A controversial picture with Paula Deen on Twitter made headlines Tuesday since her son, Bobby Deen, was featured in the picture wearing blackface.
— Cheezburger (@Cheezburger) July 7, 2015
However, when it comes to the claims of racial insensitivity, quite a few fans and critics on Twitter have apparently shifted their sights away from Paula Deen altogether.
Instead of slamming the former cooking show television host, a lot of people seem to be targeting the 2004 film White Chicks with negative backlash.
Which is actually worse and why? Paula Deen’s son or White Chicks? Share your honest opinion. pic.twitter.com/lie2UBgFmG — Keith Trice (@krtrice) July 7, 2015
In the Keenen Ivory Wayans-directed film, Shawn and Marlon Wayans star as two longtime friends and fellow FBI agents. After two Caucasian socialite sisters are injured in a minor automobile accident, Shawn and Marlon decide to go undercover with hopes of saving the operation and their jobs.
Therefore, with a lot of make-up, latex, and full contact lenses, two African-American actors essentially transformed into two Caucasian actresses on the big-screen.
— Digital Spy (@digitalspy) June 30, 2015
The movie was a box-office hit for the Wayans brothers, generating over $113 million worldwide. However, White Chicks has apparently been tossed into a debate against Paula Deen’s controversial photo.
Quite a few people claim that there is a double standard in favor of the Wayans brothers and White Chicks.
— Jennifer Spets (@jkspets) July 7, 2015
Ppl wanna get upset at Paula Deen pic then sit there & laugh watching White Chicks. Can’t play it both ways eses — Candis McLean (@Candisrm29) July 7, 2015
Who cares if Paula Deen son painted his face brown.the wayans made a movie call white chicks and no one called them racist #doublestandards
— Ashton Perez (@Ashton79) July 7, 2015
There is clearly a substantial number of tweets slamming White Chicks in favor of Paula Deen. On the other hand, there are still many other people that feel the Wayans film is in the clear — not at fault of any alleged double standard whatsoever.
If you’re using the film “White Chicks” to justify Paula Deen and her brownface photo, you have hit ROCK BOTTOM.
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) July 7, 2015
In an interview with E! News, an official rep for Paula Deen explained the backstory of the controversial blackface picture.
The picture, which features Paula Deen dressed as Lucille Ball and Bobby Deen as Ricky Ricardo, was apparently taken for a Halloween 2011 episode of Paula’s cooking show, Paula’s Best Dishes.
“Paula Deen’s Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy… Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended. As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager.”
In recent months, Paula Deen has vigorously tried to redeem herself in the public eye after making headlines last year with a racial scandal that drastically damaged her reputation.
When reflecting on the scandal and discussing her comeback with Meredith Viera earlier this year, Paula Deen mentioned that her fans saved her life. In order to get through tough times (and scandals), Paula made it clear that she depends on the four F’s: family, friends, faith, and fans.
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