AceShowbiz - Paula Deen has issued an apology for controversial "brownface" picture which appeared on her Twitter account on Tuesday, July 7. Paula received backlash over the photo which showed her and her son Bobby being dressed as "I Love Lucy" characters Lucy and Ricky Ricardo with Bobby wearing skin-darkening make-up.
The picture, which has since been deleted, was captioned, "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin' to do! #TransformationTuesday." Some Twitter users then slammed Paula. "Oh god you did not," one user wrote. "Paula, you have a lot of esplainin' to do," another user said. "Holy s**t is that brownface," a third user added.
Paula's spokesman Jaret Keller says in a statement that the picture was posted by her social media manager. "Paula Deen's Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy," Jaret explains, "This photograph is from a Halloween episode of Paula's Best Dishes that aired in 2011."
"Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended. As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager," he adds.
This is not the first time Paula has been a part of racism controversy. Her career suffered tremendously after she admitted to using the N-word in a 2013 deposition. After her Food Network show was canceled, she appeared on the "Today" show and tearfully told Matt Lauer, "I am not a racist."