More Lipstick on a Pig – Part 2

 

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”  ― Benjamin Franklin

Whether we look at the decisions around marriage and equality we have seen today or we listen to the wailings of Paula Deen, it becomes obvious our biggest enemy remains ignorance and hate.  I still struggle with why anything I feel is important or “right” is the same for others or why the wills and beliefs of others need to be applied to the rest of us.  This is not a new problem nor is it one that is going to go away in the near term but it is one that we cannot let take any greater hold than it has already.  To be honest, I harbor no illusion that people who are so ignorant and bereft of empathy will ever change or see life and liberty thru any glasses other than their own thick and obviously warped lenses but we need to call bullshit when we see it.

 

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

So back to Paula Deen –

Let me preface this with the fact that I am not a Christian nor a believer of any religion for that matter so forgiveness is something I work thru given my own faculties and beliefs based on what I see in people.  I do believe that people make mistakes and there are times they are truly sorry and apologetic and they really mean it – can’t say I saw that in Deen’s Today show appearance this morning.  I expect people will see what they want to see and her supporters saw one things and the rest of us something else but I’ve looked at the interview several times to see what I missed and I really didn’t see much apology or her taking responsibility for her actions.  Yes, she was sorry it caused the problems it did.  But she seemed to have every excuse in the book for why she really wasn’t accountable or wrong.  I did love her line at the end that there was someone evil who was essentially jealous of what she had and wanted to take her down.  Her confusion over what was hurtful or derogatory to others was also laughable – and blaming the young people around her for it was even more unbelievable.  To reach her age and to live in the times she has and to not know the “N’ word was bad – amazing.  I’m not quite 66 years old but I have a pretty good idea of what is acceptable to minorities and what isn’t.  While I can’t guarantee it, I would submit that use of the “N” word wouldn’t be in my response even with a gun to my head – that word is either in your vernacular or it isn’t.

I was also pretty amazed at the lack of tears.  A lot of sobbing but no real waterworks.  Hate to admit it but I’ve cried in situations of lesser issue or stress.  Note to her handlers – tell her to get some tears going next time around.  For my part she remains pretty much the shitbag and low-life I thought she was.

So for you supporters, you should be all set.  She was really speaking to you all.  You can continue to eat the bacon and sticks of butter that she offered to get you down the path of diabetes and you can continue to frequent her restaurants.  Me, I’m heading out to the store to get some Smithfield ham.

 

“Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to
ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all
the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant
people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking
among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all;
who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would
invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it
bitterly.”
  ―
    Isaac Asimov

 

Paula Deen – another “Lipstick on a Pig”

Credit: veggieboard.com

Credit: veggieboard.com

 

In light of all the issues we have staring us in the face in this country at the moment, one would think that the current Paula Deen scandal would not be all that important.  On one hand, are any of us surprised that a 66-year-old woman from the South holds a level of bigotry as she has admitted?  I know it isn’t all the people in the South and that there are many educated and open-minded people that reside in the region as well we in the Northeast have our share of bigots and racists who believe it’s still the 1950’s when it comes to white superiority.  One the other hand, the views and opinions held by this silver-haired asshole quite clearly represent much of the divide we see in the country today – one based on intolerance and narrow-mindedness.  Whether it is Blacks, Latinos, gays, atheists, whoever, when we as a society don’t immediately denounce and show consequences of actions such as this, we are all essentially enablers of it.  I think her fate with the Food Network and what would appear to be quickly disappearing sponsors and endorsements is well deserved as any tolerance of that opinion and attitude of others is unacceptable and, more over, reprehensible in today’s world of hate and intolerance.  While attitudes are slowly changing and our younger generation are obviously more tolerant, in the meantime, it’s hammer time for those who are that stupid and shallow.  I have already sent my support to Food Network to ensure they don’t just hear from the haters out there – it is critical we all make our voices heard.

I would also suggest that if you don’t really care that Deen dumped on Blacks, you might want to read a bit more about some of her other comments – she is apparently a non-discriminatory bigot.  While she admitted she occasionally used the N-word — but not in a “mean” way, she apparently also felt that racist and bigoted jokes weren’t harmful – apparently during the court deposition when asked if she told racist jokes, she reportedly answered, “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes … most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks … I can’t determine what offends another person.”  We undoubtedly have a brain trust here who, if she can’t figure out what is offensive to others in this day and age, needs to be placed well out of the public eye.  Being stupid doesn’t get you a free pass nor does it work as an excuse.

On a related note, my wife pointed out one of the pictures attached to a Paula Deen story on MSN – not sure I need to provide much explanation but I ask you – is there anything obvious about the people in the photo whom have taken to the street (so to speak) to protest the treatment of this southern diva?  It would look like flocking to a restaurant is a protest that pretty much falls in their sweet spot.  They were likely also not bothered by Deen’s little diabetes scandal, although I would suggest that a good many of them are well acquainted with diabetes.

 

Patrons waiting in line outside The Lady and Sons, Paula Deen's restaurant in Savannah, Ga. this weekend (credit: MSN.com)

Patrons waiting in line outside The Lady and Sons, Paula Deen’s restaurant in Savannah, Ga. this weekend (credit: MSN.com)