Disgraced food person/avid cackler Paula Deen is trying very, very hard to move past her sordid racist past by hanging out with as many black people as she possibly can. A promo for her new network almost comically shows Deen socializing with token black "friends," and now she's teaming up with Steve Harvey to mentor 100 black youth.
Deen's "no-holds-barred sit-down" appearance on Harvey's show airs today. In it, Deen will discuss "her recent fall from grace, forgiveness and second chances, as well as her plans for a comeback." Part of that plan is to teach culinary skills — Does deep frying sticks of butter really count as a "culinary skill?" — to the young men at Harvey's mentoring camp. Harvey notes in a video that he realizes there will be backlash but adds that he doesn't "give a damn." Harvey might not, but Twitter sure did. Check out the snarkiest responses below:
Paula Deen can cook some enticing looking food. So can the witch from Hansel and Gretel. Keep your kids away from both. #PaulaMentoring— Kieran (@danblackroyd) October 1, 2014
#PaulaMentoring will be her chance to play out her plantation fantasies & call it charity— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) October 1, 2014
Even if she wasn't racist, her recipes are extremely unhealthy! WTF would you want her teaching suicide to our children?!! #PaulaMentoring— Mr. E (@KingMike33) October 2, 2014
#PaulaMentoring "Even racism tastes better with bacon."— alisha gaines (@alishagaines) October 1, 2014