Towleroad Talking Points: Deen, Weiner and a Mormon Mom

Paula-deen-apologyBY SAM GREISMAN

A look back at today's top stories


Celebrity chef (and butter enthusiast) Paula Deen released two videos today begging for public forgiveness for her ridiculous racism. We shall see if anyone listens. A congressman from Georgia wants schools to drill gender stereotypes into children's heads early in life so no one ends up being gay. A blogger who made a name for himself by outing prominent anti-gay lawmakers says that he knows of three anti-gay members of Congress who are gay; one of whom he is planning to out. 

Anthony Weiner has finally addressed his lack of outrage over a voter telling him that Christine Quinn is a "dyke" but is it too little too late? A bunch of anti-gay activists have signed a letter pledging to defy any pro-gay Supreme Court rulings. The Orthodox Church in the tiny country of Moldova has banned pro-gay government officials from taking communion and things aren't much better state side in North Carolina where death row inmates can now legally be discriminated against because of their race




The Disney Channel has announced a major milestone with the inclusion of a lesbian couple in an episode of one of their shows. Also Snooki really wants to have a little gay son



A new documentary premiering at an LGBT film festival in San Francisco documents people from diverse backgrounds coming to terms with family members being gay, including the very moving story of a Mormon mom who supported Prop 8 until her perspective was changed by her gay teenage son. And during a pre-Wimbledon event Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov (the boyfriend of Maria Sharapova) staged a strip-tease contest

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  1. good riddance to racist paula

    she should have been laughed into obscurity back when she claimed using 2 glazed donuts as a bun for a hamburger was southern cooking

    southern food is ocra, corn bread, beans, greens, fried chicken, etc

    No southern dog let alone person would eat a hamburger between 2 glazed donuts

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 21, 2013 11:31:21 PM

  2. I cant hate Paula. She said something that she seemed sorry for and I dont think its worth getting fired over. Oh well, I guess she'll just have to try to live off the 20 mil she's made.

    Posted by: Frank | Jun 22, 2013 12:18:52 AM

  3. Seems like a big deal over very little. Sounded like she said something stupid and learned from it. Shes an old woman from the south, dont kid yourself that nobody else is saying it.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 22, 2013 12:21:03 AM

  4. This is overblown and reporting on it is characterising it in an incredibly biased way. Read the deposition (the testimony all of this hype is based off of).

    Paula Deen can recall saying the n-word one time to her husband. Don't kid yourself and think that this is out of the ordinary for a woman of her age and from our part of the country. She was honest about it. Almost everyone else from that era in the south has probably said the word in some context before. She's not lying to our face about it. Seeing tweets coming from people in the rap industry disparaging her for it (and hasing it as PaulasBestDishes) ring pretty hollow when so much of that music is completely without cultural value because of its sexist nature that also glories drug use, violence in general, and violence against women in particular so endemically.

    There are ZERO documented instances of her actually discriminating against anyway based on their race or other characteristic. Does no one focus on that? That she's not the one being accused of fostering a negative work environment in this entire lawsuit? No.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 22, 2013 4:00:23 AM

  5. With reference to Paula Deen, what happens, happens, however, I do ask everyone to look at your lifetime have you ever, I mean ever, used a 'slur' about another group, or used a 'slur' as a reference? I have never, ever, met anyone who hasn't. How many gays have used the "f" word, how many blacks have used the "n" word. Whoopie Goldberg once stated on "The View" that she could use the "n" word because she was black, but anyone who isn't black, can't. Wanda Sykes said the same thing. Look at Chris Rock. However, it is not reciprocal...think about can say anything about white people, straights, etc., and not be 'tagged' as a bigot. While I find all slurs inappropriate, I myself am not totally innocent. If a slur is regularly used abusively, that is a different story, but a blurt, and no history of bigotry, let it friggin' go!

    Posted by: CB | Jun 22, 2013 5:54:55 AM

  6. ....Look, I get that it's your prerogative not to disseminate antipathetic viewpoints, but the fact that you've chosen to filter prior comments chiding your turning on Anthony Wiener really makes me wonder how many other people have had antipathetic opinions without your posting them to this site.

    Posted by: RJ S | Jun 22, 2013 8:34:45 AM

  7. I don't like Quinn, even if she is "family". She's on the side of the large corporations and not the people. She has single handedly blocked a simple vote on mandatory sick pay for all workers in New York City for years. New Yorkers don't need Quinn for mayor.

    If you live in New York City, please vote for Anthony Weiner.

    Posted by: Bryan | Jun 22, 2013 8:53:06 AM

  8. Adam, Jerry - I think there is something more going on than Paula admitting to using racial slurs in her past. My guess is there is evidence that contradicts her testimony in her deposition or there is knowledge of other behavior. I cannot imagine someone getting fired for admitting saying ugly things and then emphatically explaining they are no longer that person. Remember, Paula Deen's credibility (rightfully or not) took a ding with the diabetic drug endorsement. I think her biggest mistake (besides this PR debacle) was not settling. Good Lord, if you admit in deposition to wanting a plantation style wedding for your brother with African American men dressed as house slaves, it is best to keep that under wraps! LOLs.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Jun 22, 2013 9:06:02 AM

  9. The thing about Paula that I find most disturbing has more to do with the Food Network's reaction. They are well within their right to terminate her contract - I get that. However about a year ago when Guy Fieri's homophobia/homophobic comments were made public nothing was done to him. So the message I am taking away from this situation is that racism is not tolerated at the Food Network, but homophobia is A-OK. Good to know...

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 22, 2013 9:06:04 AM

  10. This whole Paula Deen thing is being blown way out of proportion.

    So many of the queens over at JMG are yelling BIGOT when honestly, the most racist group of people I have ever come across are gay men, especially the bear crowd.

    Posted by: ArkArk | Jun 22, 2013 9:30:29 AM

  11. Uhm people

    per the deposition it wasn't just what she said

    She also wanted to hire an all african american staff and dress them up as slaves to serve white folks

    ^ is being skipped over by the paula defenders because ^ is indefensible

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 22, 2013 11:19:52 AM

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