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: 25 March 2016
This will be a short one because this is a video almost completely devoid of content. I pity anyone who genuinely watches Jack’s show for cooking tips or product reviews, really. It’s a misguided delusion but not necessarily their fault, as it’s what’s advertised. If a company marketed, say, a device that burned phenol as a means to ward off influenza, you would be forgiven for thinking the device worked as advertised. Sadly that’s a story for another time.
We open with some suggestive and uncomfortable meat slapping from Jack who seems excited, and why not: He gets to eat three entire sides of hog unabated. It’s disappointing but not at all unsurprising that Jack, neglects to in any way tell or describe how to prepare the ribs beyond using the rub. Incidentally I feel I did far too much research and know far too much about the particular rubs Jack decided to use and can say for sure it’s… well “scam” is a harsh word, but it’s a lot of hot air and precious little substance. Much like this episode and indeed the entirety of Jack’s unfortunate career. Jack and his cronies (and I suppose they don’t have the best palate, but still) find it difficult to even tell the damn things apart.
I digress. Jack spends most of this video tooling around outside with the camera pointed down in case you were curious as to what Middle America wears on their feet. Jack, having lied to his audience who might expect any kind of cooking tip or trick or even a simple recipe, now proceeds to not provide any salient information about the product. Yes, if I had the disposable income, this is what it looks like and how it works. But what sets it and it’s cooking method apart? I understand he already did a video on it, but if that contained all of the product’s information… why do another video?
I’ll tell you why: simple to gratify Jack’s ego. He feels any pile of rubbish he puts to film is immediately interesting and helpful. He and his creepiest friend (who gives me such a bad vibe I’m tempted to do some digging on his personal history) spend an afternoon cooking and eating, and that’s it. And if Jack weren’t such a terrible waste of a human being and didn’t lie to his viewers about what to expect, fail to live up to even the most modest expectations it wouldn’t be so bad. But he is, he has and he did.