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I don’t know about you, but I’ve got mixed feelings about the way Paula Deen has been treated by the media and corporate establishment.
On the one hand, the vitriolic, unforgiving, ravenous wolf-pack reaction to her racial indiscretions seem hypocritical and all out or proportion.
There’s something scary about the vicious nature of one corporation after another dumping her while championing celebrities who are making offensive remarks every day as part of their money-making shtick.
It leaves me wondering: “Who is this lady hurting?”
But another side of me thinks she’s getting just what she deserves.
What do I mean?
To be honest with you, I have not been a Paula Deen follower, though my wife, Elizabeth, certainly is. I couldn’t have told you much about the celebrity chef a few weeks ago. In fact, I assumed at first that Paula Deen must be getting crucified because she hasn’t been paying homage to the masters of political correctness.
Boy, was I wrong!
This woman who is now accused of racism campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and still supports him today.
Isn’t that ironic.
She’s a huge fan of Michelle Obama.
“The first person who came to my mind when she walked out was Jackie Kennedy,” Deen said about her first meeting with Michelle. “She has that kind of charisma.”
Paula Deen is a Democrat through and through – which really shouldn't surprise anyone given that her party was founded as the political wing of the Ku Klux Klan and fought desegregation and civil rights through the early 1960s.
But that's not all I don't like about her:
- Deen told talk-show host Larry King that she had a 10-year affair with a married man after she was divorced. She told Oprah last year that post-affair she was "preparing herself for love with her second husband," according to Winfrey's website.
- Deen is accused of sexual harassment, and was found in contempt of court for refusing to turn over a video in which she allegedly simulates a sex act on a chocolate eclair.
- Deen is being sued for $1.2 million by Lisa Jackson, who managed Uncle Bubba's Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., for Paula Deen Enterprises. Jackson also alleges that Deen wanted to hire African-Americans to dress up in costumes and work at her brother's wedding. Jackson claims Deen said: "What I would really like is a bunch of little [N-word] to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. Now that would be a true Southern wedding, wouldn't it?"
Maybe those allegations are true, and maybe they're not. But Deen certainly has been contrite for someone who didn't do what she's been accused of doing. In multiple media appearances she has apologized profusely "for what I've done wrong."
That usually works for Democrats, but not in this case.
Nevertheless, the gratuitous, holier-than-thou piling on by the amoral media titans and the ever-so-politically correct corporate boardrooms still makes me sick.
If they can do it to Paula Deen, they can do it to anyone.
And there is no accountability for these corporate Torquemadas.
They don't even care about their own bottom line!
Paula Deen's publisher had the No. 1 book at Amazon in pre-release – and decided to kill the book!
How far will people like that go to atone for their own guilty consciences? Whatever happened to the Christian notion of "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone"?
So it comes down to this: Whom do I like least – Paula Deen or her persecutors?
For me, it's an easy call. I despise her persecutors.
That's why I directed my company's retail division to offer all of Paula Deen's books to the public – and to promote them as well. Why? To stick a finger in the eye of those pompous, self-righteous publishers, TV networks, big-box chain stores and everyone else looking to raise themselves up by tearing down Paula Deen.
In fact, I'll go one further: If Paula Deen is looking for a publisher who still believes in free enterprise and the First Amendment to distribute her new book, I'm just a phone call or email away. I'm obviously not sugar-coating it. I'm not sucking up or making excuses for anything Paula Deen has done. I just believe to preserve a free society, we have to guard vigilantly against witch hunts like this.