Which one of these is not sold at Target and Walmart? Paula Deen
“The TV cook and restaurateur tearfully opens up to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about the recent controversy surrounding a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee, saying the using the N-word is ‘just not a part’ of who she is and that despite the fallout, she is glad she didn’t lie under oath.” (www.today.com)
It does not appear that Paula Deen is savvy. She admitted to using slurs in the 1980s and more recently failed to clean up the language of cooks in her restaurant kitchen. Both bad choices.
Her interview with Matt Lauer was not her best performance. After the interview one of the Today hosts commented that Paula Deen needed to apologize until everyone forgave her. That is not how forgiveness works. Matt Lauer and the other hosts took time to admonish Deen after he conducted the interview and she was no longer on screen. Gleeful revenge is not professional. If Lauer had something to say, then say it to her face and let her respond. (*Of course I do not endorse the use of certain words).
The National Broadcasting Company (NBC), National Football League (NFL), Target, Walmart, and Smithfield Foods dropped Paula Deen. Yet, fail to remove the speck from their own eyes. Each of these companies currently make money in horrible manners. NBC, Target, and Walmart sell music and movies that use “the” word. Today has featured many of these singers, actors, and directors such as Eminen and Quentin Tarantino. Smithfield has recently been in trouble for using gestation crates, metal enclosures, to house pigs for most of their lives. Smithfield has also been under investigation for waste neglect. Since February there have been 27 NFL players arrested for an array of minor and major crimes, including murder. These confusing business ethics or facade thereof calls to mind “Hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.” (Matthew 7:5)
Perhaps if Paula Deen were from New York or Los Angeles the corporate and news elites would look the other way.