Glenn Beck Compares Deen To MLK Jr. (No Joke)

Watch Glenn Beck's fiery defense of Paula Deen. Beck claims Deen is an icon for free speech, says her dropped sponsors are "slaves" to political correctness.

Glenn Beck defends Paula Deen.

Paula Deen just received a very gracious endorsement from none other than right-wing pundit Glenn Beck. Beck — dressed in full-on Boy Scout gear — went on an epic rant where he compared the sweeping backlash to Paula Deen's racial slurs to the persecution of Martin Luther King Jr. Seriously.

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Beck said that while he "doesn't know her heart" and that no one will ever know if Paula Deen is actually racist or not, the decision by the Food Network (and Walmart and Target) to toss out Deen is a completely panicked reaction to the stifling era of political correctness we live in.

So here's where it gets odd. After Beck defends Deen and scrutinizes the public's perceived exaggeration to Deen's casual use of racial slurs, he then moves into "suppression" territory and tries to make the claim that Deen is the latest victim of free -speech oppression.

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"I stand on the principle. And when you go down the road of suppression — suppression, discouraging people from speaking their minds — striking terror in their hearts and being a slave to political correctness by making them all go away, you're engaging in McCarthyism. And we regress as a society and become less free (emphasis added)."

Yes, Glenn Beck did use the term slave as a defense to Paula Deen's historic use of a slavery-era insult.

Beck continued on his "you have the right to say whatever you want" platform for a few minutes and then landed on the Martin Luther King gem. Said Beck, "Where would we be if Martin Luther King didn't speak and challenge segregation? Where would we be if everyone in the world thought in a box?"

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Hmm. Just one teeny tiny problem. Paula Deen's sponsors don't claim that Deen can't say horrible, offensive things. Of course she can. She has freedom of speech! Deen just can't say those things and remain in a branding partnerships with the corporations. None of Deen's citizen liberties are threatened, just her multi-million dollar economic standing.

You can watch Glenn Beck's entire defense-of-Paula-Deen rant below:

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Comments on "VIDEO: Paula Deen's sponsors "slaves" to political correctness"

Cindy July 09, 2013 | 12:46 PM

Mr. Beck, please show us the sponsors that dropped Paula Deen so we DON'T PURCHASE THEIR PRODUCTS! You need to stand by us and help others not be pushed against the wall without a good reason. I am Black and this is not what Black people do. We had a good example of Dr. Martin Luther King and Jesus Christ. We do not hate white people and they do not hate us. The Media does!!!!

Char Zarbnisky July 05, 2013 | 4:39 PM

How about being called ------ or ------? That lady sueing her is white. What's the deal? What's wrong with America? Food Net Work,Target,etc. Something she said 30 years ago; really?? I will not be watching Food Net Work!! C Z

joe July 05, 2013 | 9:29 AM

funny comments.

Barbara July 02, 2013 | 7:40 AM

Paula Deen's sponsors are hypocrites as though their CEO's have never used a racial slur or told an ethic joke! I am at this moment searching for contact info on those sponsors who would dare discriminate against a southern successful white woman, likely because she is conservative!! Are we to assume that black people never make jokes about white people. How naive? Any of Alec Baldwin's sponsors or endorsements dropping him?? Oh, I forgot (NOT), he is a liberal!!

Claudia June 29, 2013 | 12:28 AM

The "Word, Thought, and Political Correctness" Police are at it again. The Media has been doing their best to try to sway Public Opinion against Paula Deen, because today our Freedom of Speech is being eroded away. And Glenn Beck is entirely correct in saying that Paula Deen's Sponsors are SLAVES to Political Correctness. It's sickening!

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