Monday, June 24, 2013

Firing Paula Deen, my two cents worth



I think, this is without a doubt, a total travesty, destroying this woman's entire career because of a remark, albeit racist,  that happened twenty year ago.  Twenty years ago.  I'm certain that if most of us were held accountable for things we said or did twenty years ago, we would be landing in a pile of doodoo, too.

I admire the woman for what she has accomplished.  Sure she can be crude, rude and obnoxious, but should she be fired for a racist comment made years and years and years ago.  Oh, puh-leez.  

Following are lyrics from a Chris Brown rap song.  A black man, who beat his girlfriend to a pulp on the way to the Grammy's  and was still invited back to the same Grammy's a couple of years later and forgiven for his transgressions, still singing his songs with filthy lyrics and making millions of dollars for doing so.  Why???  Is what Paula Deen did as bad as these lyrics that were written and sung by this same black man, Chris Brown.  I think not!  And this is just a  minuscule drop in the bucket, a mere blip on the radar screen, but it's shocking to see.


And let's fast forward to the politicians.  Andrew Weiner and Weinergate.  All the sexually explicit photos and messages he sent, in part to a 21 year old college student, while he was married and his wife was pregnant.  Was he ostracized?  Oh hell no, he's now running for mayor of NYC!

And then there is Mark Sanford who disappeared totally for six days when he was Governor of South Carolina,  he left his wife for a woman in Buenos Aires in 2009.  Was he slapped on the wrist?  Was his career over?  Nope, he's now a congressman in South Carolina.

I could blog for hours about people who did far worse things than Paula Deen.  Far worse, but they are forgiven and all is well.  Even Martha Stewart who went to prison never missed a beat when she returned to society.

I think this is appalling, it's a witch hunt, and this woman got caught up in it.  Totally ridiculous, in my opinion, punished to the extreme for nothing worse than other people in the limelight do on a daily basis...


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