Sure, she's kind of apologized a few times on video, after first using the excuse of it being a 'different time' back then, and even The Food Network has fired her, choosing not to renew her contract.
Now, her fan base (Butter Enthustiasts?) are rabidly defending her, including defending her use of awful racial epithets and wanting black employees to dress up like slaves for a wedding. We can't help but think their defense of her is waaaay misguided!
Numerous Facebook pages supporting Deen have been calling for a boycott of the Food Network, and several have even gotten thousands of likes!
One person, missing the point completely, wrote:
“Show me an adult person who has not said the N word in his life, black or white. You without sin cast the first stone."
On the Food Network's official Facebook page, there is post of a recipe for zucchini casserole that has now become a shizz-show of people complaining about her firing! Here's a taste of what was said:
“It is shameful the way you are treating Paula Deen.”
“I hope this move hits you hard in your pockets.”
Give us a break! We're FLOORED that these people are bold enough to do this, especially after the lack of respect Paula has showed her viewers in the past. ('Here's two years worth of diabetes-causing recipes, even though I know I have diabetes!')
Luckily, there's an analyst out there that totally understands what's going on. Here's what Steve Adubato said on the TODAY show about it:
“I’m not surprised that Paula Deen’s fans have reached out for her, but the Food Network is not that concerned about a few thousand people on social media. They have to be concerned about sponsors.”
…And the other decent humans that watch their programming — and especially those of color that have to deal with unfounded racism on the constant!
It's about doing the right thing, not about how much you love butter! LOLz!
[Image via Joel Ginsburg/WENN.]