[For an update, please see: Lemons to Lemonade Documentary - Ed]
I never follow the crowd
While there's hang wringing all around me over the latest "neo-NAZI" to show up on the scene—none other than Jimmy Moore—I'm not buying it.
I first got the word via a comment here by regular commenter "Eat Less Move Moore" on my post about my German dad surviving WWII on potatoes as a kid. He pointed to a post on Jimmy's forum about him doing a podcast interview about LC on a popular white supremacist, anti-Semitic guy's gig who I will not name or link—because I'm not interested in that kind of Google traffic, or in helping anyone supportive of such views. The rest of the comment was an insinuation that because I coincidentally blogged about my dad's experience as a 5-yr-old starving boy in WWII Germany, Paleos are Hitler fans.
Neo-Nazi admirers of Hitler must be the hot new trend in LC/Paleo now.
I've been busy having a wonderful time with my wife's family down here in Vista, CA. Only this afternoon did I finally have time to go in and see what was going on with the whole deal.
...But let me back up. Serious accusations like "he's a NAZI sympathizer" require pretty enormous evidence for me. Since then, I've been tagged in tweets and been sent emails, not one of which I've replied to. I guess some people think that because I recently criticized Jimmy in a post and I'm a shit stirrer in general—willing to say almost anything—that I'm the prime guy to make a big deal about this.
Here's the big deal if you want it: errors in judgment, not doing your due diligence, being too busy to check up on who wants to give you an hour podcast interview are indeed serious mistakes. They should be acknowledged, corrected...chalked up to a lesson learned in life and I'm betting Jimmy knows more about mistakes he's made than I or you.
That makes him kinda normal. It doesn't make him a racist, white supremacist or a supporter of same.
Jimmy is guilty of one thing: being successful enough in what he does as nearly a one man show—without staff to vet everything, so he never gets pwned—that he's perfectly susceptible to this sort of thing. I myself have given a bunch of written and podcast interviews. I've checked peripherally to see who was requesting, but not very thoroughly. This could have happened to me, had I not already known who that guy is.
Alright, so anyway, I finally looked into everything this afternoon; all the hand wringing, a few posts on blogs I could find, etc. And I'm not at all surprised that people who simply hate Jimmy for whatever reason, could so easily believe that just because such a man believes in what many of us consider creation fairy tales—that, like 80% + of people in the US believe—then does an interview with a racist anti-Semite...that he concurrently believes what maybe 1% of Americans believe. I don't see the logic in that "equation." That's because it's completely devoid of logic, also ripe and rife with the very sort of hate people now wish to tag Jimmy with. What's more, most "strong" Christians, creationist types with various elements of fundamentalist / born again beliefs, believe Jews are "God's chosen people." Doesn't add up for me, not what I know of Jimmy as a rather pedestrian southern Christian.
I think Jimmy has some things to learn still about calories, starch, why LC works and why it no longer works when it doesn't. We have our differences. But he has highlighted my posts on those differences by giving me another interview and tweeting and mentioning my two posts of that topic on his blog, including the post where I criticized him directly. What more can anyone expect of the man? I see intellectual honesty in spades.
Incidentally, I have direct confirmation from Jimmy that he had no idea who that guy was, what he was all about. He also sent me the link he had linked up—but has since taken down—and except for one questionable title in about a dozen or so, all titles of posts are what you would see in any typical Paleo or LC blog.
You can hate Jimmy as much as you want. You can hate him so much that you project your own irrational hatred onto him, conjuring up convenient scenarios about how he's a racist, anti-semite, white supremacist. ...But he's actually not, and quite far from it. In the end, all you've exposed is your own pathology.
Thanks to Jimmy and his readers for making my book second only to two books by Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek. Jimmy reviews tons of books and did a top 25 of sales for 2012 as tabulated from his Amazon affiliate stats: Top 25 ‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb’ Amazon Bestsellers In 2012.
Next up is one of my fellow health bloggers and first-time author Richard Nikoley from the “Free The Animal” blog. Richard is one of those intriguing characters in the Paleo and low-carb world because he acknowledges quite openly that 60 pounds of his weight loss success was as a direct result of carbohydrate restriction before he started feeling bad eating that way and decided to switch things up to include more starchy carbohydrates (particularly potatoes in 2012) into his diet. That’s one thing I’ve always appreciated about Richard is that he’s the quintessential nutritional tinkerer willing to makes shifts here and there that work for him and he shares his personal findings with the people who follow his work. Because of his mostly crass, always direct and oftentimes over-the-top profane nature of communicating what he has to say, Richard tends to find himself with an equal number of people who love him or hate him. And I’m sure that suits him just fine. But one thing’s for sure–there is NO ignoring this man who has an important voice to share that he decided to unleash on the world in one of the hottest-selling books through my Amazon affiliate links in 2012. You can listen to Richard Nikoley talk about his book in my March 2012 interview with him in Episode 555 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.
Thanks you Jimmy, and to your readers who completed the other side of a real equation by buying the book.
Given the nature of Jimmy's blog and all the great books down the list from mine, I really consider this an honor that's quite humbling. Sales are still going well, actually. Every day.
I firmly believe that here and moving forward, the popularity of both LC and Paleo demands that I, Jimmy, and everyone else, kick the professionalism up a notch in terms of who we cooperate with who's willing to promote us.