Celebrity chef Paula Deen continues to be in hot water after admitting to using the n-word under oath for a lawsuit filed against her. Her fortunes and her image are taking a major hit in the fallout.
Now her sons Jamie & Bobby Deen join “New Day” exclusively this morning to speak out in her defense.
The brothers say the case has led to character assassination of their mother and they want to dispel the impression of her as a racist. “We're here to speak out for our mother's character,” Jamie Deen says.
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For heaven's sake leave this poor woman alone. I think this is purely a jealous issue. Paula has been very generous and kind with Africian American boys clubs and numerous other organizations. We were in the South 30 years ago and the "n" word was flying around, which included Africian American people using it on themselves. Times have changed and we have all changed and became more aware of the slangs that are used nowadays. I'm not condoning using the "n" word nor have I ever used it as I have several Africian American friends in my life for over 30 years and was aware of the hurt if the word was used. I, myself, am full blooded Portuguese and growing up, and even today I am called a "Portagee" . This has never offended me, it is a slang that is used and I don't allow it to hurt me, as there are much worse words that could be used. I hope and pray that "Food Network" will reconsider their contract with Paul as well as other sponsors.
When I was growing up in the 60s this word was not an uncommon reference to a black american in so many communities, we used it because we learned it from our parents and generations before us. I believe everyone has used this word sometime in their lifetime and this word will continue to be used. The fact that she can be made a public example of is easy, because she has so much at stake. If punishment is to be given then all of us need to be punished as well. Everyone will have an opinion and some will stand up and say burn her at the stake and others will give her a second chance, but remember we are not her final judge.
I am sorry Her Career has come to this. Perhaps she will Learn and Understand what Others of Us have Always known. You Always have to be a Person of Good Character and Integrity, when you are Outside of your Private space; but More Importantly..Practice those things Always. No One Black or White in the South or North should Allow Anyone around you to Not Be of Good Character. I hope Ms Deen Will Allow herself to Grow a Personal Relationship in GOD through Jesus Christ. She can start Be READING Psalm 51 (daily) and continue on to read Romans 1 and 2. Many are Praying for her and her Family. I am a Cancer Survivior and in 2005 , I Looked at her show Daily here in Memphis; as I went through my Treatments. God will see her through this if she Trust him.
All these comments have merit; however, in the greater scheme, a person should be judged by how he/she lives. The old cliché "actions speak louder" is the gut. Paula lives her live with compassion and love. She seeks to help those in need.................come, folks. Let's get on with it..........................
I am black man and to me this whole situation was blown out of proportion. I believe food network wanted to fire this lady a long time ago and finally got the opportunity to do it.it was a purely business decision nothing more. It is true we have a serious double standard with the "n" word that need to be addressed and not only that a lot of things beside that as well.
Ms Dean was raised in the south. She has used the N word throughout her childhood. Her family taught her that its a normal word to describe blacks. I moved to Texas from the UK and it was the very first time I had heard it being uttered from anyone's mouth. It was said as if it was normal. People in the South have not changed with the times and as a result the word is still being used. I feel like Ms. Deans fmaily and friends still use it and that they have discriminated against blacks. Why do I feel this way? Because it just seems to be the norm in the south, even today.
Bollocks- great liberal argument... You start with an obvious truth (she was raised in the south), Then you proceed to make up (out of the blue) statements that you could have no idea if they are true or not. You act as if you are some authority, when you sir, are just a flamer that should be revoked from posting. Based on your opinion that the south is now and forever backwards is an elitist leftwing tactic to show how incredibly smart and better you are than others. This strutting is disgusting and makes you a very small person.
Look, there's always been a (mis)conception about how people in the south are so racist. Because the North won the Civil War and freed the slaves??? Get real. I was raised in the south. My mother's family came to Alabama and Georgia in the mid-1700's. My grandparents spent their entire lives in Alabama; they had black friends. My mother was born and raised in Alabama; she had black friends. I was born in Alabama and raised in Florida; I have always had black friends. If we said the N word, we got our butts whipped. Now, let me relate an incident from 30 years ago. I worked with a woman that was born and raised in New York. Her take on black people? I quote this, because I will never forget what she said: "The blacks in the North have attitude. I don't mind your blacks here (in the South) because they know their place." Now you tell me, who's the racist here???
Ms Bollock, england is one of the worst racist place. America has this issues with the old farts. And not as much with the younger generation. PRESIDENT of the country is Black!! england can only dream that. so dont give us that about you moved from england and heard it here! ha!
every summer i go there for months. non whites cant even work as a professor there in a med school. My own brother is a testament to it.
Any how, in our society, this n-word thing is exaggerated. Go buy a hip-hop or rap CD and take the n-word out, and you'll be listening to instruments only :)
People in my neighborhood (these certain teen agers) once shouted the n-word at me, i didnt pay any attention. And then in 2006 i got a visitor @4:00am someone who wanted to kill me. Blunt force trauma to my head. i survived and the attacker ran away. so as long as it doesnt become physical, they can say n-word towards me all day long, i dont care! they cant take away my BMW, good house, cute white wife, 2 cute kids hmmm i think they were cute. so they are frustrated and want to call names, kool.. keep on. In fact these are the things that drive me to do my darnest better.
so making a big deal out of n-word is not healthy. If its this bad, remove it from rap and hip-hop songs.
ABout Paula, i have met this woman in Savannah. I do not like her cooking as it doesnt fit my life style and my diabetes. But my wife adores her cooking. Give the woman a break! If all of us are put under the microscope, then ALL of us would be in the time-out for one reason or the other. If you dont believe that then either you are an angel who just came to see around and take names, or just too naive!
Two more observations:
1. The network and sponsors, as well as her fans, are overwhelming white. Paula Deen is white. I really doubt that either care about a small subsection of her market base. Time to investigate the real reasons behind these events.
2. As of 5 minutes ago, Paula Deen has not been running to any Black owned TV station, radio station, book club, potluck, etc., to say her apology. So who is apologizing to?
You honestly don't know much about the south to say "WE" all still use that word!You could not be further from the truth than you are the UK!Say what you want to about Texas and where you now live but LA doesn't just use the "N" word all the time.I believe Paula Deen and I know she is truly sorry if she said she is!The more people keep crucifying Paula Deen makes them just as bad of a racist as you think she is!!
she needs to say nothing.
saying a word hasnt killed anybody, we have a president that's black and approves a Kill list daily. Where is your morality there?
All the sponsors backing off are just sheep leading the sheep thing. Same old.. Remember Tiger woods and Nike.. hahahhaha.. i would never foret how desparate nike was to go back to get tiger again.
Just reverse it, Paula has worked her way into this stuff. you cant take away people's hard worked dignity and values by one or two of their mistakes. Nobody in this world is an angel. We all have our dirty laundry!
This is the time we should be discussing the attemptsagainst our freedom (NSA stuff) and not how to nab some hardworking woman. sorry.
Why is it that black comedians can use the subject word over and over in a somewhat vulgar manner and get away with it, yet Paula having used the word MANY years ago is fired and berated across America? I don't get it.
GS, you don't get to dictate what is offensive to another person. Period. So your rhetorical question regarding Black comedians means very little. Simply put, you haven't made your point. Black comedians, like all other comedians, can say what they want. If you don't like it, don't buy a ticket. If I don't want Paula Deen to call me purple, I have a right to either stop buying her sponsors' product or publicize it. The point isn't what was offensive to you.
Anyway, we can talk all we want about race. It isn't about race. The sponsors and network dropped her because of projected BUSINESS decisions. If she were pulling in the numbers they wanted over a sustained amount of time, they would have stayed quiet and waited until it blew over. The only reason it is still in the news is because of the BUSINESS decisions that are threatening her future. Does that make better sense to you?
You missed GS's point. She isn't trying to dictate what she can and cannot say. She's not asking for permission to say it. She is simply asking WHY is it OK for blacks to say it, but no one else. As far as black comedians, yes, there is a difference. Black comedians can say it without backlash, but Michael Richards gets raked over the coals for doing the exact same thing.
As far as WHY, I think the problem is that blacks give too much credence to who is saying or doing things to us. If a white person shoots us (Zimmerman), rapes us (Duke lacrosse, allegedly), or says the N-word (Paula Deen), black people get bend out of shape and it's time to get Jesse and Al. But if another black does the same thing, there isn't the same level of outrage, anger, or disappointment.
So to answer WHY, I think we as blacks give others more respect to others than ourselves and we hold them to a higher standard. So for many blacks, Paula Deen saying the N-word is more offensive than Chris Rock or Snoop Dogg saying the same thing.
I agree, in South Africa the black's can use racist words for white people, but nothing happens. I think it goes both ways.
can you also please add the rap singers, hip-hop songs to the list as well.
Many of the african american folks around here dont get how it looks from outside their mindset. Im not a white person. My name Bilal is an african name (euthopean to be exact). im from pakistan. every ther new muslim in Atlanta is african american. And first thing they do, they "chang their name". i always ask them why so? EVEY one of them tell me its because "Now i'm free!!" i never quite understood it. Till one of my friend sent me a Mohammad Ali youtube video. That was it.. i now understand where those new muslim african americans are coming from. Similarly to this post, if the n-Word is so hurtful (i have been called that, and i didnt care for ONE bit, i even got almost killed with a hate crime in 2006 being the only non-white in a white neighborhood). If the word is so bad then lets ban it for the whole country!
yes that includes the rap and hip-hop and comedians.. hmmmm i wonder if that will be too difficult for them as they have been doing this for ages!
We all at one time in our lifetime have done or said something we regret . But we learn from life . And it could happen to any one of us ,but no one should be punished for life for it ,I truly believe she is a good person. It will be real hard for me to watch the food network again. When they believe no one can make a mistake makes them just as bad
Watching Food Network is hard for me because it's not about food anymore. It's contests, challenges, wars, spying on restaurant people and watching a chubby guy stuff his face in countless diners, drive ins and dives. All the good chefs and cooks are already gone, Emeril, Mario, Sara Moulton, Dave LIeberman, all gone, and now they've even taken "Good Eats" off the schedule. Nothing there anymore I can stand to watch. Firing Paula was just confirmation of the continuing stupidity of the management of that network.
It amazes me what we as nation will respond too in order to stand up for civil rights. Women held hostage, beaten, and raped and all we see is the guy who talked about a "white woman running into a black man's arms." We focused on that instead of the brutality suffered by these women.
Paula used, without a doubt, a word that is not acceptable, 30 years ago, and it is off with her head. But the young tennis player who made a remark about the high school girl who was raped we accepted her apology. Funny how even in forgiveness we are deciding who should receive grace and who shouldn't.
Racism is more than black and white; yet it seems that is the only window of color we use. America is a melting pot, but we have forgotten, trace your lineage long enough and we all wind up at the same starting point-Blood related, which is red for all.
In total agreement. Touche`
Well said, Tom! Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i AM A BLACK WOMAN AND YES, IT WAS IN VERY BAD TASTE FOR PAULA DEEN TO DISTROY HERSELF. IN BUSINESS AND HAVING THE PUBLIC EYES ON YOU CONTINULY, YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP UP THE IMAGE OF A GREAT BROAD MINDED PERSON. KILLING YOURSELF MEANS ,YOU'RE READY TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING WONDERFUL. i DON'T CARE HOW ANGRY PEOPLE MAKE YOU THERE IS STILL TIME TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT THE NEXT WORDS YOU'LL SPEAK. THEY'LL MAKE YOU OR BRAKE. I FEEL SORRY FOR PAULA, BUT SHE'S NOT GOING TO MISS TO MUCH OF HER GOOD LIFE.
Do you mean break us? This is as bad as Paula say "I is what I is" – uneducated.
For anyone interested~ Letter from plaintiffs lawyer requesting $1.25 million to drop suit
The actual transcript (Brother Bubba is a piece of work and Paula is taking the blame!)
Love New Day! But not impressed with today's guest (6/26/13) who expressed an unusual freedom of speech POV regarding Paula Deen. I guess "some are more equal than others" according to your guest's rhetoric.. Really? I think common sense and equal attention to depositions from all parties has been left out of the news coverage.
I personally don't think Paula Deen is the hateful, racist type, but she's definitely ignorant. She needs be trained about culture. It's a shame she had to learn the hard way, though. People like her usually learn the hard way privately or in a small way. Unfortunately, she's learning Culture 101 publicly in front of everybody and is not getting a very good grade in it. I can tell she has a good heart, but her mentality needs to be corrected. BTW, I'm Black, if you're wondering... lol
I think Paula Dean is a kind and decent woman. Her sons represented their family well. No wonder Paula is so proud of them, they are outstanding examples of Paula 's guidance and love. Paula has been in the public eye for several years. If she was racist, we would have heard about it long before now. Why was the Food Network so quick to fire her? To my knowledge there hasn't been a trial. My gut feeling is that Paula is not being treated in a fair and just manner.
Finally we're getting portions of Lisa Jackson's deposition...MMM wonder why we don't have the whole deposition yet. Anyway here's what I've found so far:
Savannah Morning News published the following excerpts from Jackson’s deposition:
“You have never heard Paula make a racist remark, have you?”
“Not heard it,” Jackson replied.
“You have never known Paula to discriminate against a person based on gender, have you?”
“I’m not aware.”
“And you have never known Paula to sexually harass anyone, have you?”
Wonder why the MEDIA hasn't reported this?!
I have just spent the evening reading all 281 pages of Lisa Jackson Deposition. I think it should addressed by the Media. She has some real issues with memory. And although she claims she was racially discriminated against, suffered sexual harassment, etc. everyday for 5 years, when she was asked to give examples she could only come up with 1, 2, or 3. And only one directed directly toward her. I will say I do think "Bubba" is the real problem and should be kicked out on his butt. But Paula should have never been drawn into this. Also per Ms Jackson's deposition there is no mention of the word "Plantation" being used when Paula was asked about the wedding. Lawyers sure do like to embellish!
Post note: Ms. Jackson's account of what was said about the wedding -page 226 of Deposition, No mention of the word Plantation used.
I stand by my previous assessment of Paula Deen's media crucifixion. She is a white southern belle, therefore she is guilty as charged..I call it Southern profiling!
"Deen's attorney: “You have never heard Paula make a racist remark, have you?”
Plaintiff Lisa Jackson: “Not heard it,” Jackson replied.
“You have never known Paula to discriminate against a person based on gender, have you?”
“I’m not aware.”
The quote from Mr. Franklin is truncated, and gives the impression that Lisa Jackson retracted her claim that Deen used a racial slur when describing what she wished the servers could wear. Here's the whole test of the question Franklin asked:
Q. So other than your - the one conversation
on the back porch at Paula's house at Dogwood,
where she described what she'd like the wait staff
to wear, you have never heard Paula make a racist
remark, have you?
A. Not heard it
Lisa Jackson did NOT retract that testimony.
Paula is my favorite on food network. If they drop her then I drop food network. I also will not be buying Smithfield hams. This is all ridiculous and her use of this word does not warrant all this childish behavior.
I think this whole thing is stupid. She said the n word back in ancient history, back in a different time ...so what. Where is the forgiveness? Hey, Martha Stewart was convicted and served time. She is still on tv. Let Paula back on. We love her!
I liked Paula before she married Michael – she was humble and remembered where she came from to be where she was at that time. But I will tell you under oath – most of the stars on the network would be in the same situation – they have said things they shouldn't have...I was a kid playing eenie meenie minee mo rhyme – catch a N by the toe and I was 4 or 5 and this was taught to us – today I would never say anything like this and I would have to admit in my life I said it but in what context is the real issue. I got tired of her Y'all more than anything.
Thank you CNN for this exclusive with The Deen Brothers, I applaud CNN & I also applaud these wonderful men for taking a stand for their precious mother. I am so heart sick for her, this is a witch hunt! This lady is an absolute sweetheart ( I have met her & her family) and I watched her with a diverse group of fans & employees.... young, old, black, white, Asian, Indian, gay,& straight. Not once did she or her family ever treat any of us any different than the other one. I am so appalled that these sponsors & the world would do this to her! I am glad she only has one judge....God. He has forgiven her & so should the world, she was very sincere & her apology very heartfelt. I certainly hope that this young lady who has stirred up so much "stink", and caused all this heartache, feels real proud of herself today! you're a piece of work!! Team Paula all the way!!! Prayers for Mrs Deen & her entire family!!
its time we get past using this word black also, where and why do we use this word? its use is incorrect, why? people are not black, they are of many shades tan,brown, lite brown, but not true black, and white is not a true color of people either, so think about it and get some new correct means of defining people,
I want to comment on something I read in an article about the deposition where all this information is coming from. The plaintiff claims that black employees were forced to use different entrances and different bathrooms from the rest of the staff. I worked in the building that now house Uncle Bubba's before it was Uncle Bubba's – different restaurant, different owners – same building. There is one front door that the customers use and one door that leads directly to the kitchen. In my day working there as a server and a food runner, it was 50/50 whether I entered through the front door or through the kitchen door. But it actually made more sense for me to enter through the kitchen door because the time cards and punch clock was by that door. There's also two "single" bathrooms right behind the hostess station that are very close to the kitchen. There's a larger, multi-stall bathroom in the dining room for customers. Though we did not restrict access to the single bathrooms to customers, it was understood that employees were not supposed to use the larger "customer" bathroom. I can totally see if the rules changed to something like "front of house staff can use the front door and any bathroom, but kitchen staff must use the small bathroom and the kitchen entrance." Kitchen staff get VERY dirty during the course of a shift. And sometimes their shirts have stains on them to begin with – no one really cares because they're in the kitchen. But front of house staff have to present themselves in a higher standard. I suspect that is what was going on. Now if it turns out that kitchen staff was all black and front of house staff was all white. That may be a problem. Or it may not be. The restaurant is located in an area that is still mostly white, so it may not be unusual for there to be no black front of house staff.
I do think it's funny, though, that the things Ms. Deen's brother are being accused of happened in that restaurant long before her and her brother were involved. They finally got some good managers after I left, but during the short time I worked there sexual harrassment and drunkenness were par for the course. Again, that was long before Paula and her brother took over.
She made a horrible mistake and miss spoke using a terrible word, But I challenge anyone to say they have never done so, not just the n word, but what about the Jewish people, what about the Hispanic people, the Italian people, Scottish people, the Irish, the list goes on and on. This is about a woman who is in the public eye and being made an example of. I think this is more about money than a would be racist southern woman. Even if her career is over on Food Network, her legacy with her children will continue. SHAME ON THE MEDIA we should be focusing our attention on this Countries bigger problems.
Why can't we ALL just get along???? Lord help us!
I will no longer watch the The Food Network! She is an inspiration and a beautiful southern lady, inside and out. I do believe she will be vindicated!
You know what? I would really, really like to know which of the people who are so adamant about the horrors of Paula Deen's use of a slang word that is disgusting and repulsive have never done anything wrong. Has every indiscretion been followed by admission, and a request for forgiveness? Of course the word she used is disgusting...None of her supporters support the use of the word, I'm sure. The thing that I am so angry about is the result of her admission, confession and request for forgiveness. It is funny how the same people who so quickly share that information are the same ones who now have become the judge and jury for her admission and have decided they need to question her motives...The point has been made over and over....it isn't as though this happened yesterday – and yet turn on any radio channel that plays rap music and it is likely you will hear the word .... but wait, that is ok because it is one African American using it against another .... Come on people ...wake up ..somebody has decided they want to slay the dragon.
It is sad that the other cooking show hosts have chosen to lose their voices. No more Food Network ....No more purchasing products advertised on that channel ..... no more buying products endorsed by the program hosts...
Thanks so much for weighing in on this topic. The consequences have been swift for Paula Deen. Do you think judgment is rushed? What do you think should have been done here?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with CNN.
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Shame on Food Network for dropping Paula before all the facts have come out. Let's start looking at all your other stars, execs, etc. to see what other terrible people are associated with FNT. Will you start demoting your viewers too? I never used the "n" word, but most likely wouldn't meet your standards so come me out too. I hope Paula will find another forum for her show. I'll be waiting for that.
Just today I heard the "N" word used down the aisle of the store and low and behold it was that of an African American calling each other the "N" word. Was there controversy? Was there immediate judgment; thrown out of the store; anyone calling that person on the carpet? CRAP NO!! This has gotten totally way out of hand and blown out of context. African American's shouldn't get so sensitive over a four letter word, especially if they are going to use themselves. That's hypocritical. On another note, why is it only a few have rights to say what they want to say when it's a free country with freedom of speech no matter the race. If you don't like the "N" word then I would say stop getting so offensive over the word and more and more people will likely stop using it from it not being affective to hurt people. HELLO!!
It is really funny when people say, "Well, African-Americans use the n word." Really? I don't. I know some who do. The point that I am trying to make is that some people are more offended by the history of the word. Remember - you, CNN posters, do not get to dictate what offends me. Nor are you justified in evaluating what offends me....because it offends ME. If I don't want you to call me by my legal name (even if my mother gets to do it), and you do, then that is offensive. PERIOD. As for her sponsors dropping her, you have to remember that she has had a history of difficult times - with her rich recipes that are not so good for her diabetic condition and so on. You really don't know what is going to come crawling out of her mouth, and that type of volatility is something that sponsors cannot tolerate. Also remember that sponsors do not make moral decisions, they make BUSINESS decisions. If the Paula Deen brand was projected to generate significant more revenue, they would have stayed silent (rather than to publicly and quickly drop her). My guess is that her past came to haunt her at a most convenient time for the network and sponsors to dump her - honestly, the network and sponsors really don't care what she called someone years ago.
BTW: I consider myself Black. Doesn't mean you have to. But when I mention that I am Black, I am obviously giving all of you a historical context and allowing you to use your own profile of my image, motivation, etc.
Paula Deen and been tried and convicted without a fair trial. In my opinion because she is white and southern with a drawl! She MUST be racist, after all she fits the stereotype! Lets report the full story. Lets be fair scrutinize the entire deposition, not just Paula Deen but Lisa Jackson as well. Paula told the truth..so she should lose her entire livelihood and be banished from society?
Deen's attorney: “You have never heard Paula make a racist remark, have you?”
Plaintiff Lisa Jackson: “Not heard it,” Jackson replied.
“And you have never known Paula to sexually harass anyone, have you?”
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with CNN.
You raise an interesting point. Do you think that if Paula Deen had a different accent and/or was from a different part of the country – this would have played out differently for her?
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I certainly do think her "southern" heritage has everything to do with it and her drawl adds fuel to the fire. Southerners are stereotyped as slow, dumb, racist, confederate flag waving redneck hillbillies. Lest us all forget that Ben Bernake is from a small South Carolina town called Dillon! I truly believe Paula Deen is the victim here. This is her second media slam blast..the other one she was labeled "The most dangerous person in America" by Anthony Bourdain. ..and why? because she is a southern cook!!
I was born I Savannah and raised in GA. Here is the problem with all the people who are defending Paula...racism is so alive and well and evident on a daily basis. I am white and am continually disgusted by white people wanting blacks to just "get over it". The end of slavery did not stop racism, it was only 45 years ago that people of color had the right to vote. They still need to work harder to be "accepted" in white society today no matter what you want to lie and tell yourself. I have worked in corporate America and have witnessed racism first hand. It will take many, many years for this race of people to "get over it" especially when it still continues! If you want to get real all of you need to understand that this cannot be tolerated on any level. I am so sick of hearing white people whining about not being racist when most of the comments on this page are full of it.
Thank You Barbara, Everything you said is so very true. Wake Up People. Racism Is So Very Much Alive!
Where is justice in America??? Freedom of speech!!! She didn't say it on national TV so let it go. Back people call each other the N word all the time. Besides that word actually stands for a dirty person not black so white folks can also be referred to that N word. Our world is way too sensitive maybe that is why some our the young generation is the way they are.
Thank you!!! I said the same thing to my mother today. The secret of the South is the way white people whisper to each other what they used to shout in public. Honey Boo-Boo is not the reason the South has an image problem, it's our white gentility that are the problem. I know. I'm a white society woman who has lived here all 50 years of my life.
So, Barbara, If I believe that firing someone because of something she did 20 years ago and then classifying her entire existence based on that one action is an over-reaction, I'm full of racism? Yeah, that makes perfect sense.
It's sad , however Paula still has that racist spirit about her that can be suppressed if she so desire to. When you know a thing is wrong but continue to operate in that mind set- then it's what you want and how you feel/think about a thing/person or situation. Name calling of any kind is not acceptable and for those of you who thinks it okay even in like company, need to realize "Gone with the Wind" has GONE WITH THE WIND and everybody don't appreciate your verbage. Paula as a supposly God fearing woman who knows struggles of womenhood should have been more sensitive to her employee's harresments when told and acted accordingly and just maybe she would have been spared all this grief.
Paula did not speak these words to any of her employees or was it ever spoken in the businesses. It was when she was held at gunpoint. Read the facts people.
I am surprised she could speak at all when a gun was held at her head so saying the N word during such a stressful situation came easy to her. Also she uses the "p" word to describe a woman that worked for her – she is very comfortable using this language but so is most of the world-a small amount really mean it- the majority it is just a word used in anger. My dad never believed he was a bigot – he always said mescan for Mexican, or spick, and he used the n word and no matter how many times we objected he could see nothing wrong with it – because he was raised in the depression and that made him excuse everything he did that wasn't right. It really is a generational attitude. 40 years from now it won't be like this.
Jake: you have just labeled yourself in your own words, as a Black person, and then continued to be "offended" by the possibility that Paula "might have" referred to a friend as "black....."? How would you prefer to be referred to? I
Murdock 21: I am sorry for you feeling the way you do. I don't believe you are an idiot, but only perhaps a little misguided in some of your thinking?
Now the sons of the wonderful Lady have spoken about how they were raised, the people who have eaten at Paula's restaurant have spoken of the staff of various position levels and color. How much more needs to be said regarding her lack of prejudicial intent. Paula Deen is the new Oprah Winfrey...and she will rise above all this pettiness...while Foodnetwork will be a flash in the pan...in the near future...through their own fault, unless the get a "heart"...
I don't watch cooking shows. I was usually working when they were on, never had the ingredients on hand for whatever dish was being prepared, etc. So I have never watched Paula Deen. She does not deserve to be vilified or demonized for a comment she made years ago. That word is continuing to be used on TV, in songs, in the movies, and by NAACP and Black Panthers. If the word is to be banned, it needs to be banned for everyone. I don't think anyone should be subjected to this torture.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this story with CNN. This is an interesting story. In your opinion, how much of your past should play into your current employment? Do you think the public has been too quick to judge? Thoughts?
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Why do we give one word so much power? Why can we bash Jesus, Christians, US Soldiers who are defending our freedom, Presidents ( Dem or Rep), but let an old white woman admit to using a racial slur and everyone in the media is ready to pounce. I'm sick to death of political correctness and reverse racism. What I have heard black celebrities say against Paula Deen has been much worse than her slur decades ago. Why is it that blacks are the only ones in America we can't talk negative about?
Come on people. She should have replaced "er" with "ah. In translation Most rappers use the word all day, every day. This is not excepted, they make butt loads of money. Quit apologizing Paula. The whole thing has witch hunt feel to it. With all the real problems in this world this is what eveyone has extra time for. Racism is still alive and well in America. Paula Deen is not where it starts or ends. She was honest in her deposition. They say "if he/she had only told the truth in the first place." COULD BE WHY MOST LIE/COVER UP/AVOID truth when under fire over sensitve issues. Either way you go America enjoys the drama. Product of how we are raised. No one can really blame racism. Ignorance of American History and the lack of human compasion is where it starts. Imagine what the Native American Indians think of all of us. Spoiled, whiney Americans.
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Just last night a night show was making fun of Mrs, Deen and I don't see them in court.
I love the Paula Deen show, but as an African American, or black person I was personally offended about what she said. I have read many of the post that alot of you have written, and the one common misconception is that Paula Deen made these statements 20, or 30 years ago (when it was allegedly more acceptable to make racist statements...REALLY???). The truth however is that Paula Deen actually made some of those controversial statements recently. Check out her views on a friend that's "black as that door." http://www.gossipcop.com/paula-deen-black-friend-video-hollis-johnson-slavery-slaves-civil-war-racist-racism/ .
I'm not sure if Paula is racist but she could sure benefit from a sensitivity class of some sort. All that being said I don't think she should lose all of what she spent the last 20 years of her life building. I think she should be forgiven an opportunity to redeem herself. In my view this is a teachable moment for us all.
judge not lest you be judged. You have never ever made a derogatory remark against a person of another color? Luckily, the rest of us will never have to worry about being dragged into a court for remarks we made. No. 1, we would all be guilty, but no. 2 the rest of us don't have enough money in the bank to be sued for it.
So Jake, are you saying that it ok for you black friends to use this word freely? That too offends me. In a sworn testament she had to tell the truth in saying had she EVER used that word! Tell me Jake, you never have used a racist slur in your life? Would your answer be different if you we're testifying in a court of law?
Good grief everyone needs to chill out....so what if she said it now or 30yrs ago....first God gets taken out of everything then guns wanna get band now freedom of speech is a breech in itself what next? We have a black man in office and all of a sudden every white person is a racist. REALLY?!Get over yourselves you didn't see this kinda shit going when we had other presidents in office...where did the slang haunky or cracker come from??? That's right cause we didn't take it so personal....this whole thing is rediculous
Sad to say, but since obama became president, this country is more racially divided than since the civil war. Progress on civil rights as far as the public changing and accepting it has been set back 200 years. Seems like everybody is at everybody's else's throat simply because of color or religion or sexual preference or whatever. And most of the derogatory comments make it sound like all the troubles of the world come from white people. But it's still true that white people freed the slaves, white people fought and died to free the slaves, and white people elected obama. So why the assault on white people? Everybody's brewing for a fight of some kind and just jump on the first bandwagon to roll by with something on it, even something like a "word" spoken decades ago. Lots of things happening today offend me greatly but I have to live with it and get on with my life. I am much more concerned about Muslims taking over our country (apparently with our president's approval and help) than what someone said back in 1960.
I think if a person does something they regret then apologies and go on. We've all done it, but they shouldn't be crucified for it just because of their celebrity. I personally don't think she owes anyone an apology, because blacks call each other the same slurs all the time, so if you don't want white people to call you that then don't call yourselves that. Otherwise just shut up about it. And quit calling us whitey, cracker, honky, and powder. Oh but that's ok though, right!!!!!
Also doesn't it seem funny that this person never said a word until Paula got rich, just sayin
Oh, BTW, how many of you have eaten at "The Lady and Sons" restaurant in Savannah, GA? I have several times and Paula Deen employs MANY persons of color, and they aren't all waiters or waitresses. But I will have to say that you won't find any people of any color working for her that have attitudes or chips on their shoulders. And let me just say that in the 15 or so years my daughter has lived in Savannah I have encountered people who have attitudes toward me just because I am white!! I was almost attacked in a big name department store because I asked a sales person if she would mind waiting on me....she was acting like I was invisible and I waited for her to notice me but finally asked for some help. She actually charged at me and then looked like she wanted to duke it out with me.
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I am from Savannah and we love Ms. Paula here. She has been a positive influence for young and old. My family and I will be boycotting the Food Network . And who wants a ham from China anyway. Ms. Paula has our love,support and our prayers.Keep your beautiful head held high. God will be there for you no matter what,He will be your strength and He will see you through this. Thank you for all the wonderful work you have done so far. God bless you always.
I applaud the Deen Brothers for the stand they took for their mother. I particularly like what Jamie said when he talked about the challenges they had when they were young. It is true, through challenges or adversity, character is born! This is a woman of character. This whole thing has been blown out of portion. I dare say that anyone reading this can say with all honesty that sometime in their lifespan they have said things that they would not say today. It comes with maturing and character, both of which Paula possess. It is wrong for her to be crucified in such a way. I can only say that God tells us to be forgiven we must forgive. Look at her overall life and all of the good she has done and still does. Let her get back to giving of herself to help others!
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I'm disgusted that a money-grubbing extortionist–aided and abetted by the "gotcha" media–has been able to bring down a survivor of domestic violence who has done so much for her own family, the city of Savannah and the Food Network. This isn't about racism, it's about money. When Paula Deen refused to pay off an extortionist, the extortionist's lawyer leaked Paula's deposition to ruin her reputation. Anyone who reads the lawsuit can see it, plain as day. But maybe some good will come of this...it's time to get over what people say and focus on what they do. No one can point to any bigoted behavior by Paula Deen. No one! Because she hasn't engaged in any. I don't give a crap what she called the thug who held a gun to her head and threatened to kill her. God knows what I would do in the same situation. Starting today, I'm boycotting the Food Network and every other sponsor who is participating in this character assassination. I can't believe the Food Network is throwing this woman under the bus, after making so much money off of her for so many years. This lack of loyalty is revolting. If they can't be loyal to Paula, I can't be loyal to them.
The food channel has lost a viewer. If they cannot see the truth behind this attack on P Dean then they are just a guilty as everyone else who has at some point in thier history said something off color or distastefull. Give the lady a break for God's sake.
Personally, I am not racist. I don't believe Paula Deen is either. I believe she made a mistake years ago, and now people want to bash her for it. She admitted she made a mistake, she apologized. Everybody makes mistakes, what's important is to learn from them and not continue making the same mistake. But also for everyone out there who thinks they are so much better, clean the skeletons out of your own closet before you start cleaning someone else's closet. Was while you're away, you left your closet open and some of your skeletons fell out.
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I support Paula. A big thanks to her sons. They are all a wonderful family. Always helping people. I found this today. It's an English Proverb. A joy that's shared is a joy made double. This is what Paula and her family do. Love you all!
Perhaps you all should read Ms. Jackson's deposition and discuss that as well. In Ms. Jackson's deposition it was learned that there have been 8 count em 8 EEOC violations filed against Ms. Jackson because of her treatment of employees at Uncle Bubba's Restaurant. The fact the Ms. Deen used the N word to describe an individual who robbed her at gunpoint and a gun to her head to her husband in the privacy of her own home is now being used to call her a racist is ignorant. As far as the "plantation wedding" mess you are talking about, what Ms. Deen said was she had visited a restaurant and the vibe of the restaurant and the professionalism of all black wait staff at that restaurant was inspiring. That they considered a "Gone with the Wind" style wedding, again her actual words was just that a consideration. Ms. Deen knew that in this day of blow everything out of proportion whether it is true or not, this actually could never happen. I do not believe Ms. Deen to be a racist and I will boycott any and all who decide to drop her. I already have stopped watching food network and am compiling a list of folks to boycott. And before you start spouting about my racism, not that it's any of your business but my family is bi-racial. So go ahead, bash me. I can take it.
When you do get that list compiled, please share it. :)
Amen. Thanks for saying it so beautifully. They need to leave Paula D. alone, and get on with their lives.
Thank you!!! Couldn't have said it better.
Well said Tocious...
Thank you for that 'share.'
The question and issues here should be based on the facts, not reactions from emotional feelings. The truth is the truth and is what, in the end, will be...what it is. Anything can be taken out of context. The interesting component here which you, among others, bring up is that there are always more sides to a story. The woman charging and alleging has her own set of 'missteps'. It would be more prudent for her and those who wish to rush to judgment to spend time cleaning their own glass first. But now the courts are involved and that is the absolute best way to resolve the matter and will also allow Ms. Deen to be exonerated of all misspeaks, allegations, and inappropriate assumptions.
Another thing missing from the arguments/debates/and issues at hand is the misuse of the language and I'm not referring to the epithets. They were used in context. I'm referring to the misuse of the terms: racism, prejudice, and bigotry. While they each carry a similar or relative meaning, they do not mean the same things. This is a part of the problem in this country. We have bastardized the King's Speech. Inappropriate vocabulary is used because of an inability to properly and effectively communicate. Words have meanings, not by the standard we set for them when we misuse them, but in the history of language as it was created and recorded.
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a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
[prej-uh-dis] Show IPA noun, verb, prej·u·diced, prej·u·dic·ing.
an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
such attitudes considered collectively: The war against prejudice is never-ending.
damage or injury; detriment: a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
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noun, plural big·ot·ries.
stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own.
the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot.
In our country alone, there are hundreds of thousands of speaking and communicating styles, some more intelligent and articulate than others. This is where a great deal of disservice is done to what we consider the country's 'native tongue.' I am quite sure that when judicial evaluation is made, the 'intention' of what each person was 'trying to relate and communicate' will come through and hopefully all will learn a valuable lesson. Intention is the better part of relaying an idea. When we change the way we look at things, things we look at change.
IF there is anyone that does'nt have more than 1 blood line in their heritage I would like for them to show this.I have akways liked Food Network,butwl no longer watch and will cancl Food Network Magazine
Come on people..it's a word, just a word..spoken many years ago..This is all sooooo unfair to Paula..She is a very honest, good hearted, generous, and giving person..She is being crucified publicly for money and the networks and sponsors are taking the easy way out..They are the losers..Paula will come out of this with flying colors, including black..
Please dont do this ! If we dont show love to one another and forgive, we will never get through what the devil wants us to do to one another. Please we can show love in all circumstances PLEASE!
This controversy needs to stop....Its all so ridiculous. All you people who refer to the "N" word might as well go ahead and say it. You are keeping it alive, WHY??? Throwing Paula Deen under the bus doesn't eliminate the use of the word. What about the "C" or "F" word or the "GD" word? Paula Deen is a classy Southern woman who is very talented in the kitchen. GET OVER IT!
Black is not a bad word. What word do you prefer? I'm just curious.
Thanks for offering your opinion on this story & overall situation with Paula Deen. That is an interesting point you raise about the additional 'bad' words that one could use, and perhaps shouldn't at the possibility of making others uncomfortable. Thanks again for commenting, and have a nice day!
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The sad thing is, no one is worried about all this stress that is being piled on Paula. She is still a Diabete, this kind stress is not good for people who have diabetis ... She said this 20 something years ago... Let it go... Don't forget what some blacks call white people.. This should not be one sided...
i support paula and her family i love her show and the whole time im watching i dont her nothing bad come out of her mouth i love it when her boys are on there i hope they put her back on untile they do i wont watch foodnet work
Fine young men...good job Paula!!!! If we are going to look at the "N' word lets look at "SOB", "Bas_ _ _ _", etc....This is clearly a case of extortion and opportunity!!!!! Get real...Paula Deen is a good person that is the VICTIM of our messed up world!!!! If she can be ruined, anybody can!!!! Stand on the side of good...not on the side of evil!!!!
Well done songofdeb1
This whole thing is beyond ridiculous! So she used a bad word a long time ago, was under oath, did not lie about it and now all of the sudden she hates black people and has lost her 11 year job with the network she helped build??? Really??? Can we not see what is going on here?? This whole thing started after she gave an interview in which she said that when she came on her show Michelle Obama ate continuously, even during the brake then told her that the Obama's favorite foods are wings and fried shrimp. Not exactly healthy, low fat fare which is what Moochelle was trying to impose on the rest of us at the time... Paula Deen is paying the price for offending the "queen"!
I wonder how many people who are vilifying Paula Deen have never said something they shouldn't? All of you. Every. Last. One. You are the worst of hypocrites. The media is sensationalizing this, blowing it out of proportion.
The woman who filed the law suit against Deen says in her deposition that she never personally witnessed much of what her suit alleges. How is this ok? It isn't.
Racism is rampant in this country, I agree. However I think it has taken a huge swing and is no longer the Caucasians who are perpetuating the most of it. It is now the black races who are being racist. I suppose it is politically correct to call them African Americans, but I don't demand to be called a Caucasian American so I will not be politically correct.
People want racism to stop? You have to stop it in your own home, your own mind and with your own family. Doesn't matter what color your skin is.
Paula Deen was not asked if she had RECENTLY said this word, she was asked if she had EVER said the word in her whole life. She did not lie under oath, she owned up to it. That shows a tremendous amount of character and courage, I don't care who you are. Oprah Winfrey has been a house guest at her home. The black couple who worked with her at the Food Network have spoken out in support of her.
The media is making a mountain of something that is really not even a mole hill. And it is very irresponsible of them. I hope that someday, some of them have that same scrutiny directed at them so that they may learn some compassion by walking a mile in the shoes they forced on someone else.
as far as i am concerned...what is done is done...it is over 30 years ago that this comment was made....let it go!!! but remember ROBERT IRVINE when he was on the food channel? he was fired over something in his resume...but now he is back on food channel and doing just fine...and i love them both...so just ride the storm and you will come back just as good if not better Paula...
Well Murdock21, I'm guessing you are of the African-American race. Tell me something, do you think it's fair for people of your color to be crying racism everytime someone says the n word? You're kind obviously don't have a problem using it in music or on tv or in movies. How about they way you all treat us white people. We are just supposed to keep our mouths shut when you all badmouth us. Guess what, you all have the same rights we do now, so quit your complaining. We live in America where we have freedom of speech. If she said that 20 years ago, so what. Get over it. I admit to racial slurring and I still do it, why, because alot of them out there deserve it. You reap what you sow. If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Paula has a very upbeat personality and makes cooking look fun and enjoyable. I hope she gets her show back, even if it is on a different network. She is only human. Everyone makes mistakes. Hey, at least she did apologize which is more than I can say for people of your color.
This is absolutely ridiculous! Paula Deen admitted to it and apologized. I would like to point out that it happened a very long time ago. The woman filing the lawsuit is only looking for some money to line her wallet with. If she was so offended by the remark, then why did she continue to work there after the fact?
Also, if the "N" word is so reprehensible, then the African-American community as a whole needs to take a stand and strike it from their vocabulary entirely. I find it difficult to believe that they are offended by a word that they themselves call each other on a daily basis. Prove to the rest of society that you find it to be an abomination. STOP using it!
i cannot believe the chip on persons of color!! they are allowed to call each other 'n*****' but they get offended if white people say it???
How many times have i heard 'a person of color' call a white person 'whitey' or 'cracker'?? What? they don`t have to be held up to the same standards as white people?
Paula did nothing wrong! She does have freedom of speech, doesn`t she? After all, freedom of speech is a constitutional right!
Poor, poor people of color. Why don`t you take that chip off your shoulders and stick it where the son don`t shine!
Every single ethnic group went through what you people went through. You aren`t special. Makes me laugh to know that whatever the government hands you, most of your people don`t take advantage of with the exception of welfare and foodstamps!
I love how people can sit back and Judge Paula for something that happened many years ago. The people who are judging her can not say they have never said or did something in the past they regret. If they say they never have they are liars. John 8:7 – HE THAT IS WITHOUT SIN, let him first cast a stone. Apparently there are lots who think they are sin free. People should not be judged by their past, but for who they are today.
Tired of this race thing being a one way street. It should work both ways not just one.
This whole thing is the railroading of a good woman! I doubt seriously that you can find any person over the age of 55 who has not used this word way back in the 50's or early 60's! Fire the rappers and actors and comedians who continue to use this word and get endorsements!!!!! Stop crusifying a woman who was honest under oath for something she did over 20 years ago!! She has apologized and yet the media wants to blow this all out of proportion! God be with you Paula and we, your fans, will be too! Food Network I hope you go under!
Okay Murdock21 have you never called a white person a "honkey" a 'cracker' 'whitey' ? Have you never heard someone else call a white person those names?? I live in the south and I have been called those names many times!! Did I run and cry about it to the authorities about it?? Heck no!! What is the point?? It's always alright for black people to say those things to us but God forbid we ever use the N word. I was raised in California and I never heard that word until I moved to the south. I can tell you it has been said in my presence a lot!! Mostly by black people. The people down here in the south are having a hard time connecting with each other. Why?? Because the black people's parents and their parents are keeping racism alive. I for one had nothing to do with slavery years ago. I hate that it happened but it did...it IS NOT MY FAULT!!!! You can't keep blaming a race for something there ancestors did. My God...get over it already!! It saddens me that we can't just all get along. Paula has apologized...why crucify her?? We all make mistakes, we all sin...forgiveness is what God wants us to feel in our hearts. I believe it is time we do!!!
blaming the white race for slavery or the racism shown by ignorant people of all colors is like blaming all Germans for what Hitler did to the Jews!!! I just watched a special on the OWN Network called "Dark Girls" and talk about prejudice!! It was about being judged on the darkness of ones skin in the black race. The worst offenders of this practice are the black people themselves.
This whole thing is so stupid. There's not one person in the world who hasn't made a racist comment of some sort. Didn't they ever hear of sticks & stones? People need to grow up!!! I hope the food network loses a lot of viewers, As for me , my family & friends we are done with them!!!!!!
your mother is the most important person in your life and i praise the Deen boys for standing on the love and truth of Paula there mother,all thats happening is a money scam to drain Paula and as long as people who extort exist we all are in danger of slaughter just like Paula,and like one son said she was truthful under oath and 20 odd years ago was a different time we all need to clean out our own closet before the person or the media nails her to the cross each person needs to reflect on the language they know they also have used and you will find yourself that you are guilty.
Bravo to the Deen family stand by your mom all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is so ridiculous! So she said this word a long time ago... Made a mistake, was under oath, didn't lie about it and now she's vilified, lost her job with the network she helped build??? Can no one see what's happening here?? This whole thing started after she gave that interview in which she said that when she came on her show Michelle Obama ate no stop even during commercials and told her that the Obama's favorite foods are hot wings and fried shrimp! This, mind you, was during that whole health kick Moochelle was trying to impose on the whole country... So now Paula Deen is paying for offending the queen...
20 Years ago???? Get over it!! As if African Americans haven't used terms to describe whites. There is good and bad in all races. Our courts and media should be more concerned with what's happening today then what someone said 20 years ago!!! Some people just see someone make a success of themselves and want to find something to sue over to take money they never earned!
It is shameful that we are crucifying this woman for a mistake she made long before the food network hype began. She brought food to life for many of us. So she had a momentary lapse in judgement. Who hasn't? I seriously doubt that the earth is going to fall off its axis because of one word. The difference in her mistake and the same type of mistake made by others is that she owned up to it, took responsibility for it, apologized for it and has projected a positive attitude rather than a deal with it attitude that we see so often. She genuinely hurts because of what she said. Why is it that we can't forgive her a mistake in verbage but we can allow others the privilege to say what they want in society and be ok with it because of their position or celebrity status? Why is she any different than them? Is it because of her celebrity status or simply because we have nothing better to do than tear someone down?
Paula Deen is a child of the deep south as am I, in fact, we grew up in the same area. I am of her generation when the use of that word was not unusual. Even though it was often used, in some cases, it was not meant to hurt or demean, it was just the way it was, a part of history. For her to say that she had used it, was not that surprising considering her background. She took responsibility, choosing to tell the truth, and apologized. So many celebrities these days, have never apologized to recent and repetitive usage of that word or other demeaning or hurtful words, but never apologize and instead of the media portraying them in a bad light ether chooses to ignore or support them. It is evident that Paula is being held to a higher standard. Some have even referred to her diabetes and not being honest about that. I have recently been diagnosed, and it is not something that I wish to share with everyone who
I have been a fan of Paula and her sons from the first time they were on TV and will continue to be a fan. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years back and she is just as you see her.... A very classy lady. What was said over 20 years ago should not be judged as to the person she is today!!!! I will not buy anything from any company that is crucifying her. I am so upset over companies that say" they are monitering the situation" before they make a decision as to fire her or stand with her. I say to these companies, stand with Paua because they'll never fine a better person to represent their companies. Live in the 21st century, not in the mid 20's.Paula has spoken, let it ride.
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I think this is crazy. YES, it was wrong what she said, but there are singers out there calling women the B word....and other horrific words. There are men abusing women...People abusing children and are getting away with it. Is she careless with her words and goofiness...YES!!! But come on give the woman a BREAK!!! When I don't like what a public person does I just stop buying their things, listening to their music, watching their movies.....I don't set out to ruin their lives.....Everyone does and says things at times that are harmful to somebody..WE apologize and move on...Grow from our sin......Like the Bible says....remove the Plank out of your eye before you try taking the speck out of others. Let her move on from this...hopefully she will grow and learn to use her words wisely.
Oh come on....there are other races besides African Americans. Get off your butt and go forward! There are worse things to be called than the "N" word!! I'm so sick of hearing the same song and dance about racism!! Let's move on, people. Black people are no longer oppressed!! In fact, since I work, I'm paying for most of them to buy groceries, get medical attention, and have a place to live. What else do you want????
AMEN!!! FINALLY - SOMEONE SAID IT!!
So glad to see that unlike other medias, CNN treated this situation and conversation with respect, and didn't jump on the band-wagon of a guilty verdict before her day in court. THANK YOU that someone had the decency to FINALLY step up to the plate and do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Get over it already..she said something years ago about a man who held a gun to her head..it's ok for blacks to say cracker and spick but god forbid a white person says something it's ww3..what she said 20 years ago about some lowlife who robbed her with a gun has nothing to do with who she is or how she cooks.. Grow up and gtfo it already.
Come on CNN, a typo in the first sentence.
Thanks for alerting us to the error, Loren. Hopefully, we've corrected.
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first, let me say that I am not a racist. However, I am in support of Paula Deen. She is being persecuted because of her honesty. Why isn't anyone looking at the extortionist? What is her character? These people that want to condemn Paula for something she said a half a century ago, should take a good look in the mirror.
It makes me sick what this country is doing to Paula Deen. I wish people would read her testimony before condemning her. Nothing fowl came out of her mouth! The media has taken this and twisted things around so they can have something to discuss. People such as Murdock21, above this post are assuming she made derogatory comments. Black people are calling whites bigots and racist for coming to Paula's defense.
Thank you bobby and Jamie for coming on and defending your Mother. We all know that this is an out right attempt to distroy her or a means for their own profit. What was said 20 years ago is irrevalent to today. I cant believe that she is being crusified like this. Again I will say to the food network Assoc and to smithfield we will not support you any longer unless you reconsider your position and reinstate Paula.
It is totally crazy what is being done to Paula Deen. We were all kids at one point and back in the late 60s and early 70s everybody used the word. My parents always corrected us for doing it but we had heard it at school and thought it was funny. I can imagine you news people like this cause it gives you something to report on. Paula Deen is being destroyed and it is a shame. I will not buy from Smithfield Ham, Spring Mountain Chicken or QVC ever again. Food Network should be ashamed of themselves for starting all of this. Least you be perfect throw the first stone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I say don't watch Food Network, buy Food Network magazine nor Smithfield anything! Make it hurt them where they can understand. I am doing this. I'm done with them. Done! And I enjoyed all. But no more can I support bullying! And that is what it is. Now....you make your decision on what you are willing to stand for.
What about the commits she made with the interview on Times. Its not about using the N word. Its now about how she treats those of another color. I'm white and I noticed how she called the man up on stage and the commit she used about I've got one and he's as black as that chalk board. As if she is the master and he under her. I'm sorry she is from the south and she( knows unlike so many of us) how it was for the blacks in the south.
Racism will never die because ALL RACES keep it alive. Paula Deen says the "n" word under oath and everyone has a heartattack. Rap artists say it 50 times per song and keep getting richer. Quentin Tarrantino's movies say it at least 150 times per movie and he is awarded Oscars and millions and millions of dollars. Oh and he's white. I am so tired of everyone blaming racism on the South. There are good people in the South, of all races. There is good and bad in all races.
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Paula was raised in a different era. Being from the south it was probably something she heard regularly as a child. I heard it as a child. Once my dad had an old black man building him a fence. I was there as they were discussing something and more than once the old gentleman said "now I'm just an old nigger" and then would make his statement.The blacks have turned it into a racist thing. They have to keep the race thing going, kind of like affirmative action. Look at the Zimmerman fiasco. Have you seen a picture of the way Travon looked when he attacked Zimmerman? I didn't think so. No all you'll see is a picture of a 12 yr old boy. I saw a news report of a black man beating a white woman after he'd broken into her home while her little girl sat horrified near by. Have you seen it, Do you think you will? Don't count on it. If the races had been switched you can count on it. Race is big business.
I have been a strong supporter for paula deen ... but I read today that she voted twice for obama.... if that is true I will never support her again... please tell me this is NOT true.
Her political views are irrelevant! I may not agree with who she votes for, but that is her right as an American citizen and has nothing to do with her unfair treatment by the Food Network.
I'm not trying to argue with you, but I'm a Republican and it doesn't matter who she voted for, if anything it proves that she isn't racist at all. The media are the culprits here and everyone who doesn't know the story making up their own version of it. I read the deposition, she has not said anything recently, she said something after a black man held a gun to her head when she was a bank teller. Find the deposition and go back and read it everyone, it will clear it up. But mostly folks just want crap to talk about so they'll keep running their mouths.
Has anyone taken into consideration the fact that Ms. Deen was NOT a celebrity 20 years ago? And that the private conversation she had was probably like one that hundreds of thousands of people have had using this word...but won't admit to it??? Ms. Deen has humbly apologized to anyone that she has hurt by this statement. What more do people want from her? Give her a break and start cutting some slack here! It's not like she went on National TV wearing a KKK robe and hood!!! What the hell people!!! This is the biggest witch hunt I have ever witnessed!!! I'm actually ashamed of...not to mention appalled at The Food Network and all the other national corporate sponsors who have deemed her a racist. I'm certain all of these people are hypocrites...in one form or another!!!
I dont understand how out of hand this has gotten. The people who are judging her so harshly about something she said 20 years ago with a gun to her head, while a bank was being robbed is ridiculous. She did not say it on her show, this was a time in her life that no one even remembers, she came forward and admitted to saying it, and also saying that it is not right and apologized for saying it. How about showcasing all the charity she does, the whole deposition wasnt even based on her using a "slur". People in today's society like to point fingers and cry about everything. She in no way, shape or form shown that she is racist. Im a minority as well and Im tired of hearing about how the African Americans were oppressed, or how Mexicans American's are illegals, etc. Every nationality has gone though there share of hardship in the past. People need to stop living in the past and move forward, then we wouldnt be focused on all this nonsense. In today's society, African Americans are not oppressed by the whites, many have actually overcome many hurdles and are very successful, Hispanics are on the rise in the corporate world, etc. Stop looking for excuses to blame a simle slur as racist. If people want the slur's to stop, then stop using them in movies, songs, and jokes. Im tired of the "oh poor me and my people", no matter the nationality. Stand strong and move on!
I am so tired of the liberal media exploiting people over petty mistakes they may or may not have made. This is not even news. There are far more news stories to report about suffering and abuse. Get over it.
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She should have done like most in her party (Democrats) when under oath, lied. Her only fault is that she told the truth.
Murdock, GIVE ME A BREAK!!!! We have all used a slang term for another race at one point or another; that doesn't make us racist. I agree, until the black community deletes the word from their everyday use, the word will continue to circulate.
No, not all people use racist slang words. Some people just know that it is wrong and would even be too uncomfortable to use them.
I LOVE PAULA DEEN! People make mistakes, nobody is perfect, forgive and forget people! I have grown up watching Paula Deen, and I will always love her!
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This whole thing is out of control. I've seen murderers get vilified less. She's said something 20 years ago in private??? Give me a break. Until the black community gets this word out of their own vocabulary, no one should complain. Oh I forgot, the word is just fine if you're black and its in a rap song.
I wholeheartely agree with the opinion that this entire issue is blown out of proportion. Really – I watch Paula's shows and have made some of her recipes. I've watched her be a bit over-the-top goofy and have even been annoyed by my feeling that she is just to ooey-gooey sweet to be real. At times I wondered how such sugary sweetness could be authentic. Then I see how her sons behave, see her generosity with people in need, admire and am even jealous of how devoted Michael seems to be with her, and I settle down and realize she is just a woman, as am I. She has her own personality. She has suffered and worked hard to get to where she is. She probably worked harder than I have!
She has lived lots of years so mistakes will have happened. It certainly does not sound to me like she has acted as a racist. It definitely feels like the "have-nots", the FoodNetwork,and the media are jumping in to join the witchhunt.
Why do the witchhunt thing? People simply want to take the perceived "popular stance". Some want to have what others have: money and associated fame and power. If it appears you can extort money from a person who has it, the flood gates are never all the way closed – someone will open them and do their best to take something away for their own benefit.
FoodNetwork did not appease the public outcry as they must have anticipated would be the case when they chose to drop Paula Deen. They chose the wrong action. I've been a loyal watcher of theirs since the main event was only Emeril. I've watched them grow and for the most part put up with their growing pains on TV and on the web. I will no longer do so. They've caved in – turnred their backs on one of their own when they should have stood up and supported her.
If they already had other issues with her, such issues should have been set aside for this main event.
No, I have not always been a fan of Paul Deen, but I've always been a fervent supporter of due process.
This is nothing for the perpetrators, nor FoodNetwork, to be proud about doing. Shame on them.
Ok.. I am not a racist but really???? At somepoint in our lives we have all said a derogatory term towards another race. Whether it was 20 years ago or yesterday, whether it was in your own home or in public or even under your breath.. For those of you who deny NOT ever saying anything bad towards anyone... You are lying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would you rather her lie under oath???? There are worse things happening in this world and we need to focus on that instead of worrying about what Paula Deen said a long long time ago. !!!!!!!
I totally agree with you , leave it alone boy if we went after everyone that has slipped there would be a long line.
On a HR standpoint, any professional should know it is a big "no, no" to use the N word in the workplace and should know his/her policies and discrimination laws regarding the issue. Now, on another note, it rings true the hypocritical world we live in by having the N word used in movies today (i.e. Django), in R&B music, as well as hearing the word come out of their own mouth to one another and yet there is never any controversy over said ways it is used otherwise. It is hard to say "how" Paula Dean can redeem herself, when professionally she should have known better, yet we all do make mistakes and deserve second chances. On a positive note there have been other celebrities do worse things and have bounced back. As much as a fan base and support Paula Dean has in this country, there's no doubt she will bounce back in time. Another food channel will pick her up should Food Network refuses. It's sad this country doesn't look in the mirror when pointing fingers. Her faith will lead her in a new place. God, with time heals.
Of course they are going to defend their mother, that's their mother. However, they cannot change what came out of her own mouth!!! Her words are racist and bigoted. Paula Deen has no empathy for African Americans who were oppressed by white people in the south. I can no longer support her knowing how she feel towards people of color. Cooking food crosses all color lines, it brings joy to many and makes people feel good. If this is how she views African Americans, maybe she needs to be in another line of work.
So you have never said the N word or said anything towards White or Hispanic ? If you say no you are a LAIR !!!
Will pray for you !!
Murdock, you are exactly the reason this issue has been blown way out of proportion. She said something over 20 years ago, when the majority of the US was openly racist. It did not happen yesterday, this week or even this year. Please read the transcripts of the deposition and the statements made by the woman who is suing. She herself stated Paula had never said anything racist to her or in front of her. She is suing Uncle Bubba's and because Paula owns 50% of the resturaunt, she was included in the law suit. The woman wrote a statement to Paula and Bubba thanking them for helping her when she was homeless, they gave her a job and she worked her way up to General Manager. Then, demanded money or she would sue. If anyone is to blame in all of this it is the money grubbing attorneys who took this case.
She admitted to using the word in private to her husband regarding a gun being put to her head. Don't be such a hypocrite. If you've ever used the dirtiest word you could think of to describe someone who scared you to death, threatened your life, harmed you....you are....HUMAN. Ever called someone else's kid a brat? Ever called a woman a whore or a bitch? Better watch the fall from that high horse you're on.
There should not be African Americans, Asian Americans....What happened to plain ole Americans. God knows no color because he created us all equal no matter what race we are. Paula Deen should not be bashed by something she said along time ago, we are all guilty as charged......I knew it was just a matter of time when someone tries to go after her money just like any celebrity. Leave her alone people, she doesn't deserve this crap !!!!! May God Bless you and your family Paula !!!!
She thought of the worst word she could to describe someone who put a gun to her head. How would you have reacted? She has stated over and over again this is NOT how she feels. What made you jury, judge, and executioner? You've never called anyone else a name? Ever called a woman a bitch, a whore? Ever called a child a brat? We're just people, and if you help to create a world in which no one admits a fault for fear of repercussions from judgmental hypocrites, you'll be guilty of halting progress, because we can't begin to move forward until we learn and forgive. The fall from such a high horse may prove fatal.
Murdock, you don't seem to be educated on the facts. She apologized for something she said 30 years ago when times were very different. Words were not an issue then. People used slang more. Once intergration occurred and the black race voiced disdain for being labeled with certain descriptions, society became more sensitive to their requests. Paula Deen has changed with the times due to her kind heart and desire to respect others. We all, from that generation, have changed. Get a grip people. Cut out your petty whining and racism will cease considerably. I guarantee.
So Murdock21 you are sinless and blameless in all things? You have never said, or even thought if a racial slur?
She asked for foregiveness. Christ said you must accept it 70 times 70 times
Check out her charity work. You must not have got the whole story. If you said something 20 years ago should it be held against you now? No. Times change, people change, society changes. People use the "retard" word all the time. I hate it. I find it particularly offensive but should that someone lose their livelihood and character interpretation on one word? No. But for cooperations and media that overreact and instigate they do deserve a reaction from society.
Murdock... she is not my mother, but I will still defend her. She said something in the privacy of her own home to her husband and that coward of a woman who is suing her 30 years ago. I'm sure you have said things, whether they were derogatory, racial, or unbiased in the privacy of your own home about someone of a different race, does that make you racist? She apologized, and asked for forgiveness and yet people like you throw the racist card out. She is not a race, therefore, how could she be racist.. since racism is a race that is superior to another?
Can you really say she is a racist and a bigot over something she said many years ago? If thats the case, then black people all over are cut from the same cloth. They use that word on a regular basis in life and in rap music and in movies and its OK for them to say it. I'm not saying its right she made a mistake we all make mistakes and the bible says "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" the media is blowing this completely out of proportion. If you have ever watched Paula's show you would know she is from the south, and as I would hope you know that the civil rights movement began in the south it was a completely different time back in and she grew up during that time. Also, she has a black bodyguard who would give his life for this as you call her "bigot and racist". You have your opinion and we supporters have ours.
DOUBLE AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that what familf are for i supports paula deen i love her show
So you won't support her any longer but what about Jamie Foxx?? U gonna keep watching his movies? Or Quentin Tarantino??? What about them and many others who use the same word and even worse? Just because she said a bad word a long time ago all of the sudden it means she doesn't care about black people??? Seriously???
And how many times have you used at 'bigoted' word? Never? In your whole life? Jesus, this was 20 years ago. That word is used everyday in the movies and its all over TV and even used in songs by black people. Enough is enough.
You are an idiot, Murdock21. If time was turned back on you I'm sure a racist word would be found in some of your conversations. Paula Deen doesn't deserve the raking over the coals she is being subjected to. If you find her words so offensive you need to stop listening to music and call for all of the current crop of rappers to be boycotted and vilified.
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Everyone seems to be "assuming" that her use of the word was a result of an attempted robbery at a bank. I think that excuse was given as a "probably after I had a gun held to my head". NOT as a definitive response. She lost my support when she answered – "Yes, of course". I honestly feel that her apologies and sons' interview on CNN are nothing more than an attempt to salvage the rest of her endorsements.
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