Leave it to Black Twitter to be creative and clever in the face of blatant racism. After news broke that Paula Dean admitted to using the “N-word” and planning a slave-themed wedding, Twitter users created and took hold of the hashtag #PaulasBestDishes to post mashups of famous meals mixed with racism-related terms.
Here is a sampling of tweets using the hashtag:
“Massa-roni and Cheese #PaulasBestDishes”
“Klan Chowder #PaulasBestDishes”
“Emmett Tilapia #PaulasBestDishes”
“Lettuce from a Birmingham jail #PaulasBestDishes”
“Nat Turnover #PaulasBestDishes”
“Coming forth to carry me home fries #PaulasBestDishes”
“You Hear White Folk Talkin You Better Hushpuppies #PaulasBestDishes”
The posts drew plenty of laughs from people of all races on Twitter, but some wondered why people opted out of hitting the celebrity chef where it hurts the most: her pockets.
Humor is one thing (and it certainly was damaging to her brand) but a call to The Food Network and/or visit to their website has more of a significant and lasting impact, people argued.
I think there’s room for both: humor that spreads awareness about Paula’s offensive acts and helps assuage the outrage many of her former African-American fans felt as well as a movement to contact the Food Network and advertisers on her show to demand that they break ties. What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?
UPDATE: Food Network has released the following statement: “Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation.”