Sunday, April 14, 2024

UPDATE Paula Deen Fired By Food Network: Posts Apology Video That Reeks of Disingenuity


Friday evening: Paula Deen was fired by the Food Network for using the ‘n’ word and admitting to social behavior that was never tolerable, but only explainable before the Civil War.

Earlier: Yikes. I am admittedly late to this Paula Deen story. I know she’s had a lot of problems in the last couple of years. But this latest is kind of stunning. She’s posted a video apology on YouTube which follows. I’ve also made a link for the infamous court transcript that started all of this. Here’s the thing: I know nothing about this woman. Zero. Is she drunk? Out of her mind? Or this just the same as with Helen Thomas? Is Paula Deen just voicing what she really believes? I guess so. It’s just completely unacceptable, all of it. But America rewards celebrities who say and do heinous things (hello, Mel Gibson). We make them rich and tolerate their atrociousness. Deen seems desperate now. She knows her business is wrecked.

Here’s the video:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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