'Top Chef' featured Planned Parenthood, and now Padma Lakshmi is getting trolled

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Padma Lakshmi, wearing a Planned Parenthood pin, with guest judge Graham Elliot on the season finale of Top Chef. (Photo: Paul Trantow/Bravo)

Top Chef fans noticed something different about Thursday’s season finale of the cooking competition show.

Padma Lakshmi enlisted her fellow judges — Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Graham Elliot — in supporting Planned Parenthood with lapel pins during the episode that aired on, of all days, International Women’s Day.

Lakshmi noted her longtime support for the organization, and she thanked the show for allowing her to recognize it.

Colicchio, for his part, revealed that he hadn’t realized the episode’s air date when the show was filmed, although he didn’t retract his support.

But it was Lakshmi’s open support for Planned Parenthood that attracted trolls.

Lakshmi handled it calmly, though. Surely she expected that a backlash would follow the episode; she’s regularly involved in feminist causes.

And she had some supporters too.

Lakshmi explained some of her political views in an interview ahead of the 2017 Women’s March, which she attended with her then-6-year-old daughter, Krishna.

“With this presidency, I’m worried [about] a young girl in the Bronx who has endometriosis and does not have access to health insurance that will cover her surgery unless she goes to the emergency room,” the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America told Rolling Stone.

Padma Lakshmi attends the Planned Parenthood 100th Anniversary Gala on May 2, 2017, in New York. (Photo: Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

“She won’t even have access to birth control, which is one of the many ways that you treat reproductive diseases. I’m worried people will not be able to have Planned Parenthood to get pap smears and other health services they need. I am worried that there will be a collection of Supreme Court justices who will take away my rights to choose what happens to my body.”

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