I'd actually never seen Paula Dean prior to seeing these videos. I had no idea what she looked like and I have never seen her cooking show. My reaction to her use of the N-word was that people are over reacting. It just seems inconsistent to hold Paula to a higher standard regarding the use of the N-word in her private life than we hold a comedian or rapper who uses the word in front of thousands.
I don't use the N-word or any profanity much today but as a teen and young adult I used the n-word all the time. Is was part of the way me and I peer spoke.
However after seeing this video I can see how and why she would the n-word. Paul is clearly unsophisticated when it comes to speaking to the public. I don't suspect she is not very bright either. She apparently does not have a publicist who knows very much either.
This interview with the times is very telling. Ever after viewing it I don't believe Paula is a bad person, just not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Here is a video Paula published a couple of days ago,
"After spending all day soul searching and trying to figure out how to deal with what I did, I recorded a video trying to do the right thing. In the end, I felt that I needed to just be myself, say I am sorry and beg for forgiveness.
What I said was wrong and hurtful. I know that and will do everything that I can do make it right. I am not about hate, and I will devote myself to showing my family, friends and fans how to live a life helping others, lifting us all up, and spreading love."
I think the ratings driven media feeding frenzy has exacerbated the problem. I doubt many of us could meet the standard Paula was expected to make -- but none of use are losing our livelihoods and careers over it.