Twitter to Paula Deen: H-word has more power than n-word
After the Southern cook's admission that she used the n-word, Twitter creates the quite beautiful #Paulasbestdishes and ladles sometimes brilliant humor.
Twitter can be an ugly place.
Invective instantly rolls off the tongue and into 140 characters before the mind has been asked an opinion on its merit.
However, since the revelation that famous Southern cook Paula Deen allegedly admitted that she used the n-word (details embedded), at least some of the Twitterati decided to rise above base instincts and cook up something different: The Humor Kabob.
There appeared the hashtag #PaulasBestDishes.
And there, various people from around the world added a little sugar, a touch of salt, just the right amount of vinegar, and wrapped it around a skewer.
Angelo Martinez offered: "Ku Klux Klams," while someone called Moses insisted on "Ku Klux Klondike Bars."
Steph B-More contributed: "Paula Deen can teach you how to properly segregate the eggs whites from the colored yolk."
So many attempted to sprinkle their own flavors of humor that it was hard to tell after a while who contributed which ingredient, as the retweets flowed.
There was "Lettuce From A Birmingham Jail" and "Brownies Vs The Board of Education."
"MASSA-RONI AND CHEESE" was a favorite. So was "Back Of The Bus Biscuits." And, of course, there was "Uncle Tomato Soup."
There was "Separate But Equal Light And Dark Meat." Inevitably, there was also "Lynchin' Lemonade," "Malcolm Xtra Hot Wings" and "South Will Rise Again Souffle."
For myself, I couldn't help but react to Ashley Carter's "We Shall Over-Crumb Cake."
Deen is said to have admitted her use of the n-word, as well as trying to create a "plantation-style" wedding in a deposition.
The case revolves around a former employee who alleges that Deen's brother sexually and racially harassed her. She accuses Deen of knowing but doing nothing to alter the alleged abuse.
Twitter's relative elegance in this matter perhaps incited Deen's PR people to go beyond their usual recipes.
As the L.A. Times reports, a statement was issued on her behalf. It admitted the use of the racial epithet, claiming that during her southern upbringing 60 years ago, words and behavior were different from today. (Deen is 66.)
Deen has already had to weather one public controversy in 2012 when she admitted she was a diabetic. Many feel her recipes assault the body like a hyena assaults the ears and a hungry dog assaults a steak.
Indeed, when that controversy was first placed on the national table, Deen announced she would be the spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk, which happens to make a diabetes drug.
Famed writer, TV gourmand, world traveler, and witty carouser Anthony Bourdain took to Twitter to sniff: "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later."
While Deen herself has more than 1 million Twitter followers, she has, however, chosen not to react in that medium to being the subject of a hashtag browning.
Her last tweet was from June 18. It read: "If you want to be the first to receive my newest recipes, sign up for my weekly newsletter. It's de-lish, y'all!"