Paula Deen has learned nothing: Tweets image of her son wearing brownface

America's foremost butter expert and casual racist quickly scrubbed her social media clean of the image

By Colin Gorenstein
July 7, 2015 10:02PM (UTC)
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Paul Deen quickly removed this image from Twitter and Facebook after commenters expressed outrage. (Twitter)

Proving that she's learned close to nothing since her "n-word" controversy two summers ago, America's foremost butter expert and casual racist Paula Deen struck again Tuesday afternoon on social media.

Deen uploaded an image featuring her and her son, Bobby, dressed up as the beloved "I Love Lucy" couple, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. It was accompanied by the caption "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin' to do! #Transformation."


Problem is: Bobby, who is not hispanic, decided to wear brownface to look the part of Ricky.

The image was met with unanimous horror and disgust from readers, which prompted Deen to scrub both her Facebook page and Twitter clean of the evidence almost immediately.

While much of the Internet has speculated that the deleted image was a plug for her new cable TV show, Yahoo! Celebrity reports that the photo was actually from a Halloween episode of her Food Network Show back in 2011. This is not to say, of course, that Deen should get a free pass.

Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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