Don’t Defend Paula Deen–Her Racist Recipe Spoils the Meal

June 24th, 2013

Talk about rotten apples and spilled milk.  After admitting in a deposition that she used the dreaded “N” word along with her brother, Bubba, Paula Deen is now backtracking in a big way in order to save her business backside.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s too little, too late.

Not only did we learn that Deen and Bubba used the “N” word frequently and that a family member referred to a Black cook as  “my little monkey,” but we also heard details about a plantation themed event Deen dreamed up with Black wait staff, presumably representing Southern slaves. Sorry Paula, but that sort of “party theme” is way way gone with the wind.

With her cooking empire on the verge of collapsing under the weight of these revelations, Deen immediately took to the airwaves in two horribly produced videos.  In them, she apologizes profusely and blames her hideous remarks and deeds as happening a long time ago (as in the 1980’s–gag me with a spoon) and that everyone was doing it.  She also professes to be worthy of our forgiveness since she’s a product of the old South and bad habits die hard.  According to Paula, this is just part of some sick cultural tradition.  So is she saying she is a victim of old Southern slang and therefore she obviously means no harm by it?  That’s some Southern fried BS folks.

If she’d made a slip of the tongue once in this manner, that might be one thing, but she and Bubba evidently made a habit of their racist ramblings.  Evidently, there is a pattern of their disparaging remarks that is clearly unacceptable.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s ridiculous that some people are trying to defend all this by arguing that it happened back in the day and thus isn’t relevant anymore.  Just because it was common then doesn’t make it right.

After her revelation and apology, The Food Network correctly announced that they won’t renew her show.  I agree.  Having a woman with a thick Southern accent and fried Southern food who acts like a racist needs to go.  Somewhere there is a line here, and she definitely crossed it with her constant use of disparaging language but particularly when she clearly wanted to go all pre-Civil War with a pathetic party celebrating some romantic vision of an old Southern plantation.

Recently in this country, we’ve seen examples of people pulling out the “race card” unjustly in order to gain some advantage.  This is not one of them.  The type of words and deeds Paula Deen admittedly engaged in can’t be tolerated.

Paula Deen gets three strikes.  First, she used this horrible language more than once.  Second, she tried to excuse it by saying it’s a generational thing and happened long ago.  Finally, the videos and all the apologizing didn’t happen until she was clearly worried about the future of her show and her brand.

On Wednesday, Deen appears on The Today Show to make one more plea for her career. I’d say her goose is already cooked, but it will be interesting how The Today Show hosts handle her.

To those who are saying that this is all a witch hunt, here’s my answer.  If she looks like a witch and she sounds like a witch then ding dong the witch is dead.



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5 Comments

  1. Joshua
    Posted Jun 24 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t disagree with you more! Paula Dean has had an outstanding career, built on hard work determination, and perseverance. I would much rather see someone like the kardashians or any number of MTV shows dropped. And I can assure you they don’t care about the dreaded N word…

  2. Matt
    Posted Jun 24 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Everyone who condemns Paula Deen should have their lives examined under a microscope. If they’ve ever made ANY racial slurs, laughed at any racist jokes, made homophobic slurs/jokes you name it, made jokes about illegal aliens etc… then they too should be fired from their job.

    Seeing so many cast stones, when you know most of the stone throwers have done as bad or worse in their own private lives is disgusting. Of course the hypocrisy in which we live in is nothing new. Just wish more of the hypocrites would be exposed.

    Of course no mention how much good Paula Deen has done for African Americans. She loves her black friends and cares for African American people. She donates big money to black causes. She supported Obama.

    Paula’s actions shows she loves and cares for black people. She is friends with them. Much morose than many of the stone throwers who have no black friends and might (just might) have some acquaintances.

    So Paula did something 20 years ago. Oh my. How many people condemning her live a bad life? How many condemning her have slept around in their youth? Didn’t save themselves for marriage. Should they be branded for those mistakes?

    How many of them have driven drunk and weren’t pulled over? Should they be fired for being a drunk driver?

    Where’s a real story of racism?! How about what NBC did to Zimmerman and most of the media. That’s real racism. Why is Al Sharpton on the air? He’s attacked Jews and other races. Why is Chris Rock on the air? Terrible racist statements from him.

    Why is it blacks can get away with using racial statements? It’s no big deal. Then of course there are liars like Oprah who claim blacks can’t be racists. How many blacks have been fired from TV jobs for making a racist statement? How many whites?

    Why is it blacks can have their own beauty pageants, college funds etc? If whites tried that–what would happen? Look at the NFL. If any coaching job is up, the team MUST interview a black candidate for the job (Rooney Rule). How racist is that?!

    I’ve had friends who have lost jobs because they weren’t white. They were far more qualified but the employer “had” to hire a minority. This is actual racism that happens on a daily basis in America.

    Now of course, you must call for the firing of every black person in the entertainment world who has used the “N” word. And how did this ever become the case that the word can’t even be uttered?

    Where are people complaining about cracker, honky, redneck and other racist terms that blacks get away with all the time? Also, you must not hear blacks talk about other races including Hispanics.

    This whole thing a a hypocritical witch hunt for something said in private years ago.

    Some people should really take Luke 6:42 to heart!
    Luke 6:42 ?
    New International Version
    How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

  3. Cyndy Burgess
    Posted Jun 24 2013 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Dee Dee,
    Don’t know who u are, what u do, never heard of u, so this is totally unbiased opinion of ur post re: Paula Deen (who I don’t keep up with either).
    I guess all of us could be called out for things we’ve done in past, even you.
    Karma doesn’t like bullies.

  4. Annoyed
    Posted Jun 25 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    This post is ridiculous! Get over it. Stop acting like you’re so offended you don’t even understand what the N word means..you’re not black! She’s from the South, it happened 30 years ago and she has apologized. There are worse things happening in the world right now. I guess this brings readers I mean I got here and I don’t even follow this blog so bravo. YOUR hate makes using the N word innocent.

  5. Fox News Fan
    Posted Jun 25 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps Dee Dee and so many shouldn’t have rushed to condemn Paula Deen so quickly. Maybe they shouldn’t have relied on bogus reports from the National Enquirer and the NY Times.

    http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com/2013/06/we-invite-coates-to-take-challenge.html

    Did Dee Dee or others who attacked Paula even mention Paula Deen was an Obama supporter? Ironic since so many of us on the right & Tea Party members were called racist because we didn’t support Obama.

    Did Dee Dee mention President Clinton using the N word as well as Hillary all the time according to people who knew them. Heck, Bill Clinton said only a few years ago….that “a few years ago Obama would have been getting us coffee”. What did Biden say about Obama? That he was “clean”? Talk about racist Democrats!

    Of course the best case has been made by Fox News Channel’s own Adam Carolla. The Ace Man summed it perfectly! He pointed out how its the ACTIONS OF PEOPLE and not some words that are what matter. Adam of course is usually right on the money when it comes to sanity. He has his own pirate ship for a reason. Because people want to attack him for the things he says.

    http://adamcarolla.com/ed-cunningham/ (last 26 minutes of the show it begins around then when Alison Rosen starts the news).

    Others like Sean Hannity have come to Paula’s defense. Last nights Hannity was great. Especially the wonderful black lady who just ripped the nonsense to shreds!!! Loved her! She also pointed out where real racism exists on MSNBC! Why is Al Sharpton, Toure and others still there?

    Steven Crowder made the same lame attempt at going along with the Lame Stream Media in attacking Paula Deen without the facts etc. Read the comment section! Great stuff. Steven was really taken to task for his ignorance! http://t.co/QUn4MBGpPy

    Hopefully Dee Dee will come around and admit she was wrong. Especially since she attacked without knowing the true facts.

    Also why is Dee Dee attacking witches? I thought she admitted she was a witch herself.

    National Review Defense Of Paula Deen
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/351929/defense-paula-deen-charles-c-w-cooke

    Laura Ingraham Defense Of Paula Deen:
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/on-oreilly-ingraham-offers-defense-for-paula-deen-weve-forgiven-celebs-for-torturing-dogs-rape-accusations/

    Glen Beck Defends Paula Deen
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/beck-defends-paula-deen-from-word-police-who-decided-shes-no-longer-fit-to-make-cheese-sandwiches-on-tv/