Well I guess I am not surprised by the cluster-fuck that is the Paula Deen saga. I mean should anyone really be surprised that a 66 year old woman from the south has the attitude that she does? I am not condoning it, but I am asking why all of the shock and the “condescending attitude” that our press and our infotainment news corps are bringing us? Be angry and shocked if you want, but it takes away from the real discussion. I mean prejudice is out there and it is alive and breathing. Let’s discuss that issue and not the fact that Paula Deen herself has these certain ideas and these ways of looking at people. She is the sideshow. She is the current poster child for what is wrong with the South. The real issue is how prevalent these ideas are still in 2013. I mean, not her specific idea of having black men dressed up in suits and standing around at a wedding (a Plantation Style Wedding, I might add). I mean come on…that is pretty fucking weird, but the idea of hating someone because of their skin color. I will also add that it works both ways. Not just white on black prejudice but black on white prejudice as well. It is out there and both sides are responsible. We need to address that and we need to understand why people feel the way they do.
In my opinion, she is a giant phony and this little ruckus has brought that out to the forefront. She will lose her sponsors and she will lose money over this and she will have this giant stain on her that will not be forgiven by some. I also feel that is is one tear-stained Oprah Winfrey interview away from being forgiven by some people. That is just the way things work these days. If you haven’t seen her “apologies” on the internet, you should check it out. The first one was heavily edited and it was embarrassing. The second one was a little better, but she doesn’t seem to have the best PR team around her. Food Network dropped her like batch of bad biscuits.
Another issue that needs to be brought up in this little footnote of entertainment history, is the issue with her brother. If you have not had a chance to read some of the deposition from the trial from her brother, I suggest finding it and reading it. If it is true, he is just another bad example of what is wrong with the south. I love the south. I was born and raised there. You will find some of the nicest and honest people you will ever meet. You will also meet a bunch of ignorant assholes who cannot look past skin color.
Well these are just some random thoughts I had about this. I will be posting more soon! I missed writing and it seems like the world is giving me plenty to talk about!