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Diatribe: Paula Deen Could Still Choose Her Words More Carefully. (Unless She Really Does Feel Like A Black Gay Football Player.)

02/28/2014

PaulaDeenI think most reasonable people, when they’ve done something even remotely embarrassing make an effort to divert attention away from themselves until a sufficient amount of time goes by and people have more or less forgotten about the particular transgression.  After all, someone else is sure to do or say something equally foolish or embarrassing to turn everyone’s attention in their direction.

The world can be abuzz talking about the antics of Miley Cyrus for weeks until Justin Bieber suddenly goes to the bathroom in a mop bucket and then the gossip newscasts and tabloid magazines feature his latest controversy as news.  But only until Selena Gomez checks into rehab or Taylor Swift cuts her hair.  By then, everyone’s forgotten about the stupid thing Miley Cyrus did.  If she’s smart, she’s kept quiet and can, probably, resume her career with little residual damage.

I don’t think Paula Deen gets this.

After her empire all but crumbled just nine months ago amid a racially charged scandal, she’s now telling fans, in the issue of People magazine hitting newsstands today, if it wasn’t for their love she’d be home breathing into a paper bag.  Apparently, she still doesn’t understand just how racist she can sound.

“I’m fighting to get my name back.  I feel like ’embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name.  It’s like that black football player who recently came out.  He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’  I know exactly what he’s saying.” – Paula Deen

Not only does she find it somehow necessary to point out that NFL prospect Michael Sam is black, reminding the world of last year’s scandal and the frenzy that it created, but now she’s equating “embattled or disgraced” with his disclosure of his homosexuality.  I can’t help but wonder if she’s doing this on purpose in an attempt to somehow rally her shrinking fan base and win back support for her brand.

Either she’s not choosing her words very carefully or she’s choosing them very intentionally.

Her newest restaurant, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, is scheduled to open at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, late this summer so she’s probably trying to raise money for the project that will be 20,000 square feet and have a projected design, construction, and yearly operation budget of nearly twenty million dollars.  It seems to me that, with projects like this in the pipeline, she would have eventually climbed back to a reasonable level of success (but perhaps not the level that she once enjoyed) had she quietly continued to provide a quality product at a good price to her core customer base.

We’ll have to wait and see if this appearance in People magazine, and what she has to say in the accompanying interview, has come too soon … or if she should have stayed at home in her kitchen for a while longer before trying to launch a comeback.

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8 Comments
  1. I’d like to hear Michael Sam respond as such:

    “I have nothing in common with a white diabetic racist cook.”

    Maybe then Paula Deen will learn to choose her words more carefully, or better yet, shut up.

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  2. She could have chosen her words better, but I guess I am willing to cut her a little slack. I truly would hate to be celebrity, especially when you have fallen from grace. It seems people are willing to pounce on everything. Yet, she could have chosen a different example, have been less explicative or just been to the point.

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    • I really think she wants sympathy … that she still doesn’t believe she’s ever said anything wrong.

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      • I agree on wanting sympathy. I do think she realizes she screwed up. Yet, to your point there is a difference between knowing you said something wrong and screwing up.

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  3. thedogs'mother permalink

    I think that is one People magazine I will skip – even at the doctor’s office.

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  4. “Ahm still a racist, y’all!”

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