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    Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima - Yahoo! TV

    The profile of Deen's cook Dora Charles overflows with allegations of racist behavior. Deen allegedly paid black employees less than white ones and used racial slurs.


    But it is Deen's idea of Confederate-tinged dinner theater that may be the most unseemly element of the story. Charles tells the Times that she refused Deen's requests to ring a dinner bell in front of her Savannah, Ga. restaurant The Lady and Sons and, in the words of the paper, holler for "people to come and get it."

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    The article seems likely to tarnish Deen's already damaged reputation following her admission last month that she had used the N-word. The chef was forced to open up about her use of slurs during a deposition related to allegations of racism and sexual harassment brought against Deen by a former employee, Lisa T. Jackson.


    In the wake of Deen's admission, the celebrity chef was dropped by Food Network and dumped by retailers like Walmart and Target and the drug maker Novo Nordisk, with whom she had endorsement deals
    Conservatives: She isn't racist.
    Liberals: Of course she's racist.
    Libertarians: You don't have to work for her if she's racist.
    Independents (with Conservative lean): This isn't racist because she asked nicely.
    Independents (with Liberal lean): You guys kidding right?
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    I did enjoy Fox News' take on this.



    I genuinely did. They basically hammer out what is so wrong with this entire situation. The problem isn't so much her use of racial epitaphs. It's the entire culture which she allowed to exist in her place. Porn at the work place? Racial attacks? Homophobic remarks? If your boss is willing to use racial epitaphs, have plantation styled weddings, dress her workers as Aunt Jemima, that's not something which stops 20 years ago unless a person can show a track record of having changed. Paula Deen just seems to have been doing the same **** for 20 years and hoping nobody caught on.

    The Food Network did what any business would and should do with people like this. Let them cater to racists if they want on their own platform, works for Glenn Beck.
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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    I know both blacks and whites who collect that Aunt Jemima type kitchen stuff. It is more a southern thing than a race thing, but yankees don't seem to get that.

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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

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    Conservatives: She isn't racist.
    Liberals: Of course she's racist.
    Libertarians: You don't have to work for her if she's racist.
    Independents (with Conservative lean): This isn't racist because she asked nicely.
    Independents (with Liberal lean): You guys kidding right?
    Other & Unknown: Unintelligible post.
    Zyphlin: 6,300 word essay.

    I did enjoy Fox News' take on this.



    I genuinely did. They basically hammer out what is so wrong with this entire situation. The problem isn't so much her use of racial epitaphs. It's the entire culture which she allowed to exist in her place. Porn at the work place? Racial attacks? Homophobic remarks? If your boss is willing to use racial epitaphs, have plantation styled weddings, dress her workers as Aunt Jemima, that's not something which stops 20 years ago unless a person can show a track record of having changed. Paula Deen just seems to have been doing the same **** for 20 years and hoping nobody caught on.

    The Food Network did what any business would and should do with people like this. Let them cater to racists if they want on their own platform, works for Glenn Beck.
    until you liberals make Alec Baldwin pay the same price for his Homophobic violent threats i don't want to hear a freaken dam thing about Paula Deen come out your hypocrite mouth

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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    1. Paula Deen is a mess.

    2. I'm slightly annoyed because - before this mess - I wanted to go to her restaurant. Now, it's not going to happen because I'm not going to spend money on such a mess.

    3. The Fox News segment was surprisingly good (except for the two people acting like they were in high school). Their commentary was SHARPLY different from most of the commentary from DP conservatives so I found that interesting.

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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    I know both blacks and whites who collect that Aunt Jemima type kitchen stuff. It is more a southern thing than a race thing, but yankees don't seem to get that.
    It's kind of hard to argue that this is a 'Yankee' thing when the person making the allegations is SOUTHERN.

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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    I know both blacks and whites who collect that Aunt Jemima type kitchen stuff. It is more a southern thing than a race thing, but yankees don't seem to get that.
    Oh no - my mom sent away when I was a kid and got me an Aunt Jemima cast iron coin bank - does that mean I'm a racist?

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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    I know both blacks and whites who collect that Aunt Jemima type kitchen stuff. It is more a southern thing than a race thing, but yankees don't seem to get that.
    That's true. I have some of it at home. The problem isn't so much that she's particularly fond of that brand. The problem seems to stem from all the other things she's doing.
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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Oh no - my mom sent away when I was a kid and got me an Aunt Jemima cast iron coin bank - does that mean I'm a racist?

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    Re: Paula Deen Allegedly Asked Black Staffers to Dress Like Aunt Jemima

    Not shocking really with everything else that's came out.

    The focus on her saying the "N Word" before during all this always seemed to miss the point to me. It's been the mess of other stuff for her and her son...like this, like the wedding, like seperate entrances and bathrooms for black employees in one of their chains, etc. I think you'd be hard pressed to find many Americans who can honestly admit they've never said hte "N word in some fashion before". However, things like desiring to have a theme wedding of old planation days with a bunch of black people mimicing slave wait staffs...or trying to do a "theme" resturant complete with minstral show mock up black woman yelling for people to come home to dinner...or flat out segregating your work staff. Yeah, THOSE are the far more glaring issues to me than that she admitted to saying the "n word" at some point in the past.

    I can't blame Food Network for letting her go. They're a private business and there's a LARGE semgent of the population that is very sensitive about race. Deen is VERY closely associated with that Brand, which meant it would take a drastic measure to seperate their name from hers in terms of attempting to limit any embarassment to the company or negative attitudes towards it from consumers. I have no issue that a company chose to do what's best for it's bottom line and for it's reputation.

    That said, is there a general double standard that exists at times in terms of "outrage" over things and these kind of threatened "boycotts"? Absolutelye. But that's the market at work and frankly we have to deal with it. In general, the left seems to be better at these types of organized campaigns to tear someone down and promote a social movement of letter writing and social networking as a means of putting pressure on business to drop people or views; see Chick-Fil-A, Rush Limbaugh's advertisers, the Nappy Headed Ho incident, etc. Can it be hypocritical at times? Absolutely. Rush Limbaugh saying the exact same thing as Alec Baldwin would've likely started another Sandra Fluke incident with people streaming to the internet to post on Facebook and Twitter to urge people to contact the advertisers of that hate mongering homophobe rush. But people are free to be hypocrites and people are free to pick and choose how they wish to get involved within the free market. There's no requirement nor need for people to be "fair" in their attacks, condemnation, boycotts, or etc.

    Whether or not people act hypocritically when a darling of their ideological side does something wrong is irrelevant to whether or not what an individual does is worthy of condemnation or action. Just because there's no outrage over someone like Alec Baldwin doesn't mean that Food Network had any less right (or good reason) to let go of Paula Deen. It doesn't mean that what Paula Deen did wasn't exceedingly foolish for someone who makes her living by selling herself within the public eye. It doesn't change that people are free to complain about her, and that many of those complaints are absolutely justified even if the complainer is a raging hypocrite. People's picking and choosing of when to condemn and when not to condemn doesn't actually change whatever the matter at hand is in terms of right or wrong.

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