After being labeled a victim of the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson coalitions by some of her more fervent fans, the drama of Paula “Sambo Burger” Deen took a turn last night when Sharpton, confronted by TMZ on the street, cautioned against judging Deen’s actions from over 40 years ago as a barometer for her current situation. (Reverend Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition is still planning on investigating Deen’s hiring practices.)
And though Reverend Sharpton was promoting not a defense of Deen, but merely saying she deserves a fair trial based on current evidence, Ms. Deen took his words as a sign of support.
Paula Deen, Food Network cash cow, will not be having her contract renewed next month due to an alleged video acquired by the National Enquirer, in which Ms. Deen apparently said some very racist remarks during a deposition. The Daily News reported on her firing today, after the scandal broke about Ms. Deen’s testimony, where she admitted that “of course” she had used the N-word in the past. (No, d’uh! Doesn’t everyone?)
Instead of going on her scheduled Today show appearance this morning, Ms. Deen chose instead to release a personal apology via YouTube. Always a great PR move.