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  1. annieL

    Don't be fooled. This is not about race. There's a war against fat people and Type 2 diabetics going on in this country because of the high cost of healthcare and an economy that cannot produce enough jobs for everyone so some have to be screened out. Same thing was done to smokers. Paula Deen represents the class of people who cook and eat what they like and what their mothers cooked, regardless of how much weight it puts on their frames and their family's. They eat for pleasure and emotional comfort. So Deen is being made the scapegoat for unhealthy eaters, which are mostly lower-class, undereducated and low-income. It's part and parcel of "class warfare." Deen got the message from her sponsors and business partners a while back and lost weight. But she still has Type 2 diabetes. That's why she's being canned. If she were a smoker, she would ever have gotten those deals with Walmart, The Food Network, Caesar's and Smithfield to begin with.

    June 27, 2013 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi Annie,
      Thanks so much for weighing in on this story. Do you think there is a chance of Paula Deen making a comeback? If so, how do you think she can accomplish this?
      Thanks for sharing with CNN!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      June 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  2. Kat

    I think there is more to the story ... read the lawsuit filed in Chatham County, GA: http://www.atlawblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Jackson-v.-Deen-et-al.-Complaint.pdf It looks to me that her brother, Bubba is a racist low-life. Paula is not innocent ... she was aware of what was going on and should have put a stop to it. I am from the south and have always been disappointed that the Food Channel would pick Paula Deen to depict a "Southern Lady". She is a bit on the 'trashy' side and by all means NOT a "Southern Lady"!

    June 27, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  3. Mar

    Ellens, you must have watched her show to know all this. Just don't eat it!! Doesn't mean the other chefs that are on
    TV are makng wise decisions about their cooking, have you ever watched any of the other cooks who are not lightwights themselves, and if they have diabetes that doesn't mean you have to stop cooking your favorite thngs, you just don't eat everthing! Which I'm sure any cook knows that. They sample to see if it taste right but thats it. In the south we like butter because we churn our on after we milk our cows! does that make me a bad cook because I use this. No I just can't eat it all the time, which when used in a recipe its usually for a family of 6. If she hadn't said anything about he health, nobody would have know anything at least she's honest that much I can say.

    June 27, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi there,
      Thanks so much for weighing in on this story, and cooking in general! For more on this story as it develops, stay tuned to CNN.
      CNN Viewer Communications

      June 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  4. rubysue

    How is it that Mr. Jamie Foxx can get by with saying, "how great it was to kill all the white people" while making Dejango unchained and he makes millions???? But Paula Deen admits to using a down-right bad word to call an African American (IN HER PAST) and gets canned???

    June 27, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
  5. Gib

    The word and other hurtful terms would eventually go away, but some of us just won't let that happen. Hollywood for one. Celebrity blacks toss that particular word around for comic effect. How is supposed to have any chance of just dying a natural death? It is a word for goodness sake. It is not a cancer. If it is a cancer, ALL of us, not just "rednecks," need to STOP using it!

    June 27, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
  6. KEDBH

    Can this country ever move forward? Get OVER the Civil War! Spend time on important things such as getting an education, taking care of your children and being responsible citizens just to name a few! If everyone spent less time trying to find fault and spent more time trying to clean up their own backyard, it would be a much better place.

    June 27, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  7. PP

    My concern is this happened 20 years ago and now the person is just now coming forward. Sounds to me like they just want some of Paula's money. If it had been reversed you would not have heard anything about it.

    June 27, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi there,
      Thanks so much for weighing in on this story. What do you think the future looks like for Paula Deen? Do you think she can come back from this? Thoughts?
      Have a great day!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      June 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  8. Name*kim

    What in this world is going on?
    Paula Deen has done nothing wrong. So what if she used the word 'nigger' because that word is what southern whites called blacks for generations. So what if she dreamed of a plantation wedding, so did I (and for the record I'm BLACK).
    It is time for you ridiculous, righteous, politically slanted assholes to pull it from your butts. There isn't a reason in this world for FoodNetwork, Wal-mart or any other former sponsor of Paula Deen's to cancel their backing. What happened in the past is the past – deal with it. Before pulling their support I hope they looked at their staff (upper and lower) and fired every southern person working for them. These companies need to get off of their high horses and start looking within.
    I hope the common people of these United States look at the idiocy of this and truly boycott these companies.
    Paula – hang in there!

    June 27, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • PP


      June 27, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
  9. Ellena

    Honestly I don't think Paula's being kicked to the curb solely because of the racism. She's been a liability ever since the diabetes revelation awhile back now they have an excuse to get rid of her. I doubt this experience is really all that painful for her. She'll still be able to roll around in piles of cash when this is all over.

    I honestly don't understand the support she gets. The woman has type two diabetes, ya' know the kind you get from eating bad, yet she still cooks everything in pound of lard with two sticks of butter and then tries to sell it off to the rest of us. The possible racism is the just the bacon grease frosting in the deep fried Paula Deen cake.

    June 27, 2013 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • David Trent

      Ok Paula dean has never said or claimed her food was healthy!!! It's none of anyone's business if she has diabetes. I don't think there is any excuse for any slander word but the person coming forward after all this time is ridiculous. I think your great and fun Paula dean!!!!!!! The best lesson from this is to not call anyone any names!!!!!!!!!!

      June 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  10. Larry Liverman

    Sorry for Paula's downfall, but as the old cliche" goes, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

    June 27, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
  11. Nancy Foster

    It's just what you get these days for having been born in the wrong place, having grown up and been educated in the wrong era and being honest enough to admit to past mistakes. Let's just take her out and shoot her.

    June 27, 2013 at 7:50 am | Reply
  12. danita

    I support you Paula... That word is used by many from the South of all races, and it has nothing to do with race... Think the word mean "stupid" and if the word is so negative and offensive, then low class rappers should be banned from using it. The rap world drives around with loud music you can hear a mild away using its low class stupidity. I'm so sick of people catering to a race that allows there on people to degrade themselves and their women with the other word "Btch". People grow up and get over it. Don't shop walmart and shop at Target which is a much better store.

    June 27, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  13. Joyce Lambert

    I think what they are doing to Paula Deen is ridiculous. She has not hurt anyone and doesn't deserve this treatment. Politically correct has gotten out of hand and as for the companies that are dropping her, well I will be dropping them.

    June 27, 2013 at 7:38 am | Reply
    • Nat Natty

      "Look at all the butter!" Maybe if you drop Paula, you'll drop 100 pounds worth of butter.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • AJ

      How do you know, exactly? Because you personally aren't offended? She can say what she wants, and she can suffer the consequences, just as you should if you behave in the same way. There is no room in our society for people like her or for apologists like you, who hide their covert bigotry by talking about political correctness.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
    • anthony wilson

      She deserves it i am offend by what she said on National Television.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi Joyce,
      Thanks so much for commenting on the Paula Deen story and current controversy. Do you think she can bounce back from this? What do you think it will take?
      Let CNN know your thoughts!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      June 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  14. Thenextstep

    She came into TV as a redneck, and she will leave as a redneck....Although with a bit more money................Her time has passed.

    June 27, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply
    • Mar

      Hey!! what about all the injustices that are done to people like me. I'm from the south and I very muchget offended when people call me "Redneck", "Hillybilly", "Cracker" "Ridgerunner" so when you want us tp play fair or politicaly correct then WATCH your mouth when speaking abou southern people. Enough is Enough.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply

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