This whole debacle in the media with Paula Deen has officially turned the corner into ridiculous territory. The nature of the beast is that this is a society that is offended by EVERYTHING. Anything that anyone says is scrutinized and picked apart, until there is some grain of rudeness or inappropriateness that can be shoved down their throats. The fact that sponsors are dropping this women over saying something 30 YEARS AGO is absolutely ridiculous to me. She didn’t kill someone. She didn’t steal from someone. She said one single word out of fear and stress that she now highly regrets. I am certainly glad that no one looks back at things I said even five years ago and holds me accountable for them. I don’t know about you, but I have certainly said some stupid things over the years, and I would not want to be held to them decades later. As much as I have changed as a person in the last four years, I already feel like a totally different individual. I can’t imagine how differently I will feel about my words and actions 30 years from now. This woman has apologized and apologized, and I believe that she is sorry. Why, when the majority of the public (regardless of race) doesn’t seem to mind, do these companies keep dropping her?
Because we have created a monster. Everything now is so politically correct and over the top that you can’t breathe without terror of offending someone. Well guess what?? The fear of offending people has become offensive to me. So there, now I’m offended at how offended everyone else is getting.
Why does no one seem to see how ridiculous this has all become? I am so sick of living in a world where people are ripped apart constantly. Being in the public eye has turned into the biggest curse, that I don’t think I’d wish fame on anyone. Good grief, even if you blog, now, you open yourself up to endless criticism and ridicule. I generally don’t mention controversial topics here for that reason- it’s not worth the stress or the aggravation that is caused when I open my mouth/ write my true feelings on something. For whatever reason, this has really struck a chord with me, though, and I am not going to shut up about this. I do not condone racism, and I am sure most people today do not, and am in no way agreeing with what she said. But seriously, give me a break, leave her alone and move on. If the public is angry with her, they can choose to change the channel when her show comes on, not eat at her restaurant and not buy her products. It’s that simple. Now, those of us that believe in forgiveness and the Golden Rule are being denied the opportunity to make that choice for ourselves.
If the worst thing Paula Deen has ever done was to say the n-word a lifetime ago, then you know what? I forgive her, and everyone else should, too. That’s my two cents on that.