June 26th, 2013
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Celebrity chef Paula Deen, facing allegations of racism that have caused parts of her empire to crumble, slammed what she called "horrible, horrible lies" about her in an emotional, nationally televised interview Wednesday.

"I believe that every creature on this Earth, every one of God's creatures, was created equal," she told NBC's "Today" show. "... I believe that everyone ought to be treated equal."

Deen was raised to never be unkind to anyone, she said.

"I've had to hold friends in my arms while they've sobbed," Deen said, crying. "Because they know what's being said about me - it's not true. And I'm having to comfort them, and tell them it's going to be all right. If God got us to it, he'll get us through it."

Read - In tearful interview, Paula Deen slams 'horrible lies'

Previously:
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Paula Deen's testimony transcript
Paula Deen issues video apology, is dropped by Food Network
Paula Deen – From the frying pan to the firestorm
Hugh Acheson: Southern food beyond the butter
The cook who picks cotton: reclaiming my roots
How far has Southern food traveled since segregation?

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  1. KRK

    Where's the parity? So, Paula Deen admits (is honest) about using a racial slur and apologizes. She's dropped by most of her endorsement deals. Michael Vick kills innocent animals, is a convicted felon and he gets a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and signs an endorsement deal with Nike, Fuse Science and MusclePharm. Interesting.

    July 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • PWA

      It is called "The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"...Not to mention political correctness. This is also why Alec Baldwin gets a pass on his recent rants. A little token coverage was given, but he will come through unscathed thanks to the usual liberal media coddling.

      July 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  2. J.O.

    On Paula Deen. Has segregation, went into reverse? White people can't say the N word, but black people can? What if
    you are Latino or Asian , is that O.K.? The second amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants us freedom of speech, I guess it seems like , "only if I like what I hear ". America is a melting pot. How about getting rid of the "F" word, that's
    said more often.

    July 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • Parker

      The second amendment is the right to keep and bear arms. You meant the first amendment.
      There isn't reverse segregation. I think you meant reverse discrimination.
      What does getting rid of the "F" word have to do with race ?

      July 9, 2013 at 1:41 am |
  3. hymana74

    how does the FN get to keep using Paula's videos on their website – if she is so offensive shouldn't they delete them? apparently she doesn't get royalties – bad agent no doubt.

    July 6, 2013 at 7:41 am |
  4. John Jordan

    I support Paula Deen in this latest uproar led by the politically correct media and a number of companies who are afraid of their shadows every time anyone even thinks there is an issue of racism. I am absolutely not a racist and believe Paula Deen is not either. In fact, my best man was my best friend, who happens to be African American, and my wife's maid of honor was her best friend, who happens also to be African American. I think Paula Deen is being castigated for using a term that many people in the South used decades ago, and some unfortunately do today. But Paula had the guts to admit that she used this terrible term many years ago and could have easily lied about it, but did not. Instead she stood up, admitted her mistake and has shown by her actions for decades since that she is not a racist. I think it is terrible that we conduct a media lynching (yes, I use that term on purpose) of a person under these circumstances and frankly think it is indicative of the terribly polarized society we have become. i'd love to know how many times Jessie Jackson has used the same term, or any of a number of similarly racist monikers for white people over the years. Oh wait, that's right, he's black, so he gets a pass for any racist comments....

    July 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  5. BJ

    we got bigger hush puppies to fry. leave her alone, corporate TV sucks.

    July 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  6. tessie mae

    I was slapped by my mother when I used that word at around age 5. I only picked it up at school but I knew immediately (kids are way more savvy than their parents think) that it was a slur against black people. The funny think was that it wasn't because it was an insult that I was punished, it was because only "trashy, common" people use those kinds of words. That and "Polack" "spic" "slant eye" and so forth. Years later I realized that it wasn't because she didn't feel blacks were inferior (she felt superior to most white people too) but because of how it reflected on one's class (or lack of it). She was the same way about "dirty" language. She was certainly no prude but again, felt that using that language implied the user did not have an adequate vocabulary.

    July 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
  7. nuclear mike

    And when the "N"-word is no longer used by the blacks on each otherand in their rap-crap songs then the rest of us will consider the same...otherwise, when I used the "N"-word I meant for the definition to be applied accordingly in a niggardly fashion...go read Websters for that definition...

    July 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  8. retief1954

    "Kill me if you've never sinned." Ridiculous. Paula Deen plainly doesn't understand the world she lives in. You don't cry Victim in a situation like this, and you don't cry "Unfair" if you did it, which she did. It doesn't matter how long ago it happened. You don't try to justify or defend it, and cry "poor me". You just take your medicine, apologize with a frank and heartfelt admission of wrong, and carry on. If she'd done that, she'd be in much better shape today.

    July 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • bob aussie

      Good point.

      July 1, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  9. Journey

    How many people a year are killed by putting 4 lbs of butter in every dish, Paula?

    July 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  10. gaggedinUSA

    more likely they got rid of her because she is a diabetic.

    July 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
  11. John

    "'Kill me if you've never sinned'"
    I've never sinned.
    Then again, I'm not a christian.

    July 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • asdhj

      Your also a big fat ugly lier

      July 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • bob aussie

      Sounds just like what a "christian baptist" from the South would say. You sure you're not a southern baptist?

      July 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  12. RichardHead

    I'll tell you has sinned-Paula's make-up artist. Does this Lady or Guy own stock in Mary Kay Cosmetics? Jeez–save some money and just powder coat her with corn meal and then use some crayons to finish her off.

    July 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      I've always thought the same thing when I see her. Gads, here's a baby wipe, Paula. Maybe without it she looks like Achmed, Jeff Dunham's terrorist puppet.

      July 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
    • John

      I think she had the same make up person as Tammy Fae Bakker

      July 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • asdhj

      I believe that everyone ought to be treated equal.".....especially the nigs

      July 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  13. CARRIE

    check out lil wayne walking on the American Flag what a disgrace BUT LETS FOCUS ON SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED 30 YEARS AGO

    July 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • retief1954

      I don't think anyone's ignored the rapper walking on the flag. I hear about it whenever I'm on the web.

      July 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
  14. Marie

    Is crazy for what these world is going thru, is reality, when Rosa parks fought to seat in the front of the bus, she was abused and beaten, she passed thru hell and back, and now African American fights to seat in the back... These days the N word is not like the old days, why make it a big deal...... There is more important things that are happening in these world to worry about , what she said , that was 27years ago... Why bring it out now? All these cause people wants money.... These lady worked her ass off, she passed thru hell to be where she is at now, I feel she deserves to be left alone and leave the past in the past and keep moving.. Food network just kick her out of the TV show like nothing.. There other people on that channel that has worst passed then her and they still doing there thing.... Worry bout the economy and how to fix.... Paula you are great woman regardless or what you said or didn't do... Keep your head up and shake it off.... These is all a small test that you are passing thru, don't worry God is with you and you will get thru these.... Luv u

    July 1, 2013 at 11:07 am |
  15. Stacy

    So I have read he complaint and as a Brown skinned American I still feel that Paula Deen is getting a raw deal by the media...now her brother is the one that should be publicly crucified..

    June 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Stacy; I agree that it should be Bubba in hot water but Deen is because she made really poor choices. Deen hired a consulting company to investigate employee complaints (a very wise move). The company came back with a negative view of Bubba and his actions. Instead of taking action Deen fired the consulting company and claimed they were bias (a very unwise move). Deen's own testimony makes it clear she cannot accept that her brother would do such things. She has no evidence to support her POV just loyality to her brother.

      June 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
      • Parker

        That is one of her worst decisions. Her brother appears to be the biggest problem. He's been in rehab for alcohol and drugs. He stole money from the restaurant and he got a raise. He watches porno in the restaurant and makes sexual remarks. She knew all this and turned a blind eye to the situation.
        I'd like to know what is in Bubba's deposition. It would probably clarify a lot of things.

        June 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  16. rdb

    i CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT PAULA DEAN HAS TAKEN THIS MUCH CRITICISM. I was raised in the South. I lived in CLIFORNIA AND UTAH. In my travels I have heard more words worse than the "N" word from blacks, Latinos and other ethnic races. It seems that a black person can use words like "whitey" and "honkie" and it is okay. I myself was supposed to issue a speech at my high school graduation but because the first three people in the clas (of which I was tone) they went to the tenth person who was the first black in the top ten of the class and let her give the speech. I was called in and told sorry, we need a black person in the line up. I have watched others be victims of reverse discrimination and a black or Latino wiht less skills or education given a job or role over a white person with better qualifications. Same thing iwth women in the workplace. Discrtimination is every where. Spicks, Mexies, honlies and the N word represent the vARIOUS words that different groups use within their communities. Don't tell me that PAula Dean should loose everything that she has worked for. If everyone that had ev er done aqnything similar then their would should be a lot of people out of business.

    June 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  17. Toletha

    HELLO PEOPLE....PLEASE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!! Paula Deen has not used the N word ONLY ONE TIME IN HER LIFE. No one suddenly throws out a word that they are not accustomed to using, particularly if it's an extreme one. People use words that they have been using over and over and over and over again and again and again and again. You don't get robbed and then suddenly the N word comes to your mind. That word was arleady in her brain and in her vocabulary. That's why it came out oh so easily. Please quit falling for the okie doke. Now having said all of that, using the N word is not what the problem is right now. People were ready to move past that but she keeps going on TV and faking apologies and tears, and she keeps lying about WHEN and HOW MANY TIMES she has used the word. Bottom line is she has not really humbled herself and given a REAL apology. That's what the problem is right now. TAKE OFF THE MASK PAULA!!!!!

    June 29, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • John

      No, you're WRONG. In her deposition she's admitted to using it SEVERAL times. She's given two different LIES about what she's said and THAT was her downfall. Not what she said, but lying about what she said when she admitted to more in her deposition.

      July 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  18. Michael Wright

    I think the media should just stay out of Paula Deen's life you guys are just making it worse on her and all she said was the N word like come who cares people use that word every day give her a berake

    June 29, 2013 at 12:35 am |
    • jazzguitarman

      The lawsuilt is about much more than just the 'n' word. In fact the best case the employees have is on sexual harrassment. Deen should stay out of the media if she wants the media to ignore her. Instead she seeked the media attention in order to prevent companies from dropping her. That failed big time since after her Today show meltdown more companies dropped her. Deen is responsible for her poor choices.

      June 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  19. Brian

    Can we please pull the plug on the acts of Kanye and Jay-Z? Why is it acceptable they use it in their music and in every day life? Can we please put an end to all things Eminem and every other rapper? Why is OK for some Americans and not others? Can one reasonable person believe that the overwhelming majority of human beings will make a derogatory statement against another person's physical attributes at some point in their lives - and very commonly more than once in their lifetime.

    I am a 28-year old born and raised NJ male and I heard of this woman but never cared to watch any of her shows or read any books (sorry Paula!). But this incident has got to me the wrong way.

    Those who degrade this woman are pure hypocrites and should the same action be taken upon everyone's career, one would have to believe unemployment would be over 99% in the US. I'd be damned if all 300+ million of us haven't made some degrading term for any foreign nationality but our own whether directly to an individual or not.

    Why is it acceptable for individuals such as Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle, Eminem, Jay-Z, you and I? Is Paula Deen the equivalent of Jesus or is she just like you and I except she can cook and has a TV personality that kept her running?

    This country needs to understand the concept of UN-learning. We are bending the rules so far on racial equality that we are forcing a utopia onto our society that can never exist. We need to balance human behavior and the legal system because this is completely absurd.

    As a child we are taught the phrase, "Stick and stones may brake my bones, but names we never hurt me."

    Where did we go wrong?

    June 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
    • Brian

      Oh look at that! I already messed up the idiom:

      "Sticks and stones may brake my bones, but names will never hurt me!"

      …we're doomed.

      June 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Brian, you need to learn what is going on here; The key issue is the lawsuit. It is a harrassment lawsuit and more about sexual harrassment than racial (since the employee behind the lawsuit is white).

      Companies decided to drop Deen based on the charges in the lawsuit. That is a logical choice for these companies until the lawsuit is settled.

      June 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  20. wowzamyviewchanged

    Yikes i got here merely by being curious as to what in the world caused this to begin with. I too had figured it was something blown out of porportion, dredging up somethin old (30 yrs ago – really?) and find it was much more recent by going to the pdf/lawsuit someone posted here and reading the whole thing. Sure on that it seems the brother should really be taking much more of the flak but then again it is obvious Paula knew of it all going on and allowed the issues to continue. I would never step foot in one of her restaurants now after reading that. If she also said the offensive word in talking about the robbery she talked about on tv and such, well that and the lawsuit from the ex employee already counts it at 2 times or more so discredits her saying she only used it once and one time in her life. I have a new impression of her and her family – not a good one that's for sure. Yes I could forgive someone for using an offensive language or word that wasn't repetitive by them and if they acknowledged the "oops" and apologized, but I could not forgive someone for treating people the way they have allegedly been treated within her company(s) and she would also do well to remember what low (impoverished) place she was in when she first started before she became so millionaire attitude because she is about to go back to those low roots.

    June 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
  21. Fill

    Paula's new cookbook which is currently the #1 best seller on Amazon (in the entire books section) was just cancelled by the publisher a little while ago. Target, Sears, Walgreens, Kmart, you name it, have all agreed to stop selling her wares.

    June 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Fill

      Now it's just plain gone! Amazon is taking Deen's stuff away.

      June 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  22. John

    Paula Deen is Southern-fried white trash.

    June 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
  23. Brenda

    THE media needs to a"PAULA"gize to her for condemning someone who brought SO MUCH prosperity to Savannah, Ga. With all tthe jobs she has provided, with all she gives to the community we should be ashamed of ourselves. If we ALL were persecuted for something we said or did 25 years in our past, WE ALL would be Headline News.
    Hang tough PAULA!!!

    June 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  24. Fill

    Paula lost her way here. It's her brand that needed nurturing and defending over the years, not just her. She has taken this personally and she and her Reputation Managers and Public Relations people are either none existent or incompetent.

    June 28, 2013 at 2:20 am |
  25. chrisopotamus

    I love Paula Deen with all my little Southern heart, but people are completely missing the point here.

    Silent racism is the real killer. The "N" word is simply what happens when you accidentally admit that you're infected.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
  26. Ellen

    After 27 years, I,think its time to forgive. We should be more concerned where this country is goin, the fact that we send billions of dollars to countries that continue to hate us, plan attack,against usetc... Believe me.. They don't care what she said....
    How about the fancy that social security is going to be non existent?
    Theses are the real,issues...

    June 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  27. tony

    I can't believe how much they are putting this woman thru. It is simply a disgrace, and a sin to try to put a person thru hell. I am Latino and have had experience many bad comments, however I have to say that I don't agree with the way this woman is been treated." So I suppose its okay to crucify a person for a mistake, but come on is it really necessary.!!!!! people need to be more forgiving, how much more bad words do we hear from our so call "pop ARTISTS" huh, we never would dare do anything, like it is been done to Paula Deen.

    June 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  28. Ryan

    First, let me start by saying that I give Paula Deen my full support. I think it is beyond disgraceful what is being done to her. Everywhere I look, I see that the public opinion polls show people are divided on how they feel about Deen. The half that does not support her, with no regards to race, or color really need to ask themselves why? I am not a perfect person, I come from a place where racial tensions have run high in the past. Although I have many African American friends which I would give my very life for, I have found myself with the "N" word at the tip of my tongue in the past. The fact of the matter is, whether it is the 'N" word or not, I will guarantee those out there who want to chastise, and destroy Mrs. Deen, whether they have used the "N" word or not, that they have felt anger towards another culture or race, and whether they have said it out loud, or thought about saying it does not make a difference, we are all guilty of prejudice of one form or another against our fellow man. I am a white man, and I cannot tell you how many times that I have been called a "Cracker" among other names by others. What is the difference? There is NO difference, it was said out of ignorance, anger, and insensitivity. As long as we have people out there such as the "PHONY REVERENDS" like Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson to name just a couple, and the groups they are associated with, such as the NAACP, who are nothing more than bigots "wolves who come clothed as sheep" whose whole purpose is to inflame tensions between the races, because lets be honest, if there was no tension they would have no purpose and therefore be unemployed. I can't tell you how many times I have heard many of these leaders use racially charged, and racially insensitive comments on live tv, heck go to youtube and watch a few videos. They throw the word "Cracker" around all the time, and we all know that Cracker is the African American's equivalent of the famous "N" word. But I don't see the media chastising them for their ignorance, hatred, and lets call it what it is: RACISM! No they are given a free pass, and they continuously play the race card whenever they are scrutinized. Let me tell you all something, this might sting a bit, but since I am a straight shooter, and do not like to mince words, I will put it this out there: Years ago, down south a group of stupid, hateful, ignorant, racist white men thought it would be a good idea to form a brutal, violent, nauseating group known as the KKK, whose sole purpose was to preach racism, inequality, and physical violence against their fellow brothers and sisters based on the color of one's skin. The modern day NAACP is very similar to this group with the exception of how they go about their business, they don't lynch you in the physical sense, they do it through character assassination, with the help of the modern day media, and all of this is considered totally legal. Wake up America, and I am saying this to all the races who call America their home. We have become a nation of tight ended politically correct crybabies, who have the mentality it is ok as long as you don't get caught. Just admit that you all have felt prejudice or hatred towards your fellow man at one point in your life, repent, and ask for forgiveness, learn from it and move on. Oh, and just remember that what goes around always comes around, tomorrow it may be your turn on the hot seat, so be careful in how you judge others, because your judgment will come soon enough........

    June 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Bob

      Its not about "the N word" You have to read the complaint not have the news spoon feed it to you.

      http://www.atlawblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Jackson-v.-Deen-et-al.-Complaint.pdf

      June 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
      • me

        I agree, read the complaint/lawsuit. Its about a lot of other things that were going on in her and her brothers restaurant. He needs to be sharing in all of this flack. and why he is not being interviewed is interesting.

        June 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
      • keets

        I agree, read it, then comment.

        June 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  29. ronica west

    I love her show I love everything about her, Paula is the one to be picked on this month, next month watch out. (next)

    June 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  30. Gloria

    In 2011, a group of us were sightseeing in Savannah Georgia and we decided to go to the Lady and Sons restaurant because we liked the Paula Deen cuisine and thought it would be fun.
    When we arrived at the restaurant we were told that there were no tables available even though the restaurant was practically empty and we were told to come back in two hours, when we asked if we could make reservations we were denied and told just to come back. We wandered around and did a little sightseeing and returned in two hours. Again, we were told that there were no tables available and we were to return at 5pm. Again we asked if we could make reservations now and return, and again we were denied.
    We were a group of Federal Officers that were receiving some terrorist training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick Georgia. But I guess the fact that we were 2 Latinos, 1 African American, 1 Asian and only 1 Anglo American with a New York accent was probably the reason we were denied entry in spite of the fact that the restaurant was nearly empty.
    I had heard that people of unacceptable color such as us were usually denied service at her restaurants, but I refused to believe that Ms. Deen would give her name to such an establishment that condones racism. I was wrong and now I see that a person’s racism and bigotry finally catches up to them.
    Imagine seeing this behavior in this day and age. Most of us that are protecting our country (Military) and our borders (Federal officers) are persons that are NOT Anglo Saxon, but we are willing to risk and even give our lives to protect people like Paula Deen.

    June 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Ghastly Outcry

      I just don't believe what you are saying is right or correct. I think you're paranoid because at the end of the day, Paula's is a business that depends on customers of whatever race or background.

      I think you're full of sheite.

      June 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  31. tinabryantw

    She needs file a civil suit against the woman who started thus and whoever is behind this, a person doesn't stay at a job five years being mistreated etc. And if five years she's been there how did she hear the story of her getting held at gun point over 20 years ago. A d folks saying oh it's just the harassment thing no no no this bottom feeder as rd suck her dry she wAnts .and them all pay. She could've left job long ago, and if serious and if really happened then gotten a attorney but stay there???

    June 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
  32. Gerry Jacobs

    I am wondering if Paula was "set-up" by someone who is jealous of her success or has their own axe to grind. I am a 70+ year old white female and of course I have never experienced the prejudice still out there against the black race, but this seems to me to be a mountain out of a mole hill. I have experienced prejudice against women and ageism, so I can sympathize. In my opinion Paula will survive this just as Martha Stewart survived her conviction and jail time, provided she gets good PR advice and follows it.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  33. Christina

    I am a young African American (30 years old) and I do not think what is happening to Paula Deen is right. You are taking her lively hood away from her. Let the people decide whether they want to forgive her or not. If they continue to watch her show and buy her books then keep her. Since we were not there, we cannot say how the word was used or the spirit of the word. For example, was she just repeating it? Her biggest mistake was being honest on the stand, where most people would have lied about using the N word. That took courage for her to do. I do agree that she was raised in a different time. You cannot expect her to feel a certain way and have real tears about using that word since she probably doesn't understand the hurt feelings behind it. To be honest, many of us do not because we were not raised during those times. The word means something different to every one of us, I do not use the word, but it does not bother me either. We all have things that hurt us in our past, but we can't expect for everyone to walk on egg shells; you just have to keep on walking and holding your head high. The bigger issue is whether she created a hostile environment for people around her. If she didn't – I do not care. I am interested in her cooking nothing else. It is sad what is happening to her. We have other people that have done worse things and never go through anything close to this.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:06 am |
  34. Nino Fisher

    I'm amazed how easy you can be destroyed by saying one wrong word. You can't even be human, make a small mistake with out been judged and even destroyed. Everybody is a bunch of hypocrites or have no life. There so many bigger issues to worry about and here we are watching someone that worked hard to be successful getting destroyed.
    Who doesn't make a mistake? Who doesn't just say things, cheats or lies, give me a break! Aren't all humans discriminate against each other? do we all get along? It is embarrassing to watch all this on tv, this happeneds a lot. Why everyone has to come out and apologize for every mistake they make ( unless they still from others or kill someone, why?!). Everyone who thinks that what is going on with Paula Deens life right now is what she deserved, should look at their own life's, them selfs and think, say to them selfs "am I perfect? Have I not sad or done wrong things? Would I want to be judged or destroyed for every little mistake I make?" Get a life, we live in 2013, have much bigger problems to worry about, everybody has the same rights to enjoy their life's the way they want to. Get over things please! Why are people bunch of haters? Are there rules that we have to fallow about how to live our lives? Is it easy to control every second of our lives?do we always know or think what mistakes are we going to make? Please think clearly. I wish people were more forgiving and understanding.

    June 27, 2013 at 9:17 am |
  35. M Graham

    It is crazy, with all the more important situations that affect the masses, we focus on this successful older woman who didn't do anything wrong. Easy prey I guess, and the media loves it. This happened 30 years ago. I can tell you that regardless of the race, if someone threatened my life with a gun in my face, I might let something slip that I might not normally say, out of anger. It would be more interesting if she was armed and handled the situation as she had the right to do. This culture we live in, loves to pounce on someone successful. We love to see the empire fall, and it is shameful. What was she supposed to tell her husband, she was thankful to just get home. This African American gentlemen held a gun to my face and I apologize for being scared? Anyone who slams her, is a hypocrite. You cant have it both ways, singing along with the rap songs that say n***a this and n***a that and then attack someone who said it once. You are holding yourself back. Here is the reality. We live in a world of opportunity in the US. Regardless of your situation, if you cant seize the opportunity here, you cant do it anywhere, because America is the last great hope for the world. Move on, stop making excuses, life isn't fair and we all have to deal with it at some point.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Ghastly Outcry

    I never cease to be amazed at the number of people who are so sensitive as to be shocked by the use of one or two words. One or two words. You'd think that Paula had been a child molester, mass murderer or a coupon abuser. The "N" word has the strength to part the ocean; cause trains to derail and airlines to miss their deadlines. How incredibly silly, especially since the black community has openly embraced the casual use of the word. White guilt, an idea perpetrated by the liberal elite and black activism has made use of this word the de facto enemy and the singular way to be ousted from any and every position in America ! And this standard, is of course, only applicable to whites. The pendulum has indeed swung from one extreme to the other – and it is absurd.

    June 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  37. Syd Keith

    As a huge fan of Paula Deen, I went into watching her interview on the Today Show with an open heart, mind and soul. Sadly I came out of the interview confused. I believe she will pull through in the end, she has a core following that supports her through thick and thin. She is fortunate and blessed to have those followers in her life. I was however saddened that she has clearly missed her opportunity to be the person she believes she is, by simply apologizing for her error. Yes, because we are all human we can say and do things that we didn’t mean to do or say. However, the brilliance of a person comes out when they can take responsibility for their short comings, apologize from their heart and then move forward with a new out look and awareness. Errors in life don’t make the person, the person is made through the strength of taking responsibility for errors, actions and words. Taking responsibility makes the person a more balanced, happy and well meaning person, it is what makes a person a strong, amazing and kind hearted person. I am saddened for Paula because all she simply needed to do in her interview on the Today Show was apologize for her error and stop there. She created more issues for her to overcome because she made the interview about her, and now her new problems at hand, instead of making the interview about her fans, viewers and those she may have hurt….This will be an expensive, yet a true life learning opportunity for Paula, something that probably has been knocking at her door for some time now.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  38. Jacobi

    Here's the travesty of this whole Paula Deen thing. It's a real set-back for honest discussion about race.

    We're all biased, and we're all prejudiced. The black/white divide is the most obvious and talked about, but favoring those similar to you (height, religion, education, geography) is human nature. Overcoming it requires recognition of our own tendencies to err that way.

    Paula's fault was not having hired a NYC PR firm to teach her the language code of the elite, for whom admitting failure and faults of one's past is wrong, while cleanly manicured talking points and politically correct stances is right. Unfortunately, dealing with bigotry, prejudice, and racism, requires much the much dirtier work of looking deeply into our own hearts to find and redeem the racism in us all.

    June 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Syd Keith

      Nicely said.....

      June 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      Agreed with Syd, nicely said.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • Ghastly Outcry

      Well said and very true.

      June 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Fromthedeepsouth

    So everyone has sinned...not an excuse or reason to grant forgiveness, but she can be forgiven when she is genuine in her apology and desires to change (repents). I am ready to move on to something else. This has gotten far too much attention. Let us focus on stopping modern day slavery and child exploitation.

    June 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  40. Josef

    Is this the racist women that thought a white person could not have a Jamaican accent?

    June 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Josef

      (referring to the commentator.)

      June 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  41. Parker

    Caesars Entertainment company has released a statement saying it had "reached an agreement with Paula Deen Enterprises not to renew the business relationship."

    Deen has themed restaurants in four Caesars properties, notes Eater.com: Horseshoe Southern Indiana (near Louisville), Harrah's Tunica (outside Memphis), Harrah's Joliet (outside Chicago) and Harrah's Cherokee (North Carolina). A release from Caesars said it intends to rebrand the current Paula Deen-themed restaurants in the coming months.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  42. Sandra Sutton

    It seems that Paula is still not looking at herself. I watched her shows and I never thought she would be in a situation such as this. Since some of the "mess" is out, never gave a raise to her employees until now, the employees not been able to move up in the business is sad, and sad that the employees tolerated this for so long. That "N" word should have never been in her vocabulary. Her sons are never going to tell you what was said growing up. The mother got them started! Paula is not the charming, genuine southern lady I thought she was. I will not buy her products or watch her show. My enjoyment in her is over. A big "THANK_YOU" to Food network and Smithfield Meat Company. May God bless you Paula.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • Thinking things through

      Sandra, I would like to know more about the way she treated employees (sources on this, if possible) regards not giving them raises or promotions. A word is (to some extent) just a word, but, actions... they speak volumes. But right now this is the first place I've seen something that could be a truly serious offense from her, against her employees. So, could seriously be interested in sources.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
      • Louisianabobcat

        I don't know if you have gotten your answer yet, but you can just search using the following: Jackson-v-Deen-Et-Al-Complaint good her family are monsters (this is the actual law suit) and you can just pull up the deposition by searching
        Jackson vs Deen deposition

        June 29, 2013 at 4:46 am |
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