We have a new channel on our cable TV that airs the older television shows like Sanford and Son, Hazel, The Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Leave It To Beaver, All In the Family, Father Knows Best, Gidget and many other awesome shows. And well the other day they were showing an episode of Sanford and Son and leave it to Fred to drop the dreaded "N" word, which he did quite often.
Sandford and Son was a show that ran from 1972 to 1977 and was known for it's edgy racial humor, running gags and catch phases. Sanford and Son was enormously popular during most of its run, and was one of the top ten highest-rated series on American television from its first season (1971–1972) through the 1975–1976 season. And I must say that I loved this show and still do and of course it is still as funny as ever!
Now, here is where my problem is. It was okay and obviously still is okay for Fred Sanford to drop the "N" word because he was not bleeped out on the show the other day when my Hubby was watching the rerun. But it's not okay for Paula Deen to have dropped the "N" word 20 darn years ago. Really?
I guess I just don't understand what is wrong with this country. I guess I think that the fact is that it was 20 years ago and not yesterday makes a huge difference to me (don't get me wrong, I think dropping that word anywhere and anytime is wrong). I know that I am sure that there are a lot of things that the public doesn't know about the whole Paula Deen case but really? If people would put this much time, energy and effort into fighting something worth fighting besides being politically correct imagine what this country could accomplish.
We could spend the time and effort fighting crime, drugs, child abuse or sexual abuse. Or hey, we could spend the time and effort teaching our children respect. We could teach them to respect not only each other but to respect the country that we live in. But how about we stop worrying about being so damn politically correct for a few minutes and teach our children how to treat others and how to treat themselves. If we could teach them this and respect it would probably lower crime of all kinds naturally. I sit back and watch so many adults lose sight of parenting with everyday technologies and the day to day stress and then when something big like Miss Paula dropping the "N" word comes up and boy they have time and energy to spend collecting information and voicing their opinions. And these kinds of things drive me insane.
Disclaimer: Information/images are from Paula Deen and Wikipedia and CrackleTV. And in no way was I compensated for this post.