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  1. AngelaChanning says

    Too bad SNL is on summer hiatus. There must be a tape or something out there for this to blow up like it did. If so, you know TMZ is bidding for it.

  2. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL…I’ve watched these two videos about 4 times now. Hilarious.

    “…from the deepest of my…” I thought she was going to say, “bowels”.

  3. Chef says

    Just like a drunk driver doesn’t realize that
    they are “one of those people” until they get the cuffs slapped on them, racists, bigots and haters don’t think it’s about them until they get busted. Imagine, all that time you thought it was funny and not at all hurtful! I can’t even wrap my brain around the pornography at the workplace aspect of this.

  4. Joey Y says

    Whatever. She’s an old woman who was raised in a time and place were this was done. She doesn’t go parading and doing it now, and I won’t lie and pretend like everyone on the planet hasn’t don’t the same in their life a few times to make myself feel faux outrage. She’s a cook, not a diplomat, so who cares?

  5. Eric says

    I kind of liked watching her and her sons when her shows first started airing several years ago. But as I watched I noticed that she threw around the word “sissy” all the time when she wanted to say her sons were being weak. I stopped watching her then and there. People said I was being overly sensitive, but I grew up in that part of the country, and it’s not a big leap from “sissy” to black jokes and Jew jokes, especially when used by mothers to warn her sons that they aren’t being “manly” enough for her.

  6. Jonna the Woodswoman says

    They’re down home bigots, just like everyone her age in Georgia that is white. Just saying, she’s probably a 100 times better than most in Savannah because she has more contact with “other peoples” from film and entertainment.

  7. robroy says

    FWIW- Savannah is diverse for a Southern town. And places like Savannah, Asheville and Charleston are pretty much the cream of the crop in Southern tolerance. Its not like she is living in Smithfield, NC in the sixties when they had KKK billboards leading into town.

    If we’re okay with her tossing around the N word we really can’t complain when black churches rally against gay rights since that is part of their environment…

  8. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL @”No Paula Deen coverage willing to mention that she campaigned for Democrats, including Barack Obama.”

    ‘Cause she wanted to dress him up like a slave and have him serve her and her guess…LOL.

    This tops off my Friday afternoon. Thank you, Andy. LOL

  9. mikep says

    It’s very sad that she did not realize that what she said was so cringe worthy racist, but at least she is now trying to understand and evolve.

  10. Ted says

    I personally don’t think Paula is a racist. She made some bad choices but to call her an out right racist is a bit of a stretch.
    If she were advocating segregation or burning down black churches, then I can see the racists card. We ALL have said or done things that others are offended by. It happens. Move on.

  11. Mike Ryan says

    Her goose is cooked and she has no one to blame but herself. All you see now is a fingernail grasp at trying to save it. It is over for her. She has no credibility and needs to pack it up and go home. She’s had a financially fruitful career but it is over. Buh bye!

  12. Elsewhere1010 says

    Don’t be too sure she’s gone forever from Food Network. If they can “rehabilitate” Robert Irvine, they can “rehabilitate” anyone.

  13. Jay says

    Wow – playing off that she is old as a reason to cut her some slack. My mom is 83 and every time she says something stupid I call her on it. Her response always is: “I’m old, it’s hard to change.” And my response is always: “Your old, you should have been the first to change.”

    Granted, I get no where with her…but my point is, age is no excuse, geography is no excuse. You know what…? There IS no excuse.

    If the excuses are she’s old and grew up in the South, then she represents the type of person to fall back on “free speech” and bad-mouthing “political correctness.” Well, guess what…free speech has consequences. Sorry you lost your revenue from the Food Network. I’m sure you can get on local cable in Georgia and do book signings in Missippie…so you won’t be destitute.

  14. Caliban says

    I never could stand her anyway. As a Southerner her fake, over-the-top cornpone accent just set my teeth on edge. (And no she doesn’t always talk like that.) The local cable company ran an ad with her baring those huge white Chiklet teeth and braying “Frum MAH fammly to YUUUUUURS!” that drove me up the friggin’ wall!

    I’ve always heard from people who are in a position to know that one of her sons, the shorter one, is gay BTW. Not that it matters, just throwing it out there.

  15. Bollux says

    I would have been more surprised if she didn’t use such language. With all the sugar, butter and flour this woman has whipped up over the years, she poops as white as the pointy sheets in the back of her closet.

  16. Justin says

    People make mistakes, people learn. She’s apologized. Let’s move on. Paula Deen should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. I defy you to find a southern lady of her age that hasn’t used that term.

  17. Anne says

    I like Paula Deen She is a great southern style chef and she is mostly funny. I don’t think she is a racist, she admits saying that word like I be heard and I face with some kind of racism prejedice here I live temporary and can’t get some waitressing jobs n others coz I feel the prejufudice too (am an American Asian). I felt to some extent but in terms of Paula I don’t think she is a racist she hires African Americans too in her restaurants. Well that’s my opinion God bless You Paula!

  18. Eric says

    @Justin

    You threw a bunch of sentences together there, but none make a cohesive argument.

    If she learned so easily she should’ve learned by her age before she landed her ass in court.

    The “alter of political correctness” doesn’t exist. It’s like the “gay agenda”.

    It doesn’t matter how many Southern women of her age have “used the term”. Are you seriously saying that if lots of people do something it’s OK?

  19. Macguffin54 says

    You guys are harsh! Everyone is standing in judgement but most of us know or are related to some saucy old people who swear like truck drives, tell dirty jokes and/or drink like sailors on leave. It doesn’t mean you can accurately judge them at first listen. Most people are deeper than that. Just because she uses words that offends others doesn’t mean she hates those people the words offends. I know people who are condemning her and I look at them in amazement as they have told racist jokes or posted offensive pics on Facebook. Only they didn’t have to admit it on TV. No, she shouldn’t be using these hurtful words, but I think she has acknowledged that. No need to stone her death, literally or metaphorically. speaking.

  20. Macguffin54 says

    I just remember her from an episode of Kathy Griffin’s show where I first saw her over the top personality. She was very funny and very warm, yet very loud and sarcastic. Throughout the show she would make fun of her sons and clearly gay “assistant” (or whatever his title was). Yet you could tell she loved and accepted them. Throughout the show I thought her assistant was a member of the family the way she acted toward him until I finally realized he wasn’t. She may act or say one thing but I could tell where her heart was.

  21. says

    @Caliban: I’ve lived in several Southern states (FL, TN, and KY), and I’ve never met a single Southerner that says “y’all” as many times as she does. She’s as fake as those super-white veneers and creepy blue contacts.

  22. says

    I’ve lived in several Southern states (FL, TN, and KY), and I’ve never met a single Southerner that says “y’all” as many times as she does. She’s as fake as those super-white veneers and creepy blue contacts.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 21, 2013 8:36:15 PM

    @FuryOfFirestorm

    I’m from Texas, and I can assure you there ARE people that talk just like her, everyday.. because that is what they “are” ..

  23. David Hearne says

    If Deen was a racist, then why would she have hired the black woman that’s suing her?

    Of course she has said the nword. Of course she has heard or told ist jokes. Who hasn’t?

    When I ride my bike the only people yelling rude comments are black people. They are by and large the photo next to the nword in a dictionary.

    Everyone is racist. Another person’s opinions of your racial group is really none of your business, it’s how they treat you which matters. I have employed black people in the past and probably will in the future. This despite the fact that I find black people to be disproportionately rude and inconsiderate.

  24. Dave says

    Uh…To Joey Y, I’ve never used the n-word, EVER. It’s a disgusting horrible word that makes me cringe. And yes, she’s a cook, not a diplomat, but does that mean she should be rewarded for her horrible behavior and be allowed to keep an incredibly lucrative television deal? Actions have consequences and she’s finding that out now. As a human being, I feel sorry for her, but it’s right that there should be some consequences for her bigotry…

  25. Brian1 says

    To all of the many commenters here who say everyone uses the N word, tells racist jokes etc. that is just embarrassingly wrong. There is a huge swathe of society that finds that kind of behavior repulsive. You have a choice, retreat to the nineteenth century and swap racist jokes with your racist friends, or join civilization.

  26. Todd says

    Even Olivia Pope can’thelp Paula Dean now. She’s dug herself a nice deep hole and no amount of good southern cooking is going to save her now.

  27. says

    This is just so stupid….if everyone was fired for something they once said that was wrong or stupid, there would be 100% unemployment.
    But, I suppose that is One Way to get rid of all the politicians.
    This just takes PC to the Extreme. We’ve all said things we regret in our lives…so what?!
    ^^X^^

  28. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    NORTHERN CAUCASIAN-LIBERALS LOVE TO RIDICULE SOUTHERN CAUCASIANS IN THIS TYPE OF SITUATION, WHILE REFUSING TO UNDERSTAND SOUTHERN CULTURE. Paula Deen HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. SOUTHERN NEGROES UNDERSTAND PEOPLE LIKE, Ms. Deen. THIS IS A FAKE SCANDAL DEVISED BY RACE-BAITERS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  29. Frank says

    @David Hearne Ummmmm, I believe that the woman that suing Paula Deen is white. Chew on that one for a bit. Also, after reading these comments, I’m left wondering about the kind of people some of you are keeping company with. I mean you would really feel comfortable listening to someone wax nostalgic about having n*&&ers dressed in white suits catering their wedding like blacks in a Shirley Temple movie? (her words) Well I guess I have the answer to why some gay men feel so comfortable openly spouting off borderline racist comments out at the bars.

  30. Frank says

    @CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON The fact that you used the term “Southern Negros” leads me to believe that you aren’t one, which also leads me to believe that you are not qualified to speak with any authority on what “Negros” believe southern or otherwise.

  31. Brian1 says

    @Frank,

    His name is Christopher Allen Horton. He types the same garbage all over the internet, so many times that he’s partially copied over his name. You will soon get the privilege of an all caps diatribe from him, which will make no sense. And he will also say, wrongly, that I must be a young person because only young people note his fondness for capitals.

  32. *****overtxbyVann says

    I still love Paula Deen. She was born in the south long before the military services of the United States were integrated. She was born in the south when Plessy v Ferguson was still the law of the land. She was born in the south when a Negro males could be castrated and hung for whistling at a white woman. She grew up in the south when walking down the street she would hear Negro people lived in the flat, or across the tracks, or in Ni–er Town and every town had one. She grew up in the south that was lynching colored men by mobs screaming about ni–ers and when white boys were riding in the backs of trucks and using Ni–er shooters to fire marbles at young black kids walking home from the movies where the colored people sat upstairs in the back of the theater. She grew up in a society in which there were no colored kids in school and colored bathrooms were most often a privy behind a business and no one was going to let those little jigs darken the school house door,or the water fountain, or the restroom. If they were provided any education, it was with the cast off desks and school books from the white schools that had just gotten all new stuff. My father and his Masonic Lodge buddies were still pulling this separate but equal crap in 1962 in the slow down in implementation of Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, 1954 in TX. She would have been a teenager when all the epithets and racial slurs would have been flying from nearly every mouth in the south and hearing all the N-references to a population that had not even attained Black Status at the time. A different time and place and a different society. This woman has been hit broadside with all this hatred and reverse racism because of having grown up in the middle of the Civil Rights movement in the south. She has learned and changed and apologized for being reared in a society which by 1965 had to send in Federal Troops to enforce voting laws and desegregate the schools. It is my belief that her struggle to provide a living for her boys and working with black people and eventually African-Americans and having African-American customers in her restaurant has taught her that there are certain things that one once said that are no longer acceptable. She should not be hung out to dry by her former fans like the Dixie Chicks were because of having grown up in a different time period and a different society. I think that the Food Network has jumped the gun with getting rid of her and the haters are going to do their best to do their worst. Our society can not allow a grandmotherly lady to work on redemption but we will accept bad behavior from basketball rapists, and boxing rapists, and serial adulterers, football players that murder their teammates, but we are going to allow the media and the ignorant to destroy this talented lady for doing nothing more than 50 million other people from Florida to Washington D.C. and Savannah to Central Texas have done without nary a peep. Hell, in Texas there are people still setting gay people on fire. Is that the next thing that someone is going to want to do to this wonderful lady or will society simply settle to ruin her financially, socially, and by drowning her in politically correct outrage for actions taught her for 45 of her 66 years. If I could be assured that I could walk into her restaurant and give her a hug, I would be packing up for a road trip tomorrow. PS, I would get a bowl of peach cobbler and ask for a pat of butter on it while it was still warm and inject an extra 30 units of Novolog.

  33. Jorge Hernandez says

    He (or she) who hasn’t used the word, let them cast the first stone. PERIOD. We are all racist to a certain point. It is in how we live our lives that we should be judged. I am a so called “spick” and I have used racist words at other races when I have lashed out in anger. Am I a racist, NO. Have I used words that I should not have, ABSOLUTELY FU389NG YES. This woman was raised in the South when using these words were the norm, and now we expect her to lie in a deposition. I challenge ANYONE to go under oath and say that they have never used a racist word in anger at another person of a different race, creed or color. Everyday in traffic, I probably swear at someone of another ethnicity on their driving habits.
    I dare anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Frank says

    @Jorge Hernandez Ugh. If you can’t think of anything to say when you’re angry other than to hurl racists slurs, then yes that makes you a racist. Stop trying to justify your issues by calming that everyone does it. No, eveyone doesn’t! Really! Stop. It’s pathetic.

  35. Kris says

    I have met Paula several times and she is a very nice person. She is a friend of the gays. In fact one of her managers just floats thru the room rather than walking. When planning theme parties you do whatever the customer will buy. This is just the press wanting something to talk about. This is just a sweet ol Southern Belle.

  36. Bill says

    Honestly, I feel sorry for the woman. Of course using the “N-word” is utterly inexcusable – but I’m from the south, I know these people.
    I seriously doubt she harbors any deep anger, hatred or racism against anyone. Having lived in New York and the south both I find southerners, both black and white, much more comfortable with each other as a rule. And yes, familiarity sometimes breeds bad manners and presumption. (Can we not use our own families as examples?) I say cut her some slack – she’s hardly satan – lesson learned Paula Deen Zip it girl!

  37. JimH says

    Where is Oprah? Aren’t Paula & Oprah friends? It would be interesting to see/hear what Oprah has to say about the whole issue and would make a stunning interview.

  38. David Hearne says

    To Dave : Well pin a rose on you.

    To Brian : Some people use the nword and live and work around black people. Some people would NEVER! use the nword, and live in “Safe neighborhoods with good schools”.

    What the hell do you think “safe neighborhood and good schools” means?

  39. Brian1 says

    David,

    You are really becoming unhinged on this racist stuff. Why is it so important to you (and Jorge and all the other racists) to believe that everyone is a racist? When I’m angry at someone I have a whole bunch of words that spring to mind, but racial epithets never do. When someone cuts you off on the road, or ruins your day in countless different ways, why do you care about their race first and foremost? They’re a holes or some variation of fu k etc, all of them regardless of their race. I know you’ll say they did it first in your oft repeated story of the blacks and your bike ride. Knowing what a proud racist you are I can´t believe you didn’t provoke it, but whatever. In 99 percent of the cases it’s just jerks behaving badly and we have plenty of words to address the situation. Put your racist vocabulary to rest. And while you’re at it, that racist dictionary you mentioned with photos of various kinds of blacks and their respective racial epithets? That’s gotta go too. Baby steps, David…

  40. Will says

    Feeling a little sorry for Paula at this point. While I reject the language that she admits to using, she does seem truly apologetic, and seems to have learned a very hard lesson. She’s just a cook and an entertainer, not a saint, and I feel like people ought to get a little bit of slack for occasionally being stupid or thoughtless.

  41. David Hearne says

    Brian1 – Tell me what the most obvious commonality of “safe neighborhood” and ” good (public) schools” is.

    Tell me where you live and why. When I lived in SF I lived in the majority black neighborhood around Alamo Square. I understand that it has since reverted to being white. The people I most often encounter who claim to never even think racist words are generally much higher up the hill than where I lived, or cloistered in the all white (except for select blacks and high end Asians) neighborhoods.

  42. David Hearne says

    Why is it so important to you (and Jorge and all the other racists) to believe that everyone is a racist?

    Posted by: Brian1

    Because they are.

    Being racist is not simply determined by the words you use. It’s about the things you do; like where you choose to live.

  43. David Hearne says

    Rexford – Unlike the food you see on every other cooking show which is floating in butter, olive oil, or a sauce? Face it, few healthy foods are also delicious except for avocados, bananas, pineapples, and grapes.

    After years of working in restaurants and being asked by people who have never worked in restaurants “What do restaurants do to make the (insert food here) taste so good?” My response is that as a rule they either dip it in oil, rub it with salt, or in the case of a “great steak (which I maintain is a social construct) ” both.

  44. Brian1 says

    David,

    I don’t know why you’re going on about safe schools. I don’t have kids, I could give a crap about the neighborhood schools. And I don’t know the phrase you keep using “safe neighborhood and good schools” or something. You’re trying to use it against me but I have no idea why. You’re just arguing with yourself.

    Apart from regurgitating that phrase, your point seems to be there are two types of people, those that hate people of color, and those that don’t know any. It’s such an idiotic stance that it’s not worth debating.

  45. David Hearne says

    Brian1 – “safe neighborhood” and “good (public) schools” are the standard brag for qualifying properties on the market. If you will look at higher priced homes in any given market, the listing agent will brag of “safe neighborhood” and “good schools”. These terms may not always be used as code for “few blacks” but they do always correspond to “few blacks”.

    Moving right along, in reading more about this case, Lisa Jackson is clearly trying to shake down Paula and her Brother and if the judge has ever worked in a restaurant he’ll probably literally laugh Jackson out of the court room. Part of the complaint was that Bubba Hier in his role as restaurant owner was obnoxious and over bearing. Funny stuff.

  46. Brian1 says

    @David,

    AFter a scan of the NY Times real estate ads, I can confirm that what you’re stating as fact is unsurprisingly not true.

    And in an extremely rare case of agreement, the case on the face of it seems pretty weak, irrespective of Paula’s racism.

  47. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    “Frank,”

    I WAS BORN IN RURAL NORTHERN-MISSISSIPPI (1966). AND, MY MATERNAL GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WAS CAUCASIAN. [She died when I was ten]. SO, “Frank,” I UNDERSTAND THE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS BETWEEN SOUTHERN- CAUCASIANS AND NEGROES.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  48. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    “Frank,”

    MONTHS AGO, MANY Towleroaders CLAIMED THEY WERE NOT RACISTS; BUT, WHEN I TYPED [sic], “Only white gay kids commit suicide,” Towleroaders CALLED ME AN “angry black troll.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  49. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    “JimH,”

    Oprah Winfrey WOULD NOT TOUCH Paula Deen’s situation; CAUCASIANS ARE STILL MAD AT HER FOR THE “Mad Cow-Beef Scandal.” Ms. Winfrey IS TRYING TOO HARD TO NOT BE EXPOSED AS, lesbian.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  50. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    Andy Towle,

    I JUST MADE A SUPPORTIVE COMMENT TO “David Hearne,” WHICH YOU DELETED. IT SEEMS YOU WANT TO MAKE ME LOOK FOOLISH. SO, FAIR-MINDED Towleroaders, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MY MIND, READ MY COMMENTARY AT Personal Liberty Digest AND Global Dispatch.

    BY-THE-WAY, Mr. Towle, YOU ARE FREE TO DELETE THIS COMMENT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  51. Zeta says

    “Frank,”

    MONTHS AGO, MANY Towleroaders CLAIMED THEY WERE NOT RACISTS; BUT, WHEN I TYPED [sic], “Only white gay kids commit suicide,” Towleroaders CALLED ME AN “angry black troll.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 23, 2013 3:07:47 AM

    I thought American white and American black kids committed suicide in different ways. Besides, black kids don’t need help committing suicide. There are more than enough roadblocks in the way, it’s a wonder the black suicide rate isn’t higher.

    I guess we don’t hear about the black suicide rate, and why it happens, because white suicides are considered more tragic and something society should prevent? While black suicides are something society is relieved about?

    Or is it something else?

  52. Frank says

    @CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON Oooo, you make my head hurt. I don’t care where you grew up. You’re aren’t black so please stop trying to claim you know what goes on inside the heads of black people. Enough already.

  53. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    “Zeta,”

    I ASSUME YOU WERE NOT HERE MONTHS AGO. MY POINT WAS, NEGRO CHILDREN HAVE NO NEED TO COMMIT SUICIDE BECAUSE NEGRO PARENTS UNDERSTAND WHEN THEIR CHILDREN TURN EIGHTEEN, THEY WILL BE FORCED TO DEAL WITH CAUCASIAN BIAS “HEAD-ON.” IN MOST CASES, HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT “ON-THE-TABLE.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  54. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    “Frank,”

    MANY Towleroaders HAVE ALREADY TYPED I HAVE A “BIG FOOTPRINT” ON THE INTERNET. SO, Google MY NAME AND READ MY COMMENTARY ON RACE; THEN, DECIDE IF THAT COMMENTARY COULD HAVE BEEN MADE BY A CAUCASIAN MALE. ALTHOUGH I SUPPORT White Supremacy, THAT DOES NOT GUARANTEE I AM CAUCASIAN.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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