Paula Deen to address racism comments in video

Meanwhile, Twitter anticipates how racist her apology -- if that's what it is -- will be

By Prachi Gupta

Published June 21, 2013 4:42PM (EDT)

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:

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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:

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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