The religious right has played the victim for awhile now on the issue of gay rights, but to see someone well known and presumably media-savvy like Paula Deen play the victim because she got caught using the n-word and telling racist jokes is just bizarre. In Texas I hear this crap all the time, so one can imagine that Deen is surrounded by people equally racist who use that word and tell such jokes. So I understand that she feels victimized. People like that usually do. What I don’t understand is why there isn’t someone on her staff to tell her that her “apologies” are just making things worse for her. Unfortunately a great many Americans live in bubbles in which their most ridiculous or even heinous utterings go unchallenged until they find themselves in a situation like this. Deen is obviously free to believe and say whatever she wants. The rest of us are also free to change the channel or buy someone else’s products. I do think it’s sad that she sees herself as the victim. Her blubbering appearance on yesterday’s Today Show would have been embarrassing for anyone with any character at all. Sadly she doesn’t seem to have any of that at all, otherwise she wouldn’t be in this mess.