Wednesday a deposition from celebrity Chef Paula Deen was leaked in which she freely admitted using the N-word and telling some distasteful jokes. She even suggested hosting a wedding reception with middle aged black men in white jackets and black ties because the look of slaves was appealing to her. “It was really impressive,” Paula states.
Ex-manager, Lisa Jackson, of Deen’s restaurant in Georgia is suing Paula and her brother Bubba for making these types of remarks on a regular basis. Bubba even added in a little bit of sexual harassment towards the manager.
“Have you ever used the n-word,” Jackson’s lawyer asked.
“Of course,” Deen answered.
Twitter went nuts! The hashtag #PaulaDeenDishes went viral and folks tweeted in the types of racist dishes Deen might make up on the side:
massa-roni and cheese
But when under oath, one is required to tell the truth. Let’s look at the facts. Paula Deen is 66 years old. Paula Deen was born (in 1947), raised, and still lives in Georgia. Odds are that in fact, Paula has used the n-word. She tells that one time a Black man robbed a bank where she was working as a teller. The man put the gun right to her temple and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t hand over the loot. Paula admits to using the n-word to describe the robber while re-telling the story. That’s just her personal account of a time that she freely refered to a black person as the n-word.
Am I excusing Paula’s behavior? Of course not. Am I aware of America’s history? Of course.
To add some perspective, I watched a documentary on Richard Pryor (born 1940) last night. If anyone is known for using the n-word, it’s damn sure Richard Pryor. The documentary had footage of Pryor promiting a comedy album on a national morning show. The host of the show (a white woman) admitted to Richard that she felt uncomfortable saying the name of the album, “That Nigger’s Crazy”, so she asked him to tell the audience about it.
Richard says the name of the album. No problem. I mean it’s his album.
The host asks what would have happened if she said it, to which Pryor responds “I would have punched you out.”
I seriously doubt that Paula’s admission of bigotry and/or racism will have an negative effects on her career. If she can continue to add copious amounts of butter to dishes in our qunioa lovng, smoothie drinking society, I think she will weather this…financially anyway. There have been reports that Food Network might want to distance themselves from her but if I wasn’t on Twitter all the time, I’m not sure how much I would even know about this issue. They’ll probably make sure an apology is issued and she’ll go right back to killing us with kindness and high cholosterol.
Let’s just hope she doesn’t make a song as bad as Brad Paisley’s.