Southwestern food queen Paula Deen stated to the “Today” show audience if there's anyone in the audience who has never voiced something they regretted, "please take up that stone and throw it as hard as they can and kill me."
A compelling point. Every one of us has said something “regrettable” in jest or anger. But it’s one thing when you insult or upset someone because you’re in a bad mood or stressed, or simply not thinking; it’s another when you make racial slurs. Derogatory words are no longer aimed at one person, but at an entire ethnicity, race, or nationality. You’re making a [fallacious] generalization about a group of people.
When someone’s in the limelight, they should be a little more cognizant of what they say and how they act. Being in the public eye holds a degree of responsibility, whether they like it or not. As Rihanna said recently, she never asked to be a role model. Sorry darlin’, but that’s what you are—by virtue of the fact you hold “celebrity status”. God gave you a gift. Make the best [use] of it.
Let’s consider the good we can do and the walls we can tear down. It’s time to quash prejudice and intolerance and allow fairness and acceptance to reign.