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Editorial: Move on from bullying peachy keen queen of the kitchen
About politics and other thingsJuly 3, 2013 | 1,201 views | 2 comments
Just ask Paula Deen. Bullying is a serious problem. Paula is the latest in a string of victims of bullying, but hers is a different variety.
We usually think of bullying as kids ganging up on someone and harassing, embarrassing, and bullying them with vicious texts and online comments. Too often, this bullying continues to the point that the young victim feels there is no way out other than suicide.
The Paula Deen kind of bullying is being done, not by kids, but by adults and corporate entities. It has consequences in the real world, as it aims to ruin the life of a larger-than-life person.
Bullies pick and choose their victims. In the adult world, it’s usually the conservatives who are singled out and shown no mercy. Liberals are given a pass, but not Paula Deen. I could just say that Paula, being the liberal that she is, is getting what she deserves, but I believe that everyone deserves a fair chance.
At the center of the bullying is the fact that she admitted to using the “N” word some 30 years ago. Had she chosen to lie like any number of high profile figures, including Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be just fine.
Instead, she answered truthfully when asked if she had ever used the “N” word.
This became the headlines. It took the media by storm and spread through social media. Corporations began dropping her products from their store shelves. The Food Network chose not to renew her TV contract. Twitter and Facebook were filled with hateful tweets about Paula Deen, but nowhere is the whole story being told.
The fact is, this happened almost 30 years ago in the South. It was a different time then; things have changed, and she has changed.
What makes her the target when others are given a pass? She is from the South, and there is a certain bias against Southerners. However, she also is a liberal who supported Barack Obama and campaigned for him, yet she was singled out.
Hillary Clinton was forgiven for “forgetting,” lying, and taking a vacation when four Americans died under her watch. Alec Baldwin stepped in it again last week by cursing out someone who tweeted about his wife. He was already infamous for having berated his young daughter, but he was forgiven.
Then there is Al Sharpton, who spews forth all sorts of venom, but he is still affectionately referred to as “The Reverend,” and allowed to keep his status in liberal society.
Here she is, a Barack Obama supporter, and she answered truthfully. That could be where she went wrong.
Obama personally defended Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist who made national news for demanding that taxpayers pay for her birth control. He came to the defense of “poor little Trayvon Martin,” who “looked just like” one of his own, but Paula is still waiting for that apology from Obama.
You would think Paula Deen might have been given a second chance, but no. Corporations still are piling on, and you have to wonder why. I get the feeling that this has gone far beyond political correctness and has become a case of full-fledged, overblown, real-life bullying for bullying’s sake. It’s made all the worse through the gossip of social media.
How else can you explain this bizarre behavior? First her TV contract was not renewed, but that was not punishment enough for this peachy keen queen of the kitchen. Let’s continue to punish and belittle her to the point of breaking. How is this not just bullying for bullying’s sake?
It is time to move on, and leave her alone. There are serious matters that need our attention.
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July 3, 2013 4:33pm
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