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Paula Deen Tweets Photo With Son In 'Brownface,' Controversy Ensues

Posted: 07/07/2015 2:26 pm EDT Updated: 07/07/2015 4:59 pm EDT

Paula Deen, former Food Network star and documented racist, has landed herself in hot water once again.


On Tuesday morning, Deen's social media accounts sent out a now deleted tweet and Facebook post with a photo depicting the cook dressed as Lucille Ball's character from the 1950s television sitcom "I Love Lucy." Her son, Bobby Deen, is dressed as the show's Ricky Ricardo, played by Cuban-American Desi Arnaz. The younger Deen is wearing "brownface" to mimic Arnaz's ethnicity.

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The posts were published shortly before 11 a.m. EDT, and deleted within an hour after several of Deen's followers said the photo was insensitive.


The image isn't recent, but comes from a 2011 Halloween-themed episode of "Paula's Best Dishes."


A spokesman for Paula Deen told The Huffington Post the picture was erroneously posted by a social media manager associated with Paula Deen Ventures. The individual who posted the photo has since been fired.


"Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended,” the spokesman said. "As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager."


Deen found herself in a maelstrom of controversy in 2013 after court documents revealed the Southern-born celebrity had used the N-word. She later released a tearful apology on YouTube to ask for forgiveness, but it wasn't enough to save her career. Deen was quickly dropped from major endorsement deals and the Food Network did not renew her contract.


At the time, experts predicted the celebrity chef's career was over. But Deen has beentrying to stage a comeback ever since, launching the Paula Deen Network, an online platform for cooking and lifestyle programming last September.


Only time will tell if the latest snafu will impact her loyal following.

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That is not "brown-face".


Dressing up as characters on a tv show or making yourself up to look like a real person is not "brown-face" or "black-face"; "Black-face" or "brown-face" are usually racist, demeaning, insulting and grossly exaggerated caricatures of a race of people or a person of a certain race and there is a big difference between the two, and it does a disservice to real complaints about true "black-face" or "brown-face" to blur the two.





All I know, is Lucille Ball and Desi are rolling in their graves. If someone has a brown face, it's cream mixed with chocolate and if someone has a black face, it's chocolate with no cream mix. People are fucking crazy with this color shit. America after you get through riling up the red necks by taking down this fucking battle flag, you've got everyone fucking everything moving, now with your genius asses, make everyone take a MANDATORY DNA test, so the crazy racist population can just commit suicide when they find the missing niggers in their family trees they had no IDEA were lurking/hanging there, and the rest of us can find some fuckin' peace.


Pretty soon, everyone in America's going to say 'FUCK YOU' to every one they encounter throughout the 24 hour day. This racial shit's OUT OF CONTROL. You kidnapped the people, hate the people, but love the diamonds, oil and all the rest of the shit you get over there and the BLACK SKINNED service you've received here; more good than bad, mostly by force, coercion and flat out bullshit for 500 years.  They say you can't say "retardation" anymore, but it damn sure reeks of retardation to me and white folks you have a lethal case of the mental kind.


Some of us need a break from this American madness. I am one!!!!

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