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Lawsuit Alleges that Paula Deen Used N-Word and Had Racist Dinner Parties

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by overedge, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. heckles

    heckles Well-Known Member

    Hey, it could have been worse. She could have made a sex tape.
  2. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

    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.


    This links might help her: http://archive.adl.org/what_to_tell/print.asp
  4. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    My mother grew up in the backwoods of Alabama. She's never used the n-word in her life that I'm aware of.
  5. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    This. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Southerners--even from earlier generations--do not use the n-word.

    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.
  6. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    She will make a charitable donation, and several other gestures, but it is hard to come back from this sort of thing.
  7. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Now Michael, where y'all gonna put dat stick o'butter? :slinkaway

    Wow. FN removed her like a tumor, word.
  8. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

  9. RickInSanJose

    RickInSanJose Active Member

    The clincher was the sign posted on her kitchen window that read, "IRISH STEW NEED NOT APPLY."
  10. nursebetty

    nursebetty New Member

    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.
  11. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Yup, just ask Mel "Sugartits" Gibson.
  12. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    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.
  13. Scintillation

    Scintillation New Member

    Ugh, that apology video was so bizarre. She has gone in to full hot mess mode.
  14. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    This is a good summary:
  15. Holley Calmes

    Holley Calmes Well-Known Member

    "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.
  16. Whitneyskates

    Whitneyskates Well-Known Member

    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
  17. iloveemoticons

    iloveemoticons Well-Known Member

    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. :yawn: Might as well have a show called "Cooking Food."
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  18. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    I agree with you. I'm even more upset that Bobby's show is on The Cooking Channel, which for me, was supposed to be a respite from the dumb-ass shite that has become the FN. They both seem like nice guys, but they both have the screen presence of a stop sign.
  19. Simone411

    Simone411 I'm Clippy. I love Ashley and Janny!

    ITA. I grew up in Louisiana. I've lived in the same town all my life. Neither my family nor I have ever used the n-word. I have best friends that are African American. One of my best friends is a singer with her own band, and I've worked with her on occasion producing songs. She has worked with musicians like B.B. King, Little Richard, Bonnie Rait, Buckwheat Zydeco, etc.. I've also had the honour of meeting Mr. Denzel Washington when they made part of the movie, The Great Debaters, in my small little town.

    I believe Paula did know better. If she didn't, then she definitely does know better now.
  20. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Well Boitano has/had a show on FN; What culinary training does he have other than he loves to cook? It's about ratings and attracting viewers and sponsorships, and I'm sure the Dean's boys do that, and one does not need to have gone to culinary school to be a good cook and TV host. There used to be a show on FN called "How to Boil Water" co-hosted by Tyler Florence and a really annoying chick.
  21. heckles

    heckles Well-Known Member

    Some registered dieticians have given very good reviews for Bobby Deen's show, Not My Mama's Meals, which demonstrates how to make comfort food less unhealthy. The concept can be a good idea for everyone, including the city-slickers who deride Paula for being overweight and having diabetes, yet who are overweight and have never even had their own A1Cs checked. :rofl:
  22. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Going to rehab also seems to be par for the course when these things happen....
  23. Whitneyskates

    Whitneyskates Well-Known Member

    I am now completely convinced that Paula has no idea what the Civil War was about. She relates a story about how her Great-Grandfather was devastated to lose the "workers" on his plantation. I don't think she understand that those "workers" were not there because they happened to be the best people for the job, and I don't think she understand why her Great-Grandfather couldn't have them after the war ended.

    After reading everything, I'm not sure if Paula is racist, or just woefully ignorant. She views her Great-Grandfather losing his "workers" as a tragedy when most people see that as a victory. Using the N-word is never acceptable and there is no excuse for it, but I don't think Paula hates black people or view them as being beneath her. I have sadly known people like her. They don't hate anyone and don't view anyone as being less than them, but lack a basic understanding of things that shouldn't be said, and view them as just words. I don't think she really wanted to hurt anyone, I think she's just ignorant.

    Her brother, however? Sounds like a major ass.
  24. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    I've never liked Paula Deen. She is whiney and I can't imagine eating most of the vile crap she makes. I have never used the "N" word and have no tolerance for anyone who does, regardless of their color. I don't like it when anyone uses a racial or religious slur, even if they are part of that group. These are ugly words and people using the excuse that they are a part of that group desensitizes others and encourages the use of the word. Deen is ignorant and while I hate to see anyone fired, she deserves it.
  25. JJH

    JJH Well-Known Member

    I vaguely remember the Paula episode on "Who Do You Think You Are?" It seems to me that the researched ancestor lost a son in the Civil War and much of his wealth and later committed suicide. Why did Deen find a need to romanticize this story and idealize the antebellum period? How could she be so completely oblivious to the social standards of the last 50 years, not to mention, her own self-interest to use such language and indulge in such ridiculous theatrics?
  26. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    Because she is ignorant and oblivious. This is a woman who fries butter in lard and eats it.
  27. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Fried butter is a top food attraction at Fairs around the country. Many people try it. It doesn't and shouldn't indicate anything about them as a person.
  28. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

  29. heckles

    heckles Well-Known Member

    Nah, she just needs to die. If a reputed pedophile can attain post-mortem sainthood, Paula can too.
  30. cruisin

    cruisin Banned Member

    It would indicate a total disregard for nutrition. Sorry, but the idea of fried butter makes me gag.