Also, it's not as if she hasn't had exposure to the outside world as a national celebrity cook to know better. If the alleged complaints are true, then there really is no excuse. She even admitted that her children told her that language was wrong, so if she continued to say those things at her restaurant, then the poor "ignorant" Southern older lady defense just doesn't wash. I mean she celebrated the old slavery days. Yes it was probably a celebration of old Southern Plantatipn culture too but those things aren't mutually exclusive. Especially with the way she did it.
Food Network Drops Paula Deen
I suspect that she won't be making any guest appearances on her sons' shows. The Food Network has cut the apron strings.The Food Network statement did not elaborate on its reasons for dropping her, but a person close to the network said its shows featuring her sons, Jamie and Bobby, would not be affected.
In the deposition, Ms. Deen said that she had used a racial slur in the past, though not in the restaurant, but that she and her family did not tolerate prejudice. “Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is” or what gender a person is, she said. “It’s what’s in your heart and in your head that matters to us.”
She also stated that “most jokes” are about Jews, gay people, black people and “rednecks.”
“I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person,” she said.
This links might help her: http://archive.adl.org/what_to_tell/print.asp
Paula may be sorry, maybe not, but the fact remains that she has been a big celebrity for a long time now. Celebrities are scrutinized in a way that most people aren't. She should have known better.
"I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"
She will make a charitable donation, and several other gestures, but it is hard to come back from this sort of thing.
The clincher was the sign posted on her kitchen window that read, "IRISH STEW NEED NOT APPLY."
I imagine her ratings have been dropping for awhile. It's hard to watch a diabetic (even if she's not eating it all) cook and still taste all the sugar laden things she cooks. Her show had gotten old. Need some fresh blood. I worked in drug and rehab years ago and was watching a movie with the pts. They were talking about how they would kill their daughter if she married a white guy. I got up and went back to the nurses station. (It was safer there). On the other side my mom told me about a church member calling the police because the preachers son had a black friend playing basketball with him on church property. Said he was trespassing. There is really no excuse in this day and age, but it's still there.
All the marketing she did, I would have thought she'd come up with her own line of butter. (It's whipped, ya'll!)
She's now Mrs. Butterworthless.
Ugh, that apology video was so bizarre. She has gone in to full hot mess mode.
This is a good summary:
http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/pa...211112187.html“Deen made a pile of money off a certain idea of old-school southern culture. In return, she had an obligation to that culture–an obligation not to embody its worst, most shameful history and attitudes,” wrote Time TV critic James Poniewozik. “Instead, in one swoop, fairly or not, she single-handedly affirmed people’s worst suspicions of people who talk and eat like her—along with glibly insulting minorities, she slurred many of the very fans who made her successful.”
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"Old Southern Lady" my as*. She knew better. I'm 63. I don't know how old she is, but I'd bet I'm at least fairly contemporary to her. I was raised in Atlanta which is vastly more liberal even back then than other parts of the south, but I have plenty of relatives all over the south. Believe me, when I was a kid, my mother would have busted my chops for using the "n" word. My Dad taught me "love thy neighbor" and he's one of the most tolerant and loving people I ever met, and he's 87. My lower Alabama relatives were raised the same and are in fact today quite liberal, especially racially. (Maybe not so much military wise...) I certainly did encounter racism from a couple of elderly family members, but by and large, people just didn't say those things nor did they act like they believed in the old ways at all. I remember years where the Margaret Mitchell House almost closed down for lack of interest. I'm NOT excusing the south or things that have happened here or saying there is no bigotry or racism. I'm sure there still is. But Paula was young in a south that was changing, and she certainly should have known better. POOR RAISIN'! Or shall I just tell it like it is....WHITE TRASH!!! I also have a friend whose daughter lived in a house on her Savannah property, and they didn't have anything good to say about her at all. Her kids are supposed to be nice though.
Food Network wasn't playing around when they said they weren't renewing her contract. Both of her scheduled Saturday morning episodes were replaced by Giada De Laurentiis
Kind of off topic, but I think her sons' shows are such a waste of space. They bring nothing unique to the table and have no special skills or culinary training other than being related to Paula Deen. There are so many talented people from Next Food Network Star with really unique show concepts that are rejected every year, and for what? "Home for Dinner" with Jamie Deen, a guy that manages his mom's restaurant. Might as well have a show called "Cooking Food."Originally Posted by Whitneyskates
I believe Paula did know better. If she didn't, then she definitely does know better now.
You mess with the bull, you get the horns; words to live by, to my mind. - Robeye