In the past couple years, Ayesha Curry has gone from being known as Stephen Curry’s wife to the mother of Riley to a media star in her own right, sharing recipes and happy family life experiences via her website, YouTube channel and upcoming cookbook.
Now, the doting Warriors wife and mom is set to join Food Network’s stable of celebrity chefs with the network announcing Thursday that she’ll headline her own series. Tentatively titled “At Home With Ayesha,” the series has yet to get a premiere date.
That news was enough to set off a new round of Twitter love/hate for Curry, who reportedly moved into a $3.2 million hilltop Walnut Creek home last spring and whose profile proclaims herself a “believer, wife, mommy and living in my indestructible bubble of happiness.”
On one side are apparently men of color who extoll the pretty 27-year-old as the ideal mate; on the other side are what appears to be women who find her to be annoying, self-satisfied and judgmental of anyone who hasn’t made her particular life choices — which some see as retrograde or as only available to someone lucky enough to marry a rich and successful athlete.
Then again, women have also come to her defense, saying it’s misogyny to slam her, that it’s demeaning to slam any woman for just being who she chooses to be.
With the cooking show’s announcement, a new round of memes and jokes cropped up Thursday night and Friday morning, some showing photos of her in the kitchen, with captions presenting her as saying sexually suggestive things or as voicing views that are condescending to other women.
“Ayesha Curry is currently being roasted via twitter,” posted
@faithfulblack man Friday morning. “Twitter has given Ayesha Curry a persona she didn’t really ask for and so many feeding in to it,” wrote users.
@Tommyguns asked “Why black women hate Ayesha curry? All she does is be faithful in a relationship….oh I see why y’all mad.”
To which, another user called her “a patriarchy princess” and @DarkSkinnBeauty replied: “It’s not that Ayesha Curry is hated, she’s just the stereotype of ‘what a woman should be’ mold we’re trying to break.”
This latest explosion of Curry social media love/hate comes in a week in which she saw herself unwittingly pitted against Oakland R&B singer Kehlani. As with many social media feuds involving female celebrities, neither woman initiated it.
Rather it cropped up in the Twittersphere, among users who like to use the relative anonymity of the web to spout of all kinds of things, often hateful.
But among users, it also appears to be the case that they are seeing different female celebrities as standing in as representatives in an ongoing culture war. Each celebrity offers up a different model about how contemporary women should look, act and conduct their lives.
As writer Stereo Williams explained in his Daily Beast commentary earlier this week, “How Ayesha Curry and Kehlani Became Internet Misogynists New Obsession,” Curry has become “the poster child for a sort of idealized, new age Stepford wife.”
Curry, a devout Christian, is considered to be attractive and respectable, advocating for modest dress and “classier” standards, he wrote.
In fact, Curry last got the Internet buzzing in December when she decried one aspect of popular fashion: the trend of women, and of girls, to show lots flesh, often suggesting that showing how “hot” they are is a sign of their empowerment.
Curry was having none of it. She tweeted, “Everyone’s into barely wearing clothes these days huh? Not my style. I like to keep the good stuff covered up for the one who matters.” Once again, some men chimed in to say they admired Mrs. Curry’s class, while some women took offense, wondering if she was lecturing them from her perch as the mate of an NBA superstar.
This culture war with Curry at the center, no doubt, will continue.