Friday, June 28, 2013

Poor Paula Deen! Or not...

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!
 ~Nancy Jill 
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 jillthames@gmail.com



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8 comments:

  1. Nancy, I know she will be all right no matter what she's going thru right now. We all make mistakes. Maybe God is using this to bring about a change in her that needs changing. The media is all over her, just as they are on everyone who falls from public grace to public disgrace. She could easily retire and let her sons rise to take her place in the spotlight or fight her way back like many other soiled celebs have done (Tiger Woods, Martha Stewart etc.). People are willing to forgive, but they will never forget.

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  2. You're absolutely right. For her, things will never be the same. We all need to watch what we say!

    ~Nancy Jill

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  3. I didn't realize, just from watching the media skim over this story, that there's a lot more to it, until I read Lee Lofland's blog this morning. Take a look if you want more background on this. http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/paula-deen-the-butter-queen-falling-like-a-cold-souffle/

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    1. I checked out the article, Kaye, and found more disturbing facts regarding Paula Deen's relatives' actions. Thanks for sharing.

      ~Nancy Jill

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    2. It seems this isn't just about her at all! I wonder why the media leaves all this out. Oh well.

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    3. What a nightmare for her family!

      ~Nancy Jill

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  4. I think they leave her family out because she is the one in the public eye and she is the one that draws the most attention. Frankly I do not care where she is from, prejudice abounds everywhere. Perhaps she said the bad word several years ago and was more savvy not to say it in recent years, but her attitude did not change. We as a nation of people cannot continue to judge other people based upon what they look like. We are not judges. If we are to live a life like Christ did, then we should embrace all people, not just those who look like us no matter how well we cook, write, build things, etc. God does not favor those of us who are blessed with one skill above those who are not because of how we look. Perhaps Paula will come back a better person, I certainly hope so. Perhaps we all need to look at how we look at others.

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    1. I agree, Liz. I remember how Martha Stewart came out of prison with a whole new perspective. I admire her willingness to change. Poor Paula must still be in shock at this point.

      ~Nancy Jill

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