"Anne Rice, the author of ‘Interview With the Vampire’ and two books about the life of Jesus Christ, had never heard of celebrity chef Paula Deen until last Friday, but she believes the TV personality is being ‘crucified,’ reports the Los Angeles Times.
The story continues, "Rice wrote a brief defense of Deen on her Facebook page on Friday, then engaged in further discussion with her fans, many of whom wrote to express their dismay that Rice would defend the chef."
The article says that Rice wrote, "I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. I may be wrong but aren’t we becoming something of a lynch mob culture?"
The story adds, "When an African American educator from the South wrote to share her disappointment that Rice would be a defender of Deen, the author didn’t back down. ‘I’m sorry to disappoint you but I think she’s being crucified,’ [Rice] wrote. ‘The lawsuit is ugly all right, and the brother of Paula Dean comes off as a detestable person. But I don’t think Paula Deen should go down over this. I think it’s unfair.’ "
According to her website, Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941 and lived there for 17 years before moving to Texas. From 1962 to 1988 she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then moved back to New Orleans. She returned to California in 2005.