Paula Deen Hysteria and Deranged ‘Political Correctness’

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Paula Deen throwing out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals baseball game in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: DB King)

Paula Deen throwing out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals baseball game in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: DB King)

When I started seeing the scathing headlines about celebrity chef Paula Deen, I immediately remembered the story from about a year and a half ago of Ms. Deen recounting having had Michelle Obama on her television show in the run-up to the fateful 2008 presidential election.  Ms. Deen popped off about how Mrs. Obama loves to eat—a lot.  While it was clear that Ms. Deen was saying it in good nature, what she said made Michelle Obama sound like a pig.  In part, Ms. Deen said, “Well, I did a show with Michelle, and I just loved being with her.  She probably ate more than any other guest I’ve ever had on the show.  She kept eating even during commercials.”

Well, you just don’t “diss” the healthy food nazi First Lady by carelessly blabbing about her hypocritical eating habits.  I’m certain Ms. Deen was on the media’s (and possibly the Obamas’) target hate list from that moment on.  So, now a woman decides to file a “harassment” lawsuit against Ms. Deen and her brother, which has produced a Paula Deen deposition that gives the media a fried plum opportunity to ruin Ms. Deen by making a mountain out of her verbal mole hill.

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The woman filing suit, Lisa Jackson, who is “white,” worked for five years—five years—as a manager of one of Ms. Deen’s restaurants that she co-owns with her brother.  The gist of the lawsuit is that Lisa Jackson claims Ms. Deen and her brother run a hostile work environment.  According to TMZ, Ms. Jackson basically claims Ms. Deen’s brother is a racist, lecherous porn hound.  Ms. Jackson worked until 2010, and I see no word on why she stayed in that oh-so-terrible work environment for five long years or why she waited three years after leaving to makes these claims in a lawsuit.  Whether or not she is an opportunist looking to cash in on some of Ms. Deen’s large fortune remains to be seen, but what is remarkable about this whole story is the nation’s response to Ms. Deen’s having admitted to calling an armed robber—as our insane, politically correct nation calls it—the “N-word.”

Paula Deen was swiftly steam-rolled by the hysterical media frenzy over this revelation.  Judging simply from the media’s outrage and indignant, self-righteous reaction, you would think Paula Deen had admitted to pan-searing cute little live puppies in butter sauce.  But, no; what she did was say a word that some people might find offensive.

Diana West, writing at WorldNetDaily had this to say:

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As practically everyone knows by now, multimillionaire TV chef Paula Deen was yanked from the pinnacle of free-market success after admitting to a lawyer taking a deposition in a racial and sexual harassment lawsuit (already Orwellian) that she had used what is referred to as “the N-word” some 25 years ago.

“The N-word”? Here we give the Victorians a run for their word-mincing money. The offending word, of course, is “nigger,” and no matter how ugly it is, it is hardly taboo when a quick search of iTunes pulls up 2,000 entries for sale featuring the term.

According to the deposition, Deen said the word when telling her husband about the man who had stuck a gun to her head during a robbery at the bank where she worked years ago. She also admitted to using the slur at other non-specific times but said, “It’s been a long time,” adding: “That’s just not a word we use as time has gone on” (unless “we” are in the music business).

That’s right.  The so-called “music” business is glutted with “songs” that vomit the word.  I have no patience for double standards, especially when they are this blatant.  Black people call each other “nigga” all the time, and that’s supposed to be okay, but a “white” woman saying it is not?

Larry Elder also has no patience for such hypocrisy.  In his WorldNetDaily column, “If Paula Deen is out, what about Maher and Sharpton?” he points out the absurdity of the vicious attack on Paula Deen while the virulently racist Al Sharpton and the despicable Bill Maher both get passes for some of the dirtiest racist and sexist remarks we’ve heard.  Mr. Elder refreshes our memory with instances of Sharpton’s and Maher’s words and actions.  Paula Deen does not hold a candle to those two men when it comes to bad words.

This isn’t about what Paula Deen said decades ago—or even yesterday.  Besides being a handy distraction from Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) and the crimes and scandals of his administration, this is about the steady, incremental conditioning of the people in our nation to accept the deranged shackles of “political correctness.”  This is about our taking a lesson from observing the swift media trial and execution of Paula Deen’s career.  It is disturbing to see how easily-offended so many in our nation have become, as if we have a “right” to not be offended.  And of course, this whole ridiculously overblown ordeal was created, shaped and fueled by the media, which led the American public’s dim perception by the nose.

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Gina Miller, a native of Texas and current resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a radio/television voice professional.
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  • publiushuldah

    And they are introducing a new moral code to replace the old one [The “old” moral code is God’s laws against murder, stealing, bearing false witness, coveting, etc.],

    The new moral code is “not offending anyone”, recycling, having your own reusable grocery bags, supporting a “woman’s right to choose”, not using words on the banned list but using the approved substitutions, being tolerant of anything, not holding anyone accountable for his actions or omissions [unless they have “offended” anyone on the approved list of victims and minorities], etc.

    Great article, Gina!

    • WXRGina

      Oh, excellent points, Ms. Publius! You’re quite right, as always.

      Thank you! I see you also have a new column up. I can’t wait to read it!

  • JohnDotKom

    “Speech control” is also “thought control”. After all, if you can’t say it, you’re not supposed to be thinking it either. As in everything else in our tattered Republic, there are two sets of laws, and of acceptable behavior. One set for Leftists, and another set for the rest of us. Oh, and before the first amendment is outlawed, let me close by saying what blacks can say, and many make millions saying/singing; “nigguh nigguh nigguh”.

    • thisoldspouse

      Actually, “speech control” is Freedom control, because our actions are construed to be “bigoted” by the homo-nazis, race hustlers, abortionists and “Hail, Satan” chanters – basically the entire Democrat Party.

      • WXRGina

        Right-on, Spouse!

    • WXRGina

      John, the double standard is quite puke-worthy.

  • retiredday

    Your article is like a cup of coffee to someone awakening from an Alice in Wonderland nightmare. Things keep getting “curiouser and curiouser”, as the public seems to have the judgement of someone in a drug-induced stupor.

    Thank you for pointing out the common and prevalent use of ‘nigger’ in society today. Why is it that only blacks are allowed to say that word? Personally, I hate the word, ‘nigger’. I find it deeply repugnant. But if it’s OK for a black person to say, it’s only “fair” that a white person should use it. Fair is fair. Equal is equal. Right is right. Wrong is wrong.

    But not for Alice in Wonderland. Remember the Queen of Hearts and “Off with her head!”? That’s how rational this whole story is.

    • JohnDotKom

      Adding to Retiredday; Based on the Bolshevik’s standard of allowable language; Non-Whites wouldn’t be able to say the words; Crackuh, Honkie, Paddie, etc., yet they are not excoriated when they do, over & over.

    • WXRGina

      Thank you, Mike. Alice in Wonderland, indeed! The Queen of Hearts was certainly a nutjob sans all reason.

  • thisoldspouse

    I’ve noticed an enormous rediscovery and resurgence of interest in 70’s sitcoms like “All in the Family” on sites like YouTube by more and more people, who obviously find refreshing from the stifling (yes, that phrase was intentional) political correctness of the day in the contrasting freedom of proper, honest expression in that show. Viewers are genuinely stunned by what was allowed to be said with impunity over 30 years ago when considering this current speech-code society we live in. It’s like a portal to a source of fresh air to someone trapped in a stuffy, choking, soot-filled mine.

    Granted, these shows were produced by Lefties to poke fun at their own caricature of conservatism, but I think they probably unintentionally exposed their elitist, high-and-mighty attitudes in the process, which is what I think was the spark of the show. Archie was right more often than not, although his reasons might not have been the purest or the most self-examined. But he spoke his mind without apology, and this is what we crave today, I believe.

    • dr. theo

      Well said, spouse. Archie was intended to be a parody of the white, male conservative, but most Americans found his outspoken resistance to the liberal orthodoxy of the time quite refreshing. That was at least 50% of the success of the long-lived show.