The Ballad of Paula Deen
“Christ you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
The way things are going,
They’re gonna crucify me.”
–The Beatles, “The Ballad of John and Yoko”
I’ve done my best to stay away from the entire Paula Deen/racist comments debacle that has overwhelmed the media as of late. In the midst of the daily announcements of one business or another breaking ties with Deen, I couldn’t help but notice that she is still listed as the main attraction at the upcoming Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show that is held each year in various locations, including here in Washington, DC. I was surprised they hadn’t dumped her sooner, and figured they would be distancing themselves from Deen as soon as possible–just like everyone else.
I received an email from the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show this afternooon. (I attended a show several years ago, so I assume that is why I am on the mailing list.) I was extremely surprised to read that they are, in fact, keeping Deen in the show. They noted that she formally apologized for her mistakes, and that ours is “a nation of forgiveness and second chances.” I was happy to read that they were open minded and accepting of Deen’s apology, and, to be honest, I didn’t think much more about it.
A fews hours later, I happened to check my twitter account and was absolutely amazed at the tweets that went out to the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, chastising them for keeping Deen as a presenter. It just struck a chord in me. When is enough enough? I agree that what Deen said was wrong. I agree that her comments were unacceptable for anyone, let alone a public figure. She admitted as much and formally apologized. What more can she do?
I applaud the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show for doing the right thing. I had no plans to attend this year, but I think that attending the event this year to show my support is the right thing for me to do. For tickets and additional information, check out http://www.metrocookingdc.com.