Twitter erupted as the announcement began making the rounds. Everything from mild vexation to calling for an all-out boycott of the show. To some, it would appear that Deen is merely trying to regain some of her lost stardom in the wake of her incredibly racist remarks followed up by the posting of a photo of her appearing in blackface. To others, this is a move that can’t be overlooked.
Some fans of the show said the news ruined their day.
As if news today couldn't get any worse just heard Paula Deen joins the cast of #DWTS.
— megan jones (@megtopper10) August 26, 2015
And some said the casting move will be (another) reason they don’t watch.
— Pat (@Pat_LosAngeles) August 26, 2015
Other tweeters thought it was a pretty comical move, seeing the irony in the fact that Deen obviously thinks the public will forget all about her controversial past if they see her outside the kitchen a bit more.
Like Jessica who said, “LMFAO Paula Deen? Well, maybe they will pick that nanny.”
LMFAO Paula Deen? Well, maybe they will pick that nanny. 😐 #DWTS
— Jessica (@angelofmusic27) August 26, 2015
And while that is hilarious, commenters couldn’t help but keep going back to the whole huge racist thing. Like Jeremy Newberger, who had this off-color — but still on point — quip:
Paula Deen is going to be on #DancingWiththeStars! Amazingly her only request was that they spell Cha-Cha-Cha with 3 Ks.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) August 26, 2015
Then there is The Big Man, who succinctly put it this way: “Well, no chance of watching @DancingABC this season. I can’t support dancing racist. #pauladeen”
— The Big Man (@TheFatManDiary) August 26, 2015