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    Re: Paula Deen Fired[W:223]

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    So your idea of walking big is running around using a word that offends people, that I have ZERO reason to use nor do I even agree with?

    Noted.

    What's your next brilliant dare - going up to women and calling them sluts?

    Or huge men and calling them spineless wimps?

    Or police officers and calling them pigs?




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    sorry -er - captainawesome.
    So you do realise that word is offensive after all.

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    Re: Paula Deen Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Wow, you proved that conservatives value free speech.

    Good one, "homey".
    I'm not your homey "dude"

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    Re: Paula Deen Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Don't understand your reasoning here, how can a society progress and move on when it hangs on to words from the past which represent persecution and slavery? Intent is irrelevant but in this particular case very clear however the word itself comes from a dark place in human history and should not be tolerated.
    Well, ignoring the existence of a word does little to change or address the past. Also, as mentioned previously, if someone lacks the basic ability to parse the context surrounding it's use, that's more their failure, than my own.


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    Re: Paula Deen Fired[W:223]

    Quote Originally Posted by captainawesome View Post
    Let's do an experiment.

    Use the word proudly today and see how many thin skinned people get offended.
    You're appealing to a popular reaction to something to establish legitimacy. Which might be the dumbest argument possible. Being that all manner of things may offend the majority, while lacking any real basis for such.

    Hell, 20 years ago, the overwhelming majority was offended by homosexuality and atheism.

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    Re: Paula Deen Fired[W:223]

    Quote Originally Posted by captainawesome View Post
    So you do realise that word is offensive after all.
    Captain, I suggest cracking a book on basic logic. If I called some ignorant redneck or piece of ghetto trash "a Homo sapien" they would likely be offended. But ignorant reactions hardly serve as proof of anything, and obviously context matters

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    Re: Paula Deen Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    One trend on FN that I have noticed over the last several years is an obvious attempt by ownership to expand the audience to the minority viewer. They have added several shows with African American or minority hosts and are working hard to change the demographic beyond the white suburban foodie.

    I wonder if this played a role in the decision to no longer employ Deen?
    Could be. Too bad they couldn't have found someone LESS annoying than the Neelys though.

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    Re: Paula Deen Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Could be. Too bad they couldn't have found someone LESS annoying than the Neelys though.
    Talk about a FOOD-gasm LOL

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    Re: Paula Deen Fired[W:223]

    The Neelys scare the crap out of me. I watched them a few times and swore they were about to rip each other's clothes off and do the nasty in the middle of a vat of BBQ sauce. I will say this -- I went to their restaurant in Memphis, and they had some of the best BBQ I've ever had. And they gave you so much foooooood. OMG. I ordered the pulled pork plate, and it was a huge. I ate part of it, took the rest home and Hubs and I finished the 2nd half for dinner that night. So much food. And their BBQ Nachos are to die for.

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    Re: Paula Deen Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray410 View Post
    It appears that Ms. Deen's reputation and future have been destroyed by this incident, a result which seems a little out of proportion to the incident, considering that she used a word that many black people use all the time in reference to each other, both in casual conversation and popular songs.

    How big a victory and for whom this might be is questionable. Some white employers will now not hire blacks because they will fear the same thing might happen to them if they make a mistake of this nature. Those employers may fear hiring a black person is giving control over their own future to the discretion of that prospective employee, which is what appears to have happened in this case. Other white employers will feel sympathy for Ms. Deen and not hire blacks out of resentment of the huge consequences that befell someone that isn't really an evil or immoral person by any generally accepted traditional standards of immorality or evil.

    Certainly no one would endorse her saying what she did, however it is difficult to see that there are any actual winners here now. Everybody is mad and the race relations status quo is even worse.
    Right. Your answer is to pretend it never happened, that's how things get better...

    Firstly, her testimony was part of a lawsuit of a PATTERN of behavior by Deen and her brother that were discriminatory in the way they ran their business. Which, by the way, racial discrimination and sexual harassment are illegal. Deen is accused of looking the other way when many staff complained about their working conditions. Her losing the show on food network is a just a secondary consequence to how she and her brother conducted themselves as business owners.
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    Re: Paula Deen Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Ray410 might be on to something. If someone wanted to take me through the laundry for saying a word some years ago, I, personally, would avoid them like the plague.
    Actually, she is being sued by her WHITE general manager who witnessed the racial discrimination and alleges that she suffered sexual harassment from Deen's brother. She also claims that Deen ignored the problems despite numerous complaints. So I guess that means people should stop hiring white people?
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