By Nancy Jill Thames
The news about Paula Deen is everywhere. This cozy home cooking gal has been accused of using the racist inflammatory word I'll not even mention. And she's been cashiered by Walmart, the Food Network, Target and a few more adding to her shame. When I heard the news, all I could think about was that I own two of her cookbooks, and absolutely love what she does to fried chicken by soaking the pieces first in Louisiana Red hot sauce.
True, no one should cast racial slurs or slurs of any kind in my opinion. From what I gather, hers were cast years ago. I watched a few news clips with her apology, and some older footage of her interactions with African Americans. The Lady was bound to slip sooner or later. After all, she's from the deep south!
Here's what I think: With an empire worth $17 million, I think she'll be okay. Many fans still love and support her, a few have jumped ship, and many don't care. I tend to believe the Food Network may have wanted a reason to get rid of her anyway, in my humble opinion. Let's face it. Paula Deen's favorite color is butter! Until she found out about her diabetes, that is. And what about her son's cooking shows? I can almost hear the axe falling.
So Paula, thank you for all the wonderful recipes you shared with the world. You have my admiration for climbing your way up as a single-mom with a panic disorder. I'm sorry the world seems like it's turned against you, but I think perhaps, like Martha Stewart, you may just rise again. What do you think?
Have a great weekend, everyone!
See you in my books!
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.
When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, ACFW CenTex Chapter, and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales. CONTACT INFORMATION firstname.lastname@example.org
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