Former Food Network star Paula Deen has been mired in controversy lately -- and it seems plenty of people are adding their two cents to the conversation, including author Anne Rice.
Deen came under fire after a former employee brought forth a lawsuit claiming she faced sexual and racial discrimination while working for Deen and her brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers. In the deposition for the suit, Deen admitted to using the N-word and it was revealed that Deen had considered holding a "true Southern plantation-style theme" wedding for her brother, featuring only black servers. (She says that she subsequently discarded the idea.) The story since has been picked up by media around the world. But until Rice stepped up, the only people defending Deen were her sons.
Rice voiced her opinion on her Facebook page and even though she "never heard of her until today," she believes what's happening to Deen "looks like a crucifixion." The comments were discovered by Jezebel. Here's Rice's complete statement:
"What's happening with Paula Dean[sic]? Is it fair? I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. Opinions, thoughts welcome. Thanks to Troy Hawkins for the link. I may be wrong but aren't we becoming something of a lynch mob culture? Is this a good example of that? What are your feelings?"
CBC Books is wondering the same thing: what's your take on what's happening with Paula Deen? And how do you feel about Anne Rice's comments? Should the author be speaking out?