By Chris Ingram
Call me old school, but I’m more appalled at the lack of outrage over Lil Wayne walking all over the American flag during a recent concert than I am with what Paula Deen ever said.
I read the 150-plus pages of Deen’s deposition from a civil workplace harassment case. After reading the transcript, a few things became abundantly clear.
First and foremost, Deen is no doubt a good cook, who with a little luck and a lot of determination found great success.
That said, she’s no saint who is going to win the citizen of the year award any time soon. Deen appears to have a straightforward and no-nonsense demeanor when it is convenient, but overplays the “I’m just an overly busy, hands-off manager, and slightly ditzy former blonde,” card.
Despite her success with sponsorships, TV shows, book sales, and restaurants, she claims she doesn’t even know how to open emails, but seems to have a very good idea of how easily pornographic material can be accessed on the Internet.
None of this matters. What got Deen in trouble was the death knell for most any celebrity or public figure: the appearance of being a racist. In her deposition, Deen was asked if she ever used the N-word.
At 60-plus years old, and from the South, the chances of her never having used the word are extremely unlikely. In a moment of perhaps too much honesty, Deen contemptuously replied, “Yes. Of course,” when asked if she had used the word. What’s important to understand, though, is – (Click here to read the full column in today’s Tampa Tribune)
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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