Paula Deen is a famous chef in the United States: She had huge financial endorsements with WalMart, Target, the Food Network, and several other commercial entities. She was well-liked, well-respected, and a household name.
Then scandal rocked her:
Recently, it was “outed” that she had used racial slurs against black people in the distant past. When put on trial for it she was honest and did not deny her past transgression. It is rumored that a disgruntled employee was the originator of putting her in this “hot spot.”
She immediately issued a public, heartfelt apology for her transgressions.
And she was “rewarded” with ostracization, hate, and loss of her endorsements.
OF COURSE, racial slurs ARE wrong, and mean, and uncalled for.
OF COURSE she should have issued her apologies.
OF COURSE, we should forgive her — why? Because her failure is no different from our failures. It is a dangerous double standard to expect forgiveness for our past mistakes while damning others for theirs. Jesus Christ Himself taught us that we have no right to point out the sawdust in another’s eye when you have a log in your own eye (Matthew 7:5). He also taught us that we must extend forgiveness if we are ever to receive forgiveness from God (Matthew 6:14-15 ).
Who of us have NEVER said a bad thing against anyone ever? Maybe you or I haven’t used the “N” word, but that doesn’t absolve us of our other epithets directed at anyone else. Slurs and epithets are wrong no matter what the words are. And this brings me to my next point:
All of the endorsers who dropped her are hypocrites.
They’re all acting so offended by something she did in the distant past, trying to seem as if THEY are lily white themselves! C’mon, let’s be reasonable here: If every person who has ever said a bad thing about another was fired from their jobs the unemployment rate would be a solid 100%, no question.
If WalMart, and Target were so terribly concerned about Paula Deen being racist, why do they CONTINUE to offer racist movies and music for sale? Any music or movie that contains any racially toned slur continues to be acceptable to these companies. But Paula Deen is suddenly shunned?
I am not a Paula Deen fan. I never bothered to watch her shows, never really gave her much thought. She was always just a Dime-A-Dozen celebrity to me. However, I do see this treatment of her as being unChristian, unloving, and very unforgiving — especially since no person is “clean” of epithets.
The companies who are dropping her need to get off their self-righteous high horses and start making sense. Nobody is beyond error, and this is a perfect time to acknowledge this. To shun her for her mistakes (that she has publicly apologized for!) while at the same time continually accepting other celebrities who are blatantly racist is the epitome of hypocrisy and double standards.
May we all abandon the mindset of the hypocritical media and act like true Christians by forgiving her for her errors, just as we would want God to forgive us for our errors.