from sites like Gawker and across social media "preposterous, offensive, misogynistic, harassment and cyber-bullying" she writes "they've attacked me, as a woman, in ways they'd never attack my male colleagues."
Regardless of whether or not her facts are accurate -- some of the social media response is truly brutal. Users tweeted at Hari calling her a slut, a whore and even wishing for her death.
'Food Babe' does try to address the scientific criticism of her work in the blog post and as for the Gawker takedown, she writes "In that very unprofessional and overly profane Gawker blog post, the author says I'm full of $hit, but I'm full of heart, love and hope for a better future, and I know you are too. I want a safer and healthier food system, and some people want to keep the food system just like it is today."
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