While Americans continue to mock and excoriate celebrity chef Paula Deen for admitting that "Yeah, of course" she uses the racial epithets and holds a certain nostalgic fondness for slavery, the celebrity chef remained conspicuously silent on the matter -- until now.
Through a rep, she issued a meek, problematic apology to TMZ (Deen was "speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today") on Thursday, but was a no-show for her first real opportunity to address the controversy -- a "Today" show interview scheduled with Matt Lauer this morning.
Now, in what feels like she's gearing up for a publicity stunt rather than a sincere apology, Deen has announced the release of her own video. Knowing she's got a captive audience, Deen even teased the audience with a photo:
The hope of a sincere apology seems to diminish by the second, and the joke has shifted from Deen's overt racism to what latent racism Deen's non-apology apology will hold: