Paula Deen controversy

Disgraced celebrity TV Chef Paula Deen responded to renewed charges of racism by firing her social media manager, whom she claims posted a 4-year-old picture of her son in brown face makeup on social media.

The firestorm erupted after Deen, 68, seemingly posted the image of herself dressed as Lucille Ball and her 45-year-old son, Bobby, wearing brown face as latin band director Ricky Ricardo.

The photo was accompanied by the caption: "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin' to do!" with the hashtag "#TransformationTuesday."

Ball's real-life husband, actor Desi Arnaz, Sr., who played Ricardo, was a white Cuban. The image was therefore more controversial because white Cubans look down on dark skinned Cubans in the same way some white Americans are racist towards dark skinned Americans.

After the image appeared on her Twitter.com page on Tuesday, Deen's publicist released a statement clearing Deen of any responsibility.

"This photograph is from a Halloween episode of Paula's Best Dishes that aired in 2011. Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended. As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager."

Deen and her brother were sued in 2013 by Lisa T. Jackson, the former manager of her Savannah, GA restaurants, who accused them of sexual and racial harassment.

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    • Lorenzo Chaps

      THAT'S RACIST!!

    • iWasteTime

      ...

    • Letmecommentbeforeicant

      Idc if it was taken 10 years ago. It was still taken.

    • SummerBaby

      ......

    • Use_Coasters_aka_Sol_88

      Kid Fury ?

    • Chitsngiggles

      Meanwhile this is why I fugs with Amber

    • Chitsngiggles

      I love your pic!

    • I want to be free

      Damn she had a social media person and still couldn't get it right.

    • Chitsngiggles

      I love him too!

    • iWasteTime

      I'm going to the Read in NY on the 18th! I'm so excited!!!

    • Chitsngiggles

      They probably racist too. They tend to flock together.

    • Femme404

      Yes. Amber got barz. Clapback game is nasty.

    • NakeyaJ Valued Rose since 2011

      SHe really has ZERO fuggs to give and I am here for it!!!

    • ShelbyMoore

      Did the social media manager force her to take that pic too?

    • Guess Who

      LOL...this hillbilly heffa can't win for losing as of late!

    • Femme404

      Right. The firable offense wasn't the posting it was the picture. #done

    • iWasteTime

      I'm here for Amber!

    • Hair Lova ???

      I love her, lol

    • NakeyaJ Valued Rose since 2011

      @Khaki and @MOD please click your red circle thing next to your name. I left yall something down yonder.

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      I can't wait for the podcast

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      MORNING! Ok Paula..you took this in 2011 lol

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      She is SO petty. She is ALWAYS ready.

    • Femme404

      LMAO. Still love this picture.

    • Hair Lova ???

      Paulaaaaaa are you missing the point? Ok your missing the point, so let me esplannnnn it to you. it doesn't matter who put the picture of, or what ear it was taken in. Your boy should not have been allowed to wear black face, it's offensive. And especially to play Ricky? Ricky was olive complexion not dark skinned by the way... Can we give Paula the Jameson award?

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      That NINJA was HOOOONGRY

    • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

      Dis how my daddy eat. He be stuffing raw whole hot dogs in his mouth like dis. True story.

    • Femme404

      New post.

    • <3 LoveDreamLive <3

      ...well damn....

    • http://olskoolblackflix.com Taco Juice

      If you can find a color photo of Desi Arnaz, you will see that he was about the same shade as Tyra. Also, on the episode of I love Lucy where she was about to give birth, he did a show in costume similar to African warrior tribes and gave a short speech about Cubans and ties to Africa. Acknowledging a black or African lineage wasn't something that was common back then.

      Paula Deen did nothing wrong but her team needs to be aware of the kind of images that go live on social media. Especially since that scandal was pretty recent.

    • Canary Red™

      "The image was therefore more controversial because white Cubans look down on dark skinned Cubans in the same way some white Americans are racist towards dark skinned Americans" ...and the same way African Americans do! Tone discrimination is in every culture...I first learned with India.

    • Canary Red™

      Hell nah!!!!! ????

    • L.T.L. Since 2007

      Hahaha!!!!

    • Full Monty

      Quick someone hit her with another ham upside her head!

    • NSYDEOUT

      WTF?! BUT YOU TOOK THE PICTURE KNOWING FULL WELL THIS WAS WRONG! U know what....she knows what's up and will keep doing it and get away with like D. Trump & Fat Boy Zimmerman.....until...........

    • kgirl33

      When will this butter eating lady just go away!

    • kgirl33

      Lol

    • JerseyMom

      White Cubans are some of the most racist people next to white Americans.

    • Di Ana

      Hispanic people in general.

    • Letmecommentbeforeicant

      It's a classic. Lol

    • Tiffany Miller

      Hers was bigger... WAAAAAAY BIGGER!!!! I had to stare for a moment. Most trans have huge eggplants.. and bottoms.

    • Sincerity7

      yeah. um. no.

    • Readytochokemothernatureonout

      Why for? The social media person didn't get made up and pose for the pitcha they did.

    • YouWearItWell

      Anyone can see that this "social media mgr" is a lie to save face.
      I wish I love Lucy was on Netflix- that was my fav show as a kid.

    • T3

      Yaaaassss!!!

    • don juan

      Wtf is Brown Face?

    • Ali

      Next people are going to be upset that she has a red wig on. This obviously was intended as an innocent and humorous act trying to portray The classic and beloved TV sitcom of 'I love Lucy'. People should lighten up.