Paula Deen's fall from grace? HARDLY! Ms. Deen's saving grace comes in the form of her devoted fans who have started their grassroots campaign. It's time for the "pot to call the kettle black."
With her latest book "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up" pulled from Amazon shelves by her "former" publisher, Ballantine Books, what is this 66 year old, ranked 4th on Forbes top celebrity chef earners, to do?
Ms. Deen's "troubles" did not start with her admission of using the "N-word" in a legal deposition. It was the result of poor planning and a lack lustre response to the media firestorm that followed afterwards.
Perhaps going on YouTube was not the "SMARTest" approach to address the issue. The worst strategic blunder was to be interviewed by Matt Lauer of the Today Show. Mr. Lauer is no "Prince Charming," with recent baggage stemming from the unceremonial dismissal of the much admired Anne Curry.
The "N-word" itself is a demeaning characteristic of a sub-culture of a certain race. It should never be used, however, often times it is used in rap lyrics and in sub-cultural reference by the very race that found it so abhorrent. For "white" people and all other sub-cultures and races, the "N-word" is "off limits," of course!
The greatest detriment to Ms. Deen is her "blunt" honesty. As a society, we strive to teach our children the value of telling the truth. Unfortunately, MOST "Can't handle the truth." It would be one thing if Ms. Deen killed someone such as ex-Pat, Aaron Hernandez or; exhibited depraved indifference such as Michael Vick. (dog fighting). Her only blunder was her poor choice of words. But does this make her racist?
Well, Ms. Deen, don't fret about the loss of revenue for these "turn coat" companies. Let's set the record straight. The companies that dropped you themselves were accused of far reaching human rights violations to ethics lawsuits. It was not what they said, but what they "practised" in their every day business life! The bottom line with ALL these companies, of course is M-O-N-E-Y.
1. Smithfield and Walmart have a history of the WORST human rights violations against their own employees. A U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the 2006 National Labor Boards ruling, condemning Smithfield's "intimidation and abuse of employees." Walmart has been criticised by numerous groups and individuals, including customers and employees, of racial and gender discrimination.
2..Target has issues with "Plus size" consumers, labeling a dress "Dark Heather Grey" for smaller sizes whilst calling the same dress, "Manatee Grey" for Plus size consumers.
3. Home Depot says they are "military friendly," but the 2012 complaint filed by the U. S. Justice Department on behalf of a California based Army National Guard soldier says otherwise. According to the complaint, Home Depot violated the employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA).
4. JC Penney was hit with the "HItler tea kettle" controversy this year. This "lack" of savvy judgement is nothing new. Take the Board of Directors hiring of former CEO Ron Johnson to turnaround this floundering retailer. They gave him a $50M sign on bonus. He spent lavishly to build up a "brick and motar" business, when he should have concentrated on a stronger on line presence. He should have looked toward Amazon for guidance, NOT Walmart! J.C. Penney was also caught "fake pricing" or anchoring prices to make the sale more appealing. They thought customers were SUCKERS!
5. Caesars Entertainment is operating at a loss every year! You are lucky to get off this sinking ship! They might just break even in six years!
6. Walgreens was considered "an imminent danger to public safety" by the DEA. The Agency cited, Walgreens "failed to maintain proper controls to ensure it didn't dispense drugs to addicts and drug dealers." Walgreen was ordered to pay $80M under the agreement reached with the DEA and Department of Justice.
7. Novo Nordisk was named in the Omnicare kick back law suit that alleged that the company "switched senior citizens from one prescription to a competing brand in return for cash, discounts or rebates." Talk about lack of ethics!
8. Ballantine Books and Random House merger caused the ouster of Ann Godoff, the highly regarded president, publisher and editor in chief of Random House Trade Group. According to published reports, Ms. Godoff was completely surprised by the move. She was fired the same day. So, they already had a history of "unceremoniously" dumping their own.
9. Food Network had been moving full steam ahead into "reality" TV and game show programming such as "Food Network Stars" and "Next Iron Chef." Gone are the days when they supported celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse. They have a much bigger headache with Anthony Bourdain, who called FN's Sandra Lee, "pure evil."
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