Does Paula Deen Deserve A Second Chance?
Paula Deen’s name has been at the top of news feeds over the last week and a half, as the celebrity chef confessed to using racial slurs in her past.
In a May 17th, 2013 deposition, Paula admits to using the “n-word” previously, but counters her admission by saying it’s not a word we use now and that “things have changed since the 60s in the south”.
In the aftermath of the deposition, which came to light after the Queen of Southern Cuisine was sued by one of her restaurant managers for discrimination, a staggering number of companies have cut ties with the 66-year-old Georgia native.
At this time, The Food Network, Smithfield, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Novo Nordisk, Caesars Entertainment, QVC, J.C. Penny, Sears, and Walgreen have all severed their relationships with the famous chef.
Despite Paula’s newest cookbook Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up ranking as a top pre-order book on Amazon, it has been cancelled by its publisher, Ballantine Books.
Each day, as more companies say goodbye to their once beloved star foodstress, some are wondering if the backlash against Paula is fair.
Actor and comedian, Kevin Hart, spoke out about the news stories saying, “I’m a black man. I was one of the people that was offended when I heard it.”
“It’s too much,” says Kevin. “I think that she should be punished but you’re killing her right now.”
Donald Trump tweeted about the situation, writing: “Paula Deen made a big mistake in using a forbidden word but must be given some credit for admitting her mistake. She will be back!”
Former President Jimmy Carter also urged the world to forgive her, stating: “I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely, for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past. She’s apologized profusely.”
Appearing on NBC’s Today earlier this week, the mother of two issued a apology called awkward and strange by detractors. The CEO of a PR agency in Suwanne, Georgia called it “the worst celebrity apology in history”.
In a case like this, should Paula be forgiven for her words? Does she deserve a second chance?