Because it's not only that "one" comment.
This article was not the original one that I read that I liked better but it points out the other accusations as well as a link to the full complaint.
Here are the REAL reasons why Paula Deen's empire is crumbling
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
If that was in any way shape or form true, that she was being blacklisted for one comment 30 years ago, then no. But as Jessica stated above, that is not what is happening or why. She ran a business that treated people terribly and illegally. Now she and her corrupt creepy brother have to pay the price.
It is so much more than the "n" word, and it's almost as if Paula herself doesn't even realize the seriousness of her actions and the actions of her family. It is also killing me how many people in my FB feed are just blindly "standing behind" her without even knowing the full story. It is so NOT about her saying something 30 years ago.
While I hate to see someone lose everything, maybe this is what it will take to get her to see the error of her thoughts and ways. I honestly feel like she was raised in this deep southern racism and somehow has failed to even grasp how wrong it is.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
Celebrity endorsements are ended all the time for "minor" stuff. Dell guy for smoking pot, Afflac voice for a joke too soon after a natural disaster, accusations of wrong-doing even before a full investication or day in court.
The public also decides to drop their support for people they used to like. Dixie Chicks and Tracy Lawerence come to mind.
I don't think she'll lose everything. She has a huge fan base and will build things up again, and she's smart enough to find a way to come out of this in the end. It'll take a while, though.
And I agree, it's not just because she said a bad word 30 years ago.
I also think she angered a lot of people when it came out that she had diabetes. She obviously had it for quite a while and was still pushing all these high-fat, high-sugar recipes. So people felt like she wasn't someone whose word they could really trust anyway when she said she doesn't use those words or feel that way anymore.
Her treatment of people who worked at her restaurant is the big issue here.
EDITED TO ADD: she taught me some good baking tricks...I won't stop using them. Lol.
Because I was away from the internet while this was happening, I was only getting snippets about this and was only going on what people said to me. I missed having the perspective of this board.
I must be missing something.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
But I agree...she is known for butter and sugar and decadence. That's why her son has a show about lightening up her recipes! If I'm going full-on decadent when I bake, I consider her recipes!