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Now Paula Deen? Here We Go Again…

Paula DeenJust when I’m ready to move on to another topic, here we go again: new headlines on racist language and behavior. If you haven’t heard, Paula Deen, celebrity chef and beloved Food Network star, admitted in a deposition to using racial slurs (specifically the N word) and cannot tell what might be offensive to others… REALLY???

I mean, I get that some jokes are a little off and you’re not sure whether to laugh or be offended. Typically, for the sake of comedy, I’m on the side of letting a lot of jokes slide, be easy, laugh it off… but (and this is a big BUT) everyone knows you can’t just throw out the N word and think that you aren’t going to offend. Everyone knows this, right?!

Well, this sounds like a teachable moment if ever there was one.

Here’s what I think (in case you were dying to know, I mean you are reading my blog, ha!):

  • I appreciate the Food Network for setting an example, acting swiftly and decisively not to renew Paula Deen’s contract. While many of her fans are quick to come to her defense, the Food Network realizes the impact of  resigning her contract so soon into this debacle. They have to think of their brand, their viewers, and the far-reaching consequences of seemingly “co-signing” this behavior.
  • However, if Paula Deen moves away from the public eye completely, then we lose the opportunity to teach through her growth. If indeed her apologies were sincere and she wants to learn and grow from this experience, then the opportunity to document just how she does this growth could be very powerful. Not just for the healing that hurt fans and employees might need, but  healing that the nation needs. We need public examples of how someone learns to grow beyond tolerance to appreciation and respect for others differences. We need this story to continue in a public forum, in a very public way.

Maybe instead of a cooking show, she can do a reality show to document her journey back, since I’m sure she’ll be back.

What say you? Should Paula’s contract be renewed? Do you think she simply made a mistake a long time ago and forgiveness should abound? Is forgiveness enough?

 

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Written by Shara

June 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm