There’s a lot I want to say about Paula Deen and her bizarre, out-of-touch old person apology from earlier today. In fact, there’s a lot I want to say about some pretty major apologies this week – Exodus International, Kickstarter and yes, America’s twinkly-eyed racist grandma.
Before I get that all squared away, though, I feel like maybe besties Chris Rock and Louis CK can start the conversation. Here’s Chris on if it’s okay for white people to say that word.
And here’s Louis CK on why if you’re white and you don’t admit that it’s great, you’re an asshole.
At the moment, there are so many somehow related thoughts swirling around my head regarding this week’s apologies, Kanye’s insanely misogynistic but incredibly brilliant “Yeezus”, Jesse Jackson being as out of touch in a “bless his heart” way as Paula, Patton Oswalt’s blog post about rape jokes and – of course – the Kimye baby’s name.
I will get it all into a coherent train of thought, but right now it’s Friday night and I’ve got a life to live (Damn! What do you people want from me?!) so it’s gonna have to wait.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy talking about racism in the easiest way possible: the ha-has.