Saturday, June 29, 2013

Paula Deen and our culture of hypocrisy


I have been watching everything being taken away from Paula Deen.  Companies she has done business with for years are dropping her left and right, lest the thought police gin up a furor against them.  Are racial slurs okay?  No.  But do people use them?  Yes.  Every. Single. Day.  In Paula Deen's case, does she deserve to lose her restaurants, endorsements, TV show and every other thing she has worked years and years for - because she said something years and years ago?  For that matter, even if she said them yesterday?

Everything is so upside down these days.  Racial slurs are ugly and hateful but they are not illegal.  And Ms.
Deen is being treated as less than something you have to scrape off the bottom of your shoe.  I don't think she deserves her livelihood and her reputation to be destroyed because she said some hateful things.  Here's a concept - people who were offended could stop watching her on TV or buying her cookbooks.  Let the marketplace punish her - or not.

The trial of George Zimmerman has begun.  His friend on the witness stand said Trayvon called Zimmerman a "creepy ass cracka".  That in itself isn't the point.  The fact that she then testified that she didn't consider that to be a racial comment, and culturally, that's the way she and her friends talk, is.  I'm guessing she doesn't have any endorsement deals to lose.  But what about the people below?

Trayvon Martin Fans Tweet Death Threats If George Zimmerman Is Found Not Guilty
Trayvon Martin Fans Tweet Death Threats If George Zimmerman Is Found Not Guilty
(Credit: Twitter via Twitchy)
Trayvon Martin Fans Tweet Death Threats If George Zimmerman Is Found Not Guilty
(Credit: Twitter via Twitchy)
Trayvon Martin Fans Tweet Death Threats If George Zimmerman Is Found Not Guilty
(Credit: Twitter via Twitchy)
Trayvon Martin Fans Tweet Death Threats If George Zimmerman Is Found Not Guilty
(Credit: Twitter via Twitchy)

(Credit: Twitter via Twitchy)


There are cultural differences yes, but does that mean these comments are any less wrong than whatever it was Paula Deen said?  Really?  Because not only are they racial remarks, they are violent.  The hypocrisy is breathtaking.  What about people like Alec Baldwin and his gay slurs?  Ever listened to hip hop lyrics?  Our
culture is so riddled with hate it's not funny.  But why is Paula Deen being singled out this way?

A female Texas lawmaker filibustered the other day to block a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks and is hailed as a hero.  Paula Deen says some ugly things years ago and her life is ruined?  Where is the justice in that?

Again, everything is upside down.  In pursuit of diversity and acceptance and inclusion - an intolerance has developed that is relentlessly cruel.  But that's okay because they are righting wrongs.

Really?




7 comments:

  1. I like that, "they are righting wrongs" What a mess, I'm with you on Paula Deen... This shit was years ago, they might as well go back to pick apart everyone if they are going to pull her through the mud that much. I just hope she survives, I'll not loose hope.

    This is messed up

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    1. I have to tell you I am so tired of being told my opinions are wrong or I shouldn't say this or shouldn't say that .. seriously - the double standard is incredible! And I know many people feel the way I do - but won't say it out loud for fear of being chastised. SO annoying!

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  2. Just wanted to say this was an amazing piece you posted, I'm going to send the link to a few others.

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  3. wow! Like I have said several times regarding Paula Deen: Should we all be judged so harshly for our indiscretions. You are right. We all say things we should not. Is it any worse if you are a celebrity? I guess it is based on the comments. However, one should not be crucified today for something that happened 20+ years ago.

    Now I am in trouble for using a religious reference :-)

    Guy

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    1. Good Lord (OOPS) - we have a married, former congressman who resigned because he got caught sending pictures of his junk to women on Twitter - running for Mayor of New York City now. Apparently he has been forgiven. More than half the people in this country voted for a president who admitted to breaking the law and using copious amounts of drugs in college, and no one even cared! And then of course there was one of our previous presidents getting sexually serviced in the oval office - and HE was forgiven! But Paula Deen? God forbid. (OOPS) What used to be up is down and what was down is up. It's staggering. Don't know how we will turn this ship around at this point. :(

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