UPDATE: A rep for Deen told Entertainment Weekly that the person responsible for the tweet has been let go. “Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended,” the rep told EW. “As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this social media manager.”
Oh no. Two years after Paula Deen’s career imploded after she admitted to using racial slurs toward African-Americans, the famed chef has committed another tone-deaf faux pas, posting then deleting a photo of her son Bobby Deen sporting brownface.
“Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do! #TransformationTuesday @BobbyDeen,” Paula, 68, captioned a photo of herself dressed like Lucy Ricardo from the hit ‘50s sitcom I Love Lucy. In the photo, Bobby, 45, posed as Ricky Ricardo, who was of Cuban descent.
The tweet remained up for a little more than an hour before the butter-loving cook deleted it. But backlash quickly began on Twitter, with users posting screengrabs of the deleted tweet and calling Paula out on the photo.
The Food Network star previously was linked to accusations of racism during her 2013 lawsuit from a former employee, and admitted to using the N-word multiple times.
As a result, she was dropped from numerous endorsement deals and had a tearful interview on the Today show in which she declared, “I is what I is.”