Steve Harvey may have chosen to let bygones be bygones with Paula Deen, but not everyone’s quite yet simmered down from the burn of the celebrity chef’s public racial scandal from last summer in which she admitted to using the N-word and organizing a slavery-themed wedding. According to Eater.com, Deen ignited yet another race-tinged frenzy when a photo on the website for her Savannah, Georgia restaurant Lady & Sons was labeled as representative of a “mammy figure” by the Facebook group For Black Women Only. The group said the photo reinforces the mammy stereotype and “evokes images of slavery when our women ancestors would cook for their masters and ring a bell.” The group also implores Black women to destroy “the mammy archetype, stereotypes and all its characteristics.”
Upon noticing the outrage, Deen’s spokesperson issued a response stating that the ad in question has been featured on the Lady & Sons website for five years and the woman being referred to as a mammy-like figure has worked as Deen’s restaurant employee for “over 17 years” and “is like family to the Deens.”
Hmm…despite Deen’s recent efforts to revamp her soiled image, I’m not sure if any amount of Judy’s Smith’s crisis management will ever succeed in totally cleaning up her client’s mess.
What’s your take Clutchettes? Should Deen replace the photo in light of her recent racial discrimination scandal? Should the fact that this is a 5-year-old photo be taken into account?