Del Williams


The Hypocrisy of the Paula Deen Backlash, Remember Cheerios?

All Hell has broken loose over the revelation that in the PAST, Celebrity Chef, Paula Deen made some racial remarks and told some off color jokes, and used the "N" word. You know, the one rappers use in every song along with the obligatory referring to women as "B*tches and hoes."

I am not a naive woman, and definitely don't have a PollyAnna view of the world, but this uproar is laughable when just a couple of weeks ago, everyone was in an uproar that Cheerios used an Interracial couple with a child in their ad.

So which is it America? You can't have it both ways. I found the uproar over the Cheerios far more of an issue than a woman, in her own home, in private conversations, letting it all hang out. Dammit, we have got to get past everything coming down to color. But the funny thing with the Deen case was it seems to be the White people in an uproar, and I have a feeling it is more about the Jewish jokes than the "N" word. Sorry, if that's just me being cynical, but otherwise I would get whiplash from the speed of so called "enlightenment" of America.

Deen lost her contract with the Food Network after these revelations, but when I look at their site, they have two shows with Black chefs out of 26. So, I seriously doubt they can say the lack of renewal is about Race, when they aren't exactly beacons of the cause themselves.

If this is the real cause then The Food Network is out of line and blowing this way overboard. I don't speak for all of Black America, but for myself, who am a little tired of White America thinking they have to fight our battles for us. I would deal with this issue the American way, with my wallet.

As much as we don't like to acknowledge it, we ALL have our prejudices, otherwise stereotypes would not still be around. We all like to think we don't have a racist bone in our body, but if we are honest, sometimes we do.

What the real issue is that, in this ever changing culture, with everyone wanting to be on the side of political correctness, we have eliminated the possibility that people make mistakes. They ask for forgiveness, and we turn a deaf ear or mock them. We have become so sensitive that people are almost in fear of saying anything lest it be wrong, misinterpreted, or used to destroy us.

We have some way to go on Race issues, but we can't use destroying people as the path to acceptance and tolerance. We can't be part of the problem by using the "N" word with our homies and then take issue when someone of a different race uses it. We can't Paula Deen a racist for a past action and let all the people who took issue with Cheerios off the hook. In other words, we can't be hypocrites.
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Melissa said...

I wish there were more sensible people like you in the world. Thank you for writing this post.

Charles E. said...

Thanks for saying what needed to be said.... even better that is coming from an intelligent black woman!

Cheryl Lawson said...

Great post Del,

I was more offended when Paula chose to endorse a diabetes drug, when she was diagnosed, rather than host a show or even a segment on how to make great tasting alternatives to her fat and sugar laden favorite foods.

Not because I don't love buuuter and sugar, but because seeing someone with that kind of a platform opt to hawk a drug over healthier choices just seemed a missed opportunity at best. The Food Network too, but it was Paula who endorsed the drug.

I have a feeling the Food Network was looking for a way to end that relationship long before this incident.

Regarding the N word issue, it does appear (since this came out in a deposition from a former employee) that she used the slur and a few inappropriate jokes in the workplace where she was the boss and the other person a subordinate.

Again, I think the Network was just looking for a way to part company.

As for the Cheerios commercial. I thought it was cute.

Anonymous said...

I agree with many of your points. Thanks for writing this.


Anonymous said...

My take on this is that it makes people feel moral and self-righteous to pile on Deen. Then they can conveniently ignore their own prejudices and hatreds. In psychology it's called "projection", the term meaning you project onto others what is intrinsic to you.