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Published On: Thu, Jun 20th, 2013

Paula Deen racist details emerge as jokes and ‘slaves’ at a wedding

Paula Deen has come under fire for allegedly using racial slurs in the past, but according to her lawyer, she’s not a racist.

“Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable,” her lawyer, Bill Franklin, told ABC News in a prepared statement. “She is looking forward to her day in court.”

The celebrity chef and her brother are being sued for racial and sexual discrimination by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of their restaurant.  

According to The Associated Press, in a court deposition filed Monday in federal court, Jackson’s attorney asked Deen, 66, if she’d ever used the N-word. She allegedly responded, “Yes, of course.”

Deen reportedly added that she likely used the derogatory term decades ago, when a black man put a gun to her head during a bank robbery.

In terms of telling racist jokes, Paula said, “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”

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.”

 Photo screenshot Deen appearing on Leno Show: http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2012/10/27/on-leno-you-wont-believe-what-paula-deen-used-to-eat/

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  1. Fans support Paula Deen by mailing butter wrappers to retailers, ‘Butter for Paula’ - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] The campaign dubbed “Butter for Paula’’ is encouraging Deen supporters to mail cleaned and folded butter wrappers to companies like Food Network, Home Depot and Walgreens, in protest over their decisions to sever ties with the celebrity chef in the controversy involving her admission of her past use of racial slurs. […]

  2. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN CAUCASIAN SOUTHERN-CUISINE AND NEGRO SOUL-FOOD. FOR EXAMPLE, CAUCASIANS PREFER VEGETABLES WHICH ARE CRISP AND RETAIN THEIR COLOR AND NUTRIENTS; ON THE OTHER HAND, NEGROES PREFER VEGETABLES WHICH ARE TENDER AND RELY ON PORK FAT TO INTENSIFY FLAVOR. Paula Deen HAS A BUFFET-STYLE RESTAURANT – WHICH FOCUSES ON SOUTHERN CUISINE – AT Harrah’s Casino IN TUNICA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI [A THIRTY-MINUTE DRIVE FROM, MEMPHIS]. Ms. Deen SEEMS TO BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVES AN ABUNDANCE OF BUTTER GUARANTEES FLAVORFUL FOOD. I THINK THE FOOD AT Ms. Deen’s restaurant IS AWFUL; AND, LOOKING AT THE REGULARLY LOW VOLUME OF DINERS WHEN I VISIT Harrah’s, MANY OTHERS AGREE.

    NOW, IN THE SOUTH, RACIAL JOKES ARE NO BIG DEAL. FOOD-SERVICE JOBS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A RELIABLE SOURCE OF EMPLOYMENT FOR NEGROES. IF THE RESTAURANT IS UPSCALE, IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE FOR WAITERS TO BE DRESSED IN DINNER-JACKETS AND BOW-TIES. [I wear bow-ties; I am tired of people thinking negative things about Negro males who wear bow-ties].

    Ms. Deen HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG. THIS ARTICLE IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN UNCOMFORTABLE WITH NEGROES HAVING JOBS WHICH ENTAIL WAITING ON THE PERSONAL NEEDS OF CAUCASIANS. BUT, IT IS QUITE EASY FOR THESE RIDICULERS TO BE HYPOCRITICAL – FOOD-SERVICE JOBS DO NOT REQUIRE A COLLEGE EDUCATION; AND, THEY ARE RELATIVELY STRESS-FREE. [The types of jobs many Negroes like].

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  3. Tinytoes says:

    Is this supposed to be a surprise?

  4. Paula Deen N-word controversy: Will Food Network cut ties? – Los Angeles Times | News Time says:

    […] Paula Deen says 'of course' she has used the N-word, but it was …ABA JournalThe Global Dispatch -ABC Newsall 46 news […]

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