Paula Deen’s career has gone through the ringer this past few weeks after the former Food Network chef admitting to using racial slurs. Now the Butter Queen will be finding herself in one of the most unlikely places: a comic. The 66-year-old is going to be turned into a “Female Force” character, Fox News wrote Thursday.
While the chef has lost nearly all of her endorsements and sponsorships, there is someone who still thinks Deen’s likeness is profitable. The news site added she will be made into a comic book character for Bluewater Productions.
“We do not condone her use of racial insensitivities and think that intolerance has no place in a just society,” Bluewater President Darren G. Davis told Fox411 in a statement. “But despite her recent failings, we also strongly believe she still has a powerful story to tell -- one that fits the female empowerment model of our books.”
The book had already been coming together for several months when Deen began to make national headlines for her inflammatory comments. Though Deen would be added to the book, she wouldn’t be the main feature, Davis said. The basis of the comic is about an entrepreneur who turned a home-based catering business into a delicious dynasty, Reuters reports.
“Paula Deen is still an inspirational woman who has suffered much adversity in her life and overcome many obstacles,” writer of the comic Michael Troy told Fox. “Her story is fascinating, and it's easy to see why Bluewater would consider her for their 'Female Force' line of Biography comic books that on powerful women.
Deen’s comic “Female Force: Paula Deen” is set to come out in October, and she will join other “Female Force” women like Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton, Cher and Gabrielle Giffords.
According to Troy, she will be written as a determined, strong woman.
"She really changed cooking -- and Southern cooking -- for women," Davis told Reuters. He added they weren’t going to “flambé,” but they chose Deen because she fits in with women like Julia Child and Barbara Walters.”
Maria Vultaggio is a reporter for the Continuous News Desk (CND), where she covers trending topics and breaking news for the International Business Times....