If Paula Deen Weighs as Much as a Duck, She’s a Witch

June 29, 2013

in Confessions

Paula Deen

I was an English professor for 8 years before changing to a career in social media. One thing I taught my students was logical fallacies. A logical fallacy is a flaw is the structure of a deductive argument. I used this example from Monty Python's The Holy Grail.


Obviously, their arguments make no sense. They are full of logical fallacies.

Here's another one. Paula Deen said something racist 30 years ago, told the truth, and apologized. She should be fired. Burned at the media stake.

As a parent, I teach my children that you get in less trouble if you are honest. Lie to me about making a mess? You are grounded from your iPod. Tell me the truth? You have to clean it up. Big difference.

Here's another logical fallacy. Paula Deen is a celebrity and therefore should be perfect and never make a mistake in her entire life.

What really gets to me about this whole situation is not so much Paula Deen herself. I honestly have never watched any of her shows and I don't own any of her cookbooks. I know her best from the butter meme. However, her case brings up a bigger matter.

We have turned into a lynch mob society just looking for the next victim. 

There are plenty of examples. Angelina Jolie – brave or mutilator? Treyvon Martin – innocent kid or drug dealer? Obama – stand down or not? Obamacare or Obama Cares? That list can go on forever.

We look for someone who has made a mistake, or what we perceive to be a mistake, and crucify them for it. We blast them all over social media. We call for their resignation or firing. We brand them forever by that one mistake. We follow them on Twitter so we can get more dirt. We love the spectacle of the lynch mob. Just Google Amanda Bynes.

Have we become so hateful that we can't accept an apology? We can't accept that people will make mistakes and that's how they learn? 

Paula Deen is from the South and I can assure you, she probably was raised with the N word as acceptable. I'm sure if you think about it, you can remember something your parents told you that was wrong. Or something you learned in school that was wrong. Christpher Columbus didn't discover America. Thomas Edison didn't invent the first light bulb. 

Do you want to forever be know for your mistakes? Do you want to walk into a room and be introduced by your failures? This is Jill, she drinks too much. Her husband Rick is cheating on her. These are their kids, Billy the liar and Chelsea who started having sex when she was 15 years old.

No one would go anywhere.

There is no such thing as a person who has never made a mistake. There is no such thing as a person who hasn't said something inappropriate.

I once told a sex joke to my parents at the dinner table. I had no idea what the joke meant at the time. I just know I heard it on the radio and people laughed. Should I now be fired from my job because I'm a risk for a sexual harassment lawsuit?

Paula Deen said something racist 30 years ago. She was honest about it. She apologized. Why can't that just be the end of it?

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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Kalamity Kelli July 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Well said!  It is America's obsession of rooting for the underdog – applauding while they rise – thinking they are getting too big for their britches – using extreme thinking  they decide because of ONE THING they are ALL BAD – tearing them down then destroying and stomping on their ashes – watching them rise again – root for them….etc…  is getting truly exhausting.  

I remember when I was a girl my parents told everyone they ever met that I (meaning me) could tell them ANYTHING, just so it was the truth.  Yep, made that mistake only once.  Luckily, I promised my daughter the exact same thing – only I really meant it.  So, she never lies even when it hurts.  Paula Deen told the truth and everyone desserted her……..she won't make that mistake again.

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