Your argument is invalid. It is true that "redskin" was once derogatory, but there is a team called "Redskins." When people use the R-word, it's used to refer to a football team and NOT a derogatory view of Native Americans. But what you fail to explain is how can someone, especially a white person, use the word Nigger (which is not associated with any known team, unlike Redskins) and not come across as offensive? You're comparing apples and oranges my friend. And another thing, people who are on TV and are public figures have power and status. And with this power and status comes great responsibility. Shirk that responsibility and you will replaced because your individual power is not greater than the power of an inflamed public. That responsibility is unwritten but it's there and it's not to publicly insult the very core of one or some of your constituents because it's bad for business. Deen's behavior shirked this responsibility and it's a very bad look and at the end of the day, the decision makers concluded that it was very bad for business. And that's what it's all about. Some of the same people that pay to watch TV (Food Network, etc) are also people that are sensitive, bleed, have emotions and suffer. Why should they pay to watch a network that tolerates people like Deen insulting them? She had a responsibility to protect her image and not inflame certain constituents. She failed to do so and that's why she suffered the consequences.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 14:33