Five reasons Paula Deen deserved to get fired

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I had Paula Deen's back (for the most part) when she finally divulged that she had type II diabetes, but I'm afraid that butter-bump's latest scandal is indefensible.

For those of you not in the butter zone (or on the earth), Deen dipped herself in a deep fryer during a deposition in a discrimination lawsuit that a former employee filed against Deen and her brother Bubba. Deen admitted that she'd condoned racist jokes and tolerated Bubba's porn in the workplace and used racial slurs herself, including "nigger." This admission got her canned from the Food Network like sweet corn; Smithfield Foods dumped her, too, and her deal with QVC might be headed for the ashcan. But Deen deserves no sympathy.

Here are five reasons why Paula Deen deserved to get fired. Bon voyage, queen of butter: Your hardcore fans may be behind you, but I'm stepping off the gravy boat.

See also:
- Why Paula Deen was (accidentally) good for America, if not its waistlines
- Top five reasons to get off Paula Deen's ass already
- Paula Deen sued: $40 million buys a lot of butter

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Paula and Bubba.
5. A little workplace sensitivity goes a long way.
Deen and Bubba are being sued by Lisa Jackson, former general manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House; Jackson says she was the victim of sexual harassment and a persistent pattern of racial discrimination during her five years of employment. (Bubba allegedly called her his "little Jew girl" and surfed porn openly, where everyone could see it.) In her deposition regarding her role in this family business, Deen made several inflammatory admissions to the allegations.

Workplace sensitivity might be joke fodder at times, but it's like a condom: better to have it and not need it than the other way around. Deen should have been diligent in making sure employees were treated fairly and had recourse for complaints -- perhaps an impartial, non-familial outside consultant or agency to handle these types of issues before they turned into major, public lawsuits. The only people who think that cultural and sexual harassment in the workplace is no big deal are those who have never had it happen to them, and an open-door policy, impartial conflict-resolution environment and sensitivity training classes might have gone a long way. Or Deen could simply have told her bro to knock it the f*ck off. Or both.

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And she can kiss the hams guh-bye....
4. Using Southern culture as an excuse is not very effective.
It's ironic that a lot of the Southern cuisine that Paula Deen is fond of preparing and sharing has undisputed, deep roots in African-American culture. Deen has built a successful business based on Southern food, hospitality and charm -- but the dark underbelly of this culture is in the spotlight right now. The legacy of slavery still exists, and to ignore it, gloss over it or use it as a front for bad behavior -- like Deen is trying to do at the moment -- is inexcusable. She considered throwing her brother a plantation-style wedding? Older black men in white jackets serving white folks? WTF? And while she admits she used the n-word, Deen says it was not in a cruel or mean way.

In a spectacular public relations fail, Deen's representatives said her use of the n-word was the product of her upbringing in the deep South. Look, the Southern heritage that Deen draws from may have involved magnolias, mint juleps and dulcet-toned accents, but it also involved slavery, post-slavery civil rights violations, and blatant, cruel, devastating racism that hasn't washed out of the fine linens to this day. Deen needs to come clean.

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Eat less butter--more crow.
3. Her apologies are nice and all, but actions would be better.
After Deen stood up Matt Lauer and punked off her Today Show interview last Friday, she posted a couple of vid clips with apologies. "After spending all day soul-searching and trying to figure out how to deal with what I did, I recorded a video trying to do the right thing," Deen says in one. "In the end, I felt that I needed to just be myself, say I am sorry and beg for forgiveness. What I said was wrong and hurtful. I know that and will do everything that I can do make it right. I am not about hate, and I will devote myself to showing my family, friends and fans how to live a life helping others, lifting us all up, and spreading love."

Words are wind, as they say, and so far, Deen has blown it. Spreading love is a nice idea, but a better way to handle her chicken-fried mess would be to get to the bottom of every discrimination claim made by her current and former employees, pay stipends to the ones she or her dipshit brother have wronged, have a sit-down and a nice glass of sweet tea with Al Sharpton, and donate her time, money and what's left of her rep to support black charities, scholarship funds and causes. She needs to spread something more useful than love...or butter.


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welkden3
welkden3

If I were a sponsor of Paula Deen's, I would have dumped her too.  There is NO WAY I could have my product associated with pornography as well as blatant racists remarks and behaviors in the workplace. She aggressively defending her brother while blaming the victim of the sexual abuse. Her brother admitted to the charges...

Read Paula's testimony. She dug her own grave and pounded the nails in her own coffin. SHE did that...I cannot defend her behavior and I was one of her biggest supporters in the beginning. I know some people follow other people blindly...I am not one of those people. Until she comes forth and verbally holds her brother accountable for his bad behavior and making it safe for women in the workplace but at least apologizing to them, she gets no respect from me.  

I am one of those women. When she attacked Lisa J., she attacked me and every other woman, wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother who has been sexually mistreated in the workplace. She needs to get a backbone of her own, stop defending the men in her life who do and have done very bad things.

ghostrider
ghostrider

Fire Paula Deen, but if you condone that then you must also actively seek the termination of employment of all the individuals that rank in power above her. Why? Though I have never heard her statements as I have never heard any of theirs, I am sure that they have said something that I find just as insensitive, the F word, B, word (male or female) along with a host of others. If they are innocent of those then go ahead and fire Paula Deen, but, if they have used the terms themselves, then resign.

In addition; I worked in the public school system in two different states, spending about 95% of my time in Title I schools (look that up) and quite honestly I got sick and tired of hearing the blacks call each other "nigger" or "nigga" and that was fine, but if a white or Hispanic or Asian student or staff member said the same thing they were in deep kimshi. Now along that same line, it evidently was fine for the black student or staff member to call the white students and staff members: Redneck, Cracker, or Honky and not receive any discipline.

If you are going to establish rules for the game, then the rules should apply to ALL of the players, not just those below you. BUT did any of Paula Deen's superiors, or even the writer of this blog (and I am relatively certain that you too have called someone a "bitch", "bastard", "mother F$@$er",or "son of a bitch",  at some time in your life. That being the case, you need to be fired too. I know that I have had someone call me one or more of those terms and I can assure you that I am NOT a female, I know who both of my parents are, I have never had a sexual relationship with my mother, and my mother was not a female canine.

TT77
TT77

It is pitiful what blacks have come to. Before segregation they at least had their own pride. Then they demanded so-called equal treatment with whites, so they got it, and it was forced upon whites whether they wanted it or not. So after decades of that, and blacks still not performing at the same level as whites, and in fact in many ways worse off than they were under segregation in terms of family structure and community cohesiveness, they just keep spiraling downward. Black music which was once great blues, great soul, great R&B, has now degenerated into the worst excuse for noise, rap and other silly uninteresting pop music. Entire neighborhoods are unsafe for whites, even whole cities are destroyed such as Detroit. And they obsess over supposed slights from whites. For Paula Dean to be run out of town for saying 30 years ago what illiterate blacks continue to repeat to this day, every day, just to somehow try to appease the supposed delicate sensibilities of blacks who are offended and aggrieved every second of their miserable lives, is really just too much. How pathetic. Blacks need to grow up and leave whites alone and improve their own lives and quit trying to makes whites just as miserable as they are. If some white person doesn't like you, get over it, maybe they are mad seeing what you have done to culture and neighborhoods, or Detroit - maybe they resent seeing what blacks have done to Detroit.

mamacat23
mamacat23

If she started giving money to charities or programs that specifically benefit minorities, she'd be accused of trying to buy her way out of the scandal. She can't win. Much better if she had never said it at all, but that ship has sailed...and sunk.

Douglas Robert
Douglas Robert

did you also read her testimony rather than basing shit off a "complaint?" I can complain all day. **we're are so quick to judge others. social media is feeding into all this bullshit -the public is up everyone's asses. She told us w/ Matt, that if anyone out there has never said anything they're not proud of to ...basically go bash her on the head with a rock and kill her. ....i think she's sorry. ? As far as whether or not people watch her shows or buy her products -that's a choice. ....there are a lot of us out there that understand what's going on and still support her. ...the N word is tactless and disgusting but, it's used by so many ...I've found myself slipping. ...used between two men who really respect each other. 'what up n!?" ...again ..it slipped (and I'm not even from the South ya'll!) ...we say it not meaning anything and then we think to ourselves what an awful word. ...so she admitted to that ....in public... #character ....forgiveness much? ...or just bored online avoiding your own demons y'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall.

Miri Plough
Miri Plough

What do you want her to do Westword, travel back in time and stop slavery??? What actions would suit all of you people for her calling a man that put a gun to her head the N word???? IDIOTS!!!!

Miri Plough
Miri Plough

Laura Nicole, you're an ass kissing douchebag that should get slapped in the face. Why don't you just break out your pitch fork and hunt her down for crying out loud????

Miri Plough
Miri Plough

The man she called the N word put a gun to her head and robbed the bank that she was working in.....uh...who the fuck cares what she calls him???

Derek MileHigh Nye
Derek MileHigh Nye

so youre right they arent telling us everything...or anything important...

Derek MileHigh Nye
Derek MileHigh Nye

who gives a flyin fuck what butter bitch said....how about giving a fuck about what really matters...the shit NOT being covered by the media

Arlene Bixby
Arlene Bixby

It does state in the legal complaint that she did say, quoted, "little Niggers", as recent as Feb. 2007, which was a racist joke. I do agree this was just a part of the whole complaint and the media has taken it completely out of context. I guess it is true the media can make you famous or infamous.

Sha Har
Sha Har

Lets concentrate on something Paula said 30 some years ago and Putin stealing a Superbowl ring! :)

Sha Har
Sha Har

Laura Nicole you just excused racism in you comment to Jay Jurgens where your exact words where: " Society doesn't place as high of expectations on certain groups of people such as those that are extremely poor, ill-educated, etc. If we went to a poor area of town, and people were less politically correct, we expect that some because we know that they have had little access to education and good parenting." Sounds like an excuse to me!

Sha Har
Sha Har

Laura Nicole in your reply to my comment you said it does not make it ok to make a racial comment just because everyone is doing it! Now your saying it ok for poor people to say racial things! That dosent make any sense! Your saying that for this group its ok to make racial comments, but this other group should know better! Then to top it off you say that their should be less white people in power to reflect true diversity of our population! How about people having power for what they now etc. and what they want to do for this country! We have given somebody power who is black in hope that something great would happen! Didn't really work out now did it!

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

my opion manual dont like it dont read it

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

im just sick of it all blacks,whites mexican are all just as equally guiltyand dont tell me it doesnt happens because i see from all sides everyday and i have no doubt the very people that are condemning her are just as guilty of the same things at some point in thier life

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

A bunch of poor black kids calling whites "crackahs" hardly equates to someone with a high level of power and/or influence such as a celebrity or politician using code-words to veil his/her own latent racism.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

First of all, stepping over the flag is a political statement, not racism, dumb ass. Secondly, rappers and poor ghetto black youth call each other "nigga" as a term of endearment within their social circles. To them, they view such usage as taking away a tool of subjugation from the racist white man and turning it into a positive for black empowerment. Butthurt white suburbia goes to any length to excuse and rationalize bigoted behavior by whites, such as the "2 wrongs makes a right" excuse. Have a tissue.

Vaios Papastergiou
Vaios Papastergiou

Paula being used as a deterrent to the real scandals. Look no further than the White House to start the journey of High Treason

Sha Har
Sha Har

Hmmm! I don't agree! Its not my logic that its ok because everyone does it! Everyone does it and people need to accept that! They shouldn't be shocked when someone admits to it, thats ignorant!

Laura Nicole
Laura Nicole

2 reasons. 1. Society doesn't place as high of expectations on certain groups of people such as those that are extremely poor, ill-educated, etc. If we went to a poor area of town, and people were less politically correct, we expect that some because we know that they have had little access to education and good parenting. Most rappers and even a lot of pro-athletes came from rough neighborhoods, so our expectation of their political correctness is much lower than that of Senators, teachers, doctors, lawyers, etc. 2. There's more concern when opression is directed at minorities, because they are opressed by the very nature of what it means to be a minority. White people don't endure the same level of opression because we are the majority; we are used to most people in charge being white (lets hope this changes to reflect the true diversity of our population one day).

Laura Nicole
Laura Nicole

There should be no excuses for racism. If we create excuses for racism we'll never progress as a civilization. Imagine other things throughout history that would have never changed if people simply gave up because they made excuses for them. Stepping on the flag is a very different message, it's not exclusionary in nature, it's a political statement and has long been considered a tool for political change. Now if you wanted to bring up that fact that rappers use the N word, that's perhaps a valid point for discussion.

Laura Nicole
Laura Nicole

That doesn't mean we should keep saying it's okay because so many people do it. That's ridiculous logic. Think of where we would still be historically if that's how everyone thought. She will likely learn, grow and become a better person after going through this experience. It's our mistakes and suffering that helps us grow the most and learn how to live happier. And she's actually a catalyst for the rest of our society right now to, due to the harsh consequences she's facing. And it's started a dialogue about racism. In the long run I hope that Paula looks back at this time and realizes that this experience was a valuable one for her, and had a powerful influence on our culture today.

Joseph McLaughlin
Joseph McLaughlin

She DID NOT DESERVE TO GET FIRED.........PS: I am Not a Big Paula Deen Fan....But This is ALL BS

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Westword is an example of the Eastern Whitey apologists who Malcolm X feared the most, but educating yourself isn't vogue these days. I don't teach my kids racist words. Apparently in some cases people find that acceptable parenting in the 21st century. I don't. Some racist learned behavior is ok, some not. A bit cuckoo.

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

we listen to gangster rappers rap about slinging crack and they get rich off it,the star witness for travon martin calls whites crazy ass crackers,ive seen videoes of blacks calling people racist things but you all want to condemn this woman?

Sha Har
Sha Har

Everyone has made a racial comment before! If you haven't, your a liar! She was honest and didn't deserve this!

Jay Jurgens
Jay Jurgens

shut up westword,your paper is crap along with your articles

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

Oh jeez. It's about crucifying someone. She doesn't need that, she needs to be educated.

Annette Cannon
Annette Cannon

It's a he said /she said complaint. Nothing has been proven or decided in the lawsuit. Thousands of these go through the court system everyday. Either you believe one person or the other. Paula Dean is being tried by the Media and the public. The whole thing could be made up and frivolous, we don't know yet. (Yes, I read the entire legal document)

Joel H-train Hunt
Joel H-train Hunt

Ok so why does the rapper get nothing when he steps all over the flag I don't care what anyone says its because she's white and from the south!!!

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

I don't know why the media is concentrating on a word she STARTED uttering nearly 30 years ago. The skeletons coming out of her closet are enough to throw everyone to the floor.

Trent Long
Trent Long

Who?? Oh wait, I don't care anyway, never mind.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Stop being a bunch of little babies. Fucking asshole pussies make everything worse for everyone. Nigger, nigger nigger. I hope you don't all fucking kill yourselves because I just said nigger, since you're all so very sensitive to the black struggle and the word nigger affects you so deeply. Deen doesn't deserve any of what anyone on shitty sites like this are saying. Nigger.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I wonder when the media and or Westword is gonna be in court for referring to marijuana PATIENTS, with the oppressive and derogatory term POT users!

welkden3
welkden3

@ghostrider there WAS no one who ranked above her and her brother. They were co-owners of the restaurant her brother ran. She bought it for him and she helped subsidize it because it was losing money. She opened it up then pretty much left him to run it as he pleased. There was no Board of Directors, no CEO no hiring practices, no employee manual, no staff training no policy and procedures  etc. which was a big part of the problem.

candid
candid

@mamacat23 She has a terrible legal team and even worse PR team.  As soon as the questions concerning her own use of racial slurs and the plantation wedding started, her lawyers should have stopped the depostiion and convinced her to settle right then and there.  Then all the blame is on her douchebag brother, and none of this would be coming out, b/c it would not be on record in a legal proceeding. 


Second, her PR team should have handled her and all of this better.  They should have known she has zero acting skills and would not be convincing in ANY WAY in her fake apologies.  And they should have never allowed her to tell Matt Lauer she would show up that day she eventually bailed nor to do the interview she did several days later.


She needs to fire EVERYONE around her (esp. her worthless brother) and start with a new, business savvy team. 


Given the totality of the circumstances, she is getting what she deserves.

candid
candid

@Miri June Plough That is not the only incident.  Please try to keep up with the facts here.

candid
candid

@Annette Cannon Even if you assume that this whole case is firvilous and baseless, it does not change the fact that the events coming to life are those to which PD testified to  UNDER OATH.  So those statements (the ones now getting her into trouble with the public and companies) are true.  Her use of the n word and the plantation wedding thing are not facts in dispute.  She testified to those under oath.  So if it was true that her brother is completely innocent, then she just threw her entire empire away for nothing.

candid
candid

@Jessica Waters Well, it is part of it.  But really this whole case is about Dean's asshole brother, who is apparently not only a racist and misogynist, but a pervert (the porn at work). PD should have never let this case get this far.  i get that  she sees nothing wrong with her brother spewing racist crap (insane, but not unusual, esp. in the South), but why wouldn't she just settle when she found out about the porn at the PLACE OF BUSINESS?  And given the totality of his violations, PD should have cut bait and fired her idiot brother ages ago.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Anonymous ... Nigger, please ... the ugly old hag be a racist cracker from day one.

candid
candid

@Deborah Watts When it becomes a protected class under the law.   Until then, stop trying to be clever; you are a moron.

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