As a child brought up in a southern home, and now living my southern life with my husband, I've always loved (love) Paula Deen. Not only have I watched her for years on TV, read her magazines and even read her books, but I've personally met her in person, twice.
I can tell you from meeting Paula on both occasions that she is just as southern as me. The second time I met Paula, I had the opportunity to spend the entire day with her in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I not only saw her as you see her on TV, but I was behind the scenes with her between shows. To me, she was the same person you see on stage or TV as she was backstage. She's a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and a true southern lady. The only thing I was shocked to see was that she smoked. Which I've heard she has quit since that day. However, when her grandson had a dirty diaper, she was the one who said "hold the show, I've got to take care of this." Needless to say, it was a pleasure spending the day getting to know her, and her family.
Now to the issue at hand... from what I've read and seen in the news is that this is something that was said 30 years ago. Was it right to be said then, no. But I want you to think back just 5 or 10 years ago. Think about something you said, think about the context of what you said and how you said it, should you be sued for saying it? Yes, most of us aren't national TV stars, and what we've said is usually heard in one ear and out the other. However, in the heat of a moment, what you said... should something like that be held against you forever?
I do believe in forgiveness. I look back at all the sins I have and continue to make in my life and think, wow, my God still loves me and forgives me every single day. Isn't that what we are called to do, forgive each other?
I understand that this "situation" takes on national controversy, but we shouldn't judge her until we have judged ourselves, first. I didn't see her interview this morning, but I've read that she did apologize, and furthermore I feel that lessons could be learned from her in her future shows. Cutting off her sponsorships, and TV shows for something she said off the air, I don't see the reasoning. Let's start cutting the shows that have to bleep every few seconds, and that use the Lord's name in vain constantly! Those are the ones that are putting negatively into the lives from young to old!
I didn't blog about this to start World War III here at the Sowell life, but I do have an opinion and I wanted it to be heard.
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