The Food Network said Friday it’s dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted a videotaped apology online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past.The 66-year-old Savannah kitchen celebrity has been swamped in controversy since court documents filed this week revealed Deen told an attorney questioning her under oath last month that she has used the N-word. “Yes, of course,” Deen said, though she added, “It’s been a very long time.”
So ends the Food Network run for someone who could easily fit right into my own extended family around the dinner table. Complete with 50’s sensibilities and prejudices.
Tough case here. How long has it been? I live in a town in which the pro baseball team owner, within relatively recent memory, called an All Star player “my pet (n-word)”. Clearly over the line. But in that case it was a not-so-public figure who should have known better but was pretty much an unchanged remnant of another time.
Paula, on the other hand, is harder to excuse in this regard, unless it was a l-o-n-g time ago when this kind of thing was par for the course. The whole thing makes Southerners look bad, makes her personally look pretty unusual, and just really reeks.
Right when she was updating her image to more of a healthy-ish kind of cooking. While simultaneously selling a fatboy line of furniture for the very wide of arse. So it goes.
The woman can really cook. She can really talk, too. Always entertaining, always instructive, this time in a bad way. Hope she gets a chance elsewhere and comes back better for it.
- Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract (savannahnow.com)
- Paula Deen Chopped by the Food Network (variety.com)