This photo was taken in the long ago days when Paula didn't know any better: 2011.
I'm sorry, who has explaining to do here? (via Paula Deen)
After Paula Deen got booted from the Food Network in 2013 for revealing her flagrant use of the n word she recovered pretty quickly. Probably because people love butter more than they love confronting uncomfortable truths. Paula still has a pretty successful career, including cookbooks and frequent TV appearances. She also has a huge social media following which includes a Twitter handle and a professional person who manages her accounts. It's pretty weird that this professional person thought the above photo was a good move in Game of Twitter, but it's even weirder that Paula Deen and her son Bobby dressed up as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz with Bobby in brownface. First of all, this is what Desi Arnaz looked like:
Heartbreaker. (via Wikipedia)
Not some spray tan monstrosity wearing white Mickey Mouse flesh gloves. Secondly, you're a mom and son dressing up like a married couple... This family. Here's some level-headed responses on Twitter:
OH YOU DELETED YOUR TWEET? WHAT'S WRONG?!!! @Paula_Deen— Catnip Everdeen (@phillybosslady) July 7, 2015
Paula Deen is that neighbor you invite to your Tupperware party and after a glass of wine or two, proves what everyone says about her.— Michele Catalano (@inthefade) July 7, 2015
Paula Deen is like a human confederate flag— daniella❤️ (@FKADaniella) July 7, 2015
Paula Deen's son in brownface is only slightly more offensive than Paula Deen's standard orangeface.— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) July 7, 2015
The only thing worse than being fired as Paula Deen's social media manager is being hired as Paula Deen's social media manager.— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) July 7, 2015
Between Paula Deen and Bill Cosby, it's a big week for finding out stuff about people that we already knew.— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) July 7, 2015
Anyway, Deen deleted the tweet and reportedly fired the person who exposed her sordid past from four years ago. Let this be a reminder to the constant flood of white people who think painting their faces black and brown for fun is still appropriate that they are very, very wrong.