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No More Butter and Oil: Food Network Removes Paula Deen

Food Network released a statement saying that they “will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.”

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Yesterday, Paula Deen was scheduled to appear on the Today Show to discuss her use of the N word but according to Paula’s publicist, the Southern cook from Georgia was too emotionally and physically exhausted to appear. Nevertheless, Deen was a no show.

Following Deen’s unexpected absence from the Today Show, Food Network later released a statement saying that they “will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.” Paula Deen then posted several videos online begging for the public’s forgiveness and understanding.  “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this,” said Paula in the first of her several apology videos. Admittedly, Paula reveals that she’s made “plenty of mistakes along the way”. Ironically, Deen does not mention the lawsuit or allegations of unfair treatment towards her former African-American employees in her video. Paula makes the following plea near the end of her first posted video: “But I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness.” The first posted video was removed from YouTube and Deen issued another apology shortly after the video was pulled from the internet.

Most importantly, Deen’s second apology video was posted after she was a no-show on the Today Show and Deen apologized to Matt Lauer, fans, and the people she hurt along the way. “I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are,” says Paula in her video.

“I’ve spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others, the color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter, it’s what’s in the heart and my family and I try to live by that and I am here to say that I am so sorry.  I was wrong. Yes.  I’ve worked hard but I’ve made mistakes. But that’s no excuse. And I offer my sincere apology to those that I have hurt and I hope that you forgive me because this comes from the deepest part of my heart and I will continue to work and continue to do good things for good people. Thank you for listening.”

Sorry Paula, it’s too late to apologize and the public’s perception of you is completely thwarted.  Also, it may take an extremely long time to recover from public backlash. However, I do believe that Deen has to start somewhere and an apology is a good place to start even though its intent is indistinguishable. Deen’s outstanding allegations of racial prejudice and discriminatory practices will forever haunt this former Food Network Star.

Do you think Food Network rightfully removed Paula Deen? Was Paula Deen’s apology sincere or obligatory? Tell me what you think in the comments below!

Paula Deen’s Pulled Apology Video

Paula Deen’s Second  Apology Video


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Brittany Dawson is a junior English major with a cognate in Secondary Education at the University of South Carolina. Although she is pursuing a career in the field of academia, Brittany’s current internship with the Urban Twist allows her to explicate her passion and appreciation for writing.

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