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http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/paula-deen-admits-racist-testimony-report-article-1.1377309

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/06/paula-deen-racist-jokes-deposition/

In the three-hour deposition given May 17, the 66-year-old cook was asked if Deen had ever used the N-word.

"Yes, of course," she replied, according to testimony.

Perhaps most damning for the butter-loving mogul, who recently came out with her own line of spreads at Walmart, the Enquirer claims that Deen wanted to use a "slave motif" at her brother's 2007 wedding

Deen said she got the idea from another restaurant at which the couple dined. Said Deen, per the Enquirer: "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.

And when asked if she wanted black men to play the role of slaves at a wedding she explained she got the idea from a restaurant her husband and her had dined at saying, “The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.

“I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women…I would say they were slaves.”

During the deposition, Bubba also made shocking admissions, including using the N-word in reference to President Barack Obama.

Food Network Responds To Paula Deen’s Racial Comments

The Food Network has issued a statement responding to racial comments one of its star chefs, Paula Deen, made in deposition she gave for a discrimination suit against her and other defendants.
"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," a Food Network spokeswoman said.

I used to like watching her show too. So over this fat, greasy, diabetes ridden woman. SMH.

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Food Network is not going to get rid of her. I can't stand her. The Paula's Best Dishes trend was on fire yesterday. It was funny as hell yet sad at the same time.

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I am not surprised. I don't see the Food Network getting rid of her either. I expect that she will apology "if" her words offended anyone and get on with her wealthy life.

She sounds kind of delusional. Who says this kind of stuff?

Lots and lots of white people in this country, when they are in each other's company or in private.

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I'm mostly surprised she said as much as she did. I guess she's one of those people who thinks racist comments are OK if they're done as a joke. The problem is this is only funny to the person telling the racist 'joke'. And saying, essentially, "Hey I'm going to repeat those funny comments black people make to each other, slurs are OK in that context," is...really something special.

What disturbs me is that even though she denied it, it's difficult for me to believe that this environment was not all over this restaurant, and it must have been very oppressive.

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I'm mostly surprised she said as much as she did. I guess she's one of those people who thinks racist comments are OK if they're done as a joke. The problem is this is only funny to the person telling the racist 'joke'. And saying, essentially, "Hey I'm going to repeat those funny comments black people make to each other, slurs are OK in that context," is...really something special.

What disturbs me is that even though she denied it, it's difficult for me to believe that this environment was not all over this restaurant, and it must have been very oppressive.

Yup.

This has always bothered me but it wasnt until i entered my mid 20s i became comfortable enough calling friends out on their comments and ending the friendship if they didnt stop.

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Lots and lots of white people in this country, when they are in each other's company or in private.

I'm sure that's true, but I'm white and it's been a good 20 years, since I've heard anyone talk like that even in private. I find it pretty shocking.

I did have an acquaintance once who went on about minorities milking the welfare system. Meanwhile it was well known that he had 5 kids and was on SNAP, while making a decent income under the table. blink.png It was pretty surreal.

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I have some relatives who have this view, relatives I rarely see or deal with, but I would hope that someone who has money, power, and privilege would educate themselves to move beyond this type of view. And you will usually hear, "Well it's the South," or, "Well, it's Georgia," but this woman is a huge industry across the country. She's supposed to represent the best of the South. Not the idea that being white and Southern means you automatically have a nostalgic view of slavery or that you can't understand why racial slurs or racist jokes are bad. That's not true.

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I have some relatives who have this view, relatives I rarely see or deal with, but I would hope that someone who has money, power, and privilege would educate themselves to move beyond this type of view. And you will usually hear, "Well it's the South," or, "Well, it's Georgia," but this woman is a huge industry across the country. She's supposed to represent the best of the South. Not the idea that being white and Southern means you automatically have a nostalgic view of slavery or that you can't understand why racial slurs or racist jokes are bad. That's not true.

I've never thought that about her. She's always given me a bad vibe. I haven't trusted her since the diabetes issue. Not because I blame anyone for getting sick. It just seemed shady to me that she didn't tell people sooner given her job and the sort of food she was promoting.

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I've never thought that about her. She's always given me a bad vibe. I haven't trusted her since the diabetes issue. Not because I blame anyone for getting sick. It just seemed shady to me that she didn't tell people sooner given her job and the sort of food she was promoting.

I never have either, but I think that's her role on the Food Network, it was part of her role when she'd show up in places like Oprah, the Oprah magazines, her own magazines, etc. She was a face for Southern cooking and some image of a Southern lady. And that bothers me because she has done nothing to live up to that. She is, at best, if you believe her denials, a party to all kinds of casual racism and prejudice that she writes off as no big deal. I think it's shameful. It would be shameful even if she was just living in a shack by the Interstate, but being in the position she's in, she should have known better.

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I do think that this is a combination of region, background, and age. It is not that some white people up north do not talk this way, but rather they are far more discrete as they are aware of the possible negative consquences. Deen is from the south and is at age where these comments were made commonly. Plus, she is wealthy enough that she feels insulated from any consequences about her attitudes.

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What disturbed me most was her acting as if the era of slavery was some big, grand Shirley Temple movie when in reality it involved the humiliation, degradation, and rape of fellow human beings.

Also her former employee claims Paula made the black employees use a bathroom in back while the white employees could use the customer bathrooms. :o And this was in 2005?!

Is Paula Deen the highest rated show on Food Network?

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Food Network is not going to get rid of her. I can't stand her. The Paula's Best Dishes trend was on fire yesterday. It was funny as hell yet sad at the same time.

I saw those. Some were funny, some I had to shake my head at.

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