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‘Barbara Walters Beige’

Have you ever heard of the color “Barbara Walters Beige”? You have now. I’m told by a friend who works at Angola State Penitentiary, which is in the northern part of West Feliciana Parish, that a few years ago, Barbara Walters did a show from the lethal injection room at the prison. In doing pre-production prep work, she decided that the color of the paint on the wall did not flatter her skin tone. So she had her own people come in and repaint the walls of the death chamber to go better with her skin. At the prison, the new death chamber color is informally referred to as “Barbara Walters Beige.”

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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