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.
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?
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.