Paula Deen may still be recovering from last year’s leaked deposition that revealed her use of the N-word and affinity for slave-themed weddings, but that didn’t stop the celebrity chef from getting herself embroiled in yet another insensitive controversy.
On Tuesday, a photo of Deen and son Bobby (in full brownface) portraying Lucy and Ricky Ricardo from the show I Love Lucy popped up on her Twitter account, sparking outrage and criticism from those who just can’t believe she’s managed to offend minorities yet again.
But not everyone thought the 2011 photograph from a Halloween-themed episode of Deen’s now canceled Food Network show Paula’s Best Dishes was offensive. It’s #TransformationTuesday, after all.
And as CNN points out, many of Deen’s fans took to Facebook to comment under the now-deleted picture, calling it “adorable” and “cute.”
Deen and Bobby, whose own southern-style show still appears on the Food Network, have remained mum about the latest controversy. But in a country that has long used black and brownface to dehumanize and mock minorities, she can’t stay silent for long about the hurtful action.
According to PEOPLE magazine, Deen fired her social media manager Tuesday immediately following the controversy.
A rep for the celebrity chef told PEOPLE in a statement:
“Paula Deen’s Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy. This photograph is from a Halloween episode of Paula’s Best Dishes that aired in 2011.”
Lesson Unlearned? Paula Deen In Hot Water For Posting Photo Of Son In Brownface was originally published on newsone.com