I love this couple! 😀
Pat and Gina Neely of the Food Network’s Down Home With the Neelys are over the top and dripping with black love! Their love clings like homemade barbecue sauce on slow cooked ribs. They go hard and sexy with their black love. So unabashedly brazen and unapologetic with it!
I like boldness and swagger in the kitchen and the Food Network’s black chefs deliver on both. Don’t get me wrong because I love the white chefs too, but… you know. Anyway, I remember when I first saw the Neelys. I thought they had so much down home country charm and obviously knew their way around the kitchen. They were so adorable the way they tossed all that sexy back and forth, and how they sprinkled their tag team cooking with juicy smooches. They called each other cute and corny sugar dumpling snicker doodle chocolate star names. So sweet! They loved throwing double entrendres all over their kitchen: Baby you gonna stuff my pork? Daddy, sprinkle some sugar on that! Baby help me stir these potatoes! I love watching their sexy kitchen banter and so does America. The Neelys show has been highly rated since they first appeared in 2008.
But of course, there are folks who don’t like their sexy swag one bit. Judging by the comments sections of the many articles written about them, some think The Neelys need to sit down somewhere and be quiet. Others think that Gina is too strident and ghetto, and that Pat must be henpecked because of his mellow personality. Many felt that the show would’t make it because of Gina’s sister girl swag. Oh, there are so many Neely haters, even as the show is the most popular one on the Food Network. Some people can’t stand to see love in action, especially black love.
What I see when I watch Patrick interacting with his wife is a black man who loves a black woman. I see a brother who is confident in himself and knows how to love his woman. He is not intimidated by her because she has a bit of spice to her personality. He’s not irritated by her, but obviously is excited by her. He doesn’t have a need to silence her or tone her down. He’s not broken by her voice, but enlarged by it. Some call this being henpecked. As for Gina, she doesn’t feel she has to diminish herself for her man’s sake. He’s big enough to accept her fully for who she is. She has space to be herself, and obviously she is reassured in that space. Within her space she can be open and intimate with her man. Her emotions are being cared for which allows her passion and love to shine for him. Which attracts him all the more. It’s a beautiful endless love loop.
Then there are some commenters who feel that the Neelys’ TV love jones is just an act. They don’t believe
black people can have it so good in love. But the Neelys have fans that say their TV attitude is no act. These fans have seen the couple in different settings, doing charity events and meeting and greeting people. Their personalities shine through as they do what they love. All that black love dripping is real, and its interesting that people feel black couples who show genuine affection towards each other are suspect. I guess they don’t believe that we black folks can have soppy affection, y’all. Whatever.
Anyway, whether you love Pat and Gina Neely or hate them, they are keeping it rolling with their popular restaurants, a highly successful TV show, NYT best seller cookbooks and so much more. They’re too busy being successful and sucking each other’s face to care what their haters think.
- Aretha Franklin Sings Her Way Out of a Parking Ticket (theboombox.com)