Monday, June 24, 2013
What have you done?
What do should we do now?
You have been beloved for so many years by so many people! People all over this great country have fallen in love with your laugh, your personality, and your family. You have made so many of us feel so much more comfortable with butter, heavy cream, and the deep fat fryer. You inspired us and given us the confidence to cook and bake comfort food like the citizens of the South. For that, we are grateful.
When you make comments like that, and then admit to it in court, you are asking for trouble. Now more than ever, especially in the age of instant news and social media, you won’t be able to shake this. The Food Network, your sponsors, and so many others feel (or will feel) hamstrung and pressure to cut you loose.
So what is the right thing to do? What should you have done differently?
Well, a lot of people have gone their entire life without uttering that terrible word, so that would have been a place to start. It is a despicable and horrible racial slur and shouldn’t be tolerated in any part of the country. I, however, have lived in the Pacific Northwest, far removed from the culture of the deep South, and so although racism and bigotry are issues here, we probably haven’t been exposed to it at quite the same level as you probably have in Georgia, so I shouldn’t pretend I get it. But still…
Should you have lied in court? No, probably not a good choice either.
Is it fair that the Food Network and others are distancing themselves from you personally and professionally? That one seems a little tougher to answer because if I personally was held accountable for each thing I said that I shouldn’t have, I would probably not be able to work anywhere.
Look, I know people change. I honestly believe that. Contrary to what others say and think, people can change. I hope and pray that you have and I honestly believe you are sorry, and asking for forgiveness.
My only hope is that we all will be a little more careful (talking to myself here too) about what we say, how we say it, when we say it, and where it comes from.
We wish you the very best and we hope that your recover (am sure you will) very soon! Oh, and good luck with those diabetes commercials!
Irish Mike Smith