Paula Deen reportedly wanted black people to play slaves at a wedding
If a damning new report from the National Enquirer is to be believed, celebrity chef Paula Deen is a racist. Lisa Jackson, a former general manager of Deen’s Savannah, Ga., last year filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against Deen, claiming that the celebrity chef used the N-word and that Deen’s husband was physically abusive. The case is now underway, and the National Enquirer reports that during three hours of questioning last month, when Jackson’s attorney asked Deen if she’d ever used the N-word, Deen said, “Yes, of course.”
“It’s just what they are — they’re jokes … most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folk … I can’t determine what offends another person,” said Deen.
When asked what she thought about casting black men as slaves at a wedding, Deen said that a restaurant she went to with her husband inspired the idea: “The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.”
“I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War … It was not only black men, it was black women … I would say they were slaves.”
|by Anonymous||reply 267||06/27/2013|
Give her a stick of butter, a bucket of chicken and let her call you Mandingo and she'll be a puddle of lard at your feet.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/19/2013|
I'm surprised she only wanted them to play slaves rather than to be slaves.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||06/19/2013|
More embarrassing than the racism is her incredible stupidity. What sort of fool imagines that no one would have a problem with "decorating" her wedding with black people playing slaves? Apparently she's the fat trailer-trash cliche' through and through, nothing between the ears but butter.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/19/2013|
[quote] That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War
I think that certain era would be called all of America's history.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||06/19/2013|
All these domestic goddess types - Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, Paula Deen, Sandra Lee - sociopaths, all of them.
So this revelation does not surprise me.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/19/2013|
She's probably talking about Aunt Fanny's Cabin. That place appalled my dad. They had little black kids singing the menu.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/19/2013|
This is what happens when you turn down kids with cancer, Paula.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/19/2013|
Does this include Bobby's African-American "coach"?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/19/2013|
That was Ina.
So these are from deposition transcripts? This is odd. How could her attorney not have prepped her beforehand so she doesn't actually come off as a racist.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/19/2013|
The Deposition is out. She is officially OVER.
This bitch is getting SLAYED on twitter. Just look up #PaulasBestDishes OMG.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||06/19/2013|
What did Ina do to a kid with cancer?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||06/19/2013|
And you thought MY little problem was bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/19/2013|
[quote]What did Ina do to a kid with cancer?
The little boy (about 6 or 7) was a hugh Ina Garten fan and through the Make a Wish foundation asked to cook with Ina. She refused.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/19/2013|
OMG R8 -- Aunt Fannie's Cabin -- This Smyrna GA Southern-cookin' landmark dressed its black waitresses like Aunt Jemima and used little, barefoot "colored" boys to tote the menu -- on chalk boards hung around their necks! So, so wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/19/2013|
This is quite different from the story she was going around saying last year. The first story had Deen wanting blacks to dress up like they were in a Shirley Temple movie at her brother Bubba's wedding.
And now Deen's husband was physically abusive? Last year, it was the brother who was allegedly making sexual advances at her.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/19/2013|
R16, we've been over that a million times. The kid didn't give a fuck about Ina. Rather the kid's mom was using her son's illness to meet Ina.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/19/2013|
[quote] we've been over that a million times.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/19/2013|
I'm black and I love shit like this. It is so over the top and hilarious. This is the kind of story that would be posted on DL and people would scream EST and This Never Happened!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/19/2013|
Here's her not quite apology via People:
[quote] I Used the N-Word, but Don't Condone Racism
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/19/2013|
Thank you R16 and R19. I'm going with R19's explanation. Ina doesn't strike me as the type to be deliberately cruel to cancer-stricken children.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/19/2013|
I dont get this mentality. Even if they are the sort of person who thinks there is nothing wrong with that language, they must at this day and age know that most people do. They must know that saying something like that is going to bring criticism and scorn and get them in trouble. Are they really that stupid? I think its stupid pot is illegal, but I am not going to blaze up in front of a cop.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||06/19/2013|
Let's get back to discussing slavery not dying kids! Boo-fucking-hoo.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/19/2013|
Even I wouldn't go for this fashion statement.
Well, okay, I would but I would never let anyone know or put it in Vogue.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/19/2013|
I didn't know Paula Deen was a rabid republican.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/19/2013|
Aunt Fanny's Cabin!!!
WTF?! Shocking! Hilarious!
I wish I could have gone there for a meal. It started in the 1940s and only closed in 1992. The City of Smyrna preserved and relocated the building(!) and it now serves as the town's Welcome Center.
You can't make this shit up!
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/19/2013|
When I lived in Nashville about 20 years ago, a friend invited me to dinner at one of the best steakhouses in town. When I got there, all of the waiters were black men and they were dressed in livery.
It was stunning, but I seemed to be the only person there who was uncomfortable. My friend said that's the way it had always been since the place had opened many years before.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/19/2013|
More on Aunt Fanny's Cabin
|by Anonymous||reply 32||06/19/2013|
Southerns have a really weird fixation on the past. Hell, look at the first lines in Dixie:
Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
OLD TIMES there are not forgotten,
I dont understand why they are that way. Their past history is really nothing to be proud of.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||06/19/2013|
She's saying what a lot of famous people have the sense enough to keep private, but they're no different than her.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||06/19/2013|
What a bunch of nonsense. She's from the south. They say the "n-word" all the time. But the Enquirer says they have video of her saying it and revealing secret about the family's booze and pornography problems, too!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||06/19/2013|
R19 = Ina Garten fangurl.
The pig couldn't be bothered to meet with the kid, and only did so when her ass got called on it. Her Heffaness had a few friends on the DL who closed threads about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/19/2013|
A summary of some of #PaulasBestDishes.
I like Massaroni and Cheese myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||06/19/2013|
Oh my god! Emmett Tillapia
|by Anonymous||reply 39||06/19/2013|
Does she still have a restaurant(s) in the South? If and probably when the media attacks her, she'll be viewed as a victim who was just exercising her freedom of speech and idiots will line up outside of the place in support. She'll be the new Chick Fil-A.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||06/19/2013|
She's always been an idiot cracker, why is anyone surprised? She's made a small fortune being an idiot cracker who cooks.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||06/19/2013|
By the way, I notice they still sell Aunt Jemima pancake syrup. Isn't that a rather racist picture/image?
|by Anonymous||reply 42||06/19/2013|
"Why should she? Why should anyone be guilted into doing something they don't want to do?"
I don't get this mentality. It would have taken all of five minutes to meet with the kid. Rich people have this weird mentality of forgetting who made them wealthy in the first place.
And if she was stupid enough to think that she wouldn't get criticized for blowing him off, then she deserves everything she got and then some. And she's as dumb as she is fat.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||06/19/2013|
For those of you who aren't familiar with the restaurant/hospitaliy industry, there is a TON of racism behind the scenes.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||06/19/2013|
R42, I believe they "freshened" Jemima's image a few years back.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||06/19/2013|
R46, Thanks. Never knew that. Of course I don't buy Aunt Jemima products. Just that traces of racism still linger in our culture. Many popular children's stories apparently were also racist; it was just accepted by many as the norm.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||06/19/2013|
Apart from the incredibly insensitive and offensive racism this cunt perpetrated, did she really expect she could pull this off without have the silverware, crystal, china and booze go walking?
|by Anonymous||reply 48||06/19/2013|
Would you rather white people go in black face to play slaves?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||06/19/2013|
Watch the video. America's Test Kitchen votes the chicken Paula Bitch Deen endorses THE WORST!
|by Anonymous||reply 50||06/19/2013|
I wonder if The Food Network is going to dump her?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||06/19/2013|
Does she get the boot this week or next?
Or will TVFN make a self-serving, "We are outraged; such behavior and language is reprehensible. Mrs. Deen is terminated" statement, only to bring her back quietly six months later?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||06/19/2013|
For some reason I don't think Paula's fanbase is going to care all that much about this. TFN will keep her employed, no doubt. What they will do is let the boys take over the show while Paula is on "vacation". Then Paula will slip back in.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||06/19/2013|
You have a point, r49. An idiotic one, but a point.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||06/19/2013|
God, I hope this means the end to her Southern Fried Marshmallow corn pone accent and we never have to see this bitch on TV again.
I haven't been this creeped out by a TV chef since whatshisname, Jeff Smith? The "Frug" or Frugal Gourmet. That guy always came across as skeevey and then it turned out he was a pedophile. His show vanished overnight after a couple of his victims came forward.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/19/2013|
Of course, it couldn't possibly be that she was misquoted and that DLers hate her anyway so will jump on something like to bash her for it.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||06/19/2013|
Misquoted at a deposition? Really, r57? The eye rolls are aimed at you.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||06/19/2013|
If the whole "whoring for diabeetus drug" scandal didn't affect her, why should this?
|by Anonymous||reply 59||06/20/2013|
I speedread the entire dep and it sounds as if the brother was an oaf and Paula was, by choice, out of the loop. She also supported him unconditionally, which seems like a bad move and the place was tardy in getting a human resources director.
As far as the various outrages to which Ms Jackson was exposed, it seems to be penny ante bullshit that was unpleasant but not targeted at her. An employee got dentures and Bubba the brother said, "I bet your husband will enjoy that." Well, that's creepy but I confess I've heard worse. Ms. Jackson is entitled to some money for working in a hostile environment and Paula should have known better than to put her idiot brother in charge.
The other issue is whether Paula is a racist, which ought to put her out of business, at least as far as Food Network is concerned. My eyes bugged out when she said she wanted an old fashioned Southern plantation wedding with black men in white dinner jackets as servers. And she said this to Ms. Jackson the plaintiff in the case. It was clear that she had no idea she was being offensive although someone in her position should have known that.
The other thing that Paula said that struck me as insidious was that she endeavored to call blacks whatever term they preferred at any given time. That's a massively stupid and insensitive thing to say, and it suggests that she sees anyone who isn't white, straight and Christian as an anomaly.
The Jezebel site made much out of Dean's husband telling jokes using the N word and she said it was never used around her in an unkind way. Jezebel and Jackson's lawyer's point was that it's impossible to use the word benignly. I don't know that this is true. Is the N word always acceptable when blacks use it and oppressive when whites use it? That seems a little schematic to me.
We live in a time when hiphop stars are the epitome of cool and the world copies their music, speech and dress. She made it clear that this was not a term she used or would have tolerated as hate speech. Then again, she's so dumb and insensitive, who knows what she considers hate speech? For someone who's gone as far as she has and who projects friendliness and warmth, it's amazing how insensitive she is and ignorant of her legal obligations. But then again, it's Bubba, not Paula, who is the real bad actor in this case. If Bubba didn't have a famous sister, this would be just another case in the labor law reporter.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||06/20/2013|
Is she near death? She looks terrible.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||06/20/2013|
No R61 she's just got that deflated balloon look that most people who have gastric bypass surgery get.
Why would she confess to saying all that unless it could be proven?
|by Anonymous||reply 62||06/20/2013|
I told her to do this. I told the media.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||06/20/2013|
According to the internets Paula is supposed to be a Democrat. Given her intense nostalgia for the old South, that would probably be better phrased as Dixiecrat. Hell, woman, George Wallace and Robert Byrd got past that KKK shit before you were menstruating.
For those of you who feel Miss Boll Weevil 1964 should no longer have a national forum on the Food Network, here's a handy way to send them a message
|by Anonymous||reply 64||06/20/2013|
I looked again at my post and apologize for letting my rhetoric run away with me. Paula was born in 1947. That means that she was well into womanhood by the time George Wallace decided, in the words of Mark Russell, "Aw, go ahead and overcome."
|by Anonymous||reply 65||06/20/2013|
They've been removing comments from her Facebook page since the story broke. When I went on there yesterday there was a post with watermelon recipes and they removed that too.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||06/20/2013|
$1.2 million for the trauma of hearing the N-word?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||06/20/2013|
We always knew she was craven enough to deep-fry her heart medicine if she thought it would make her a buck, but I wanted to maintain the illusion that she was a nice woman.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||06/20/2013|
I think the Food Network will take her off the air for awhile, like they did with Robert Irvine when he got into trouble, and then bring her show back. The network was reportedly furious with her over the diabetes scandal, so she's already on thin ice with them.
The rest of the FN talent will continue to shun her. I remember Bobby Flay criticizing her when the diabetes story broke.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||06/20/2013|
R13 In spite of the DLers who are always kissing Ina's fat, fart-scented ass, most people found her turning down Make-a-Wish (twice, no less) a good example of what a true cunt she is.
Of course, she wasn't to busy to host a $100,000 a plate dinner for charity. That's her idea of giving back.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||06/20/2013|
The Food Network will do what it will do when it's been able to gauge public reaction.
[quote]They may not hurt her business at all, of course. Yes, there are reports that Food Network is reacting warily, pledging to “monitor the situation”–which could mean investigating the facts or waiting for public opinion to tell it what to do.
This Time article is pretty harsh, but I don't think she'll suffer much backlash. She most definitely will lose some fans, but the others who share her views will pick up the slack and then some. You can bet that for every disgruntled or offended person out there, there's another one with no interest in cooking whatsoever saying "Fuck yeah! Freedom of Speech!"
This is an era where Chik-Fil-a publicizes its preference for bigotry and is rewarded with higher profits following a show of support from the right wing. After Obama's elections, Newtown and proposed legislation for universal background checks, gun sales have soared (Smith & Wesson is reporting record profits) because high volume purchasers (i.e. right wing nuts) went whole hog "buying while they can."
|by Anonymous||reply 71||06/20/2013|
She lost me when she tried to pimp some diabetes medicine after hiding her diabates from the public and serving shit food for years
|by Anonymous||reply 72||06/20/2013|
[quote]This is an era where Chik-Fil-a publicizes its preference for bigotry and is rewarded with higher profits following a show of support from the right wing.
But even among the right-wing, it's only socially acceptable to be proud of your bigotry when you hate gays. Only the extreme fringe would give them that kind of support if they were openly racist.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||06/20/2013|
Butterfly McQueen would have taken the money and played the gig. They simply don't make colored girls like her anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||06/20/2013|
Oh I don't know Paula, I'll bet Whoopi will take your side just to be a contrarian ass. I can't remember her ever not siding with a celeb with PR trouble.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||06/20/2013|
I don't think the right wing (or at least the southerners) is going to view this situation so much in terms racism as much as another one of those pesky free expression issues. I think it will be something like: "The MSM and those reactionaries on social media are persecuting a woman's right to enjoy and celebrate her southern heritage." I could see them use this as a rationale to continue watching the program and buying the products. Or in some cases starting their Paula Deen fandom.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||06/20/2013|
Oh you know what their reaction will be, R76: "Oh, but those liberals can make jokes about Jesus and Christians! PC! PC! PC!"
|by Anonymous||reply 77||06/20/2013|
[quote]I think the Food Network will take her off the air for awhile, like they did with Robert Irvine when he got into trouble, and then bring her show back.
It's not just her show(s) -- each of her 2 sons has a show on FN too. How many holes in its schedule will FN think this furor is worth?
|by Anonymous||reply 78||06/20/2013|
[quote]like they did with Robert Irvine when he got into trouble
What trouble did he get into?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||06/20/2013|
Wendy Williams went after Paula today on Entertainment Tonight. She said this wasn't the first time she's heard stories like this about Paula. Hmmmm.
I bet we hear more stories about Paula in the coming days.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||06/20/2013|
[quote]"The MSM and those reactionaries on social media are persecuting a woman's right to enjoy and celebrate her southern heritage." I could see them use this as a rationale to continue watching the program and buying the products. Or in some cases starting their Paula Deen fandom.
I don't know. there's a world of difference to me between a Confederate flag (which I loathe and is indeed defended with the rationale you describe), and actually wanting pretend slaves at your "plantation" wedding.
Don't get me wrong, I know there are still people who don't see anything wrong with what Paula admits to, but generally, there's a facade at least where you don't say those things out loud.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||06/20/2013|
[quote]What trouble did he get into?
It was discovered he'd fabricated his resume out of whole cloth. That cost him his gig on Dinner: Impossible for a bit.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||06/20/2013|
Irvine lied about his resume. He claimed to have served presidents and the Royal Family. He worked in the navy mess hall in the west wing of the White House and no links to the Royal Family (other than cooking for the Royal Navy).
He also claimed to have a degree from the University of Leeds, which wasn't the case.
A stupid thing to do, but not exactly on par with Deen's fiasco.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||06/20/2013|
Paula has been out of the south long enough to know the slave thing wouldn't go over very well. She has no excuse if this bit is true. If anything, it only makes her more despicable.
Vile hick trash.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||06/20/2013|
Her brother, Bubba, must be a piece of work. He's always getting into trouble. What's the word on him around Savannah?
You can bet the other FN celebrities won't dare go near Paula. Bobby Flay, Giada, Rachel and Ina couldn't stand her before this story broke, so you can only imagine the way they feel now.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||06/20/2013|
It's the stupidity that surprises me, she's just a dumb hick after all.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||06/20/2013|
I know a few white Southerners who claim not to be racist, but the n-word and other black slurs seem to roll off of their tongue with an almost supernatural effortlessness.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||06/20/2013|
R87, It's like those that tell racist jokes without batting an eye. Some been almost brainwashed into thinking that slurs are as acceptable as curse words and foul language. IMHO all of it is a sign of being low-class.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||06/20/2013|
I'll take Paula over Guy Fieri anytime.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||06/20/2013|
OP, it wasn't her husband who was allegedly abusive, it was her brother Bubba.
On another note, I do believe that her son Bobby likes black cock.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||06/20/2013|
So know we know that Sandra Lee's Kwanzaa Cake was an act of racism!! FN is a haven for racists!
|by Anonymous||reply 91||06/20/2013|
Bobby is getting married in August.....to a 27 year old Venezuelan tri-athlete he met at a gym.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||06/20/2013|
OP, I keep re-reading the title of this thread. I can understand wanting to have a wedding that duplicates the false romanticism of a plantation/Gone With The Wind fantasy. What's the point of having food servers acting as Black slaves? Is everyone going to be talking in anachronistic English too?
|by Anonymous||reply 93||06/20/2013|
Oh no, Bobby! Don't do it! You KNOW you're one of us!!
|by Anonymous||reply 94||06/20/2013|
Oh dear, I get the feeling this troll will be posting that on numerous threads.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||06/20/2013|
Lord, what a mess.
Paula is a racist.
Rachel's into kink with her sub husband.
Giada is The Blow Job Queen.
Bobby is cheating on his beautiful wife, "Alexandra Cabot."
Guy is a homophobic douche.
Ina is a cold-hearted cunt.
Alton is a nasty drunk.
I'm the only on this fucking network with any class.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||06/20/2013|
I read part of the suit yesterday on Scribd but couldn't comment here due to primetime.
She and the entire family of hers are racist & sexist.
Let me try and remember what I found.
*Paula would make disgusting Jew jokes, as well as disgusting black jokes
*Bubba the brother sex harassed women, and is just horrible.
*Paula hired a man for a different & lesser job and paid him quite a bit more than the person bringing the suit
*Paula's sons did not want to be "bossed around by a woman" so she was not promoted.
That's all I remember.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||06/20/2013|
Why not have a Nazi themed wedding? The sort of lavish event a high ranking Nazi official would have. And you can decorate it with skinny Jews in tattered uniforms playing concentration camp victims. What's offensive about that? It's just history.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||06/20/2013|
R90, Why would a Southerner crave Black cock? Especially one that has apparently grown up around racism?
|by Anonymous||reply 99||06/20/2013|
[quote]Why would a Southerner crave Black cock? Especially one that has apparently grown up around racism?
You tell ME...
|by Anonymous||reply 100||06/20/2013|
[quote]Why would a Southerner crave Black cock?
You mean WHITE southerners, right?
White masters used to fuck their black slaves.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||06/20/2013|
I remember Bobby appeared on a Paula Deen FN special and he was interviewed in his living room. On his coffee table was a book by former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley (clue #1). In that same Paula special, the woman herself was being interviewed as well, and behind her was a photo of Bobby with someone, but the "someone" was blurred out. His black boyfriend, perhaps?
|by Anonymous||reply 102||06/20/2013|
Oh my, R101.
If that isn't the look of "Give me some of THAT!"
|by Anonymous||reply 103||06/20/2013|
Did Howard Stern have anything to say about Paula on his show today?
I also hope it makes it into the hopper for The Daily Show this evening.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||06/20/2013|
The Deens have a lot of black people working at their Savannah restaurant, so it'll be interesting to see how those employees react to this story.
I'm pretty sure Savannah is a racist city, anyway, so maybe no-one will bat an eye.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||06/20/2013|
R102, Are you saying that White male Southerners used to fuck they Black male slaves? Guess I haven't been reading the "right" history books.
R101, Does his personal trainer know Bobby's Mom tells racist jokes? How offensive.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||06/20/2013|
Is Ms. Wilkes restaurant racist, too?
|by Anonymous||reply 107||06/20/2013|
As a black person, I just find it hard to believe that Paula Deen harbors any hatred when it comes to black people. She's silly, granted, and doesn't strike me as someone who always uses her common sense (the slave wedding, the diabets thing), but I just don't think she's a card-carrying "I hate blacks" racist.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||06/20/2013|
Oh you know there were some who did, R107.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||06/20/2013|
Paula's family and staff congratulating her on getting a personal trainer. Bobby's fuckbuddy is at 34 second mark
|by Anonymous||reply 110||06/20/2013|
I'm a white southerner who does NOT use racial slurs. I her more of that shit in Boston than I do Atlanta.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||06/20/2013|
Christ, R111, I had to duck from all of the purses falling out of her hairstylist's mouth.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||06/20/2013|
R114, check out her assistant Brandon, whose mouth is also full of purses...
*(by the way, the trainer in this video is fuckin' hot)
|by Anonymous||reply 113||06/20/2013|
Yes R96, he's posting it incessantly on every thread.
He's as bad as the misogyny troll.
I've been giving them the ol' F&F.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||06/20/2013|
I'm black and many white southerners have this romanticized view of the antebellum south. It is this sort of picture post card, Gone With the Wind, era when people had good manners and life was just better. No one ever stops to read about the real history of the south. Even if you take slavery out of the equation, most white southerners were not living like the landed gentry or the 1 percenters of that time.
Now is Paula racist? I would be more shocked if she weren't racist. She is a 65 year old Georgia woman. She's probably used the N word more times than she can count and she's probably said, done, and thought some inappropriate things.
I still like her. She reminds me of my grandmother an old southern black woman who has also said, done, and thought more than her fair share of inappropriate things. It's just that generation.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||06/20/2013|
I don't think Paula has anything to be worried about with having her show yanked off the air. She perfectly fits into The Food Network's lineup of all white programming. Whatever happened to the shows starring black chefs like The Neelys, Big Daddy, Sunny Anderson?
|by Anonymous||reply 116||06/20/2013|
I wish there were ore like you left on this forum, r60. Thanks for the thoughtful and informative post.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||06/20/2013|
R110, Thanks, just got educated about what the history books conveniently ignored.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||06/20/2013|
FWIW, I'm a white dude from Oakland, CA, America's most beautiful city with the best climate, and which gets a bad rep.
I didn't get the Southern Plantation wedding thing because I don't know what that is and it wasn't clear to me what Paula Deen said about it, other than that black kids look good in tuxedos. Who knew? Have never been to The South. Those fuckers seem obsessed with a war which they lost -- over a hundred years ago -- and white GOP'ers down there seem to me to be the most bigoted, anti-American assholes ever. Their ancestors fought to end the USA.
That said, I just don't get the vibe that that woman is anything other than a smart, uneducated, liberal, fag-hag, Southern Democrat white woman who likes greasy comfort food. My blatino husbear has told the most disgusting, crude, racist jokes over my low-fat, locally-sourced, organic, free-range dinners with hand-crafted wines. I've also made The Neely's ribs and Paula's Peach cobbler. All to die for.
Sure, she's got an empire. Smithfield Ham (now owned by China), The Diabeetis, etc. I do believe that Guy Ferry is a self-loathing, alcoholic homophobe. I usually consider anyone south and east of Reno to be heavily armed, in-your-face Xtian, and racist. But this lady seems almost genuine, by TV standards.
There are real people and corporate interests that we need to be more worried about.
Is she really that bad? Please don't make me flush her Dutch oven recipe for peach cobbler.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||06/20/2013|
Paula doesn't do this by accident. Every now and then she has to appeal to her southern suburban market by making a dog whistle appeal to racism. If somebody else hears it, that's too bad, but she has to do it. Yankees and blacks aren't keeping her in business.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||06/21/2013|
The Neelys? Big Daddy?
You can't be serious, R116.
The Neelys were cringe inducing and no one could understand WTF "Big Daddy" was saying and his food was juvenile.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||06/21/2013|
r119, she admits to using that word, as a slur, as late as the 80s, and that's just what she'll admit to. By the 70s, if all your white cracker friends are racists and it'd make you stand out to complain about the n-word, tough shit. Why should minorities be the only ones inconvenienced? The "it was just the times" excuse no longer applied by 70s.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||06/21/2013|
Like a latino comedian said on CNN tonight.... 30 yrs ago is 30 yrs ago.
If they don't have something more current, Paula Deen will be just fine.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||06/21/2013|
I'm sorry, y'all. I was just tryin to put a lil' ol' money in the pockets of those less fortunate. I even reached out to Beetlejuice from the Howard Stern Show to play a lawn jockey and he seemed thrilled, y'all!
So much for the phrase "No good deed goes unpunished."
|by Anonymous||reply 125||06/21/2013|
When was the planned slave wedding?
|by Anonymous||reply 126||06/21/2013|
It's a Southern thing. I went to HS with a fat and sassy black girl from Alabama or somewhere. She told some of the most racist jokes imaginable. One about dead black babies that I've blocked out.
Her big thing was:
I smell rose. Red rose? No, Negroes.
I smell a gar. A ci-gar? No, a nig-gar.
Gar actually became a somewhat common term other students used as code around adults to refer to blacks, but she popularized it.
You can't imagine, it went on and on.
She sang this old song, something about Christmas in Niggertown, or maybe Prisoners in Niggertown--which was the term she used for the black part of town.
This was in the 90s so I'd say there are still people who talk that way.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||06/21/2013|
I don't agree with r124, but perhaps many others will. The question I'm asking again though, is when was the planned slave wedding? If it was fairly recent, game over, she's not going to recover.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||06/21/2013|
"Prisoners in niggertown" is the opening line of the chorus of 'Three-Five-Zero-Zero' from 'Hair', a scathing anti-war song.
It's a catchy little hoedown that I think your friend might have adopted (or even adapted) for herself . Apparently the phrase originates from Allen Ginsberg's anti-war poem 'Wichita Vortex Sutra'.
Rado and Ragni! They were such free-associating scamps.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||06/21/2013|
Anyone who thinks she is "over" are kidding themselves. Read the posts after the stories about this-nearly all support her and the fact that "we've all said racist things". She's not going anywhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||06/21/2013|
You can't go by internet chat forums, that's not a cross-section of the public. Chat forums discussing her are going to attract far more of her fans than the general public.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||06/21/2013|
R131, when these incidents happen to a TV personality it's usually not blowback from fans or internet commenters that ruin a career, it's all the big brands and sponsors (where all the money is) who suddenly don't want to associate themselves with the celebrity because of the bad PR / press.
Like, if she was a spokesperson for any products from any major chain, that would get dropped pretty quickly - because no brand wants to spend a lot of marketing dollars only to be seen as condoning or "forgiving" racist comments, or to be associated with mocking Twitter hashtags or viral memes.
It's a corporate image thing, which is far more conservative, less forgiving, and has to appeal to a wider audience than individuals who "don't see what the big deal is".
|by Anonymous||reply 134||06/21/2013|
We should boycott the FN or something.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||06/21/2013|
[quote]I know a few white Southerners who claim not to be racist, but the n-word and other black slurs seem to roll off of their tongue with an almost supernatural effortlessness.
I'm a white Southerner and I heard it when I was younger in public school, but I never heard it in my home. My grandfather used it, I was told, but he never used it in my presence, probably because the topic never came up, not because he was protecting me. I grew up in an upper middle class home, and that word was considered completely unacceptable in my home and the homes of my friends. We were mostly white, but I had a few black friends and a few Hispanic friends. I went to private school from 5th through 12th grade, and I imagine saying that word would have resulted in a major punishment. By the way, I grew up in a strict Christian environment, almost fundie but not quite. (Fundies are a certain ilk of strict Christian, unlike what DL seems to think).
I guess what I'm saying is among my parents' generation, the N-word might have been acceptable, but most children born in the 60s, 70s and beyond to educated parents do not have that part of their vocabulary and were taught it was wrong from an early age. This casual slamming of all Southerners for the evils of previous generations gets tedious to hear, but I guess DL has a hard time looking beyond any stereotype. Ironically, you bristle about the stereotypes about gays, though, because you can see how unfair that is.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||06/21/2013|
Do you suppose Oprah's already fueling up her private jet for the trip to Savannah for the confessional interview?
|by Anonymous||reply 138||06/21/2013|
My experience is just like 137's. My politically conservative Baptist mother, born in 1940, would have slapped the fire out of me if I ever used that word. My father, who spouts racist political bullshit all the time would never, ever, use it.
It causes me distress that my younger boyfriend walks around singing rap songs under his breath that clearly feature the word.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||06/21/2013|
I live in upstate New York and I've was called a nigger many times as a child (1980s) by other children and a few adults.
I've heard it as an adult (late 1990s) from kid's chanting "Nigger Pile" when I was a camp counselor. I found out what that meant some years later. Charming.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||06/21/2013|
[quote]You can't go by internet chat forums, that's not a cross-section of the public. Chat forums discussing her are going to attract far more of her fans than the general public.
Actually, you can go by them because (relative)anonymity brings out people's true feelings ie., the worst in humanity.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||06/21/2013|
She could've had her dream wedding up north and nobody would've batted an eye. I've been to several weddings up north and the only black people there were working the wedding. But it's only southerners who are racists. You guys don't mix
|by Anonymous||reply 142||06/21/2013|
Before we began homogenizing in the 80s, it seems that racism in the North and South were different. Southerner here and my grandparents and parents would never be impolite and could even be good, real friends with individuals of different races, but as a group "those people" were expected to know their place. The opposite seems to be true in the North. Lots of sweeping rejections of racism, but the young black couple that just graduated and got a job here better not move into my neighborhood.
I don't know how true any of this is now.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||06/21/2013|
R142, no one is saying that racism doesn't exist up north or out west, but no where should it be considered acceptable to have people dress up as slaves so as to harken back to the "good ol' days."
|by Anonymous||reply 144||06/21/2013|
I wonder if this kind of racism, what is still lingering from America's early history, is some kind of mental illness. Beyond all rationality far too many Southerners hang on to this ideal when they believed they indisputably were the rulers over all they survey. When they were forced to stop living that illusion in this country they went more insane then they already were.
This is also the same insanity all the plutocrats suffer from. The insane belief that they are the top of the food chain and all these other life forms that appear to look like humans are really vermin. Paula needs to understand that she too is in this category.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||06/21/2013|
People have this idea about southern racism that always paints southerners as the bad guy. Yes, there is racism in the south - in the entire United States, but black and white southerns have a shared history and a common bond that doesn't exist anywhere else. Black people and white people have relationships in the south that you don't find in any other part of the country. I feel that the relationships are deeper and more real and more familial.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||06/21/2013|
No doubt it falls into the Us/Them dichotomy that is ingrained in the human psyche. While you may state that earlier forms of chattel slavery were not race based, the chattel slavery in the US rested firmly on the dehumanization of a specific race.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||06/21/2013|
so do you just put in an ad on craigslist for Party slaves? Or do you go to an agency for that?
|by Anonymous||reply 148||06/21/2013|
"Black people and white people have relationships in the south that you don't find in any other part of the country. I feel that the relationships are deeper and more real and more familial."
So this is working out well for the descendants of slaves and the descendants of the white people who owned them?
|by Anonymous||reply 149||06/21/2013|
I really dislike Jessica (forget her last name) from "The Daily Show" because I don't think she's funny at all, but they did a segment about Deen and they showed a clip of her from that family tree show. Deen's family owned 35 slaves and upon learning this, Deen responds "That's a lot." They go back to Jessica who says "ONE is a lot!"
|by Anonymous||reply 150||06/21/2013|
Uh, read this thread again. R142. I live in Atlanta, the city too busy too hate. Until a bunch of people moved down here from Northern states. I guess they figured "all southerners are racist so I may as well let mine fly." Californians working for Lockheed are the worst offenders but white guys from Ohio, Boston, "Philly" and NY are also awful. You fuckers got a problem that you'll never address. At least we feel guilt about it and discuss it. Most northerners I meet just have an air of superiority regarding their racial tendencies by virtue of being born above an imaginary geographical line.
You know why Atlanta suburbs boomed so much? Because northerners would rather have an hour long commute than look at black neighbors while they mowed their lawns.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||06/21/2013|
A little update - Paula Deen was booked on The Today Show for a little damage control this morning and her people cancelled at the last minute. Matt made mention of it and the wire services are starting to propagate the story.
Now she looks guilty as sin and on the defensive.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||06/21/2013|
Probably trying to gather some of her "best friends who are black" to help do damage control. You just know that's what's going on right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||06/21/2013|
You always want a link, so here you go Crackers!
|by Anonymous||reply 154||06/21/2013|
Paula Deen is a vile cunt. And fat!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 155||06/21/2013|
"Her brother Bubba also admitted during his deposition that he often used the "N-word", even when referring to President Obama. He also confessed to his cocaine, alcohol and pornography addictions."
|by Anonymous||reply 156||06/21/2013|
DL must be torn on this once. On the one hand, she's a woman and we all know how much the denizens of DL are misogynistic pigs. However, on the other hand, she's a raging racist and we all know how the denizens of DL really fell about POC.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||06/21/2013|
She wants forgiveness, y'all.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||06/21/2013|
Deen's representatives cited "exhaustion" as the reason for her Today Show no-show. LOL!
|by Anonymous||reply 159||06/21/2013|
She shall heretoforth be known by her new name - KlansKunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||06/21/2013|
She appeared in Redface to prove she is not racist toward Native-Americans.
She's sorry she got caught - nothing more!
|by Anonymous||reply 161||06/21/2013|
[quote] Everyone has used that word and you know it.
Speak for yourself. I was taught only trash and uneducated people speak like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||06/21/2013|
Ha! Paula's YouTube apology video has already been uploaded/removed and uploaded/removed twice today. She must not be getting the support she thought she was gonna be getting from her fans.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||06/21/2013|
It probably doesn't help that it looks like a hostage proof-of-life video.
|by Anonymous||reply 167||06/21/2013|
Actress Jennifer Esposito uttered the word (in character) on an episode of Law & Order in 1994.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||06/21/2013|
Broadway play that used the N word in its title!
|by Anonymous||reply 170||06/21/2013|
Old scared white man at R168.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||06/21/2013|
[quote]Everyone has used that word and you know it.
Horseshit. While I agree with r163 that pretty much everyone has had a racist thought at some point in life, I have never actually used that word and I know many other people who have never used it either.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||06/21/2013|
[quote] Everyone has used that word and you know it.
Actress Jennifer Esposito uttered the word (in character) on an episode of Law & Order in 1994.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||06/21/2013|
Wow, more damage control. Physically Exhausted Paula's Second Apology Video. She's a mess.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||06/21/2013|
I saw a snippet of the "apology" she issued on video. She was begging for forgiveness. So fake, who's she fooling?
|by Anonymous||reply 175||06/21/2013|
She redid the video with no awkward pauses and better makeup.
And she's drinking a diet soda, y'all.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||06/21/2013|
Will they ever ask Jennifer Esposito to make an apology?
|by Anonymous||reply 177||06/21/2013|
Paula Deen said that back in 1986 when she was working as a bank teller a bank robber held a gun to her head and threatened her life. She said when she recounted the incident to her husband, she called the robber the N word.
Tempest in a teapot. Obviously a slow news day before Gandolfini decided to drop dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||06/21/2013|
'Money Doesn't Buy You Class,' Wendy Williams
|by Anonymous||reply 179||06/21/2013|
Paula is "approving" all messages on the latest video.
None approved so far.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||06/21/2013|
My paternal grandmother was from Warren, Arkansas (a very small town even now). And, she always said that Southerners who use racial slurs are white trash. She also said that plainly cursing is alright as long as you don't curse in front of your elders or children.
My paternal grandmother was taught these things back in the 1920's, btw, from her own parents.
Paula Deen is as bigoted and she is uncultured and greedy and so she can go to Hell.
Her video taped apology was like really bad community theatre and it was not sincere at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||06/21/2013|
When people do this piling on trivial bullshit, I would have more respect for a person who makes a video telling them to kiss her ass.
She should have enough money she could retire if she wanted, so why does she care? I sure wouldn't.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||06/21/2013|
Food Network says they won't be renewing her contract when it expires next month.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||06/21/2013|
Today someone on the news said Deen is almost as rich as Oprah.
|by Anonymous||reply 184||06/21/2013|
R183, i heard this on the news too. Great news!! Fuck that cunt, she probably hates gays too.
|by Anonymous||reply 186||06/21/2013|
and what's the story with her teeth? they look so fake! dentures??
|by Anonymous||reply 187||06/21/2013|
Weird. The guy held a gun to her head and threatened to kill her, but she was supposed to play nice and only use good words about him.
I'm here to tell you if someone did that to me, I'd be calling him a hell of a lot worse than an N.
If someone did that to Harvey Levin, I think he'd do a lot worse than call the guy names.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||06/21/2013|
Then you'd get shot in the face R188.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||06/21/2013|
Watch her squeeze her knuckles together=sign of lying. Is that make up on the big table behind her? Just in- fired from Food Network.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||06/21/2013|
[quote]Food Network says they won't be renewing her contract
So that leaves them basically with 2 shows...Guy Fieri and Iron Chef in rotation 24 hours a day. And does anyone think Guy is any different than Paula when it comes to crazy bigotry?
|by Anonymous||reply 191||06/21/2013|
Paula Deen is a cunt. She just got (deservedly) dropped by the Food Network and she'll probably binge eat herself to death.
I'm ashamed to admit I've eaten at that bitch's restaurant.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||06/21/2013|
r162 reminds me of what I've heard about bigots always assuming others share their bigotry. We don't, no I've never used the n-word, I wasn't raised around people who used it and I never did. And I'm not rare, just normal, my parents weren't white trash.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||06/21/2013|
And Sandra Lee is vindicated as the superior human being.
If not the superior cook.
|by Anonymous||reply 195||06/21/2013|
I would never eat at her restaurant. A friend gave me two of her dessert cookbooks and they're over the top and use ingredients I wouldn't have in my kitchen.
I've never watched Food Network and don't plan to start now.
It's all manufactured drama by someone who wants some of her money.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||06/21/2013|
[quote]And does anyone think Guy is any different than Paula when it comes to crazy bigotry?
|by Anonymous||reply 197||06/21/2013|
[quote]she probably hates gays too
No, she has a crazy, drunk gay assistant who she adores.
She also went wild for baby gay Kenton Duty when he appeared on her show.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||06/21/2013|
[quote]So that leaves them basically with 2 shows...Guy Fieri and Iron Chef in rotation 24 hours a day.
Don't forget Robert Irvine's fake renovation show Restaurant: Impossible.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||06/21/2013|
[quote]I'm here to tell you if someone did that to me, I'd be calling him a hell of a lot worse than an N.
If a white guy did this to me, I could think of plenty of things to say about him that don't involve his race, and the same would be true if a black man did it.
I knew if this thread hung around long enough, the "It's black people's fault that Paula Deen is racist" trolls would show up.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||06/21/2013|
Had to happen.....she was in hot water after her diabetes confession which turned a lot of people off exposing her as a greedy hypocrite. She bit the bullet on that one with her revised shitty recipes but she could never recover from this- too sensitive an issue for most people. She has her fat husband's shoulder to cry on now while counting her millions.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||06/21/2013|
Two black men mugged me and one of them shot me at point-blank range in the chest. I didn't call them the N word, unlike some of you who are spouting your holier than thouness who have no idea what you would have done 30 years ago in a similar situation to Paula Deen's.
In any rational comparison between a person who commits a violent crime or a person who calls someone a name, the criminal is not the winner.
Some of you probably slosh when you walk, you're so full of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||06/21/2013|
[quote]And Sandra Lee is vindicated as the superior human being. If not the superior cook.
LOL VotN - read R96
|by Anonymous||reply 204||06/21/2013|
This goes much deeper than her using racist language. MSNBC reported today that black employees at her restaurants were required to use separate entrances and restrooms from the white employees. And an employee said that Paula told her, "I want little N------ dressed up in bow ties and jackets at the wedding. It will be a proper Southern wedding."
|by Anonymous||reply 205||06/21/2013|
[quote]Today someone on the news said Deen is almost as rich as Oprah.
There's no way she's that rich. I'd say maybe 15-20 million.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||06/21/2013|
The Food Network will now groom Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, to take Paula's place. Ree is already popular with viewers, and her show and recipes are far better than Paula's. Go Ree!
|by Anonymous||reply 207||06/21/2013|
r203, no black person ever deserves to be called the n-word, no matter what they've done, moron.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||06/21/2013|
For those who don't believe she'll bounce back-just go to her FB page and weep for America and its view of what a "Good Southern Woman" is supposed to be.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||06/21/2013|
R207 They've also got Emmy-winning Trisha Yearwood, whose husband is far hotter than Paula's!
Any word on Paula's endorsement deal with Smithfield? How about her line of cookware?
|by Anonymous||reply 210||06/21/2013|
Chris Rock disagrees with you, R208.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||06/21/2013|
WTF are you talking about, R203? If two black men mugged you, then ALL black people are criminals that you're comparing to this racist woman using the N word?
So because of John Dillinger shooting people, all white men should be lumped together as murderous gangsters?
And I'm 58, white, grew up and spent most of my life in Mississippi, and as a little girl I knew the "N" word was disparaging and fucking WRONG.
It's called innate decency. And it's rare down here, as evidenced by this fat cruel bitch. I hope she's tarred and feathered PERMANENTLY.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||06/21/2013|
I thought Paula was agoraphobic back in the day. How did she work in a bank?
|by Anonymous||reply 213||06/21/2013|
[quote]I thought Paula was agoraphobic back in the day. How did she work in a bank?
The bank robbery was what caused her agoraphobia.
|by Anonymous||reply 214||06/21/2013|
She also tried to imply it caused her racism, but that didn't float as well as she'd hoped.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||06/21/2013|
I can't believe this is real. I thought it was The Onion or The Daily Currant.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||06/23/2013|
What was so shocking about the TPM article?
It sounded real and I am sure it was. She was being really honest.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||06/23/2013|
Not shocking, just so over the top that it sounds like a parody, R217.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||06/24/2013|
She needs to be sodomized with a cold stick of butter
|by Anonymous||reply 219||06/24/2013|
Sambo burger made me laugh. What could it be? She burns the burger black?
Obviously she has a sense of humor that is different than most. But really racist or just insensitive? I'm not convinced yet.
She donates heavily to an orphanage that is primarily black children. A black minister who knows her was interviewed on TV the other day defended her. It's just not as black and white--no pun intended--as the media has portrayed it.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||06/24/2013|
At UVA we called that type of burger a "Gus Burger". Delicious, especially late night.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||06/24/2013|
My mom is about Paula's age, and she also grew up in the South. And she's also a racist. It's not that she's out burning crosses on the lawn of the one African-American family that lived in our neighborhood, but she has this deep, burned in institutional form of racism (for lack of a better word) that informs most of her worldview.
When I was a child in the early 80s, my younger sister had a biracial friend and I remember her telling me once (I must have been all of seven at the time) that it was a pity that child would grow up without an identity. But she was also Society, and would never use a slur.
So, maybe Paula is coming from a clueless place and not a hateful place, but that doesn't make her any less wrong, and it doesn't make Food Network any less wrong from not wanting her associated with their brand any more.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||06/24/2013|
I heard that she goes trolling downtown at night for the darkest, sweatiest, most muscular man she can find. She pays him to slather his fingers in butter, fist her gaping maw, and sing in a rich baritone drawl... "Swing low.... Sweeeet chaaarioootttt...."
|by Anonymous||reply 224||06/24/2013|
[quote]So, maybe Paula is coming from a clueless place and not a hateful place, but that doesn't make her any less wrong
No, but it speaks to motivation. This could have been a good opportunity for learning about sensitivity for her and a great number of other insensitive people. Instead, it's become a witch hunt.
As far as the FN, they can't really stand on any moral soapbox with homophobe Guy and heartless cunt Ina.
|by Anonymous||reply 225||06/24/2013|
She was asked if she had ever done something. She had to say yes if she ever did. Bothers me only a little. The restaurant stuff is a problem though.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||06/24/2013|
[quote]No, but it speaks to motivation. This could have been a good opportunity for learning about sensitivity for her and a great number of other insensitive people. Instead, it's become a witch hunt.
But think about it in the broader context of her career. She'd already been caught lying about her diabetes (and her weight loss, although I'm sure she did it the Star Jones way: portion control and Pilates). And the stuff about the "Sambo burger" was relatively recently, if she did it while she was making her show.
Maybe they'll do what they did with Robert Irvine and hire her back once she's done an acceptable penance and made a confession to Oprah.
Also, for whoever was saying this: Don't be cheering Ree Drummond as the new Paula. She's even faker.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||06/24/2013|
Paula is one of the most phony people I've EVER seen.
I'm sure her "black wedding" would be popular with many who post on this site.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||06/24/2013|
I can't believe people stuck by her after the diabetes scam.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||06/24/2013|
Did she lie about her diabetes, VOTN, or just keep it to herself?
There's a big difference which is representative of the way this whole thing has been misreported by the media (and subsequently accepted as truth by the public).
|by Anonymous||reply 230||06/24/2013|
Here's her very awkward come-to-Jesus apology on The Today Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||06/26/2013|
I think that was an entirely honest interview. No pauses, no body language indicating subterfuge. I think she's being truthful.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||06/26/2013|
My parents grew up in east Texas. I have never heard them utter that word. In fact my dad told me if I ever said it, I would no longer be his daughter. My cousins, though, that never left for a bigger city have said it. It always made me very uncomfortable. But I agree, she never should have been so frank about it. Is Wal-Mart going to pull her products from their stores? That will be interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||06/26/2013|
I am a Southerner. My mother is in the same age group as Paula Deen and I never heard her make any type of racial comment. We also rarely ate the type of food PD makes. Fried chicken once in awhile but a lot of fresh vegetables especially during the summer when it's too hot to eat. Paula Deen is a parody.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||06/26/2013|
'No pauses, no body language indicating subterfuge'
...no real tears, R233.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||06/26/2013|
R221, your problem is that you're as clueless as she is. How is referring to an employee as a "little monkey" funny? You people who defend her just continually embarrass yourselves with your pathetic excuses.
You don't seem to understand something: She and her family were EMPLOYERS, so their jokes were tolerated by people who wanted to keep their jobs. They don't see black people as "equals." It's so obvious.
It bears repeating because you people don't haven't the guts to admit it: You wanted Isiah Washington's head for "faggot," but you're fine with this because you're myopic and selfish. You have no ability to feel empathy.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||06/26/2013|
Unbelievably fake on the Today show...blubbering like the fat greasy pig she is, but not a trace of actual tears. And she is trying to portray herself as the victim now, which is vile.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||06/26/2013|
The "N" word will sadly never go away until blacks stop using it as a descriptive term for their pals. I hear rappers use it all the time, and they use the excuse that because they are black, it is OK to use the word. It is NOT ok to call anyone else by that word.
It is silly, though, that people don't even feel comfortable is saying or writing the word when simply having a dialog about it.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||06/26/2013|
R238, obviously nothing Paula, the current entrant on the endless rotating celebrity grill would seem sincere to you. Perhaps you'll be happier with the next celebrity we decide to pillory. There's always another one.
It's sickening the glee people take in these public floggings.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||06/26/2013|
[quote]Paula will be fine. Nobody in her demographic gives a shit about this stuff anymore. Too much victim mentality.
WTH do you mean by this "victim mentality" bs? [bold]The woman suing Deen is *white.*[/bold]
Black people did not start this, so GTFO, R194.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||06/26/2013|
R240, I'd say it's more sickening that after a woman spends years making money endorsing artery-clogging and blood sugar-spiking cuisine, she then admits to having a disease caused by this way of eating, and then decides to make money on the MEDICATION to fight that disease.
She has no sincerity. Just because she looks and sounds the part, doesn't mean she IS sincere. This is about her business and nothing more.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||06/26/2013|
R240 has the victim mentality down pat! You must be a joy to be around. Paula is a proven racist, so to fall over yourself bemoaning the idea of an 'endlessly rotating celebrity grill' when we are discussing Paula's vile actions is pretty stupid.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||06/26/2013|
@239, Do you know the difference between nigga and nigg$r?
I'm here in New York and young people of all races use the word nigga...
"Presently, the word nigga is used more liberally among younger members of all races and ethnicities in the United States."
"the term may indicate "solidarity or affection", similar to the usage of the words dude, homeboy, and bro."
Now nigg$r, is a different story.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||06/26/2013|
She should have pulled out a nose hair to get real tears in her Today show interview. So ironic that an ignorant phony woman can become a millionaire based on unhealthy food. She is only concerned about losing her empire. I cannot imagine her now going on TV and being all down home and folksy anymore. She is ruined and this has tarnished her forever. Stick to running your crappy touristy restaurants. I bet she will be using the N word now more than ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||06/26/2013|
Agree. She was rocking the tearless tears.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||06/26/2013|
Thank God someone else is getting shit on by the media.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||06/26/2013|
She should totally be a villain in a John Waters movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||06/26/2013|
Your mother may be a Southerner, but Albany, GA is a different world than "the South."
|by Anonymous||reply 249||06/26/2013|
I am 60 years old and cannot say that I have never used that word. I am also from the south and would say that as a rule southerners are much more racially biased than anywhere I have ever visited or lived.
But, this case wasn't about race and words, it is about sexual harrassment and discrimination in the workplace. Her brother sexually harrassed women working for him at his restaurant. Paula gave him free run and she should have known better. I'm sure she is aware of his antics and with her attitude of "we are older white southerners" everything was excused and defused.
She knew what could happen if she let this lawsuit progress. She should have seen that a settlement and gag order was the better choice but she thought she was "so loved" that no one would get upset with her.
She deserves every contract cancellation that she gets. Smithfield Hams and Harrah's have terminated their contract with her. Maybe she will learn from that.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||06/26/2013|
Not surprised VOTN is the byproduct of a racist. She taught her son well.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||06/26/2013|
As everyone else has said, the crocodile tears couldn't have been more obvious. And the "family values" stories were cringe worthy.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||06/26/2013|
She called Jesse Jackson???? He is more rascist than she is. I bet he tries to extort money from her. Her sons lied on TV as well when they said she always tells the truth. Did she when her diabetes was revealed? When QVC finally decides to drop her,- the end of that fat phony.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||06/26/2013|
Agree, @253. It's amazing that people STILL believe Jesse Jackson has sway in the black community. #Clueless.
|by Anonymous||reply 254||06/26/2013|
Am I the only one who feels for this woman? You could literally feel her pain as she talked to that "glib" douche Matt Lauer.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||06/26/2013|
[quote]Am I the only one who feels for this woman?
Why would I feel sorry for a woman who became a multi-millionaire thanks to an over-exaggerated Southern accent and ridiculous "recipes" like hamburgers with an egg on top between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts???
|by Anonymous||reply 256||06/26/2013|
R256, it's not feeling sorry for her for what she achieved, but for the witchhunt that she is now the subject of.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||06/26/2013|
Pick up a rock and throw it at my head as hard as you can.
|by Anonymous||reply 258||06/26/2013|
[quote] She donates heavily to an orphanage that is primarily black children
She was cultivating her upcoming restaurant staff.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||06/26/2013|
She's not the victim of a witch hunt, she is paying the consequences of her words and actions. And not just one word, either. But I am afraid that all the backlash will give her more sympathy than she deserves.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||06/26/2013|
[quote] And I'm 58, white, grew up and spent most of my life in Mississippi, and as a little girl I knew the "N" word was disparaging and fucking WRONG. It's called innate decency. And it's rare down here, as evidenced by this fat cruel bitch. I hope she's tarred and feathered PERMANENTLY.
R212, I love you. You put that perfectly.
So was I for part of my childhood and the other people who used that word were trashy racists.
|by Anonymous||reply 261||06/26/2013|
I want to know where her brother is in all this — letting his sister take all the heat. Real manly.
I think she's culturally ignorant, but he seems a lot worse.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||06/27/2013|
Guess she'll just have to get some white people to do blackface for the slave roles.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||06/27/2013|
Jeez- Savannah cannot get anymore Old South.....she is a hillbilly who has probably used the N word many times whether seriously or jokingly. Heard on the news that her cruises have seen an uptick in reservations and have had to set more dates. Can you imagine what those passengers must look like?-does the ship run out of food?
|by Anonymous||reply 264||06/27/2013|