Skip to main content

Paula Deen Taking The Fall For The Guilty?


I'm not a huge fan or Paula Deen, nor am I one that is considerably into her recipes for "southern" style dishes. In fact, I've never found anything she's done on the Food Network appealing, and the one time I was forced to embrace her (stuck in the waiting room of a doctor's office while she was the guest on some crappy daytime TV show), I found her to be quite annoying. Just my opinion. But then again, that's the purpose of blogging, so I should say...just bloggin'. 

I find the recent downfall of her celebrity and brand to be quite fascinating. Not exactly in a "hey, everyone come look at Paula Deen's life crumble" sort-of-way, but more in a way of perplexing thought. Along the lines of, "Hmmm, the reason she is falling is quite interesting".


If you aren't aware, in a nutshell, Deen admitted to using the "N" word once. This of course, triggered an outbreak which not only saw the Food Network decline to pick up her expiring contract, but several of her sponsors pull their support, her reputation marred, and tons of public backlash accompanying it all. 

Now, quite obviously, as a man of color, I'm not fond of the word "nigger". Obviously, it carries various connotations and illicit's many historically derogatory things that is just clearly ignorant in it's use. But I'm sure you know that. At least I hope you do. And quite frankly, I don't use the term "nigga", which I touched on in post way back in 2006 (7 years ago! wow!) about both words (The "N" Word: How a Simple Suffix Separates). However, I don't outright hate the term "Nigga". I get the entire "stripping of power" element behind it's use. We give words power, and by changing the narrative on the meaning, we eliminate it's power. 

Nonetheless, I'm not sure why Deen is being shunned in such a way for her admittance. Now, is she racist? I have no idea. I've heard many people use the word before who weren't glaringly discriminating or hateful, and were just simply ignorant. Some used it as uncreative way to hurt someone's feelings. Heck, I've had the word used around me as the only man of color present; used to describe me; and used at me. College can be a cruel way for some people to learn diversity. Especially, those from areas lacking in it. But it happened. 

Honestly, Deen seemed to admit to a mistake she made years ago. And quite frankly, for a woman from a southern culture (and generation) that still harbors racism in certain pockets, what do we expect? When "The War" comes up, there are some areas in the south that are not referring to "Iraqi Freedom" or "the War on Terrorism" but the Civil War. 

So, yes, the fascination in this story is with us as American's tearing down Paula Deen for her use of the word in the past, when it's still clearly an underlying issue in our society. Once again, the word "nigger" in any type of context cannot be, and should not be condoned. But did she say anything that isn't still an existing problem in our society?

And, if not, then is she the horrific person we are making her out to be, or just a mere guinea pig set to take the pseudo-abuse for the guilt of many, many Americans who have also used the term, "nigger"?

This whole "racism" thing isn't fresh to the ignorant masses the way homosexuality currently is. This has been going on for over a century. 

Either way, it seems the root of this problem is more than just a celebrity's mishap. Don't you think?

Recently Read Posts

Defending the NFL - I Just Don't Get It

Yes, I don't watch football. Well, not anymore. 
I've been completey sober for two years, not counting that one hiccup in watching the Super Bowl in February. 
So yeah, I'm not into football. I'm not particularly fond of the sport's connection to CTE issues, it's blatant obstruction or disregard for science expressing it's connection to football, nor its handling of various matters over the years. And that's even before Colin Kaepernick decided to shake the core of our nation's reality my simply dropping to a knee. 
I actually don't even care for the sport, really. The NFL is rather gross in all that it is, and has been for a long time. And for those touting college football and it's culture - excuse me. I was born, raised, and currently live in the North East. I have friends and colleagues in the South and across the country who revel in those sagas that exist only for and around Saturdays in the Fall. But, not even college football intere…

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Get Out (2017)

What is it about?
A Young black men spends the weekend at his white girlfriend's parent's house. What happens next gives way to a thriller, but more so, a microcosm of race relations in society. 
Who is in it?
Allison Williams - Rose Armitage
Daniel Kaluuya - Chris Washington

Pro Wrestling's Interesting Place in 2017

For me, pro wrestling is an interesting place. And it got here in 2017. 
For the pro wrestling fan, there are plenty of current options. We're not talking the kind of options that was once out there on a national level (ala WCW and ECW), but the kind we now have in various indie operations, the many regions that are currently on fire (UK Scene), and yes, those that you can simply log onto YouTube, or some other streaming service to find content of.
The pro wrestling fan doesn't have to have cable anymore. Actually, there isn't much of a need for cable as is. And quite frankly, the pro wrestling fan probably doesn't even need national wrestling companies as well.
Just like the pro wrestling fan, I too find myself in this peculiar area on the spectrum seeking and exploring various organizations, offerings, and presentations of the art form that is available. Much like I did in the past, I'm open to seeing what's out there, and more importantly, what is entertain…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/10/17

3 Up
1. Brian Cashman - Yes, I was one of those crazies that followed the breaking story of Stanton to the Yankees on Friday night into Saturday morning - until 4:00am to be exact. I still can't believe it's real. More so, can we give credit to Brian Cashman, who continues to prove doubters wrong in his wheeling and dealing? The rebuilding was one year, and well, that included being one win from the World Series. Just Crazy. 
2. Get Out - I finally got around to watching the Jordan Peele film, and it's absolutely amazing. So thought provoking in so many ways. A great film, and ironically, one that has me thinking about visiting the in-laws in a week or so. Just kidding...sort of. 
3. Supergirl - This girl is 16 and already can squat way more than I could. Such a crazy story, but an inspirational one. Definitely give it a read. 
3 Down
1. Roy Moore - "I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery..." SMH. Yet, we still hear…