Author Anne Rice has come to the defense of Paula Deen.
The chef could use a few friends right about now. Deen was recently fired by the folks at Food Network and dropped by pork producer Smithfield. According to the Interview with a Vampire author, the chef is just the latest victim of our “lynch mob culture.”
The writer addressed Paula Deen’s current situation during a recent post on the Anne Rice Fan Page. The author claims to have only recently heard about the chef. However, this didn’t stop her from sharing her thoughts on the subject with her friends and followers.
Anne Rice wrote:
What’s happening with Paula Dean? Is it fair? I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. Opinions, thoughts welcome. Thanks to Troy Hawkins for the link. I may be wrong but aren’t we becoming something of a lynch mob culture? Is this a good example of that? What are your feelings?
Fans of the author took her advice and shared their feelings about the Paula Deen situation. While some were quick to agree with Rice, not everyone sees the situation from her point of view.
“As an African American educator and New Orleanian I am offended that you would assume the Ms. Deen is being crucified! Did you not read, the words she spoke? If not, please do. African Americans fight for equal rights everyday,” Tia J Crowley responded.
“I’m more surprised by the people who are defending her. It is interesting how it is mostly white Southerners of a certain age who don’t seem to have a problem with casual racism like this,” Fritz Liess wrote.
Anne Rice isn’t the only person who recently came to Paula Deen’s defense. The Inquisitr previously reported that Bill Maher questioned Food Network’s decision to fire the chef during Friday’s episode of Real Time.
“This may have been a shakedown. People may have been trying to shake her down, that happens all the time, so I’m not sure what the original charge is. But she did admit to using the n-word, so the Food Network cut her off,” Maher explained.
Do you agree with Anne Rice that Paula Deen is the victim of “lynch mob culture”? Do you think Food Network did the right thing by letting her go?