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85. She comes by it naturally

Paula Deen, Who Do You Think You Are?
Posted by Solitary Muser on May 19, 2012

This is the final episode of Who Do You Think You Are. Paula Deen is the perfect celebrity end the series because she more than anyone else encapsulates the essence of the show. Who Do You Think You Are is often a deeply cynical show that masks that cynicism with melodrama, emotion, and a veneer of Americanism. My distaste for the show goes well beyond the “mistake” from last week’s show. In this third season, even the most genuine stories seemed a little more fake, a little more over-the-top, and a lot more manipulative in a way that the UK progenitor is not. Worse, I often felt like I was watching an extended infomercial for Ancestry.com rather than a quality television program.

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The show began in Savannah, Georgia where Paula Deen is introduced (naturally) cooking for her family because we need reminding that she is a chef. And also she loves her family. Deen lost her parents in her late teens/early twenties, so she never knew much about her family. Her mother, Corrie Paul Deen (Paula’s name derives from her mother’s maiden name), came from Albany, Georgia, where Deen was also from. One of Corrie’s sisters still lives there. That is where Paula began her journey–a visit to her aunt Peggy Ort. Aunt Peggy told Paula the name of her father (John Larkin Paul) and his father (John Little Paul), and lo and behold she had a photocopy of the latter’s death certificate. Throughout the season, the opening family scenes have felt staged, but this one is perhaps the most disingenuous. We all begin our searches by talking to our relatives, but it is beyond belief that Deen’s aunt just happened to have a copy of the death certificate lying around. She might as well have just said, “Here’s your first clue; enjoy the scavenger hunt.”

More: http://tracingthetree.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/paula-deen-who-do-you-think-you-are/


This reviewer somehow took to the very last show to realize that "Who Do You Think You Are" was an infomercial for Ancestry.com? How did it take them so long? IT has been blatantly obvious since the first show! (The show has now been picked up by TLC: http://www.democraticunderground.com/11561059)

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