Paula Deen is being accused of being a racist. She has been dropped from every endorsement deal she has had. Its really sad. This whole situation started because of a lawsuit that began in 2012. A disgruntled employee had filed a complaint against Paula Deen and her brother Bubba. She (meaning the employee) claimed she was sexually harassed and discriminated against.
I've read all the claims that have been said about her through every social media outlet, blogger site, and news. Here's one from HelloBeautiful.com:
The southern wedding bit also false!
This quote is wrong! This absolutely bogus. Its not what she said. Here is an excerpt from her deposition, what she really said:
The deposition Deen gave on May 17, taken by Atlanta attorney Matthew Billips and filed June 17, was in preparation for trial of the Jackson case before U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr.
“Have you ever used the ‘N’ word yourself?” Billips asked.
“Yes, of course,” Deen responded, referring to the fact it happened in reference to a black man who put a gun to her head during a bank robbery where she worked.
“Have you used it since then?”
“I’m sure I have, but it’s been a very long time.”
There is no time frame associated with the response.
“Miss Deen, have you ever told racial jokes?”
“No, not racial.”
Deen went on to say the “N” word is not one she used as time passed.
“Things have changed since the ’60s in the South,” she said. “And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior.”
In another exchange, Deen discussed jokes targeting groups, conceding that “most jokes target. ... They usually target, though, a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know. ... I can’t determine what offends another person.”
“And would you consider telling jokes, racial jokes, to be an example of using the ‘N’ word in a way that’s not mean?
“No I wouldn’t — I wouldn’t tell it. ... I mean, that’s not my style.”
Later in the deposition, Deen was questioned about plans for her brother’s wedding and a restaurant she and her husband visited in “Tennessee or North Carolina or somewhere.”
“The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean it was really impressive.
“And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid that somebody would misinterpret.”
She told Billips she would use the word “black” to describe the race of what she called “professional black men doing a fabulous job,” adding, “I don’t usually use African-Americans.”
She went on to testify she had said, “I would love for Bubba to experience a real Southern-style wedding,” referring to the food. Deen denied using the word “n---” to describe the servers.
“Before the Civil War, those black men and women who were waiting on white people were slaves, right?” Billips asked.
“Yes, I would say that they were slaves,” she responded. “But I did not mean anything derogatory by saying I loved their look and their professionalism.”
“Is there any possibility, in your mind, that you slipped and used the word ‘n-----’?”
“No, because that’s not what these men were. They were professional black men doing a fabulous job,” she responded.
When asked about racial harassment, Deen said she thought she would recognize it and said, “We don’t tolerate that.”
Don't believe me read the deposition your self. You have to research everything now a days. Here's the Paula Deen deposition:
Its funny to me with my people. I am an African American and and I wear my skin color proudly. I know that racism exists and I'm fully aware of the world I live in. But you have to also believe that not everyone in the world is that ignorant to people with different views and looks. We as African Americans are ready to crucify this woman for something that I know for sure we just heard our brothers, sisters, cousins, mother and many others say. Some of us have even called each other the n-word. Variation or no variation (ga or ger) on the end it still means the same thing. We repeat it everyday, in our comedy, in our television programs, in our music, or even just in a passing fancy. Not even just African Americans I know for a fact there are Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, etc people who have used the n-word but haven't admitted to it and probably never will. I've heard people call asian chinks, hong kong phooey, I've heard caucasians being called hill billy's, red necks, white trash, crackers, honkys, and I've heard Hispanics being called wetbacks, beaner, border hopper, burrito, and the list goes on and on. These are not things that are said by just opposite races but they are said to people about their own race. Its just sad all the way around. Stop being judgmental unless your prepared to crack the hammer on yourself.
*And another thing Wendy Williams if your really about giving your opinion and being straight forward telling like it is then do your research first. If your hot topics team is good enough they would have found the same deposition I found and would have seen that these racist statements are untrue and honestly just a bunch of BS! But your not about giving your opinion your about drama and juicy gossip so I'm not even mad at you for that cause you never claim to be a true source of information. You just deliver the gossip and your opinion on it. So, that is all!
Below is Paula Deen's interview with Matt Lauer. She defended herself adamantly.