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Opinion | Farah Stockman

Paula Deen’s ‘Bubba’ problem

Is Deen really the villain? And is assigning blame avoiding a real issue?

“Fag” was a common insult when I was a kid. In the vocabulary of eighth-grade put-downs, its ubiquitousness was matched only by the thoughtlessness with which we tossed it at everyone. I remember the day a friend explained why it offended him. I felt ashamed, and haven’t used it since.

I thought of that last week after celebrity chef Paula Deen got dropped by her sponsors for admitting that she used the n-word 25 years ago.

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