It's not what she's said in the past that has made people angry, it's her still, very obvious attitude towards racism. If you read her deposition, some of the responses she gave demonstrate she still has the mentality of a closet racist, one of them for example is:
In a deposition taken last month, Deen admitted using the N-word. When asked if she had used the racial slur, she said, "of course."
Hmm. "Of course," as in... she assumes everyone uses that word? I don't know..
I've said it before.. it's not that people don't want to forgive her, it's that she's lied and seems to be in total denial.
Let's also not forget about the pornography. To me, as well as for many others is almost equally as offensive. In other words, she's not who she portrayed herself to be. That would disappoint many people coming from anyone.
I don't think she should be crucified for comments she's made so long ago, like I said people change, but it's how she's responded to the allegations, and the comments she's made today that are sinking her.
Pete (from WI), there are many topics (global issues) that are more worthy of discussion, but that could be said about any topic discussed anywhere. On certain platforms it's best to keep things light and entertaining. This is entertaining. I don't think anyone wants to come to a cooking forum and talk about military spending, global financial crisis, environmental issues, taxes, or poverty. The Paula Deen scandal is food related, and this is a food related forum, so naturally members will discuss.