Charlie Daniels defends Paula Deen against the media hate mongers

Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels is known for his opinions almost as much as his fiddling, and while I don't always agree with his strong political views, sometimes the man just makes a good point.

This is one of those instances.  

Paula Deen, that grandmotherly butter queen cook who Oprah helped to make super famous, has had a pretty bad couple of weeks. I'm sure you've heard all the details of her use of a certain racial slur and how she's gone and gotten herself fired from all her lucrative money-making deals because people are so quick to dump anyone they think might get them lynched in the media.

It's actually been a sad ordeal and I feel bad for her. She's been absolutely crucified in the media and it's been painful to watch and read about. 

While the media may have had a field day with the story, Charlie Daniels has Paula's back in a new blog post on his always entertaining Soapbox forum.

Do the twenty-year-old words of a lady with a television cooking show trump the lie an Attorney General told Congress, or officials at the IRS usurping the rights of the American public and pleading the fifth amendment when confronted about it or the hiding of the facts surrounding the murder of four Americans at a Consulate in Libya or the incredibly shabby image of a president taking a one hundred million dollar vacation in this economy while closing down tours of the White House or the NSA invasion on the privacy of millions of unsuspecting citizens?

I think not, and yet these and other stories of the utmost importance were either ignored or given a back seat to the Paula Deen story which, when taken in context with the high level scandals, Putin's snubbing of an American president, the potentially explosive situations in so much of the world the story was certainly not newsworthy enough to be featured five nights in a row on network news.

It's definitely an interesting read. While I don't think that the media necessarily chose to attack Deen so that they could ignore more important stories that didn't fit their "agendas," as Daniels says, I do feel that Paula Deen was basically on the receiving end of a modern-day witch hunt, one that definitely makes me glad I'm not famous … or a good cook. 

{Charlie Daniels' Soapbox}



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    “It’s actually been a sad ordeal and I feel bad for her. She’s been absolutely crucified in the media and it’s been painful to watch and read about.”
    Are you kidding me? Crucified is an awful word choice, considering that she brought this on herself by using racist language. While I commend her honesty, you have to realize that she doesn’t seem to realize what’s inherently wrong with the word and has little clue of what white privilege is. She thinks it’s possible to use the “n” word in a “non-mean” way. Really? It is very clearly a derogatory term for African Americans.
    I agree that the Deen thing has been given too much media attention as a means of distracting Americans from more important issues, but that doesn’t give her a free pass. She apologized, and I can accept that and move on. But as the lawsuit unfolds, it’s just a smart move for Food Network to distance themselves from her because there’s no telling what kind of awful things might come out of the court case. And, yes, there were more awful things than using the “n” word a few times several years ago. Please educate yourself.


    This whole country has turned into a playground full of whiny ass little snot nosed kids complaining to the teacher..he/she called me a name. I don’t like that name. They called me a hoo boo hoo ! To begin with Paula Deen was working in a bank and was robbed by a N E G R O ! (how’s that for politically correct ?)I bet most of you under the same set of circumstances would have said a lot worse. 25 years ago she said “nigger”! Oh my ..the horror of it all !!!! I sure hope the earth doesn’t stop spinning over that ! Meanwhile we white folks get to hear (c)rap noise and it’s filled with vile disgusting anti everything language and nobody says a word. Well I have a word for that….HYPOCRISY. We get called “whitey” “cracker” “honky” “blue eyed devil” and the list goes on. I am so grateful that names don’t mean a lot to me personally. It’s too bad that there are those who are the little school children on the playground that are forever whining about somebody called me a hoo boo hoo !

  3. VJ

    The reason the Paula Deen matter was given so much media attention is hardly a mystery. It’s a hot topic issue in America and one that will bring in way more viewers and on the internet, way more page views and comments than anything going on in Israel, Iran or West Virginia.
    “She doesn’t seem to realize what’s inherently wrong with the word…” Are you kidding? I try to imagine Paula trying to remember (with a gun pointed at her head) it’s the 1980s now and whites can’t say certain things to black people. I wonder what you think she should have said? But mainly I wonder why so many people have chosen to take offense for what was said to a criminal by a working woman when they know full well that the police continue to beat on black people and call them much more than the ‘n’ word with virtual impunity!
    Then there is the bs that black people can use the word because they mean it in a friendly way. Black people use the word in both friendly and non-friendly ways. It is the intonation that provides the meaning. So yes, there is a “non-mean” and a “mean” way to use a lot of words, like the “s” word and the “f” word, not just the “n” word.

  4. graphics4fun

    This is the biggest bunch of baloney yet! Paula Deen is being used by some idiot, who claims she doesn’t want the money, only for Deen to be aware of those she has offended. CRAPOLA! This entire situation offends me! Who gives a rats butt of she said the infamous “N”-word? Blacks use it constantly. Blacks call us “crackers” and anything else. I don’t see the media making a big deal out of that. Or how about Jamie Foxx commenting on his character in that movie I refuse to watch (will not watch another thing with that piece of racist dog-dung in it)… about how he “gets to kill all the white people.. how Black is that”. He can say THAT a few months ago and everything one thinks that is just wonderful…. Paula utters a word in a stressful situation and 20 some odd years later she is CRUCIFIED for it? Shame on the Food Network, shame on everyone jumping on her like sharks in a bloody pool and shame on the media for giving this story one second of air time!
    Never watched Paula but I will support her because now…
    We are ALL Paula Deen.

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