No one should be so dismissive about this. Read the deposition so you can get a picture of the real Paula Deen. It's more than the N word, it's about racial discrimination, lies and sexual harassment.Stay focused my blog friend :)
PN, I haven't read the deposition yet; however I will say Paul Deen is flesh and blood human being that has apologized for her mistakes "Amen" When will BHO, Pelosi, Sharpton and Maher do so as well and while in the meantime take responsibility for their actions and the actions of their administrations.
Read the whole suit filed against her firm. It's about a great deal more than racism. It's despicable, including on going abuse of white employees as well. Very sick. Be informed, please.
Hi Funk, Bill Maher does indeed push the envelope on many occasion. Just remember that he is a comedian.
AS for Al...I simply do not have an explanation regarding his public rants.
Political Nation most of us are not going to read the entire deposition, most will base opinions on personal values and from what we read in news articles. That is realty. PN if you have read it, then post some details, to shore up your stance. And maybe others will see it a little more from your perspective.
Somebody please explain to me the above named aside, how the heck does Quentin Tarantino as an example "Pulp Fiction" & the rest of Hollywood & the entire recording industry get a pass on the use of any number of offensive words in anyones book but Paula Deen gets singled out... soft target perhaps?!?! I see mention in the media that Jimmy Carter has offered advice on her future.
This is why I hate when racial slurs become the lead topic. Read the deposition. Research the law suit that's been brought against Paula Deen, Paula Deen Enterprises, and her brother for not only racial discrimination but also sexual harassment & assault. Anyone who is stuck on what she said needs to wake up. It's what she 'allegedly' allowed to go on in her establishments that's the problem. I find it interesting that when someone brings up her admission to wanting to have a civil war themed wedding with "slaves', people who defend her act like that didn't happen & choose not to talk about that. It's easy to defend a fault that everyone has, which is saying something that they shouldn't at some time in their lives. But try to defend the other stuff. You can't & you won't. When you sign contracts to that link your brand with other companies, then you better be on your game at all times. Don't be mad at companies for choosing to jump ship. I'm trying to be done with the subject, but I can't get over how short sighted people are.
Poli-Nat, that's the point, Paula Deen has become the "soft target" (as I put it) because she has admitted to using the n-word, she also has publicly admitted to 'joking' in the back kitchen after hours while having a drink with staff about doing historical-themed weddings, after she had stayed at an Inn in the Raleigh NC area that used only coloured male servers dressed in period livery... This isn't a matter of not seeing the forest for the trees, this is about a pendulum that has swung so far to the left that its movement offends everyone.
Hi Graeme245. I'm a Leftie in the political sence. Though I personally have never liked her and that smarmy accent of hers, I do feel she is getting kicked around way over the top on this thing. I mean, the woman has said she's sorry, she has apologized, and like PN keeps telling us....there is more to the story; mostly about Bubba and his place and employees.
And I am very much in favor of giving her a second chance. Most everyone is entitled to another spin at the wheel after a crash and burn. Unless they are in the busines of gassing and burning people in ovens.
I'm a white boy that grew up here and remember the whites only and colored only drinking fountains in the Liberty County Courthouse. And the N word used frequently. Most of us have evolved and moved on.
I think we should quit kicking this one and move on. One thing for sure, she will always make it in Savannah if not anywhere else.
JimmyMack, well said. You just presented a sterling example of yourself and the United States of Amerca :D Thank you sir!
I agree JimmyMack I've been here in Hinesville for more than 30yrs seen many changes just in that time, I remember the awful riots of the late 50's & early 60's in the south. My husband as a teenage boy made the mistake of sitting down at a black lunch counter in Greensboro NC while the bus he was riding from NYC to Florida to visit his sister & new brother in law stopped to refuel. I grew up in a part of Canada where unless a business & an individual can conform to an unwritten set of language laws they can lose the right to work, be educated, plus be fined by the provincial/state government all in violation of the United Nations Human Rights Commission's Standards
My comment mentioning direction of the pendulum only references the direction its been going since hemlines started creeping up once Queen Victoria went to her reward ;) Hence that being the farthest 'right' conservative 'left' being liberal not political parties. I just find it curious that visuals that one group could see as a lesson another can see as a lance. e.g. Civil War Re-Enactors
PN, I've read the deposition; now where are the employees that were discriminated against as Lisa Jackson described.
Funky, my problem is not with PD innocence or guilt. Whatever side you fall on, that's fine. What I have been trying to say over and over is the insistence that this is all about the N word used 30 years ago. That is not the case. There are much more issues to be considered but to get that across is like trying to convince people about Obama's BC. It's frustrating. As for me, there is nothing to "forgive". She has not wronged me. Would I give her a second chance (if she is guilty and is remorseful), of course. I don't think either myself or PN is out to crucify PD. As for the businesses that dropped her, they are looking at the bottom line and if she can untangle herself from this mess, they will take her back so fast your head will spend. When a business like Wal-Mart (who we will not talk about how one should treat their employees) says they care... yeah about how much is going into their pocket. They'd French kiss Hitler if it improved their profit margin.
"MY GOD" this comment was made over 30 years ago! We have '3' different blogs alone on Paula Deen.... No on can stay in '1' blog... What's up with this? Are we trying to get blog of the day?
CNN is airing a special called "The N Word," hosted by Don Lemon, on Monday night.
Lemon will be debating the use of the word, in light of the recent allegations of racism against Paula Deen and the George Zimmerman trial. TV Newser reported that the special will air at 7 p.m. in lieu of "Outfront," while Erin Burnett is on vacation.
Lemon has previously said that he believes journalists should say the full word, instead of the phrase "n-word," when reporting a story. "I think someone should say, that person called someone 'nigger,' instead of saying 'the n-word,' because I think it sanitizes it," he explained last year, adding that he hated the use of the word in music and when it's used for misogynistic purposes.
He reiterated those views while speaking to Burnett last week. "That is the word," Lemon said. "I don't go around calling people that word and I don't like it when I hear it, but I think it needs to be said."
"Poli-Nat" I agree with the above 100%. Myself, I was raised on the old adage; "Sticks & stones may break my bones but names will never harm me" Yes I been called some dousies in my life to include c^nt... and life goes on, been called "honkie" on the streets of Newark in the early '70's with a backpack on my back while hitch-hiking across the USA alone as a teenage girl.
No I don't think we should ever freely run around "calling" each other names but to give any word so much power that it's perfectly & socially acceptable for one specific group of people to use it whenever they please, and then on the other hand make it so forbidden that if a member of another group ever dares to utter it they are threatened with loss of ALL they have. Are we then not creating some sort of false idol?!?!?!