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.