Letter: Paula Deen shouldn't carry blame

Celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News'

Celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show Wednesday in Manhattan. Deen said she is not a racist and was heartbroken by the controversy that began with her own deposition in a lawsuit. (June 26, 2013) (Credit: AP )

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Paula Deen being vilified as a racist just shows how off-course our society has become ["Food for thought on Paula Deen," Opinion, June 30]. I'm all for political correctness, but when did it spiral out of control?

We can thank the media for this circus. In Deen's case, the only thing missing is the date, time and location of the public stoning. If that were broadcast, one can only wonder what the ratings might be.

Personally, I would love to see top executives and their boards, the ones that made the decision to terminate contracts with Deen, hooked up to a polygraph machine and let Matt Lauer ask these holier-than-thou individuals the same questions he asked Deen. I know that not one of these CEOs or their board members would have the guts to do this.

Mark L. Shapiro, Huntington

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