Paula Deen cans social-media manager for tweeting 'brownface' pic of her son

"Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin' to do! #TransformationTuesday @BobbyDeen": In Paula Deen's world, those are firing words.

The celebrity chef was slammed Tuesday morning with comments along the lines of "She just doesn't get it, does she?" after a photo that included her son Bobby Deen in brown makeup — as Ricky Ricardo, a.k.a. the Cuban-born Desi Arnaz — was posted to her Twitter account.

Context, for those who may have forgotten: In 2013 Deen was decried as a racist, lost her relationship with the Food Network and watched her multimillion-dollar career tank after she admitted in a deposition that she'd used racial slurs decades ago. 

She's been working on a comeback since early 2014, when she appeared on the cover of People with a quote saying she'd "learned a lot" over the course of the scandal.

To many, her son's makeup in the shot circulated Tuesday suggested the 68-year-old hadn't learned nearly enough.

Thing is, this time around Deen says she wasn't the one committing the racial faux pas featuring a shot from a 2011 Halloween episode of "Paula's Best Dishes" and including her done up as Lucy Ricardo to her son's Ricky.

"Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended," Deen spokesman Jaret Keller told the Associated Press.

The social-media manager responsible for the tweet had, Keller said, been fired.

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