What Were They Thinking?! Paula Deen Blasted For Posting Photo of Her Son in Brownface Makeup
Paula Deen - you got some 'splainin' to do!
The celebrity chef posted a shocking photo online which showed her son, Bobby, in brownface makeup.
It was a parody of a classic I Love Lucy moment with Paula playing Lucy. Behind them was her former producer Gordon Elliot.
Deen deleted the post soon after posting it. In a statement, she blamed her social media manager, who she said has been fired.
"Paula Deen's Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy. This photograph is from a 2011 Halloween episode of Paula's Best Dishes. Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended. As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager," the statement said.
But the damage was already done. A New York Daily News headline said it all: “Have You Learned Nothing Paula?”
The women of The Talk were just as shocked. Aisha Tyler said: "I don't care if you see it as racist or not -- that woman has a legacy of racial insensitivity. It is not that she just admitted to using the 'N' word, she wanted to do a slave-themed event."
The photo was taken two years ago for a Halloween episode of her Food Network show.
The Food Network dumped Paula Deen's two successful shows in 2013 over allegations she used racist language. Despite tearful apologies on the Today show. she lost much of her food empire.
Now this is another recipe for scandal.
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