For those of you who are asking yourself who the Heck is Paula Deen--like my husband--she is an American cook...now former cooking show host, thanks to recently admitting her use of racial slurs under oath in court last month...a restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fourteen cookbooks and if you've every strolled through the cookware section of Walmart you've no doubt stumbled onto some of her pots and pans.
Court records show Deen sat down for a deposition May 17, 2013 in a discrimination lawsuit filed last year by a former employee who managed Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, a Savannah restaurant owned by Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers. The ex-employee, Lisa Jackson, says she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.
During the deposition, Deen was peppered with questions about her racial attitudes. At one point she's asked if she thinks jokes using the N-word are "mean." Deen says jokes often target minority groups and "I can't, myself, determine what offends another person." Jackson's lawyer asked Deen, if she'd ever used the N-word. She said she had.
On Thursday, Paula Deen Enterprises told ABC News in a statement that the 66 year old chef was "speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today."
"She was born 60 years ago when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today," the statement said.
Deen also insisted she and her brother have no tolerance for bigotry.
"Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is" or what gender a person is, Deen said. "It's what's in your heart and in your head that matters to us."
****** What is your take on all this? Do you agree that she should have been fired from Food Network for past comments, or do you think they are common place for her still? Will you boycott her products...even her recipes???? *******