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Celebrity chef Paula Deen has a mess she needs to clean up. A deposition was obtained Wednesday in which she admits to using a racial slur. The National Enquirer first reported Deen’s deposition, in which she responds to recent allegations of racism in the workplace–and admits to using the N-word and expressing a wish for a wedding served by waiters dressed as slaves.

The legal deposition was held on May 17 after one of Deen’s former restaurant managers, Lisa Jackson, sued the TV chef and her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers for sexual and racial workplace discrimination in a $1.2 million lawsuit. During the three-hour-long questioning, Jackson’s lawyer asked Deen if she had ever used the N-word.

Deen responded, “Yes, of course,” and detailed the instances in which she had used the racial slur. Below are Deen’s responses, as recorded in the deposition.

Lawyer: Have you ever used the N-word yourself?
Deen: Yes, of course.

Lawyer: Okay. In what context?
Deen: Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head.

Lawyer: Okay. And what did you say?
Deen: Well, I don’t remember, but the gun was dancing all around my temple … I didn’t — I didn’t feel real favorable towards him.

Lawyer: Okay. Well, did you use the N-word to him as he pointed a gun in your head at your face?
Deen: Absolutely not.

Lawyer: Well, then, when did you use it?
Deen: Probably in telling my husband.

Lawyer: Okay. Have you used it since then?
Deen: I’m sure I have, but it’s been a very long time.

Lawyer: Can you remember the context in which you have used the N-word?
Deen: No.

Lawyer: Has it occurred with sufficient frequency that you cannot recall all of the various context in which you’ve used it?
Deen: No, no.

Lawyer: Well, then tell me the other context in which you’ve used the N-word?
Deen: I don’t know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me.

Lawyer: Like a joke?
Deen: No, probably a conversation between blacks. I don’t–I don’t know. But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.
A transcript of the deposition describes an instance when Jackson witnessed Deen’s racial views. Jackson was placed in charge of food and serving arrangements for Bubba Hiers’ wedding in February 2007, and asked Deen what kind of wedding reception it would be. “I want a true southern plantation-style wedding,” Deen replied.

Jackson subsequently asked Deen what type of uniforms she preferred the servers to wear.

“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n—–s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.” Paula Deen laughed and said “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”
Deen responded to Jackson’s allegations.

“I remember telling them about a restaurant that my husband and I had recently visited. And I’m wanting to think it was in Tennessee or North Carolina or somewhere, and it was so impressive. The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid somebody would misinterpret.”
“That restaurant represented a certain era in America,” Deen said. The servers in that era “were slaves,” she conceded. “But I did not mean anything derogatory by saying that I loved their look.” She denied having used the N-word to describe the restaurant’s wait-staff “because that’s not what these men were. They were professional black men doing a fabulous job.”

The celebrity chef also said she didn’t know what kinds of jokes minority groups might find offensive.

Lawyer: Would you consider those to be using the N-word in a mean way?

Deen: That’s–that’s kind of hard. Most–most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks. Most jokes target–I don’t know. I didn’t make up the jokes, I don’t know. I can’t–I don’t know.

Lawyer: Okay.
Deen: They usually target, though, a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don’t know. I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.
Deen’s lawyer released a brief statement Wednesday, defending his client and refuting the tabloid’s claims. ”Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable,” Bill Franklin of the Savannah law firm Oliver Maner wrote. “She is looking forward to her day in court.”

A spokeswoman for the Food Network also issued a statement. ”Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation,” the statement read.

(This is not the first time the Food Network star has been the center of controversy. Deen has been criticized for promoting unhealthy food on her show, and it was disclosed last year that she suffers from Type 2 diabetes.)

After the news broke of Deen’s legal troubles, Twitter users lambasted the chef with the trending topic #PaulasBestDishes.


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HMJC commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 13:14 PM

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...

up2sumptin commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 20:46 PM

She has been terminated by the Food Network.

up2sumptin commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 20:46 PM

Sorry Seb, didn't see your post. :(

PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 22:11 PM


PoliticsNation commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 01:55 AM

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.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM

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.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 07:08 AM

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.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 07:25 AM

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.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 08:20 AM

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.

PoliticsNation commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

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.

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 15:14 PM
PoliticsNation commented on Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 18:08 PM

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.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 07:44 AM

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.

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