Despite the fact that celebrity Chef Paula Deen admitted the use of a racial slur is unforgiveable, African Americans fans are accepting her apology. A group called Black People For Paula issued a release saying they want others to gather with them at Times Square in August outside of the Today Show told help them carry a banner reading, “WE FORGIVE YOU PAULA.”
“She has admitted that what she said was wrong and hurtful,” the release said. “She gave an extremely heartfelt apology and I forgive her, my family forgives her and the African American community forgives her. We have all made at least one mistake that we wish never happened. Paula Deen should not have to continue to suffer for one mistake.”
They expect a gathering of 100 supporters.
“Black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have forgiven Paula,” the release said. “The Black community has forgiven Paula, it's time for us all to open our hearts and give this good woman a second chance.”
The rally is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 16.
Despite the vote of confidence, USA Today reported Saturday that the former Food Network chef fired her legal team. Just last week Deen severed her relationship with her longtime age.
Sued by a former manager at one of her restaurants for sexual harassment and racial discrimination, Deen was asked in a deposition if she had ever used the N-word.
"Yes, of course,” she said. But she also insisted "it's been a very long time."
She's been in hot water ever since, losing contracts and endorsements left and right.