PR POWER LIST
Celebs don’t call 911 in an emergency; they ring their PR people. In the old days, a well-placed item could defuse a crisis. But in a universe of voracious gossip blogs, omnipresent iPhones and truthiness, managing mishaps is much messier. How did PR pros handle the year’s most high-profile gaffes? Read More
By the end of this week, when the racist glimmer dust has settled and the fat has coagulated, Paula Deen will be a ruined woman. She’ll be the Hester Prynne of fried food, the Tess d’Urbervilles of cholesterol. She’s already been forsaken by Target, Novo Nordisk, Walmart, Caesar’s Palace and millions of non-racist fans. She Read More
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.
Racist Home Cooking
Paula Deen is in the wilderness now. She’ll be back, but I can’t help but savor the television chef’s exile. Her sudden downfall started with the confirmation last week that she had used the word “nigger” and had also considered having a plantation-themed wedding for her brother. Since the deposition (in a civil case against Read More
Paula Deen may have been roasted to a crisp by the media last week, after a civil lawsuit had her on the stand admitting to using some un-P.C.-language and raising allegations that Ms. Deen is a not-so-secret bigot.
But the Butter Bouffante is not out for the count! Here’s five ways Ms. Deen will continue to be churned in our news cycle this week.
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.
When it comes to the gay-taunting students of Rutgers University, Southern chef Paula Deen, thinks they should throw the book at them.
Deen, who is simultaneously something of an unlikely gay icon and a heroine to Bible-Belt housewives, tackled the issue at her ‘Down Home Cookin’ Gospel Brunch yesterday in New York. The densely crowded Read More