Turns out, he was wrong.
As of Friday afternoon, the most recent post on the network’s page was a recipe for zucchini casserole. But the first visible comment had nothing to do with the dish. “SHAME on you food network for canceling Paula dean!!!!!” it read, in part. It had more than 600 likes and was generating a fierce debate between Deen supporters and detractors.
On Twitter, “Paula Deen” was trending -- and positive comments about the Southern chef weren’t exactly pouring in. But a small niche of tweeters indicated their support for her with #TeamPaula and, yes, #TeamPaulaDeen.
Both the Food Network and Deen were mum about the controversy on social media. Critics and supporters alike went to Deen’s Facebook page to share their opinions. One of the most popular comments on Deen’s page took her to task for the racial slur, but another expressing support addressed Deen directly: “Well Ms. Paula I'm a fan. I don't expect you to be perfect.”
Sorry, I don't think people should be forever damned for bad decisions made years ago.. #TeamPaulaDeen— shammac (@shammac) June 21, 2013
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