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June 21, 2013


And now, after that last post on good apologies, it’s right back to my usual Terrible Apologies:

For being only forty-five seconds, there’s so much in this public apology that doesn’t work, it’s hard to know quite where to begin.

Deen repeatedly references “the wrong” without actually talking about it; she says that she wants “to grow from this” without explaining what that will entail; and she seems to suggest that it only recently occured to her that “Inappropriate hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable” (which is, of course, definitional).

But, of course, the most noteworthy failure is that it’s hard to escape the sense that Deen’s apology is entirely motivated by her desire to avoid the extreme cost of being identifed as a racist. Indeed, she concludes by asking for forgiveness not from the people she directly offended but from “my children, my team, my fans, my partners.” The references to fans and especially her team and partners comes precariously close to just saying what she really means, “Please don’t let this cost me anything.”

The apology didn’t work. (Neither did the second, nor the third.) Paula Deen just lost her job with the Food Network

17:03 // 1 year ago
May 27, 2012
I don’t think I could do it — I’ve got air conditioning in the ZR1.
Guy Fieri, Food Network personality • Complaining about the heat ahead of Sunday’s Indy 500, which is currently taking place. (Scott Dixon is leading at the halfway mark.) Fieri was the pace car driver this year; he doesn’t see how other drivers will survive the crazy temperatures. The Indy 500 is en route to be the hottest race on record; in 1913, the race was driven in 92 degree weather. A spokesman for this race said they expect the medical staff to treat around 1,000 fans before the race is over. “You can’t keep sunscreen on,” said Paula Jarrett, a race fan and enthusiast. With heat indexes nearing 100 degrees, let’s hope everyone stays hydrated and happy. source (viafollow)
14:24 // 2 years ago