Paula Deen and Asking for Forgiveness

I'm Sorry. Photo: Leyram Odacrem

I’m Sorry. Photo: Leyram Odacrem

Random House canceled its five-year contract with Paula Deen today, in what seems to me like the final nail in the coffin of her public life and her career. Since she allegedly admitted to using the N-word and wanting black waiters to play the roles of slaves at a wedding party, multiple sponsors and partners have broken ties with the Food Network star, leading many to question the future of her brand.

There are plenty of news sources covering the excruciating details of this story, but I want to ask one question here:

What would have happened to Paula Deen’s career had she just said, first and foremost, “I’m sorry”?

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