Here are five others who let their true colors show in 2013:
The Straightest Penne
Apparently Guido Barilla’s favorite pasta is spaghetti because it is straight.
“We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family,” Barilla, president of the family-owned Barilla pasta company, told an Italian radio interviewer. “If gays don’t like it, they can always eat another brand of pasta. Everyone is free to do what they want, provided it doesn’t bother anyone else.”
Butter Queen Blunder
Celebrity chef Paula Deen burned a lot of butter as she defended herself against a lawsuit that alleged sexual harassment and a hostile work environment filled with racial slurs.
The Food Network did not renew Deen’s contract.
According to a disposition, Lisa Jackson, a former manager at a restaurant owned by Deen and her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers, asked Deen about waiter uniforms for a wedding and Deen said the following:
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n—-s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.” Paula Deen laughed and said “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”
Crack Mayor’s Ride
It was hard work, but Toronto mayor Rob Ford magically grabbed the title of World Crackiest Mayor” from former D.C. mayor and current council member Marion Barry.
The crack mayor for a new generation did it with a level of class seldom associated with Canada.
A media darling after being caught on camera smoking crack, Ford elevated the conversation when denying allegations that he came on to a female staff member. His graphic use of rather nasty term for oral sex shocked the masses and media. To make things worse, the Crack Mayor offered that he enjoys enough oral sex “at home” to be worried about it elsewhere. How romantic?
Drug Testing Coke User
Seems Florida Republican Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel should have been testing himself.
It was bad enough that he was caught up in a police drug sting.
It was worse that Radel is among those who voted in favor of drug testing for food stamp recipients.
How about we drug test Congress? Hell, let’s drug test everybody.
Michael S. Jeffries, the CEO of Columbus-based Abercrombie and Fitch, spent a whole bunch of time earlier this year apologizing for statements he made against so-called ‘fatties’ and ‘uglies’ during a colorful Salon.com interview back in 2006.
Read: Ohio company to eating disorder survivor: so, so sorry for those anti-fat comments
From article: “As far as Jeffries is concerned, America’s unattractive, overweight or otherwise undesirable teens can shop elsewhere. “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he says. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either.”
Bonus: Revisionist historians
Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, George Will and anyone else who compared any parts of Obamacare to slavery should just shut it. Hate the president. Hate his premium program. Try to overturn it, but don’t compare apples to oppression.
They sound just as intelligent as the friend of a friend’s who said white people don’t like black people because black slaves took jobs from ‘white boys’ during slavery.
“Duck Dynasty” Papa Phil Robertson came close to getting out of 2013 without putting his beard in his mouth.
Close counts in horseshoe and hand grenades, but not so much when it comes to homophobic remarks.
Papa “Duck,” as I will call him from this point forward, has been suspended from his family’s hit A&E show “Duck Dynasty” for making homophobic comments about gay folks being unworthy of places in Heaven. He also has some interesting thoughts about black people.
(Scroll down for 5 others who have let their true colors show in 2013.)
The squirrel eater, viewed weekly by 14 million Americans, equated gays to terrorists and those having sex with ducks and/or other animals in the January issue of GQ magazine.
Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and those men,” he said. Then he paraphrased Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
And then there was this comment:
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus, that’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”
This one tied it all up in a pretty ‘non-judgemental’ bow:
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later, you see what ‘I am saying.”
Yeah, now everyone sees what you are saying.
No offense to self-proclaimed Bible-thumpers who are not raging homophobic, borderline racists, but Papa Duck’s backward and insensitive comments should come to no surprise.
(Bible-thumper: an overzealous advocate of Christian fundamentalism — Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
It is pretty ridiculous that A&E suspended the show. They knew what they were getting when they hired Papa Duck and his family. I don’t agree with his positions, but he doesn’t hide them. On several levels, that is refreshing.
Papa Duck has the right to his opinion and beliefs, and trust me, I am glad he opened up to the magazine.
This sort of backwards thinking is easier to address when it is not hiding in the Louisiana swamps and saying seemingly innocuous things like “Hey.”
In a sense, Papa Duck is simply letting his freak flag fly.
Support Duck Dynasty if you want to. At least now you know the brand of ‘thinking’ you are supporting.