Yet another company is pulling their business from Paula Deen, the Southern celebrity chef with a penchant for fried cooking. The tally is out, and as of right now, Sears, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Smithfield Foods, Caears Entertainment, Food Network, and…I’ve lost count…are sending back all the Paula Deen cookware, recipe books, and other Deen products, as well as nixing her spokeswoman relationship in response to Paula Deen’s admittance that she’s used the “N” word in the past.
First and foremost, I do not condone any word that targets a group of people to make them out to be inferior to others. This applies to the “N” word, a word that has a lot of ugly history to it that goes way beyond the color of someone’s skin. This word is linked to how a race of people were treated in history, and brings up many feelings of anger and hurt over the unfairness of that time.
Paula Deen should never have uttered the “N” word. However, this attack against her has GOT TO STOP.
This has become a horrible case of public flogging. She made a mistake. We all make mistakes.
Imagine if everyone had to answer to their shortcomings in this huge of a way. We’d all be out of business, every one of us.
How about instead of raking Paula Deen through the coals, we instead boycott the rappers who sing lyrics that profoundly disgrace women, or the companies who entice our kids to become obese by adding cartoon characters to their sugary foods, or video game makers who create games glorifying torture and mayhem, or the movies that are all about gore and nightmarish visuals? How about companies put their energy towards the mass population of businesses who are holding our society back instead of jumping in on the attack against one woman?
I’m not even a Paula Deen follower, but I think it’s deplorable how she’s had to pay for a mistake like this. The definition for political correctness is seriously backwards when a woman has to pay this much over a word – regardless of the word – and much worse things are still deemed acceptable in our society.