OK, I have to weigh in on the Paula Deen thing, especially after I learned she was fired for something she said 20-some years ago. I am not a Paula Deen fan and I don’t watch her, but you don’t fire people for something you said over 20 years ago and I will defend someone even if I am not a fan. Food Network is insane and is ignoring all emails, of course.
I might offend someone with this post and I don’t care. If you are offended, you are the only perfect person in the world. But, before I get started, a word about Food Network. In the grand scheme of things they are relatively insignificant in the food and cable TV world. I personally think Bravo and Travel channels have the best food shows. Food Network is a small player in the cable world and their stars really don’t get paid as much as you might think. Look at all the shows Bobby Flay is on and he makes $9 million a year, 9th on the list of highest paid celebrity chefs on any network. Might sound like a lot, but it isn’t in TV land. Ted Allen and Alton Brown (both of whom are very good and do multiple shows), don’t even make the top ten list.
Only Paula Deen and Guy Fieri from Food Network are on that list, Fieri number 10 and Deen number 4 (source Huffington post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/top-earning-celebrity-chefs_n_1686318.html). Fieri is a puzzle. One, he isn’t very talented and his main show is pretty boring and he contributes very little. Two, all that money may come from more sources than Food Network as he does things on other channels. Who knows. Paula Deen is the top earner at Food Network. Given the dumbing down of Food Network over the years, could they have been looking for an excuse to fire her and save that money? I think that is possible, given the very flimsy reason they fired her. Personally I think Palua will come out smelling like a peach cobbler and Food Network like a duran when all is said and done. There is a time and place for political correctness, but this is not one of them. In any case, I used to watch Food Network all the time and now very rarely. Their leadership is leading them down a watered down path of crappy shows. Oh well.
On to my rant.
Does ANYONE know anyone, including yourself, who NEVER made a so-called racial slur at any time in your or their life? I know no one who is that angelic. Redneck, for example, is the most common racial slur that is completely acceptable to say on TV by anyone. You never told a Polack joke? Getting fired for something said 20-some years ago will hurt Food Network more in the end than it will Paula Deen. Here are the words that come to mind that are ALL just as offensive as the N word. Tell me you know no one who has ever said one of them.
- Mick (I am a mick)
- Redneck (I am a redneck from the South, and it is THE N word for white Southerners)
- Cracker (I am also a cracker, same as redneck)
- Paki (common in England)
- Kafir (common in South Africa
- WOG (used in South Africa for “worthy oriental gentleman” in a pejorative sense)
- Honky (I am a honky)
- Paddy (I am a paddy)
- Pogue (I am a pogue)
There are a lot more, of course, but I doubt there is a person alive who hasn’t said one of these words. Should everyone in the world be fired?
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