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June 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Paula Deen fired from Food Network for racist language

Network is concerned with profit, not morality

Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. [AP Photo/Carlo Allegri.]

Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. [AP Photo/Carlo Allegri.]

Ah yes, surely, the Food Network is very concerned about racial slurs. [“Paula Deen begs fans to forgive slurs, gets fired by the Food Network,” page one, June 22.]

It is, therefore, very concerned about the social implications, the potential moral repercussions and the entire complement of ethical questions roused by Paula Deen’s admittance to uttering, somewhere in time, in private conversation, a currently unmentionable reference to the dark-skinned segment of this planet’s human population.

Just as, (if we could all be honest in this hyper-politically-correct world) the greater part of Americans, including the Food Network executives, have probably permitted the “N” word to “accidentally” fall out of their mouths at some point. This, then, isn’t so much about social or moral propriety, as it is about economics.

If it were about anything else, they certainly wouldn’t have allowed anyone employed by their organization to advocate and propagate the potentially deadly notion that eating lots of fat and cholesterol is acceptable. Let’s not kid ourselves; nearly any conduct or philosophy, however bad, will find a sponsorship if it produces money. Most of us ignore morality and ethics just as long as revenues are streaming into our pockets, and then, conveniently, they are invoked to justify the termination of a former money source when it becomes a liability.

Hypocrisy will forever be the human character’s most prominent and constant feature.

Michael White, Brush Prairie

Comments | Topics: food network, paula deen, racism

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