Since the release of Paula Deen's Southern tendencies have been made public, the s**t has really hit the fan. The fact that she used the "n" word 3 decades ago or even two weeks ago took her down. Her sponsors dropped her faster than a hot potato. Many of her sponsors, like the Food Network, dropped her the day the story blew up. People, let me remind you, her contract was up. This huge controversy gave them the out not to renew her and pay her. Clearly, it was a business decision, not a moral one. After that, 6 more sponsors dumped her. She tried to clean it up and apologize but she came off insincere and completely phony.
There has been so much dialogue this week on talk shows about the use of the "n" word. It's great to have open dialogue about it. I, like Oprah, don't think that there is any place for the word. I know she had a sit down with Jay Z a few years ago to discuss it. To Oprah it is a word that should never be used; to JayZ he wants to remove the power from the word. Here is the problem for me: who gets to determine who can or cannot use the "n" word. Who is the judge and jury on that? I heard a young black woman talking about that every group has a slur that only they can use, but that's just not so. Jews do not, don't think Hispanics do, maybe homosexuals are allowed to use the "f****t" word but it makes me cringe.
So think about this, kids are listening to the "n" word in music all the time. They have no idea of the history of the word and the pain and suffering it has caused generations of a people. How do they navigate when and if they can say it? The only white person I know that can use it freely in rap is Eminem. I think that the "n" word shouldn't be an acceptable word for anyone. It makes it confusing and unclear. Maybe all the rappers and others that use the word and are trying to take the "sting" out of it, need to go to class and listen to their forefathers who fought for civil rights and are continuing to fight today. I just think it's too dicey. There is some invisible line drawn in the sand and you are supposed to know who can and who can't. Who's the arbiter?
Okay, people, what the hell is wrong with the world with all the double standards? Paula Deen is kicked to the curb for unacceptable language and Aaron Hernandez is suspected of at least 3 murders and had a big NFL contract with the New England Patriots and big endorsements. The Patriots dumped him fairly quickly once he was charged with the 3rd murder. Puma took about a week. I guess they had to really see the evidence the prosecutors had. I can't believe that he allegedly shot someone in the face in February and wasn't charged. So Paula Deen has gotten a public stoning for language and Aaron Hernandez got away with one shooting months ago and now is paying for the alleged, heinous murder of last week. Aaron Hernandez seems like he has been a violent and bad guy for a long time. Where was the NFL commissioner then? Seems like athletes always get the benefit of the doubt and second chances. That's a rant for another day!
Sidebars: Big Brother 12 began. Julie Chen continues to be annoying. The NBA Draft was last night and boy, it's like watching paint dry. The only standout was the plethora of international players drafted to all the teams. The NY Knicks for one of the only familiar names drafting Tim Hardaway, Jr. Hope he can shoot as well as his father. It's the weekend. I hope that you enjoy it. It's going to be rainy here.
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