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Mr Big

Vine Grove, KY

#2 Jun 26, 2013
Does it bother anyone that Paula Deen is being legally lynched by the likes of Matt Lauer and company?

Apparently white executives in this country crap their pants now any time a non-white yells boo.

Where is the proof that this woman is racist? The law suit isn't even in open court yet. Have lawyers merely released one incident of using the bad word in an attempt to win their case?
Free Speech

Campbellsville, KY

#3 Jun 26, 2013
It does seem to violate the Freedom of Speech law doesn't it. The worst part about it is that whatever she said was said many years ago when she was younger. Why is she being punished for it now?

Since: May 11

Shepherdsville, KY

#4 Jun 26, 2013
She is a public personality, and Food Network has to focus on what will bring them the most money. They are a business, and she would potentially cost them viewers. The typical FN viewer is upper-middle class, white collar, or liberal.

Regardless of whether or not she is a racist, her food sucks and I hated her as a person long before this.
Fairchild

Vine Grove, KY

#6 Jun 26, 2013
Freedome of Speech does NOT give one the rght to say anything they wish.

It was more than on incident. She admits to that in the deposition. The lawsuit is actually for sexual harrassment and if you read the deposition you will be shoked at all that she admits to went on at her resturants; including her recent use, her husbands use, and her sons use of racial remarks. The racial remarks are not as shocking as the porn, the underages affair, the drug usage that went covered up by her.

Employer's do not want to be associated with that kind of behavior.

She is playing a matryr for the press but it's not that way!
Heh

Elizabethtown, KY

#7 Jun 26, 2013
Fairchild wrote:
Freedome of Speech does NOT give one the rght to say anything they wish.
It was more than on incident. She admits to that in the deposition. The lawsuit is actually for sexual harrassment and if you read the deposition you will be shoked at all that she admits to went on at her resturants; including her recent use, her husbands use, and her sons use of racial remarks. The racial remarks are not as shocking as the porn, the underages affair, the drug usage that went covered up by her.
Employer's do not want to be associated with that kind of behavior.
She is playing a matryr for the press but it's not that way!
Pretty much this.

Also, most states are an at will employment state, meaning they can fire you at any time for any reason. Don't like it, change the law.
Erato

Sycamore, IL

#8 Jun 26, 2013
Free Speech wrote:
It does seem to violate the Freedom of Speech law doesn't it. The worst part about it is that whatever she said was said many years ago when she was younger. Why is she being punished for it now?
What is the issue?
She exercised her right to "free speech".
Mr Big

Vine Grove, KY

#9 Jun 26, 2013
Fairchild wrote:
Freedome of Speech does NOT give one the rght to say anything they wish.
It was more than on incident. She admits to that in the deposition. The lawsuit is actually for sexual harrassment and if you read the deposition you will be shoked at all that she admits to went on at her resturants; including her recent use, her husbands use, and her sons use of racial remarks. The racial remarks are not as shocking as the porn, the underages affair, the drug usage that went covered up by her.
Employer's do not want to be associated with that kind of behavior.
She is playing a matryr for the press but it's not that way!
None of this has even gone to court yet. There is nothing that has been proven and judged.

I agree, her food is a heart attack looking for a place to happen, I don't eat at Mickey Dees either. Her personality is abrasive (to me) but what the heck, so is obuma.

Freedom of speech is not restricted to the narrow confines you say. This woman has a right to her speech with her husband to whom she allegedly used that soooo terrible word. Not being able to talk to a spouse smacks of Nazi Germany.
The truth teller

Stuarts Draft, VA

#10 Jun 26, 2013
Paula Deen is a person.not perfect,makes mistakes like we all do.I grew up i the 60s in Ohio.I heard the n word everyday it seemed. I have said it as a child but,I didn't know better.now I do.wal Mart sure didn't drop Hanna Montana when Miley had her Bong video broke.they will loose money ,southern ppl love Paula .
Kelly

Rochester, NY

#11 Jun 26, 2013
To everyone out there that is dumping on Paula, be it citizens, businesses, etc. Have any of you idiots thought about what is going to happen to a whole lot of folks that worked for her brand because of her being so dumped on? I remember a slogan I heard as a child. "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me" So stop all of the politically correct BS and see the whole picture. Paula Deen will not suffer poverty, but could affect a lot of folks that could be laid off work because of knee jerk reactions to words of decades ago.
Makes sense

Overland Park, KS

#12 Jun 27, 2013
Kelly wrote:
To everyone out there that is dumping on Paula, be it citizens, businesses, etc. Have any of you idiots thought about what is going to happen to a whole lot of folks that worked for her brand because of her being so dumped on? I remember a slogan I heard as a child. "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me" So stop all of the politically correct BS and see the whole picture. Paula Deen will not suffer poverty, but could affect a lot of folks that could be laid off work because of knee jerk reactions to words of decades ago.
Then maybe Paula Dean should've been more careful with her words and actions in the interest of all those people that work for her.
FYI

Georgetown, KY

#13 Jun 27, 2013
My gosh it was 1986 and a black man was holding a gun to her head. She described him in a private conversation to her husband. I have read the filed lawsuit. The woman wanted more money than she was making. She inst black either. Now because she wasnt given the money she demanded and she is mad at Bubba...this is a character assassination that started out as extortion.
Mr Big

Vine Grove, KY

#14 Jun 27, 2013
The truth teller wrote:
Paula Deen is a person.not perfect,makes mistakes like we all do.I grew up i the 60s in Ohio.I heard the n word everyday it seemed. I have said it as a child but,I didn't know better.now I do.wal Mart sure didn't drop Hanna Montana when Miley had her Bong video broke.they will loose money ,southern ppl love Paula .
I grew up in Michigan in late 50s / early 60s. "n" word was the most generally used word to describe a non-white at that time. That does not make it right. C

Consider this, "Kraut" was the common noun used to describe a German in WWII ... do we use it now, no. Do we castigage former GIs who used it then, no. We used a hell of a lot of worse words to desribe the Vietnamese during the war. Do we use those words now, no. Do we force our veterans out of employument or hospital treatement now for using them then, no.
Freedom

Radcliff, KY

#15 Jun 27, 2013
Freedom goes both ways, she is free to say what she want and companies are free to fire her. People are Fred to support her and people are free to not support her. The case itself is about so much more than the N word and even though the person suing and her lawyer are unsavory it doesn't take away from some pretty bad stuff that went on in her businesses the she has admitted to under oath.
Highlamder

Biddeford, ME

#16 Jun 27, 2013
Excuse me but, freedom of speech does give you the right to say anything you want. Who was the famous statesman that said," I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it." We have lost this basic premise because our schools and society are teaching tolerance of everything and anything, at the expense of freedom. For God sake, my children call each other and their friends, ma n word all the time. Blacks call each other n word. I don't care what people call me, I defend their right to say so! Watch your butts America, or you may lose your right to stand up verbally and physically against an important issue. She is sorry, I wouldn't be.
Mr Big

Vine Grove, KY

#17 Jun 27, 2013
Freedom wrote:
Freedom goes both ways, she is free to say what she want and companies are free to fire her. People are Fred to support her and people are free to not support her. The case itself is about so much more than the N word and even though the person suing and her lawyer are unsavory it doesn't take away from some pretty bad stuff that went on in her businesses the she has admitted to under oath.
The court activity so far has been in depositions which are statements under oath. Those depositions are used, among other things, to 'impeach' testimony during trial or in ohter words contradict later testimony. The trial is in an evidence gathering stage only and nothing so far is 'fact' as proven in open court.

The trail could very well never take place with the judge finding no cause for action or the plaintiff withdrawing the complaint. In that case Deen has been hung out to dry with no day in court.

Agree totally with Highlander.
down the hatch

Elizabethtown, KY

#18 Jun 27, 2013
Freedom wrote:
Freedom goes both ways, she is free to say what she want and companies are free to fire her. People are Fred to support her and people are free to not support her. The case itself is about so much more than the N word and even though the person suing and her lawyer are unsavory it doesn't take away from some pretty bad stuff that went on in her businesses the she has admitted to under oath.
Why does Fred support her?
PollyManna

Little Rock, AR

#19 Jun 27, 2013
Freedom of speech does not apply to corporations. If you don't believe me, ask Natalie Maines. Paula Deen is detrimental to these brands, so they are cutting ties with her. People who support her sentiments are free to buy her wares wherever they are still sold, and they can also go on her cruise. I'm sure there will be many like-minded people there.

Since: May 11

Shepherdsville, KY

#20 Jun 27, 2013
I'm not certain that she is a racist, at least not in the most malevolent definition. The problem is that she is contradicting herself in some ways. She is an old woman from Savannah. She said she was sure she had used the n word in the past, a long time ago. That wouldn't be a surprise given her upbringing. And it wouldn't really be an issue in this day. Lots of people have views in the past that they lose as time goes on. A decade ago, I was a rabid anti-Semite. Now I am embarrassed by those past views. But she only wants to focus about that one time regarding the scoundrel who had a gun to her head (for the record, if anyone is threatening you, it's probably not a good idea to call them a slur).

I did believe her when she stated that she would never intentionally hurt anyone. But, her actions show a complete lack of sensitivity that threatens to harm everyone who does business with her. Paula is largely despised in the "foodie" scene, even before this. She has been mocked by almost every other celebrity chef, Bourdain, Ramsey, Stewart, etc. have all pointed out that she is a lousy cook. She does have a loyal fan base, but these people are not necessarily Food Network's target audience.

I've never actually heard anything good about her buffet at Horseshoe. Her name may have drawn in customers, but everyone I've spoken to has hated it (granted the buffet before that wasn't stellar either, especially compared to the glorious utopia that was there when it was Caesar's Palace). With that said, I haven't ate at it myself so I can only go by word of mouth.
believe a cracker

Leitchfield, KY

#21 Jun 27, 2013
im curious of how many blacks throw the word cracker , or honkey around in the household without one thought. and for all of you Hispanics out there whats the word for white boy ? weddo or palido? i don't know how to spell either ,but i have sure heard all of these words spoken out in the open.
its time for everybody in this country to grow up and get a pair! stuff gets said on ALL sides.
what the hell does paula do? cook $hit ,and sell pots and pans? who cares?
one point i would love to make .....why doesn't the "free market" take care of rappers and comedians that use slang for white people? because we don't care! this is one thing i wish minorities ,and self loathing white people could learn from this cracker ! smh
arkansas girl

United States

#22 Jun 27, 2013
So I guess that when color folk call each other the n word it's not racist. They do it all the time. Are they going to fire Jamie Foxx for saying I killed all the white people in a movie? Nope he will go to Hollywood and make millions. Like the bible says let those that have not sin cast the first stone. She made a mistake and has apologized give her a damn break. No one is perfect.

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