This blog is dedicated to spreading the truth about Jack Scalfani, a child abuser and racist who has run up modest celebrity on the internet through his “Cooking with Jack” youtube channel. For a long but by no means exhaustive list of what Jack has done, please see this post.
Originally uploaded: 18 March 2016
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This is the kind of Jack video I like the least, and it’s not necessarily something I would dislike in a different context. Other youtube programmes do it occasionally, and I am very much for the broadening of the general public’s understanding of where food comes from. Growing herbs and vegetables is also a fun DIY project, not only incredibly useful for the eager home cook, but can start one thinking about how different factors influence taste and availability where they are. If this opening paragraph hasn’t made it clear: I’ve a great affinity for gardening, though I have a very busy life and next to no space in my back yard to grow much of anything.
Jack’s friend Robert (I’m writing it down right now to prevent me from having to look it up a dozenth time) is nice, charming even compared to the bizarre line-up of personalities Jack normally deals with. Robert (there we go) has a wholesome, gentle nature that suggests he doesn’t know Jack once choked and beat his son, or that he’s called for genocide, which makes it all the more uncomfortable that Jack is using his unpaid labour to promote his worthless youtube endeavours. Like absolutely everything else in his life Jack would much rather complain that he can’t do it (for unspecified reasons) than put a modicum of work into doing something properly. This would be fine if he were to be honest and just say “Oh I’ve no interest in gardening” (or any other of the myriad of things he proclaims to be interested in. Cooking comes to mind) but over and over we get these pathetic excuses.
As Jack dabbles in the Evangelical right it doesn’t surprise me that this video misleads the viewer into thinking they can grow all their own food. Unsurprised, but angry. Subsistence farming still exists around the world in 2016, but the time and effort it takes is staggering. Far beyond what a manchild (who has for years self-identified as too lazy to even use fresh ingredients) will want to put in for a few measly veggies. The rigours involved in farming any crop, let alone a dozen or so as this video seems to imply, are extensive. Putting “FOOD GARDENING” (which is a phrase so impotent and stupid I feel ashamed having to type it out) in all-caps in the title isn’t just terribly misleading, it actively avoids what could in other circumstances actually matter to Jack’s audience.
It also appears as if Jack edited out Robert (it’s working) talking about how his heirloom seeds are non-GMO, presumably for the sake of avoiding a flame war in his comments. I’m sure Jack, who despises education in all it’s forms, has no opinion on GMO organisms beyond what others have told him. His use of whatever default title card for “To Be Continued…” his editing software comes with made me laugh out loud, too. It’s far more amateurish than his white/yellow on black and dull thud sound effect he’s used a lot. “Improvement” is a very tricky metric when it comes to a Scalfani but this is most certainly a step backwards for him.