Paula Deen Needs To Donate Some Money; How 5 Other Celebrities Got Out of Jams

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I'm sorry. So Sorry.
It just keeps getting worse and worse for Paula Deen. Over the weekend, the celebrity chef was dropped from her publisher Random House's Ballantine Books. Deen and Ballantine were due to release Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Recipes: All Lightened Up in the fall, but the company is now yanking the cookbook before it hits shelves. This decision was surely not made lightly considering the book is already No. 1 on Amazon in pre-sales.

Deen is really in a pickle and it's not a homemade pickle from cucumbers she grew from her garden. It's a nasty pickle bought on sale at Dollar General. Last week the chef showed up on The Today Show in what was supposed to be a fervid apology, but it felt more like a random act of bate and switch; Deen talked a lot about how children need to be raised to not use hateful language. Err... it wasn't our children spouting out the worst of the worst offensive; it was you.

Crisis communication teams, AKA people who do nothing all day but come up with ways to get out of bad situations, are probably having a field day with this one. Where is Deen's backup on this thing? From an outsider's perspective it looks like even her PR people have thrown their hands up in the air, and I am not sure why. This is a bad situation for her to be in, no doubt, but there have been much deeper holes that celebrities have dug their way out of. Why hasn't Deen bought a school for children in Africa yet? That's how you get yourself out of this!

Deen should set up her all-star kitchen in a homeless shelter and feed the hungry (go easy on the butter though), she should go to Indonesia and hug little girls who she just taught how to read her cookbooks, or maybe she should build an ark and take two of each animal on it for safekeeping. All it takes is a little outside the box thinking and a lot of money, and she'll be back on the Food Network in no time. These people did it, Deen can too.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

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What Did He Do That Was So Bad? He was a total dick. Right around when The Social Network movie was due to release, the buzz around Zuckerberg was that he basically stole the idea for Facebook from the Winklevoss twins and he became a zillionaire while they were forced into doing pistachio ads. Plus, Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Zuckerberg made him look like a sociopath and a nerd!

What Did He Do To Get Out Of It: He donated $100 million to New Jersey schools, and the dude isn't even from the Garden State.

4. Alex Baldwin

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Going on the View to apologize, the ultimate form of humiliation
What did He Do That Was So Bad? He left the nastiest voicemail for his daughter, calling her a "rude, thoughtless little pig," and it was leaked for all the doting mothers of the world to hear -- not the nicest way to treat your daughter or your fans.

What Did He Do To Get Out Of It: He quit 30 Rock. Baldwin allegedly said that he didn't want his insensitive actions getting in the way of the success of the show, so he'd be the bigger man and leave. This apology was almost like a threat to the entire 30 Rock loving world, and they immediately forgave him as long as he promised to play Jack Donaghy forever.

3. Justin Timberlake

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What did He Do That Was So Bad? Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed during the 2004 Super Bowl Half Time show, and Timberlake decided to go to second base during their duet. Jackson is the one that flashed everyone, but Timberlake wound up being the one to do the heavy apologizing.

What Did He Do To Get Out Of It: He brought sexy back. Literally. Justin Timberlake just acted awesome, and we all forgot about the duo's stupid stunt.

2. Lindsay Lohan

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No apology can save your botoxed lips.
What Did She Do That Was So Bad? Where do I start? What hasn't she done is a more appropriate question. I guess she's never killed anyone, besides her own innocence and career.

What Did She Do To Get Out Of It: In 2011 after a string of screw-ups, Lohan donated $50,000 to The Baby and I Foundation, which is based out of Atlanta and provides assistance to young mothers in need. Lohan apparently made the donation in honor of her own mother for doing such a good job of raising her. That doesn't make any sense at all.

1. Bill Clinton

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It was her hat that he loved so much.
What did He Do That Was So Bad? It seemed like a collective American nightmare: the president of the United States is caught for being inappropriate with a young intern. Their affair was all over the news; there were allegations of cigars being involved. The first lady was mortified as was their daughter, who was already having some growing pains at the time. People demanded Clinton step down or face impeachment.

What Did He Do To Get Out Of It: Let's see, after the affair he successfully put into place the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the largest (successful) health care reform in the years of the Clinton Presidency, the Adoption and Safe Families Act and then he succeeded in helping pass the Foster Care Independence Act. He also negotiated the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 by the Republican Congress. And he was the first president to since 1969 to bring the US into a projected federal surplus. Sex scandal or not, after he left office his approval rating was 66 percent, which was better than both Reagan and Kennedy.



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Sheila Sell
Sheila Sell

Baldwin based a gay guy? That disappoints me.

scottdaddy
scottdaddy

People take the Lord's name in vain and no one says anything. But if some person says the N word it's like the end of the world. Let me tell you folks, there's nothing holy about black people. Years ago I wrote letters to black churches trying to get some involved in the prolife movement. I never got any replies or thank you for asking. About 2 weeks later some politician said the N word and on the news I saw maybe 10 or 15 preachers up on a stage outraged about it. Paula doesn't have the problem, the black folks do.   It's pretty dumb to make your skin color your god.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

^ this. we let people get away with heinous crimes every day, and nothing happens, no one cares. but HOLY SHIT AN OLD WHITE SOUTHERN WOMAN IS A RACIST?! THE OUTRAGE! to be clear, i'm not saying she was right or that she shouldn't face the consequences of being offensive, just that i wish to god that things like, say, OUR OWN GOVERNMENT SPYING ON US AND OUR ALLIES pissed people off as much as this does.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

"Deen is really in a pickle and it's not a homemade pickle from cucumbers she grew from her garden. It's a nasty pickle bought on sale at Dollar General." this made me laugh unreasonably hard.

Mick Reece
Mick Reece

Yeah, money, the medicinal answer to all.

Adrienne Byard
Adrienne Byard

Isn't this the same lovely writer that brought us that daring piece about driving outside the loop?

Alan Hanley
Alan Hanley

I wish the media was half as interested in the corruption and crimes of the current administration as they are with what Paula Deen said 27 years ago. Our civil rights have been violated over and over by both parties.

Pete Klein
Pete Klein

Maybe she can use her Capital One card...you know. The one that Alec Baldwin shills for. You know him. He's the guy that went off on a tirade against a gay journalist.

Autumn Smith
Autumn Smith

You left out the fact that Zuckerberg literally created facebook as a way to judge the women on his campus according to their looks in revenge for his girlfriend dumping him (for being an asshole). So, he's a triple asshole. No amount of charity he gives can ever undo what a worthless douchenozzle he is.

Alan Hanley
Alan Hanley

I still don't know what she did wrong. The lady who sued Paula said she had never heard her use the word. Paula did admit to saying it 27 years ago. I'd be telling everyone to go f themselves not apologizing. If you're offended by what other people say maybe you should look at your own insecurities.

tlbass216
tlbass216

@Noelle A. Perry Yeah but what you don't understand is something like this is far more of an issue than our own security, rights or anything else. Besides, it's easier to crucify one old white lady than the entire government. 

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