America's southern food sweetheart has gotten herself into some deep sh*t. Due to her alleged use of 'The N-Word', Food Network has fired her, and she is frantically doing damage control via the media. Check out this link then tell us what you think will happen to the star, or what SHOULD happen.
She's a celebrity southern cook, is she supposed to have love for everyone? I doubt it, she's no saint. She used a word that she knows she shouldn't have used, she apologized, accept it or don't accept it. I'll bet she'll get a new show over on the Bravo Network. But in the meantime, there are tons of want to be celebrities that are gunning for her position and will do anything and everything to decrease her clout in the business.
I've never been a fan of her cooking style. Why do we need these shows that promote such unhealthy eating? As far as Food Network firing her, she did that to herself. They did what any 'employer' would have to do. I'm sure she'll be just fine when another network clamors to have her following.
I think it's odd that people are so *surprised* that she's a flaming racist.
I also think Food Network are right to fire her. I'm sure she has her die-hard fans (I mean I am a big fan of frying fat in fat, so I take no issue with her cooking style) and I'm sure they'll follow her if she finds an opportunistic enough network/publisher/whatever. C'est la vie.
MelissaBarrett-I so appreciate your question since I lived in Birmingham, Al for 8 years and ran with a group of people who were not racist in the least. The KKK was evident many places, but it is everywhere as well. Southern does NOT necessarily mean racist!
I think the reason some folks are surprised is because she puts on a public persona where she appears sweet, kind, and gentle. Sweet, kind, gentle people don't use racial slurs and then run when they're asked to fess up to their mistakes.
The Food network is looking after the interests of their business. Her contract was up for renewal and they were free to drop her. I don't see what is odd about that. Not only have all these stories come out, she is also being sued for harassment by former employees.
I don't understand why people are so surprised that she admitted to making racist remarks. We are in a state of denial about reality. In my opinion, she is not a horrible racist, but falls somewhere within the range of average tolerance. And I certainly don't think she should have been fired. What an extreme punishment.
“It’s just what they are — they’re jokes ... most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks ... gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don't know — I just don't know what to say,” Deen reportedly said in her defense. “I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.
Yep. Most jokes have to have a target Paula. Have you heard the one about the racist cook who got fired?
My problem with Ms. Deen was her partnering with Smithfield Ham, which hired groups of undocumented workers and then turned them in to INS and hired more, to provide what she calls "protein" to poor USA children/families, when the product is actually hotdogs and/or cheapest sausage from pork byproducts/remains. It's dishonest and not healthy behavior or food. The pork-giving program may end with Chinese ownership, or not; but perhaps Ms. Deen should not be dumped from FN because of Smithfield, racisim, or pushing diabetes-exacerbating foods. If she is being sued with her brother for running hostile work environments, etc., and loses that lawsuit, proven guilty, then that is the reason to cancel the contract with FN and I support that. Hostile work environments must end.
****** I follow Smithfield on Twitter and they post about their corrected employment procedures (great!), but that "protein" misdirection irks me. I've seen these meat plants and had patients nearly killed in them. I just don't buy their products.
Wow.....I wasn't even aware of this.....I'm actually more offended by her having Diabetes, and selling what she does because she has deal with the pharmaceutical company rather then the usage of the racial slurs.
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