I have nothing for Paula Deen...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I have nothing for Paula Deen...

...one way or the other, but for the love of Ina Garten, where the hell is the Food Network's forgiveness? I mean, it's not like she went on an "N-word" rant in the middle of a live broadcast!

I'm not even all that familiar with the 21st Century Renais­sance woman... cook/cooking show host, author, actress, restaurateur and Emmy-winning television personality... from Albany, Georgia, but unless you've been slaving over a hot stove for the past several days, one has to know Paula Deen's been in the media scandal sheets of late.

To the extent that I've ever been aware of the woman, any opprobrium I might feel toward her stems from her accent, one which I find only slightly less grating that that of the vomitous Nancy Grace.

The background...

In a pretrial deposition in the action captioned Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen, et al and given May 13, 2013, the woman acknowledges under questioning that she has used the word which blacks frequently use among themselves but the Higher Power help the Caucasian who follows suit.

Plaintiff's Attorney: "Miss Deen, have you told racial jokes?"

Paula Deen: "No, not racial."

Plaintiff's Attorney: "Have you ever used the 'N word' yourself?"

Paula Deen: "Yes, of course."

(Deen testified that she probably used the racial slur when talking to her husband about "when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head." "I didn't feel real favorable towards him," she said, referring to the robber.)

Plaintiff's Attorney: "Have you used it since then?"

Paula Deen: "I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time."

There ya go! She answered with candor and without equivocation... how that will play out in the civil case is unknown, but it was enough for the Food Network to terminate her and her three shows effective at the end of this month.

This has so rattled Deen that she took to YouTube with two heart-renderingly pathetic, tearful apologies. An excerpt...

"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable."

There's already been some backlash over this matter... Deen's faithful are making their displeasure known directly to Food Network, while black clergymen and local newscasters are rallying to her defense.

Me? As already noted, I have nothing for Paula Deen one way or the other... though I admire the ol' gal's pluck and candor... but I note with a certain amount of disquietude a certain inequality in the wrath and recrimination directed at her.

The Reverend Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. uses the words "Hymies" and "Hymietown" in what he obviously felt was an off-the-record conversation with a black journalist, then lies about it, before finally admitting to it... and the offensive gaffe is quickly forgotten.

OtBBers may draw their own conclusions about the evident disparity between the Jackson and Deen events.

O, and screw you, Food Network!


1. Crabby said...

Ahhh, the lady who loves butter probably "lost her lease" after she "committed" a heart attack. The "Verbiage Crime" is simply an ill-disguised excuse to can the old gal.

Otherwise, they'd be liable for firing her because of age discrimination, her medical condition, or lawsuits from viewers who "OD'd" on butter.

Which, I believe, is what they actually did. Were her ratings down?

Dump her in the most politically expeditious way!

Well, clearly you know more about "the old gal" than I, and yes, a past sin would be a convenience hook upon which to hang her dismissal non-renewal.

I have no idea of what her ratings were, and if they were in decline, but I note that the cable channel is keeping her sons' show(s) on their schedule.

And of course, from my perspective, 66 ain't all that old, damnit!
– Dean

2. Babs Ramsay said...

The world's gone mad, Dean!

Well, certainly off kilter... and things won't be right 'til they put the rocks back on the moon.

3. EastEnd68 said...

Those rocks came from Utah....

Of all OtBB's readers, I knew it would be you who would know something about that.
– Dean

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