Paula Deen Fires Social Media Manager After Brownface Photo


It didn't take long for Paula Deen to take action after a photo of her and her son Bobby appeared on Twitter Monday. The embattled cook and her son were dressed as Lucy and Ricky from I Love Lucy, but Bobby Deen darkened his skin with makeup. And the Twitter backlash ensued.

According to a rep for Paula Deen, the photo wasn't supposed to have been posted on Twitter.


"Paula Deen's social media manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy," her reps said in a statement to People. "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," the statement continues. "As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this social media manager."

For the record, brownface was still a racist thing in 2011. You can dress as Ricky without darkening your skin. It also baffles me that people still think it's OK to throw on brown or black makeup to look like someone else. But then again, some people are two cans short of a six-pack. In any event, maybe Donald Trump needs a new social media manager?

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