Stale pastry is hollow succour to a man who is bereft of ostrich. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
The only people who think she's only being "crucified" for using the N-Word are those who either came into this controversy much later than when it started, Paula Deen supporters, and/or people who think she's a victim of political correctness and anti-Southern or elitist urban attitudes.
I never liked Paula Deen at all. And I liked her a whole lot less when, as the years went by, she made her Southern drawl more pronounced and started throwing in "y'all" after every sentence. She never seemed the least bit genuine or likeable to me. I could be wrong about her; I don't know her.
In any event, we tend to be a very tolerant society with much more important matters, like Bill Clinton, and his total oval office cluster-f&^k. He lied, apologized, and remained in office.
This is Paula Deen, who is of little consequence. Yet, it's interesting that there is, at least figuratively speaking, a lynch mob after her (pun intended), and all those allegations haven't yet been proven. I'm not saying she deserves or doesn't deserve what she's getting -- I don't think I'm in any position to make those decisions without all the information.
But the lynch mob mentality is indeed alive and living, and it seems a lot of folks are enjoying watching Paula Deen's downfall.
People are interested because it has every aspect of a good trainwreck. She's a successful business woman who has built her empire on the lowbrow image she cultivates. But now a dark side of that 'simple old southern charm' has been revealed, including some real outdated notions of prejudice and discrimination. Throw in her desperate apologies, dramatic biblical references , horrible grammar, and overdone doll-eyes, and you've got Martha Stewart , Tammy Faye Baker and Real Undereducated Housewives of Savannah in one package.
One some level I do feel sorry for her, she and her family have worked very hard to build this business. But I can't stop watching, it's a guilty pleasure greater than butter.
This mob mentality has been self-generated for the most part if you ask me. Truth is her PR Team has completely and utterly failed her from the get-go of this scandal. These awkward, nonsensical interviews have done nothing but exponentially fuel public speculation of her supposed racism. Granted, she may not be a hardcore racist at heart, but it's now abundantly clear to the public that she (at the very least) has a complete lack of understanding regarding race relations, prejudice and racial sensitivity as it is viewed today--and that's being very generous, if the allegations against her are proven true.
At best, some would say that's ignorance, at worse, racism. In either case, however, it is in direct opposition to the innocuous, wholesome, sweet grandma persona Paula has cultivated and based her entire empire on.
Let's be honest, she's not a chef. All her meals consist of three main ingredients in copious amounts: butter, sugar and fat. Hardly a creative or unique approach to cooking, and I highly doubt it requires much skill or culinary education. What she's selling, and what her sponsors have bought into, is her personality. That is her product.
She signed contracts with people promising to uphold and maintain the integrity of her wholesome image. That image has now been compromised, so naturally businesses are terminating their relationship with her.
This is free market capitalism, no?
People cry lynch mob, or impeding of free speech, or whatever, but she entered into these relationships knowing full well what was expected of her. And now she's facing the consequences of her actions.
Is it too severe? Should her entire livelihood be undermined?
Well, if your livelihood is predicated on marketing and selling a brand that connotes a clean, wholesome image, then it's more than reasonable IMO to end a relationship with said brand if that image changes.
And with Paula, it did.
Jenny, I would absolutely throw Martha Stewart in that basket. She went to jail for tax evasion and from reports from former employees and from family members, she is a cold hearted beyotch. There are pretty reliable accounts of her stepping on people's necks to get what she wanted.
Actually it was securities fraud - basically insider trading - and not tax evasion. I've always heard that she expects a great deal from her employees, but never that she's unfair or any of the kind of thing in the suit against Paula Deen and her brother.
Novo Nordisk (they make the diabetes drug she was a spokesperson for) and Home Depot have dropped her.
3539 and counting.
Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.
Creating a hostile work environment is the criticism I've heard about Martha Stewart.
3539 and counting.
Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.
I can see where Martha would come off as a bitch to some, and where there would be multiple reports that she was a tough employer - she's a perfectionist, and I get the sense she's tougher on herself than anyone. Disgruntled/fired/couldn't hack it employees will often say that, just as happy employees will praise her vision and leadership in setting the bar high.
In Paula's case, the employee suing her has laid out specific instances that point to racism, sexual harassment, etc - are there specifics claims out there against Martha, or just generalisms like she's a bitch?
As for her mother, I saw her on the show a bunch of times and thought it was funny that there was this tiny woman who was apparently the only person who could tell Martha she was doing something wrong in the kitchen. I thought they had a close relationship, so would be interested to see the stories that say Martha treated her mother badly. I have heard that she didn't get along with her daughter for many years, but then again, that's not uncommon, especially in cases where parents are divorced. I love my mother, but there have certainly been times where we did not get along at all.
And is there a link re using company money to pay for personal expenses? In every company I've ever worked for, the owners and/or executives had a lot of privileges that often gave the impression they were using their powers as they shouldn't, but in fact were legitimate based on the structure of the company and/or the terms of their employment. I've had a few of those perks myself
I'm not trying to defend Martha here - just trying to make the point that Paula's situation is completely different. Open to changing my mind though, if anyone can tell me more.
The piece is seventy-five minutes long...[l]ong enough for an idea to be developed, but not so long that one starts to measure the number of seats to the exits with desperation if the thing doesn’t work" -- Marina Harss
There's a very good discussion of how she treated this guy in the book Twisted Lies by James B. Stewart [no relation].
Living in the south - Georgia - now, I have heard a lot of defense of Paula. But I will say as far as her cooking goes that it reminds many southerners around here of his or her mother's cooking, grandmother's cooking, etc. I have a different background, but I will admit to using some of her dishes (especially desserts and casseroles) for pot lucks and events because they are popular. And I will gladly admit that I love her sour cream muffins that are the most unhealthy things ever. I could eat a whole batch in one sitting and die early and happy.Addressing both of the above posts. I think that Deen, like Martha Stewart and Tammy Faye, is an unlikeable person to begin with. She exaggerates and takes advantage of, all of the "lowbrow" traits that unfairly represent people from the southern states. I have always thought she was a phony and never thought of her as much of a cook. Maybe, I just don't care for her style of cooking, but it is generally so unhealthy. I think that people like to see someone get their come uppance, more than watch someone respectable get destroyed. If she were a more likable, trustworthy person, and if people really thought this was an aberration in her personality, they might not be so up in arms.