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I don't like Paula Deen. It has nothing to do with the current allegations of misbehavior, those have yet to be proven, I simply don't like who and what she portrays. She isn't authentic. She's a phony. She's playing a role and pretending to be someone she's not - all to make a buck. I prefer raw and sincere.
When Meryl Streep plays a role, she knows we know that she's playing a role. Paula thinks we're stupid. Paula thinks that we can't see through the phony smiles and laughs.
Maybe Paula did the things she's being accused of , maybe she didn't. I'm not in a position to judge this early in the game. The question though, is why are so many willing to drop her like a hot potato so quickly? Why were all of the companies and businesses so quick to drop her? Could it be that they never had faith in her to begin with? Could it be that when we pretend to be someone we're not then people don't trust us? Could it be that when we're not true to ourselves that our world falls apart?
I've done many dishonest things in my life. I'm not talking about running ponzi schemes (I'm not that smart), stealing, or things like that. I've fained interest in subjects I could care less about to fit in with others. I've taken jobs that were against my values to make a buck; hoping that if I worked hard and made enough money it would all be worth it. It never has.
Every time I do something that isn't in line with my true self or my core values, my world turns upside down. Life stops making sense. I feel frustrated. I get angry and I get bitter. I don't want to get out of bed. Why has this happened to me? When I've strayed from my path I feel like Paula Deen. I don't like Paula Deen.
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