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Stephen Kruiser

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June 26, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Enough, already.

Deen, who rose to fame on her buttery, folksy way with words as well as ribs, went full Southern gothic to turn the table on her critics. Hers was a display somewhere on the scale between the defiant Bill Clinton (“I did not have sex with that woman”) and the weepy televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

“And I tell you what, if there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please,” Ms. Deen said. “I want to meet you. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I’m not changing.”

There is nothing new about sorrowful admissions of innocence on the “Today” program — that is still the premier reputation-repair destination for politicians and celebrities in trouble, including Don Imus and Charlie Sheen. This one should have been a more convincing spectacle — nobody really got hurt, except Ms. Deen and her Southern-cooking empire. This was her chance to lean into the schadenfreude, turn on the charm and save her skin.

Instead, the contrite denial had a desperate underlay that didn’t really help either Ms. Deen or her interrogator.

Yes, what she did was stupid. And she is now paying a severe financial price for it as well as witnessing the crumbling of her reputation.

So just how is she supposed to “turn on the charm” and not sound “desperate”? Of course, had she been the opposite-smiling and nonchalant-they would be excoriating her for that too.

Maybe the tears are sincere, maybe they’re not. But they are certainly appropriate for the situation and not deserving of a negative review.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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The whole thing has gotten way past absurd. She's 66 and grew up in the deep south. It's highly unlikely that anyone her age from where she is *never* used that word under any circumstances. She was deposed in this lawsuit where the plaintiff, a former employee of Deen's brother Bubba, accused Ms. Deen of using the N-word during the planning of a wedding, and in very racially-charged circumstances. Deen denied that in the deposition, but was then asked if she'd *ever* used the N-word, and naïve fool that she is, she admitted to it. The instance she gave where she remembered using it was 30 or so years ago, when she was a bank teller, and got robbed by a black man, whom she referred to using the N-word. She insisted that she doesn't use the word any more, and hasn't for decades. Not good enough, her whole life and career must be destroyed to placate the P.C. police, and their demands that everyone be ideologically conformist (except of course if they're artists or other approved individuals). So now the woman's career, outside of her restaurants, is destroyed. Does this do any good? Probably not, but who cares? The self-righteous speech monitors have triumphed, and that's pretty much all that matters...
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This is just southern bigotry from the left.
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Must make one a really tough reporter to make an old woman cry on camera.
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The whole thing has gotten way past absurd. She's 66 and grew up in the deep south. It's highly unlikely that anyone her age from where she is *never* used that word under any circumstances. She was deposed in this lawsuit where the plaintiff, a former employee of Deen's brother Bubba, accused Ms. Deen of using the N-word during the planning of a wedding, and in very racially-charged circumstances. Deen denied that in the deposition, but was then asked if she'd *ever* used the N-word, and naïve fool that she is, she admitted to it. The instance she gave where she remembered using it was 30 or so years ago, when she was a bank teller, and got robbed by a black man, whom she referred to using the N-word. She insisted that she doesn't use the word any more, and hasn't for decades. Not good enough, her whole life and career must be destroyed to placate the P.C. police, and their demands that everyone be ideologically conformist (except of course if they're artists or other approved individuals). So now the woman's career, outside of her restaurants, is destroyed. Does this do any good? Probably not, but who cares? The self-righteous speech monitors have triumphed, and that's pretty much all that matters...
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If someone were to point a gun at my head and rob me, I doubt I'd be very polite in describing him afterward either.
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