Deen. My wife would say that I am more than a little disturbed, but that is another issue. I think some of the fuss is an overreaction. Big companies do not want to be associated with a celebrity who may be a racist. I can understand that-it’s good business. Big companies do not want their customers to boycott their products. I think Paula may fall into that category of a “Big Company.” I
am sure she does not want to lose business over this issue.
There seems to be a backlash forming in support of Paula
and against some of these companies that have dropped her. Her troubles started after a deposition surfaced in which she admitted to using the "N-word." For a while, I thought she might have said “nutmeg.”
I still don’t know the context in which she used the word, whether it expressed actual racism or merely anger, or whether she has changes since then. She admitted to using the word and that shows honesty. Of course, others have pointed out that she had to admit it once it was revealed. To deny it would have been worst. Apparently, others know all the facts or are quick to judge.
A few weeks ago, I wrote in this blog that Ben Franklin said that all people want to appear reasonable. I think that is true, and it is good business. I also wrote that most people think that they are open-minded. That is also good for business. I guess all the money involved clouds the issue for me. Can we believe that Paula Deen is sincere in her apology and is not a racist or is she is more interested in saving her financial empire?
We do not know what type of person Paula is except for the image we see on TV. We do not know if she was a racist or is a racist now. We do not know if she is a changed person who is now, as she says, a tolerant person. In my case, I don’t know what her state of mind when she used the word,
and I have not seen the context in which the word was used. Until I know everything, I will reserve judgment and not cast the first stone.