NEWS FLASH: An old, white southern woman once used the “n-word”! :-O Now the world has shifted on its axis!
Seriously, why is this a big deal? If you have been living under a rock, Paula Deen the celebrity “chef” who touted herself as the friendly grandma with a southern charmed show wants to slowly murder you by deep frying your arteries, got into a LOT of heat when it came out that she used the word “nigger” about 20 years ago or so. There is also an allegation that she harassed a female employee and imagined a plantation style wedding, complete with well-dressed black “servants”. This all came out in a deposition regarding a lawsuit brought against her.
She has gone on a whirlwind apology tour, recording Youtube apologies and doing the talk show circuit. This morning, she was on the Today show, teary-eyed, and again apologising for using such a terrible word. She even went as far as to say that anyone who HASN’T done something wrong like that should cast a stone at her and strike her dead.
She lost her Food Network contract, a number of endorsements, and her deal with Walmart. Now you KNOW that when Walmart, the main perpetrator of disseminating n-words, drops you, you’ve hit rock bottom. She pissed off a LOT of people. People are going insane, calling for her head. I almost feel sorry for her, but you do some messed up thing, and eventually it catches up to you, and sometimes the effects outweigh the cause. C'est la vie.
I’m mad, but I’m not THAT mad. Hell, I use the n-word every here and there. Usually, I don’t use it casually; only when I am singing along to Wu-Tang or passing by a Walmart. It’s all about context. What I’m mad about is that she thought it would be a good idea to have a PLANTATION THEMED WEDDING, complete with F***ING SLAVES!!!! What the hell? Given her history (her ancestors owned 35 slaves) and where she was born and brought up, HOW could she think this wasn’t offensive? The whole point of learning your past is to grow from it, not relish in the worst parts! SHe doesn’t deserve a show just for being a moron!
Still, the plantation thing is still not the most offensive thing she has done. Calling herself a chef when all she makes is culinary abortions is the absolute worst. She should be put away for slow genocide.