I did not see her apology, and I don't know that much about the case. I'm trying not jumping to conclusions but it's difficult. I think this is a case of the media sticking it's nose in before it should have. If Paula Deen made remarks when she was younger and changed her ways a long time ago, that is one thing;if she is guilty as charged as the the lawsuit claims, then she should have been fired, and she should never see the light of day again. As is, things got out of hand rather quickly and it's hard to tell what's what when so called mainstream media acts like paparazzi.
I am disappointed in Paula for telling the truth to the courts. She used the word to her husband in their bedroom, when describing her day, where she was held up at the bank where she worked. She says she was describing him.
I am disappointed in the way we were raised in the deep south. We were told over and over again not to lie. If she had not been raised that way, she might not be in this mess.
I am disappointed that we heard the n word at an early age. Do you know that one of our favorite rhymes had the N word in it? We had no idea what we were saying, until an adult set us straight. Most of my grammar school friends had never met a black child, because stupidly, we lived in different neighborhoods, and went to different schools.
I was lucky, we had a black housekeeper, and her granddaughter came to work with her during the summer, so we became play mates. She said it along with the rest of us, because it wasn't directed at her, it was to decide who would go first. I would have died before I hurt her.
I am disappointed in the Food Network, and now Smithfield Hams. I know why they turned their backs on Paula, but it makes me sad to know why.
I am disappointed that even though it is a very hurtful word, you can turn on any Hip Hop station and hear it a hundred times an hour. Why is it so hurtful for a southern white woman to say it, but it can make millions for black artists to say it? Is it hurtful or not?
The biggest disappointment is all the people who will be hurt over the loss of income of Paula, who might not be able to do as much as she does right now. Do you think for a minute people, including the media have bothered to check out ALL the charities she supports? From feeding the children, to the elderly, to the homeless.
What also disappoints is why does it become so important to bring a people down, who have worked so hard to make something of themselves?
Paula Deen wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She worked hard, and made it on her own.
AS I said, I am disappointed.
Of course I will forgive her, if she will forgive me for saying the same thing in describing the man that killed my son.
Damn, It's that southern thing again. We just can't tell a lie.
The N word is wrong. It was used to describe a group of people that were perceived to be lazy, dirty, and second class. None of that is true, and should once and for all, be taken from our minds, and hearts.
My heart goes out to Paula. She can make due with the money she has earned, but nothing will bring back her reputation that for years was spotless.
Paula Deen should have invoked the Fifth Amendment e
Paula Deen should have invoked the Fifth Amendment before she got into this jam. She put herself in the hole with her own self-incriminating statement which she didn't have to do.
She should have been smart like Lois Lerner.
The Internal Revenue Service official who first disclosed that the agency had targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny. She invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to testify at a House hearing on the agency’s actions.
Ms Deen should have used the same statment as Ms Lerner did.
“I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws.”
Certainly the statements she made about the help she would like to hire for her brother's birthday party didn't help. There were comments made outside of her deposition and in the media that got her. Terrible comments. When you look at the totality of her statements I can see why people especially African Americans are upset.
Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but names can never hurt me? Nawwwww.
Names can hurt and aggravate race relations. I don't know where these
singers and celebrities who sling around the n and f words have there minds. My solution is to ignore them. You can't argue with idiots.
Because she has so many endorsement and product lines out there, it does give the apppearance of "everybody" jumping on the band wagon..it would not be said, if she had 2 or 3...this happens to other celebrities when they are in pr situations..they drop like flies...
Her errors in judgement,and insensitivity, have placed her in this position.
For the record, I like her, have watched her,and used her recipes. The lack of realizing she has been insensitive to me,
Ending her interview with... I is what I is, a punchline to a racial joke, was appalling. At this point, she is her own worst enemy.
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I'm confused as to why she is seeking counsel from Jessie Jackson. Is it because he was a part of the Civil Rights Movement. I understand she also hired a Image firm. Best for her to just to take some steps back from the media and let things cool off.
The Jesse Jackson move was a bad one to take. I guess the notion is if Jackson declares her rehabilitated after his guidance (which I'm sure is costing her a pretty penny) that it will somehow mean she is exonerated and all is well again.
Yes, she needs to go into a self-imposed exile for a while and stop being a news story. Do the Greta Garbo routine. That would be how I'd handle it.
The idea that she was fired for one comment made years ago is probably not right. I say probably because the Food Network isn't saying, but I would have fired her. Did anybody read her depostion? Pornography? Actors playing slaves at a wedding for atmosphere? She said this NOW, not years ago.
No entertainment company needs that! Sheesh, isn't that obvious?
Yes I read several things that were said. Some media reports are saying that she made a disparaging statement one time and in private. Well if you read and follow the news you are aware of recent statements.
Truck Cruiser, it's coming out that it wasn't years ago. That's the problem here. If she said something 30 years ago and amended her ways there would not be a problem now. That's just the problem...people think that it was 30 years ago. If the woman is a flaming racist now then do you think is's all right for her to continue as is?
My understanding is that the statements she made was 27 years ago. Is it okay for her to be a racist today? I guess if she wants to she can, this is a free country after all, but from my understanding, she is not a racist.
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That's what the mess is about. If she made the statements nearly three decades ago and amended her ways, then she should be forgiven and people need to move on. The problem is that it's looking like she is a racist today..in her workplace, and that is why she was fired from the Food Net Work and is being dropped like a fly from her other contracts. If it's true, they certainly have the right to drop her. If she wants to be a racist she can be...but that does not mean the people who employ or contract with her have to support her views.
I personally think the media jumped the gun...but then so did she when she opened her mouth.
If you Youtube Paula Deen you will get a better view of the statements she has made. There is plenty of material out there where she is saying some pretty horrible things. I don't think you can take those in stride.