She’s now been effectively fired from the Food Network. I suspect the Today Show was originally planned as disaster control for her image. But if she knew this morning that her contract would not be renewed I can’t blame her for not showing up. If your career is dead why go through the public grovelling?
I already knew there were people who got nostalgic about the antebellum South, but it’s still of stunning to hear somebody talk about how formal and cute some guys dressed as house slaves would be while appearing untroubled by the fact that they’re supposed to be slaves - or by the idea of asking some guys to pretend to be slaves as props for your amusement. I guess it’s not all that different from people waxing nostalgic over, say, the costumes and things in Mad Men while glossing over the sexism and racism of the period, but on the other hand, holy shit- it’s slavery.
I don’t know if the apologies had anything to do with it. They fired her because these stories made her look like a racist or at least someone who is completely clueless about race, and they didn’t want to be associated with that.
I really don’t understand how anybody as aggressively stupid as Paula Deen has become as successful and famous as she has. She’s (ahem) “no-nonsense”* and has a thick drawl and cooks high-fat fried food… um, welcome to Georgia, I can introduce you to fifty women who match that description in a variety of ages and complexions at the nearest Wal-Mart- what made her a millionaire?
I think slavery is a bad thing and I don’t care who knows it- you can quote me even- but the foremost reason I would ever side with the North in a Civil War would be the appeal of bankrupting three of my least favorite Southern women: Paula Deen, Senator Lindsey Graham, and Nancy Grace.
*no-nonsense being a euphemism for limited tact, social graces, or interests beyond the quotidian