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FEUD: Overweight Teenager Sues Rachael Ray For ‘Emotional Distress’

Everything we’ve ever thought about Rachael Ray has just irrevocably and totally changed with news of a paradigm-shifting lawsuit, one that reveals that the happy, catchphrase-spouting TV sprite could actually be a sadistic monster.

The victim of Ray’s alleged cruelty, Christina Pagliarolo, demands justice. The 260-pound teen is suing Ray, “for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress”, that she suffered after appearing on The Rachael Ray Show, hoping to lose 70 pounds before prom. In the segment, Ray hooks Pagliaroco up with a personal trainer.

But it was not just any trainer, no. According to her lawsuit (reprinted in The Huffington Post), this trainer was a deranged sicko:

Pagliarolo claims the trainer made her run and hike mountains, and yelled and screamed at her…One time when she was on the StairMaster, the trainer kept upping the speed and then yelled at her when she fell. She claims these training sessions left her with leg injuries.

Indeed, all the blogs about her appearance are just filled with demeaning comments, like this one from a cruel, anonymous cyberbully named Blanche106:

“Your courage, your good spirits, your ability not to let it derail you is awe inspiring. You go girl! I have no doubt whatsoever that you will lose as much weight as you want when you want and will keep it off. You’re on track for a great life! I can see why you’re one of Rachael’s heros!”

Christina, you poor girl.

Here’s a clip from The Rachael Ray Show, in which Christina works out with said trainer. Though there are no mountains or StairMaster torture devices, you can really see the evil in this peppy personal trainer’s eyes:


“We haven’t received this purported lawsuit but if it does materialize we will defend ourselves against it vigorously and fully expect to prevail,” said Josef Goebbls The Rachael Ray Show’s reps in a confused statement.

We have written a poem about Pagliarolo’s suffering, so we may never forget Rachael Ray’s inhuman treatment:

First they told us to do Burpees, and we said nothing, for we were not in boot camp.

Then they told us to run laps, and we said nothing, for we were not marathoners.

Then they told us to climb on the StairMaster, and we said nothing, for we did not want to climb up real stairs.

Then they screamed at us to push through and finish that last set, but by then, we could not say anything, for we were really out of breath.

[The Huffington Post]

5 thoughts on “FEUD: Overweight Teenager Sues Rachael Ray For ‘Emotional Distress’

  1. Whether or not her lawsuit has merit is a court issue, but poking fun at her (based solely on edited video clips) strikes me as exactly the behavior to which she is referring. You justify your point with a single positive post you found? Flimsy at best.

    Again, this lawsuit may be justified and it may be bogus, but your coverage illustrates the basic problem with this type of television “help” and the infliction of emotional distress. Your poem at the end was particularly insensitive.

    If you can’t find a better way to report this news, you may want to pass on the easy target next time.

    • You know I don’t think Rachael Ray’s producers are trolling Hot Dog On A Sticks for girls to put on TV and give them a personal trainer and the support of millions… This girl reached out to them with the intent of loosing weight. And if you’ve seen anything on TV about extreme or rapid weight loss, then you’d know it involved rigorous excercise and sacrifice.

      She got exactly what she begged RR for and is suing her because it was too hard and the trainer was a doody head… Gee I wonder how you hit 275 by 16…

  2. I watched every segment with Christina with disgust. The show was clearly exploiting her for ratings. They wanted to do a “biggest loser” transformation and when Christina didn’t lose weight fast enough they pushed her to the breaking point with exercise. She complained to the trainer that it was too much for her but the trainer ignored her and only pushed her harder. This was on national TV! Christina didn’t think she could handle any more of that hike where she twisted her ankle and said so at the time, but the trainer again ignored her and forced her to do it. Then Christina had to suffer the humiliation of being carried down a mountain on a gurney ALL ON NATIONAL TV!

    I think Christina is justified in bringing this lawsuit against them. She was just a kid and fighting against a lot of obstacles, including sabotage at home in which her father made fattening food in front of her, increasing her temptation. She had zero support from her thin mother, too.

    She was losing a pound a week at one point and didn’t even lose anything on a week she stuck to the diet and exercise 100%. That wasn’t enough for them because they set the bar too high. Only a few months to lose 60 pounds was unrealistic – I don’t think I could have done that even when I was a teenager (I was thin back then but I’m just saying). So they threw caution to the wind and just worked her all the harder to try to get her to achieve it, and blamed and shamed her on national TV when she didn’t. Rachael HERSELF shamed her in front of an audience!!! I don’t blame Christina ONE BIT for bringing a lawsuit against them. So far no suit has been filed but if she does file one, more power to her!

  3. Thanks a lot for not posting my comment:

    I watched every segment with Christina with disgust. The show was clearly exploiting her for ratings. They wanted to do a “biggest loser” transformation and when Christina didn’t lose weight fast enough they pushed her to the breaking point with exercise. She complained to the trainer that it was too much for her but the trainer ignored her and only pushed her harder. This was on national TV! Christina didn’t think she could handle any more of that hike where she twisted her ankle and said so at the time, but the trainer again ignored her and forced her to do it. Then Christina had to suffer the humiliation of being carried down a mountain on a gurney ALL ON NATIONAL TV!

    I think Christina is justified in bringing this lawsuit against them. She was just a kid and fighting against a lot of obstacles, including sabotage at home in which her father made fattening food in front of her, increasing her temptation. She had zero support from her thin mother, too.

    She was losing a pound a week at one point and didn’t even lose anything on a week she stuck to the diet and exercise 100%. That wasn’t enough for them because they set the bar too high. Only a few months to lose 60 pounds was unrealistic – I don’t think I could have done that even when I was a teenager (I was thin back then but I’m just saying). So they threw caution to the wind and just worked her all the harder to try to get her to achieve it, and blamed and shamed her on national TV when she didn’t. Rachael HERSELF shamed her in front of an audience!!! I don’t blame Christina ONE BIT for bringing a lawsuit against them. So far no suit has been filed but if she does file one, more power to her!

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