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Paula Deen fans vent outrage at Food Network for dumping celebrity cook over past racial slurs
Washington Post ^ | 06/23/2013

Posted on 06/23/2013 1:43:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Watching Paula Deen’s cooking show was a weekend ritual for Marilynne Wilson, who says she’s furious at the Food Network for dumping the comfort-food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.

“I was shocked. I thought she’d get a fair trial,” Wilson, a nurse from Jacksonville, Fla., said Saturday after stopping to buy souvenirs at the gift shop Deen owns next to her Savannah restaurant. “I think the Food Network jumped the gun.”

A day after announcing that it’s dropping Deen from its roster of celebrity cooks, the cable network was served heaping portions of Southern fried outrage by her fans.

Angry messages piled up Saturday on the network’s Facebook page, with many Deen fans threating to change the channel for good. “So good-bye Food Network,” one viewer wrote. “I hope you fold like an accordion!!!”

The decision to drop Deen, whose daytime shows have been a Food Network fixture since 2002, came two days after disclosure of a recent court deposition in which Deen was asked under oath if she had ever used the N-word. “Yes, of course,” 66-year-old Deen said, though she added, “It’s been a very long time.”

Deen and her brother are being sued by a former manager of their restaurant who says she was harassed and worked in an environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.

Wilson’s friend Debbie Brown said the Food Network is “basically convicting” Deen. “They should have waited until it goes to court,” she said.

Deen issued a videotaped apology Friday in asking fans and critics alike for forgiveness. It had been posted online for about an hour when the Food Network released a terse statement that it “will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.”

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1 posted on 06/23/2013 1:43:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I wonder how many times our black community has used the N word, Cracker, whitey...
2 posted on 06/23/2013 1:44:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

Now, Now don’t bring logic into a discussion of AG Holder approved speech! After all you can’t compare White Folk to Brothers can you?


3 posted on 06/23/2013 1:46:44 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I suggest, out of fairness, that the Food network question all employees if they have ever used the N word; make them take a polygraph, and fire anyone who has used the N word. Their payroll would drop by 90%


4 posted on 06/23/2013 1:47:25 PM PDT by rjones42
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To: rjones42

If only rappers were held to the same standard.


5 posted on 06/23/2013 1:47:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
A day after announcing that it’s dropping Deen from its roster of celebrity cooks, the cable network was served heaping portions of Southern fried outrage by her fans.

As they should. How many of us can look in the mirror and say that we NEVER did anything in the past that the PC police wouldn't convict us for today??

The Food Network is, evidently, run by PC idiots!

6 posted on 06/23/2013 1:47:59 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

No pity for Libs or people who support them. She helped ‘feed’ the monster that ate her. Good riddance.


7 posted on 06/23/2013 1:48:33 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: mountainlion

I’m waiting for a celebrity — who is watching their entire career implode no matter what — to stand up and say, “Yup. I said it. I say it all the time. I don’t like ‘em. I don’t respect ‘em. What are you going to do about it? Arrest me?”


8 posted on 06/23/2013 1:48:33 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SeekAndFind

Sorry, but I just have to say this......

Big deal, she just called a spade a spade........


9 posted on 06/23/2013 1:48:54 PM PDT by G-Bear (Always leave your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Honkification of PAULA....
10 posted on 06/23/2013 1:49:34 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: mountainlion

You should go on an MTA bus here in LA, Ive heard blacks use the N word, cracker, and whitey so many times no one even turns around anymore when its said


11 posted on 06/23/2013 1:49:45 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: mountainlion

Ever hear some of the rap songs people play? A dozen or more N words in a song.


12 posted on 06/23/2013 1:49:53 PM PDT by matt04
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To: G-Bear

Uh-oh. I guess the jig is up!


13 posted on 06/23/2013 1:50:59 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: SeekAndFind

She used the term 40 - 50 years ago about a black thug that held a gun to her head .... duh, I sure as hell would have called him that and more.


14 posted on 06/23/2013 1:51:15 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Drug abuse is not a victimless crime ... look as what Obama is doing to the country!)
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To: SeekAndFind

an environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.

Uh, that would be any place with a large number
of minority employees.

The things I’ve heard.....


15 posted on 06/23/2013 1:52:13 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DustyMoment
The Food Network is, evidently, run by PC idiots!

In a word, yes. The Food Network and HGTV are part of the same media group, if I recall correctly.
16 posted on 06/23/2013 1:52:13 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ClearCase_guy

RE: Yup. I said it. I say it all the time. I don’t like ‘em. I don’t respect ‘em. What are you going to do about it? Arrest me?”

NO, FIRE YOU ( and that’s what they did ).


17 posted on 06/23/2013 1:52:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: matt04

One day skipping through Sirus channels I heard “Nigger” (turn channel) “nigger”, (turn channel) “nigger” back to back.

No joke. three skips, three different channels, three uses.


18 posted on 06/23/2013 1:52:24 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sarah Barracuda

When I went to school in the Springfield, MA area, you could hear cars blasting songs whit the N word all the time, along with blacks greeting each other with “what up my N****R” on a daily basis.


19 posted on 06/23/2013 1:53:20 PM PDT by matt04
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Jeremiah Wright hypocrites.


20 posted on 06/23/2013 1:53:31 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Drug abuse is not a victimless crime ... look at what Obama is doing to the country!)
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To: Norm Lenhart
No pity for Libs or people who support them. She helped ‘feed’ the monster that ate her. Good riddance.

Indeed. Deen is an Obama supporting liberal.

21 posted on 06/23/2013 1:54:32 PM PDT by South40
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To: Sarah Barracuda
You should go on an MTA bus here in LA, Ive heard blacks use the N word, cracker, and whitey so many times no one even turns around anymore when its said

While I agree that it is wrong for the black community to complain about this term and then continuously use it, I do not condone it regardless of who says it. Excusing the behavior of Deen by pointing out the improper actions of others is wrong. I, two years ago, had to fire my best friend (of over 30 years) for making the same racist remark while in my employ. Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. The willingness of rappers and entertainers and members of the black community to continue using the term, to me, merely demonstrates ignorance and is a perfect example of lack of self control and self respect.

22 posted on 06/23/2013 1:56:20 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: SeekAndFind
And that's their right. But they get to watch someone cower, and apologize and abase themselves first -- then they fire them.

I hope someone doesn't give them that pleasure some day.

23 posted on 06/23/2013 1:56:30 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: RobertClark

How many years ago did Deen use the term?


24 posted on 06/23/2013 1:57:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RobertClark

So you don’t have any blacks that work for you?


25 posted on 06/23/2013 1:58:30 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve never called anyone the n word but when I was growing up in Chicago of all places, (I am 60) a very commmon phrase when you had a hards day’s work was “I worked like a n****r”. This was in an all white neighborhood. Think about it. That was a long time ago. Does that phrase fit today? I say no which is why I have not used it since my 30’s. Anoyther term my late dad used a lot when he saw someone get a bunch of money and spend it all stupidly was “They were n****r rich”. Hmmm. He was a sort of prophet.


26 posted on 06/23/2013 1:59:30 PM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Then franken kerry should go for his 711 comments, bubba should should have gone for his comments about zero only a few years ago would be serving us coffee. pick and choose liberal progressives and thier black racist cohorts.


27 posted on 06/23/2013 2:00:21 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: mountainlion

“I wonder how many times our black community has used the N word, Cracker, whitey...”

you know when this crap ends? When white people attack blacks just as viciously when blacks (or Hispanics) call a white person “Racist”.

Whites (not self loathing whites) need to look at this word as just as hateful as the Nword is to blacks or the sp word is to hispanics.

Black Commentator, Politician, media darling whatever calls a white guy racist, they get fired, recalled, ostracized etc.


28 posted on 06/23/2013 2:05:22 PM PDT by roofgoat
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To: ClearCase_guy
I don't see why they don't.

I mean, Paula sucked up and apologized and they STILL canned her.

29 posted on 06/23/2013 2:06:08 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I had the Food Network on this morning, getting ready for church. The Pioneer Woman was on and then Paula Deen’s Best Dishes was supposed to follow. I kept it on to see if there was any kind of disclaimer at the beginning of her show but they put another episode of The Pioneer Woman on instead.

Pretty brutal. Just trying to erase her like she never existed and made them into a household name. This from the network who didn’t have one single african American chef show several years ago.

Now, I wonder if giving blow jobs outside of marriage is as offensive.

http://blindgossip.com/?p=27669#more-27669


30 posted on 06/23/2013 2:07:50 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: SeekAndFind

Cooking channels are like street hustlers.. always trying to lure ya in.. scruple them.


31 posted on 06/23/2013 2:07:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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Sorry, Paula,, You’ve been CHOPPED!


32 posted on 06/23/2013 2:09:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Norm Lenhart
No joke. three skips, three different channels, three uses.

It was Paula Deen on 3 different channels talking about Brazil nuts.

33 posted on 06/23/2013 2:10:19 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: RobertClark

Would you have fired him for uttering it 30 years ago under duress?


34 posted on 06/23/2013 2:11:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Dumb and fat Paula Deen just got Derbyshired, too bad she’s just another leftist.


35 posted on 06/23/2013 2:12:38 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: SeekAndFind
For some reason, I've never cared for her and I don't like even the thought of some of her recipes, so I don't pay any attention to her whatsoever, until now.

I needed to learn more about her before I came to a supportable opinion and at first blush find that she appears to be your standard liberal, obama supporting demonrat.

Three up and three down, end of the inning, but I'll just call it strike one.

However, it appears she has been skewered on on the PC swizzle stick for the n-word, which automatically takes that first strike away, since I don't believe in PC or words that only certain people can say.

Not quite medal material, but worthy of an honorable mention.

Butt, then I find out she is likely on the receiving end of some obamawrath for comments made about Michelle's feeding trough style when big mamaobama came 'round for some food and face time on her tv show.

So, now I quit trying to score this game and am just going to enjoy the show.

36 posted on 06/23/2013 2:12:42 PM PDT by GBA (Rubio and the Rinos have the GOP Whigging out.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Paula Deen is a typical liberal. She campaigned for Obama in 2008, had the Mooch on her show several times and is now getting a taste of the liberal version of “free speech”.

She supports an administration that looks for victims and scapegoats. She’s the scapegoat. The media will hide her voting habits, label her as a “southern racist Republican hick” and get one step closer to making it impossible for any of us to utter a word without being called a racist. Unless of course it’s “honkey”, “cracker’ or “whitey’.


37 posted on 06/23/2013 2:14:14 PM PDT by albie
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To: Norm Lenhart

That is my sediments exactly. She sold herself out to that culture of canibols let her enjoy it.


38 posted on 06/23/2013 2:15:39 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: lonestar

For someone who just got done telling me on another thread they don’t care what I think, it’s curious you’d follow me to this one and post on a comment I made.


39 posted on 06/23/2013 2:15:51 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: DustyMoment

“The Food Network is, evidently, run by PC idiots!”

It is not that they are idiots, but that they could not sell advertising for Deen’s show.

No advertisers, no program.


40 posted on 06/23/2013 2:16:11 PM PDT by Wellington VII
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To: SeekAndFind

If 25% of what is in the lawsuit is true Paula Deen and her family are disgusting people and I hope they lose everything.


41 posted on 06/23/2013 2:17:02 PM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: mountainlion

Obama supporters upset that diehard Obama fan Paula Dean got canned.!


42 posted on 06/23/2013 2:17:43 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Careful...I said something close to that yesterday and the lib wing of FR had a fit.


43 posted on 06/23/2013 2:18:35 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.

‘N-word’ user Paula Deen is an Obama supporter
The Daily Caller | 6/21/2013 | Patrick Howley
Posted on 06/23/2013 10:59:31 AM PDT by South40
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3034650/posts


44 posted on 06/23/2013 2:23:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

<Yup. I said it. I say it all the time. I don’t like ‘em. I don’t respect ‘em. What are you going to do about it? Arrest me?”

LOL! I’m a middle-aged black female. When I read about the Paula Deen flap, I figured she’s older than I am, from the South, of course she’s said the ‘N’ word. Shoot, I say the ‘N’ word (and I don’t sing rap).

I go by the Chris Rock school of race relations, there are N...... and there are black people. Nobody likes ‘N’s.

I dislike Paula for reasons other than her use of the ‘N’ word, but as long as she’s not using it with employees, or letting it be said in the work place, than so what? I’m not going to ruin a woman’s life work because once upon a time she said a word that was quite common in her part of the world and is certainly common among blacks today. What a double standard!

I would like to know more about the lawsuit and the workplace environment before I call for Deen’s head.


45 posted on 06/23/2013 2:24:23 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t believe in special privileges for protected classes of people. If black rappers aren’t penalized for using the word, then no one should be.


46 posted on 06/23/2013 2:25:04 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Do you really think she hasn't used the word in the past 30 years?

BTW, the woman suing Paula is white. She worked there for 5 years before quitting. It's all about $$$$.

In the lawsuit, Paula comes across as a "trash mouth" and her brother as an absolute hard drinking idiot.

"Trash with cash."

47 posted on 06/23/2013 2:26:05 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Army Air Corps

I gave up HGTV some time ago. I got tired of their pushing the homo agenda. Then I read that on the house hunting shows, people had to have already bought the house. I knew I made the right decision. I wonder how many dems who thought Byrd was great but never mentioned his KKK connections are critical of Deen. When my daughter was 2/3, we were visiting my parents. There was a Black family who lived nearby. The kids would come over to use the phone. One day she was outside playing when she saw them coming. She ran to my mom and told her those chocolate milk kids were coming. Guess that is how she saw them.


48 posted on 06/23/2013 2:26:21 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: SeekAndFind

Accusations of offending the Chosen Miniority trumps justice, fairness, informed judgement, logic, common sense.

Liberals preach forgiveness for terrorists, murderers, rapists, and performers of illegal abortions.
But they demand serious blood the instant anyone is accused of offending a black.

Paula already has her millions.

She should laugh at her critics, point out what hypocrits they are and tell them to take a flying leap.

Maybe this experience will cause her to rethink her foolish support of liberal politicians.


49 posted on 06/23/2013 2:27:01 PM PDT by Iron Munro (From nobody to senator, to Conservative savior,)
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To: mountainlion

More than you think. My Filipino bud tells me stories on his experience taking the train through black neighborhoods, and I;ve had the same. Have you ever tried watching a Tyler Perry movie? Run a camera and recording device and you’ll be surprised at what you hear in the mostly black audience..


50 posted on 06/23/2013 2:27:03 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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