Paula Deen in Hot Water for Posting Brownface Photo on Twitter

by ETonline Staff 1:40 PM PDT, July 07, 2015
Playing Paula Deen in Hot Water for Posting Brownface Photo on Twitter

It seems that some people just don’t learn.

Paula Deen was in hot water (again) on Tuesday for posting an image of her and her son, Bobby, dressed as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The controversial photo showed Bobby wearing brownface while impersonating the legendary I Love Lucy star.

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The former Food Network star quickly deleted the image, but not before several followers and news outlets picked up on the tweet.

Photo: Twitter

Meanwhile, Deen's publicist sent a statement to ET regarding the photo in question.

"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. This photograph is from a Halloween episode of Paula's Best Dishes that aired in 2011," the statement reads. "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."

This is not the first time the 68-year-old celebrity chef has been caught up in a racial controversy. In 2013, Deen was fired from the Food Network after she admitted to using a racial slur during a deposition for a lawsuit alleging racial and sexual discrimination. The suit was dismissed, but several sponsors immediately canceled contracts with the TV personality.  

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Since then, Deen has attempted to rebuild her image with several tearful public apologies.

ET has reached out to Deen for comment.