Leave it to third-stringer Rod Dreher to tell us why being mad at Paula Deen is like elder abuse:
But Deen has been so nastily scapegoated over race that I’ve become a reluctant Deen supporter. That’s because as someone who grew up in a small Southern town, and who moved back after 30 years away, I know so many big-hearted but misguided older people like her, good people who could not withstand the scrutiny that has destroyed Deen’s career.
The only difference between those big-hearted older people and Deen is that Deen is making millions of dollars as a marquee celebrity chef on a network that sells advertising to companies that market to demographics other than fossilized old white southerners. And leave it to the guy who invented “Crunchy Cons”, the non-existent group of conservatives who are also hippies, to dream up an old-age exception for despicable bigots.
Dreher is a slippery weasel, so he minimizes Deen’s use of the n-word as an “admission that on at least one occasion in the distant past, she used the N-word”. That little trope is going around in conservative circles in an attempt to paint Deen’s predicament as the outcome of some kind of PC witch hunt, but the bare fact is that she’s a big old bigot and the invisible hand just pushed her to the curb.