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Jun 29 2013

Beck: Paula Deen the Victim of McCarthyism

I’ve really had a difficult time dredging up even a tiny bit of give-a-shit about the whole Paula Deen racism thing. I’m glad she’s off the Food Network now, but that would be true no matter why it happened. But I do have to laugh about this hysterical overreaction from Glenn Beck:

Wearing what appeared to be a Boy Scout uniform on his Monday Internet broadcast, Beck said that Deen “doesn’t sound racist.”

“When you go down the road of suppression — suppression, discouraging people from speaking their minds, striking terror in the heart and being a slave to political correctness by making them all go away, you’re engaging in McCarthyism and we regress as a society and become less free,” he explained. “How can people advance if we suppress any thought? How can we advance if we train people not to rock the boat?”

“Where would the world be if Columbus and Magellan and other world explorers believed conventional wisdom that the Earth was flat? Or they were told, ‘That’s it, you’re not going anywhere, to jail with you’?” Beck asked. “Where would be be if Martin Luther King didn’t speak and challenge segregation and racism?”

The conservative host argued that Deen’s fate should have been decided by television ratings “if Americans ends up deciding she’s a racist.”

“Instead the Food Network caved and contributed to the growing un-American atmosphere of fear and silence,” he insisted. “Hello, Joseph McCarthy. We’re here, gang. All speech must be defended. Especially the speech that you do not like.”

First of all, it’s a myth that Columbus thought the earth was flat. That was not the conventional wisdom of the time. And seriously, how absurd is the rest of this? McCarthy was a senator and people were persecuted by the government. Free speech does not mean you can say racist things and not get fired for it. This really isn’t that complicated. And of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Beck, a member of a church that has long preached that blacks are cursed by God, would defend a racist.

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  1. 1
    marcus

    Totally OT, I apologize, but I can’t wait. I bet you’re preparing a post right now.
    Marriage equality resumes in CA!
    You may resume discussion as to what a racist dumbass Paula Deen is.

  2. 2
    Larry

    Maybe I missed the news report, but I don’t recall the gubmint coming in and firing Deen from the food network, from Target, from Penny’s, or from any of the other stores. As far as I know, she hasn’t been arrested and put on trial for her words.She was perfectly free to say whatever it was she said. That doesn’t mean others are any less free to express their opinions on what she said. Maybe Beck and these other cretins screaming censorship will figure that out one day. But I doubt it.

  3. 3
    w00dview

    Beck and his ilk do not give a flying SHIT about freedom of speech. This is the wingnut ideal of freedom of speech:

    Wingnut: I think all (insert minority here) are (insert bad characteristic here).
    Everyone else: Gosh, you are so right! Not to mention smart and handsome!
    Wingnut: I know, God Bless Murca!
    Non-bigot: Hey man, that is really not cool.
    Wingnut: Fascist!! How DARE you tell me I’m wrong! It is my RIGHT as an American to say what I want!
    Non-bigot: I am not saying otherwise al I am saying is…
    Wingnut: SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP !

    Bigoted assholes want freedom from the consequences of their speech not freedom of speech. They just want confirmation of their alleged superiority 24/7.

  4. 4
    Mr Ed

    So Beck believes in some sort of nihilistic utopia where we are free from the consequences of or actions. Dean is free to use the words she used or create antebellum themed parties but these things do have consequences. I’m free to ignore red lights but I have to accept the consequence of being injured, injuring others or a traffic fine.

  5. 5
    Randomfactor

    Of course, the real reason Deen’s in hot water is over sexual harassment and hostile workplace allegations. She’s an equal-opportunity offender.

  6. 6
    Avicenna

    Deen doesn’t sound racist.

    She just wants to dress black people up as slaves and remember the good olde days. When black people were slaves…

    That’s not racist! That’s history!

    Oh wait…

  7. 7
    johnryder

    This is so stupid in so many ways. First of all, didn’t she call one of her employees a nigger? You would be fired for that immediately in almost ANY work place. And seriously, ratings should decide her fate? Its not like they didn’t already know that ratings would plummet. They’re just being efficient.

  8. 8
    Modusoperandi

    Worse, no matter the ethnicity of her staff nor how they’re dressed, her recipes are awful.

  9. 9
    dugglebogey

    Paula Deen didn’t do anything or say anything that sounds racist.

    What she did was allow her brother Bubba, who works for her, speak and act racist towards her employees. She’s the boss, the buck stops with her. She didn’t stop him when she was aware of what he was doing. she deserves the ruin she’s experiencing now.

    Somewhere there’s a lawyer saying “I told you to settle this lawsuit.”

  10. 10
    yoav

    Glenn Beck didn’t always think (to use the term extremely loosely) that Joe McCarthy was all that bad.

  11. 11
    dobby

    People stopped believing that the world was flat long before Columbus and Magellan. Even if this was true it would just be the Galileo gambit.

  12. 12
    Modusoperandi

    yoav, you obviously don’t believe in Absolute Morality. When “my side” does it it’s absolutely Good.. When the “other side” does it it’s absolutely Evil. That’s just basic Moral Philosophy.

  13. 13
    Dr X

    @6:

    She just wants to dress black people up as slaves and remember the good olde days. When black people were slaves… That’s not racist! That’s history!

    I believe the preferred term in racist circles is “heritage.”

  14. 14
    thebookofdave

    First they came for the Magellanists
    I did not speak out
    because I was not a Magellanist

    Then they came for the racists…

  15. 15
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Columbus’s heresy was not believing the world was round, but believing it was smaller than conventional wisdom suggested and that he could sail all the way around to Asia. If he hadn’t had the dumb luck of stumbling on a continent that no one knew was there, he and his crews would have died long before reaching his goal.

  16. 16
    Avicenna

    @johnryder – She apparently HAS used the word but within the historical context that during the 60s it was more socially acceptable to use it than today.. The problem is she has effectively turned a blind eye to someone seriously called Bubba who is a racist (Oh the stereotype!).

    And has said some stuff that’s either ignorant of why something is bad(Like Indians using the word nigger without understanding the context of why it’s a bad word) or more likely is a racist and just doesn’t realise it.

  17. 17
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    This is why Beck has always condemned Ann Coulter – for demonizing people who express certain ideas – while championing the right of conscience and expression of those who believe in the violent overthrow of the US government and its replacement with an Islamic Theocracy.

    Beck: he believes no ideas should be suppressed by the tyranny of public criticism.

  18. 18
    lochaber

    Wait, isn’t McCarthy one of the patron saints of the right wing? Like, didn’t he single handedly save us from a communist dystopia, or atheism, or, uh, something?

  19. 19
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    Only a wingnut could bring up Martin Luther King tearing down segregation as an argument for allowing racism. Seriously, what an idiot.

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