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Paula Deen's apology video

I'm not trying to start anything negative and I advise we all do the same. Just posting a link here to Paula Deen's apology video because it's relevant.

This is Chowhound, a food website, and this is the Food Media & News board so this news item deserves sharing.

But let's save debate and personality issues for another board in another venue.

Thanks, Trish

http://www.tmz.com/2013/06/21/paula-d...

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  1. I don't get all the fuss about posting on this topic. I think we can all agree that using the N word is wrong. That said, Deen's apology is just odd. Can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's the overly contrived facial grimacing or the editing. It's so non specific. I would have no clue as to why she's apologizing, which makes it a bit phony to me.

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    1. re: monavano

      I tend to agree. The incident was handled poorly by both PD, her team, the networks and the opposing lawyers. Not that I care what happens to PD one way or the other but seems to me to be a lot of bluster and overreaction to something that happened long ago (last century maybe?). And, given the culture--even up to today-- a word ventemently uttered by a lot of people. Now had she aired this word in public last week, not just on a deposition answering a loaded question, I might have a different opinion. While they're at it, the media holier than thou types should start pulling the record contracts and endorsement payola from the rap "artists" who mutter this word frequently, not just wagging bony fingers at them.

      1. re: crewsweeper

        The bluster is not about saying a word 30 years ago, it's about the alleged hostile work environment that continued for years, and not all that long ago.

        1. re: wyogal

          I wish the media would get it through their thick head. It's not about the N word!

          1. re: kengk

            Uh, no. the PR nightmare is that she created the PR nightmare when she screwed the apology.

            Here is another view.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/us/...

            1. re: Phaedrus

              That is the single best thing I've read on this.

            2. re: monavano

              Most stories I've read mention the n word in passing and detail all the other things from the deposition. So I'm not sure it's the media focussing on the slur -- I think it's the audience.

      2. I figure this whole deal will kill her television interests but not cause much harm to the restaurant end of it. I guess that depends on how much she ends up settling for.

        Were I her advisor this is what I would have suggested for her public statement:

        "Fuck Y'all."

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        1. re: kengk

          That was, in effect, her INITIAL statement. The backlash that received is what led to the video apology.

        2. The fact that a 45 second clip had to be edited/spliced 3 times just makes the whole thing seem so insincere.

          1. Seems most the ill treatment was at the hands of Bubba.

            1. chute, I am tired of people defending her, it is what it is, she is a racist. PERIOD and by this video, to me anyway, seems like a drunk one.