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Sound Off: Was Food Network right to can Paula Deen?

“I think people do a lot of things in their past and that’s where it should stay. It’s called past for a reason. I don’t know one person who can honestly say they haven’t said something racist in their past, whether it be a joke, hatred or even a compliment towards another race. Life changes and people change daily.”
Alisha C.

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“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that we have become a nation so bent on keeping things PC that we crucify someone for something they did or said decades ago and apologized for. If she was anything other than a southern white woman that had admitted to making derogatory comments towards another race of people would we be seeing the same backlash? I highly doubt it.
Kristi S.

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“She sincerely asked forgiveness and instead of forgiveness is getting persecuted.”
Rhonda D.

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“Was what she said 20+ years ago acceptable? No. But look at the time period in which she would have said that word. It was being said all over the south and there wasn’t a political mafia. We have all said things we regret and shouldn’t say. So why should she lose everything she has worked for years for over something that was said 20+ years ago?”
Vanessa B.

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“I saw a message being passed on through Facebook asking Walmart and Target if they would remove the CDs from their shelves since they have racial slurs in them. Makes sense.”
Justin R.

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“It’s a free country. People can speak or act anyway they wish, even if it offends a person or group of folks. In turn, a corporation doing business with said person has every right to end business with them. The business world doesn’t care about what’s fair.”
Philip R.

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“She said it almost 30 years ago and back then she wasn’t as rich as she is now. Now that she is famous they are just going after her for her money. If I tried to sue a former boss of mine because of things they said I would get laughed at and not even get to go to court. It really is sad to see that our country has come to this.”
Mehgan D.

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“I’m not a fan of Paula Deen nor have I bought any of her products but I think what a person said or did 30 years ago is in their past. As long as her present day actions have shown to be favorable I don’t see the problem. This is another case of the media making something from nothing just so they can have a news story.”
Robert S.

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“If you want to put it into perspective go to the Twitter site about the George Zimmerman trial and see what black and Hispanic people are saying about it. There are numerous comments that if he is acquitted they will kill him, a random white person, a white police officer, a white/Hispanic person, etc. They are referring to white people by racial names, some of which I have never even heard and I traveled around the world and served in two wars with a lot of blacks.”
Jim M.

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“We all make mistakes and she apologized. She is not a mean-spirited person.”
Kathy G.

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“Not only do white people say wrong things, black people do too.”
Nancy G.

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“What is the difference in what Paula Deen said and Mexicans being called wetbacks or whites being called crackers? Double standard if you ask me.”
Junea S.

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“She asked for forgiveness and almost everybody has said things that they wish they hadn’t. What she said was decades ago. Why punish her now?”
Gale G.

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“I believe in forgiveness.”
Trinity S.

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“Forgive others as quickly as you expect God to forgive you. Let’s move on, please.”
Morgan S.

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“It’s a dang shame everyone doesn’t see what has happened to our American people. We are being split and turned against each other. And everyone is falling for it.”
Mechelle C.

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“Every person on this earth has said something at one time or another that has offended someone, somehow. We have become a world where it is too easy to take offense and to sue over every little thing. The only reason Walmart, Target and the other corporations are dropping her is because they are trying to cover their own behinds from litigation from the backlash. That is their only concern.”
Vicki K.

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“When someone famous says something bad they become a target. I do not understand why Paula Deen is being vilified in this manner over something she said 30 years ago yet Alec Baldwin talks to his ex-wife and daughter in a manner that shows he is at the very least a verbal abuser and no one ever said ‘boo’ about it.”
Julie R.

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“She’s used negative comments regarding race much more recently. I think someone who gets paid the amount of money she does and who is a public figure should be a bit more cognizant about what she says in public.”
Casey A.

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