Post # 1
Well Im happy to hear this. I dont care what anyone says. You know my husband and I met her once. We were in Savannah while my husband was stationed in Georgia.
I had always wanted to go to her restaurant. My husband only had a few hours to spare before he and the others had to be back to the field. So my husband and myself along with several soldiers, black, white, hispanic and korean, wives and children and all went in to eat. It was one of those rare times where she was actually there. We came in and after we were seated, she personally came and took our orders. She chatted with all of us. Told the soldiers that she was so proud of them for what they did, and she personally thanked the spouses for their sacrifice as well. When it came time to pay she would have none of it.
We never even saw a ticket. No one else in the restaurant knew we didnt pay. She didnt broadcast it. She just did something really nice for some weary soldiers and their families.
Now I know she admitted to using the N word 27 years ago after being robbed by a black man, but you can never tell what might come out of your mouth while under duress and having a gun waved in your face.
Post # 3
idk i don’t think that’s a word that just comes out of your mouth regardless of situation if you’re not already thinking it
Post # 4
I like Paula Deen. What they put her through was bs. As if no one else in this world has ever said a bad word.
Post # 5
Its a shame how the media crucified her before they had all the facts. She has lost millions in endorsements, she was dropped by her sponsors all because a woman wanted to earn some quick money. I have a few questions for the accuser.
If you were sexually harrassed and had racial slurs made to then why did you continue to work there for five years?
Why have no black employees come forward to claim that Paula Deen and her brother made racial slurs and sexually harassed people.
If Paula Deen was truly racist, would she actually hire black people.
The accuser should now be counter sued for bringing a frivolous lawsuit and for slander.
Post # 6
Actually she admitted to using the word since then with enough frequency that she can’t even recall when and how often she said it, but it was probably said in jest while telling jokes about black people and not using the word in earnest. Also the whole bit about her planning a plantantion themed wedding with black people dressed up as slaves is pretty horrifying. Really, most of the deposition is pretty cringeworthy, I’m not sure if you’ve read it.
Glad she paid for you dinner once though? That makes up for it for sure.
Post # 7
I am sorry but as an African American, who happened to love Paula Deen, incidence other incidences that caused her to get into the situation whe was in. Se just didn’t call someone the N-word, she also perpetuated racial stereotypes.
it is sad that people support those types of mistakes. It is like saying a certain group of people can be abused and are worth nothing. To some people a nigger is just a nigger, not a person or a group of people with a rich hertiage. I am glad she is dealing with the consequences of her actions.
Post # 8
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Post # 10
It happened thirty fucking years ago. If we all had to be held accountable for what we did three decades ago, we’d all be in a world of hurt. Say one N-related word, you’re racist. But “whitey” and “cracker” are totally a-okay.
I’m not particularly fond of Paula Deen for many reasons, but I think this whole case was bullshit.
Post # 11
Paula Deen makes some really good food. I’ve used a number of her recipes. I haven’t read the deposition, so I really can’t comment on racist or not, but I like her cooking.
Post # 12
@Hyperventilate: This, this, and this.
Post # 13
I can’t take the ‘n word as an insult’ seriously until everyone stops saying it. When a multi platinum selling rapper can write 2 consecutive songs without using that word maybe then i’ll believe people really do get offended by it.
Post # 14
Actually I have read the transcript and she said that she did use the N word, but it was such a long time ago she wasnt sure what the context was or when it was. Thats not the same as saying it so many times she doesnt remember the frequency of using the word. It means that years and years ago she probably said it a couple of times. Then she goes on to say that times have changed and she raised her sons to never use that word in a cruel or mean way.
Please dont point out the inflammatory parts of a deposition without following through with her whole answer.
As to the plantation wedding…She wasnt stating she wanted to throw one. She said, she had attended a wedding years before with her husband where the gentleman who were black wore black tie and tails and served people and it was beautiful. Not because they were black but because they were so professional.
Again you only mention the inflammatory parts but not the context of it. She was describing an event she had been to nearly 40 years before.
Also I dont hear any black employees screaming that she is a racist and they havent filed suit either.
Post # 15
@Hyperventilate: Really, if you read the deposition it has nothing to do with that specific incedent. She’s also admitted to using it many times since then, along with saying a huge slew of other very racist things. That was just one of many things she admitted to, I’m not sure why people are so hung up on it.
Post # 16
I’ve said things that I am ashamed of and wish I could take back.
Good thing I’m not held accountable for them the rest of my life.