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Ed Driscoll

Two Overcultures in One

June 25th, 2013 - 12:00 am

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I’m not sure if he created it or is simply relinking to it, but in any case, that’s a trenchant juxtaposition spotted on actor Kevin Sorbo’s Facebook page by Twitchy, along with Sorbo noting “And this is why I love the hypocrisy of America…..Oh, and thank God none of us have EVER been racist. Only this woman. Bad woman. Bad.”

Like Tarantino, as the Daily Caller notes, “‘N-word’ user Paula Deen is an Obama supporter:”

Television chef Paula Deen, who lost her gig Friday with the Food Network after admitting and apologizing for having used racial epithets, including the “N-word,” is a supporter of President Barack Obama and campaigned on his behalf in 2008.

The Southern-bred television personality also invited Michelle Obama onto one of her television programs and praised the first lady’s healthy eating agenda.

Deen, who has previously faced criticism for using excessive quantities of fat and salt in her dishes, is under fire after it was revealed in a lawsuit that she admitted using the N-word and other racial slurs in front of her employees.

Deen is also accused of sexual harassment, and was found in contempt of court for refusing to turn over a video in which she allegedly simulates a sex act on a chocolate eclair.

As Andrew Klavan noted today, watching Bill Maher’s Time-Warner-CNN-HBO cable show so you didn’t have to:

Maher incited the ire of the self-righteous left-wing panel on his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher by asking, quite reasonably, “If you’re 66 years old, and you were raised in Georgia, and you were a child before the civil rights movement, do you get a bit of a pass?” He further commented: “I… think people shouldn’t have to lose their shows and go away when they do something bad. It’s just a word, it’s a wrong word, she’s wrong to use it, but do we always have to make people go away?”

“It tells you something about the state of debate in our country that Bill Maher has become a voice of reason,” Drew adds.

Her last step before being completely airbrushed down the cable TV memory hole is likely a tearful public auto-da-fé* via Oprah, another wildly enthusiastic 2008 Obama supporter who career has also peaked dramatically in the years since. Or as Canadian columnist Rex Murphy dubbed her last year, “Oprah Winfrey, the Obama supporter fame left behind.”

That does seem to be a rapidly growing class of celebrity, doesn’t it? Or as Glenn Reynolds once quipped, “Everything Obama touches . . . .”

* It’s what you oughtn’t to do, but you do anyway.

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