Paula deen has been in waaaaay over her head ever since she got outed by the Savannah Morning News for claiming to have been "Miss Tennessee." She never was Miss Tennessee. At one time a prominent nutritionist called her the most dangerous person in America for pushing all that comfort food that leads to Diabetes, Heart Attacks, Strokes and a host of other ailments. She was poisoning America for years til she got type II Diabetes and changed her menu.
Besides, that crappy 'southern' accent of hers makes me grind my teeth. I hate that Ka-ka.
FYI: I, JimmyMack, am a lifelong Southerner. Paula makes us all sound like we are only one generation removed from those Deliverance Boys that made Ned Beatty's day. That smary, cornpone, syrupy language of hers is nauseating.
If you woke her up from a dead sleep she'd sound entirely different. Probably something akin to a Fog Horn. She is the Gomer Pyle of quisine.
Ok folks, is anyone really suprised Paula Deen used the N word? Not saying it is ok, just saying that should not be a new revelation to anyone...
If I was Paula I would turn the question to all in attendance including the lawyer asking her that question.
Unfortunatlely, many of us, white and black and other ethnicities have used it. To me the N word is a derogatory term yet it exists in abundance in todays rap music and repeated by many who recite the lyrics. And most of todays Rap music is purchased by teenaged white boys.
Strangely it seems that it is ok for a black person to call another black person the N word, but other races cannot do so. Also, it seems that white people can call other white people crackers, honkie, or redneck, but other races cannot.
But I digress. If this is what it takes to make Paula shut up and shut down I'm ok with it.
Paula seems to be having a bad day. First, she bails on her Today show appearance this morning - undoubtedly because she wanted to avoid further embarassment and public interrogation:
THEN - the Food Network dumps her:
It's guess it's not nice to use the N-word when you are supposed to be a sweet Southern Belle.....
...okay - try this link instead of the NY Times:
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Well, right is right and wrong is wrong! As a manager, using racist, abusive and vulgar terms in a place of employment is extremely unprofessional and should warrant some type of punishment. Ms. Deen is a grown & intelligent woman who "should" have known better. Paula Deen hurt many employees and fans who admired her. Now Ms. Deen is feeling just a fraction of the discomfort, she inflicted on others throughout the years. It's very sad that she is learning such a big lesson so late in life. Hopefully, she will repent for her sins and change her mindset.
My problem with PD is that she is painting all southerners with the same brush. Yes we have bigots and racism in the South. We also have it in the North. Midwest and even, gasp, in California. There will always be a percentage of the population that will be arses. That doesn't mean the south is full of redneck butts. Yeah we got our share, so do every place else. It is not what defines us.
I know up2, but IMHO Paula was a poor representative of Southerners. Not just the women folk but all of us.
Unfortunately, when someone fits a stereotype, that's what gets the press. You're right - when Paula Deen goes N-word, it reminds the rest of the country of the "redneck/racist" stereotype and they can yuck it up at the expense of all Southerners.
We see the same thing in politics - consider the last presidential election. The Dems used every trick they could to paint Romney as the stereotypical Simon Legree/rich white/racist/bad guy. When Obama's faults and shortcomings were pointed out, the Dems cried foul and played the race card. They literally had it both ways.
I'm afraid that as long as we have "diversity," we're going to have stereotypes and conflict. We're never going to see Utopia, and a New World where kumbaya is the order of the day will never come to pass.
Well I can't speak for my politcal polar opposite TOT, but it seems both he and I do agree on one thing: Cannibas.
Now once we can legally "roll another one, just like the other one, you been hangin' on to it, and I sure would like a hit. Don't Bogart that joint my friend, pass it over to me."
We might possibly enjoy brief periods of Utopia, sing kumbaya, and stuff ourselves with chocolate chip cookies and gallons of ice cold milk.
On the subject of the "N" word.
I was taught that it was wrong at age of probably three or four.
I was whipped for using the word.
And I was whipped by the older sister of the little black boy I was playing with.
She too of course was black.
She whipped me in my Mother's presence but she whipped me spontaneously and the whipping caught my Mama's attention.
When she ceased to whip me, and looked at my Mama who walked to the doorway to observe what was taking place on the porch, Mama then instructed her to whip me again. She did and I learned then and there to avoid that word.
From my perspective the N word is colorblind. There are as many white people today who fit the description as there are black folks.
I've spent a lifetime avoiding the use of the word but I must admit that I have at times used it and almost always instantly regretted doing so.
It remains to be seen just how Paula Deen will suffer financially over this issue.
This is an example of political correctness taken to the extreme.
I've never been a fan of Paula but I've always admired her for the entrepreneur skill and achievement she and her sons used in order to lift themselves up and move forward in the world.
I know how wonderful the cooking style is to the taste buds.
I also know about the bad effects of eating such.
I just read this morning's Savannah Morning News.
Geveryl Robinson's column is about the Deen flap and it says probably what most needs to be said about the issue.
I suggest we all should read her column.
Thanks for sharing your experiences TOT. I also plan on reading the article. I would like to add that I used the word and was punished as well; my mother, aunt, father and grandmother tagged me and washed my mouth out with soap. She has to face the music too.
Paula said the words in public as early as 2008 (that we know of) not 20 years ago like most of you believe. However, this is issue is not only about words. If you have any doubt the food network decision...watch the video from the today show..they didn't fire her becuase of old remarks. they fired her becuase she was out of order .Please watch the video attached.
Ever since she reccomended me dipping my french fries in Mayonaise instead of kethchup or mustard, I put her on to my Alien Diary.
She is a money driven she-devil that would have continued her unhealthy rant until she got her arse caught in a World to See Coffee Grinder.
She will undouboutedly sell the rights to such a spectacle.
Or was she simply a hard working Mother and single parent looking for a way to support the boys and herself.
She is living the American dream.
I've been told that she got started in business by creating bagged lunches and having her boys deliver them to the ILA workers.
What is wrong with that.
Nothing - but those now piling on are undoubtedly doing so based on not a little bit of envy/jealousy over her success, and to ridicule her for allowing herself to get in her current situation.