Sunday, June 23, 2013

Paula Deen Food Network Racist and the Backlash

Paula Deen’s statement today: “I would like to thank The Food Network for 11 great years. Because of the gift The Food Network gave me, I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories.”

huge backlash from viewers.
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Get rid of your holier-than-thou reply. Big deal, she said the dreaded “n” word years ago. So have many others, including Richard Pryor. And considering Paula Deen environment growing up, yeah, it was more acceptable, it doesn’t mean she’s racist, simply because crybabies want to take that word out of quality literature like Tom Sawyer. Grow up.
Comment by Jim — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT  Reply to this post

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I love it when IDIOT WHITE RACISTS pull the “blacks say the N-word too” card! It seems that only when the subject is black people do you forget your knowledge of the world. EVERY OPPRESSED GROUP uses the words of their OPPRESSOR either as a term of endearment, to take the sting out of the word, OR as an actual epitaph because of their indoctrination! And you racists KNOW THIS, but you “conveniently” forget it when it’s about black people. Racist scum like Sean Hannity are always “wondering” why blacks can use the n-word and no one else. Then they’ll watch the Sopranos or a movie like “State of Grace” (classic) where the ITALIANS and the IRISH are CALLING EACH OTHER EVERY SLUR THAT’S EVER BEEN USED AGAINST THEM AFFECTIONATELY! Then they’ll hear the homosexuals call each other the f-word or even have a magazine called “Queer” and come back the next week and ask why blacks can use the n-word and no one else. How about because your racist azz aint’ black so STFU, racist!
Comment by The Arbiter — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:23am PDT  Reply to this post
  • If only we could go back in time and discard slavery hows much better would this country be
    Comment by mike — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:48am PDT  
  • So only some people can use certain words? The words are either totally acceptable or not at all. If black people want to call each other ni88ers and italians want to call each other wops, they have no business getting offended when somebody else uses the same words.
    Comment by really? — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT  
  • You’re an idiot. If a word is out-of-bounds for one race, it should be out-of-bounds to all races. Otherwise, you are supporting a policy that discriminates on the basis of race…is that not racist on its very face? And how do you defend it? “Oh, but blacks are OPPRESSED! So they can use the words of their OPPRESSOR!!1!”
    So let me spell it out for you this way: Blacks are not oppressed in this country anymore. They have federal laws specifically enacted to protect them, and racial attitudes have changed dramatically in this country since the days of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Yes, there are still some people in America who dislike blacks. There are also blacks who dislike whites. Hispanics that don’t like either whites nor blacks. It will always be that way for some, but blacks in particular are no longer subjected to widespread institutional racism and discrimination like in the old days.
    So grow up, get your head out of the progressive playbook, and learn some critical thinking, for God’s sake!
    Comment by Balanced Integer — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:10pm PDT  
  • That’s… a lot of bullcrap. The N-word is wrong, it’s wrong when black people say it and says a lot about the people who use that word, but there IS a double standard and it’s not the people who point out that the word wasn’t always such a no-no as it is now. But of course, you’re a nutjob, as proven by your utterance of such insane things as “Racist scum like Sean Hannity”. You’re a bigot, not the people you’re constantly railing against.
    Comment by Canof Sand — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:14pm PDT  
  • Our culture has become crude and rude. Some of the most vile words and comments about women and people of color are spoken – or sung – by rappers, movie stars, athletes and other entertainers. It all is offensive and is teaching our children that this type of behavior is okay. I believe’s Paula Deen’s show should be discontinued because of her racial slurs, but please understand that her being singled out does not take the condemnation away from others who use the same type of language. Let’s all clean up our act!!!
    Comment by Wexford — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:29pm PDT  
  • THIRTY years ago, Deen, a **lifelong Democrat** used the word, as just about every other Southern Democrat did. She admitted to doing so, under oath and said it was with family, not screaming it on public streets. You need to learn history, what was and was not acceptable(like separate water fountains, which existed when I was in elementary school- in Chicago less than 50 years ago) if you don’t want things from the very distant past brought up against every single Democrat running for office.
    Comment by Alex Armstrong — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:56pm PDT  
  • That’s interesting. Picture this scenario. A white 5 year old male kindergarten student, who had never used that word in his life, befriends a black peer at school. The black youngster called another black child by that slur. The white child, in turn, called his new friend by the same slur. The white child was struck by the black child. The parents of the injured child were called to school. The white child was punished and could not understand why, after all, he’s only 5. The mother of the assailant defended her son, his use if the word and the action he took against the white child. The system, needless to say, took her side. Ridiculous? Absolutely. But it happened…. in my classroom. I was allowed no input in the decision making process. Welcome to the Bizzaro world of political correctness folks.
    Comment by DTOM2 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:59pm PDT  
  • Thanks for the analysis. So, you’re saying that it’s not the ‘word’ that’s offensive, but the reason a person _uses_ the word? Who are you — the thought police?
    Comment by Terry — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:03pm PDT  
  • Let’s look at the kind of people who are “offended” and post some of their own words -
    “you racists”
    “Racist scum”
    “your racist azz”
    “STFU, racist!”
    I don’t need to make a comment, but to simply hold the mirror.
    Comment by Michael — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:06pm PDT  
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  • I have often wondered why there was a group called NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or why there was a new dating website for blacks only.
    National Association for the Advancement of White People or a dating website for whites only
    If we do it, it’s because of our racist azzzzes…And the reason you get away with it is because??????? Ummmmm….I am 62 years old and have wondered about the first one since my 20′s.
    Comment by Joyce — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:12pm PDT  
  • Only a moron excuses pejoratives used by minorities of various stripes because they are “terms of endearment”. They are just as vile as when used by a “non-minority” and even Richard Pryor realized that towards the end of his career and life and, for the last few years NEVER used the “N” word again in his routines…nor did Bill Cosby EVER use it in his. I was 17 years old before I ever HEARD the term…and, when I did hear it, I didn’t know what it meant.
    Comment by Dave Jared — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:33pm PDT  
  • @The Arbiter said:
    “… as a term of endearment, to take the sting out of the word, OR as an actual epitaph because of their indoctrination! ”
    Umm, it’s epithet. An epitaph is another word for a eulogy given at someone’s funeral, or in some cases, words placed on a deceased person’s headstone.
    And it still doesn’t make it right, btw.
    Have you ever noticed that some people have a very rude habit of YELLING!!! and cursing at anyone who doesn’t agree with them? Why is that? Is it because you/they can’t think of an intelligent reply that’s based on fact, to make your/their point?
    Being rude (in this case, typing racial slurs like “idiot white racists” in all caps) doesn’t make people hear what you’re saying. It just makes people think you’re a jerk.
    Comment by Disgusted Dem — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT  
  • Stop. Please just stop.
    Comment by culpeper — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:12pm PDT  
  • When Chris Rock and Jamie Foxx stop their racism, then we’ll talk.
    Comment by Davis — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT  
  • It is pretty obvious who is filled with hate and revenge.
    Comment by jeff — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT  
  • I guess it’s ok that Senator Robert Byrd, a democrat was a member of the KKK and served as a member of the senate until he died recently.
    Comment by sickofpc — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:58pm PDT  
        • Yeah…you’re absolutely right! People want to give this woman a pass (which I’m sure she will get just like Don Imus who got a slap on the wrist and was eventually hired back on the air). This is a big deal because it’s one thing when it happened BEFORE she became popular, but the person who filed the lawsuit (who is white by the way), says this woman and her brother have been using racial and sexual slurs WHILE PAULA HAS BEEN SITTING HIGH ON THE HOG PROFITING OFF OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY! What an ignorant woman to attack and offend the same people who support her. I understand how it is growing up in the South, but that does not give people a pass to say stupid things…especially if you want my money! So when they give you a second chance, Ms. Paula, use it wisely honey!
          Comment by Kandi's Girl — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:29pm PDT  
        • You know when you stand before God and you tell him you hate all these different people for calling you the N word. Gods going to say the N word doesn’t even compare to how many times my name has been used as a curse word. He will say hes forgiven some of them that found the path and will judge harshly those that didn’t.
          I cant stop someone from using the N word anymore than I can stop someone from using the GD word. Its their heart that needs to change. The N word is just a symptom of a greater problem. Its not the cause. You try to fight that with anger and you will lose the heart battle everytime. I know…I have tried.
          Comment by Mark — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:42pm PDT  
        • Every oppressed group does not use the word of their oppressor, that is a myth tossed out by those who seek to justify their own behavior. No one should use the word period, it is disrespectful in every sense and it reflects a crass culture that uses it, the color of skin is irrelevant. What I find distasteful is the hypocrisy involved that somehow one group based on the color of their skin is allowed a set of standards that others may not follow. It doesn’t matter which group, reverse the roles and it is the same. I also find it hypocritical that someone’s past, which they have since left, grown out of, and moved away from (I think our president called it evolving) is still held against them. Some people should re examine their hatred before they seek to justify their hypocrisy.
          Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT  
        • Talk about the pot calling the kettle, well, … black!
          Comment by Yomamma — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT  
        • Since I am already on my knees apologizing, is there anything else I can do for you?
          Comment by haifish8587 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT  
        • So white people are responsible for black persons who use the racial reference?? White people are racist for pointing out the obvious contradiction? And by the way, how do you reconcile your phrase “Idiot White Racist” as a lesser variety of racial slur? You used it in the context to draw ire of those that you hate.
          Comment by onsmart — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT  
        • There isn’t really a need to capitalize words in sentences. Work on making your point more clearly and concisely using normal grammatical rules.
          Comment by Jimmy not THAT jimmy — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:52pm PDT  
        • I can’t wait to see Paula on the Celebrity Roast where the “N” word is common place. I would hope that those who watch aren’t tempted to laugh… can you say hypocrites?
          Comment by haifish8587 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:15pm PDT  
        • I’m German-American, if you’ll pardon the hyphenation. The derogation slang word is ‘Kraut’. Anyone could call me a Kraut and I’d not be phased in the least. The level of offense you take to a word is in direct correlation to your level of self-esteem and confidence (“sticks and stones”, remember?). This Paula Deen thing is despicable, and yet it is perfectly trivial in the big picture. Grow up! My black friends and I throw the N-word and the K-word around as terms of endearment and respect. We love one another! Give me a break… grow up! This is nothing by divisive politics!
          Comment by Beaker — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:41pm PDT  
      • The N-word is used by Black people in different contexts to communicate different things; admonishment, solidarity, affection… Any white person using it knows it is offensive and means it to be offensive. As far a I’m concerned, Black people (or any other ethnic group, for that matter) can call each other whatever they want!!! That is THEIR right! As a white, I don’t feel deprived because I shouldn’t use the N-word. Do you?! You have to be a freaking idiot or have Asperger’s Syndrome if you think you’re entitled to because “they” use it.
        Comment by Willy Nilly — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:09pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • Self righteous: what is your opinion about rappers that use the “N” word? What is your opinion about any black person that uses it? I was in a Goodwill just the other day and heard a black girl on her cell phone, clearly talking to a friend. She kept calling her friend the “N” word. What does that word mean? How about this? Watch how arrogant Samuel Jackson is with this young, white reporter who brings up the usage of the “N” word in the movie “D’Jango”. Soon Samuel Jackson DEMANDS that the white guy say the word. Watch it for yourself and I wonder if you would excuse Samuel Jackson’s overall behavior to this white guy, who didn’t do a damn thing wrong and was being told by an actor to say a word the white guy was saying found the word offensive. I don’t think whites use the word any more than blacks do. And I don’t have to prove my point, Lil Wayne proves it, Samuel Jackson proves it, and on and on it goes.
      Comment by punky — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:16am PDT  Reply to this post
    • Yeah mistake. It is very hypocritical to condemn one person for a use of a word that is used by so many without repercussions.
      Comment by C. Fernandez — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT  Reply to this post
    • Lighten up jerk. This is the same “network” that let the guy on Chopped make some outrageous statement about conservatives and did nothing. And what about all the rappers that make remarks far worse than this and you sound like the type who thinks that is “ok”
      Comment by mmilesll — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:02pm PDT  Reply to this post
      • I would only ask this: How many of you – no matter where you stand on this issue – would want to have your entire life judged by each and every word you said some 30 years ago – including losing your job? How many of you are ready for that level of review? I suspect that those who would publicly flay Ms. Dean have things they have said that they would prefer never get aired. I am also certain that those who are so quick to defend have said some ugly things as well and probably are privately ashamed of them. How about this: ask where the woman stands today. (I have no idea.) But isn’t that the real issue?
        Comment by Fr. Larry Wagoner — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:34pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • agreed. this racebaiting is so overdone. I will never watch this network ever again.
      Comment by americanuck — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT  Reply to this post
      • Me too. Loved Ina and pioneer cook. But really, so long food network. Let’s hope none of us are deposed.
        Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:12pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • Gee, I didn’t know racial intolerance and invectives were the sole province of older, white Americans? Someone should follow me around in the inner-city sometime.
      Comment by Jeremiah — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • Yeah, and Chris Rock never called white people” crackers.” Go away, racist!!!!America is tired of your double standard and we are about to show just how tired we are of it.
      Comment by Davis — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
      • Your comments are just causing more racism , why can’t you just get along . Seems to me you want the trouble and racism to continue !,,,
        Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • You must be a child. I doubt that there is a person over 50 that has not used that word at some point in their life. It didn’t even take on it’s dreaded meaning till the 70′s so CHILL. My college roommate was black. He used to introduce me to his friends as his token honky. We all got along just fine, still do. The burning cross comment is over the top.
      Comment by SoWhat — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:23pm PDT  Reply to this post
      • I am 53 and have never used the “n-word,” but I have read it in “Huckleberry Finn.”
        Comment by Tiger Dude — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT  Reply to this post
    Dear idiots above, she didn’t say it years ago, she said it recently and says it in her everyday language when speaking of black people and also allows her employees (i.e. her brother) to use it, that’s why she’s being sued. Have you read the entire deposition or only the cliff notes version from media crawls on your TV? How would you like to constantly be called derogatory names because of your race?? I mean wake up… you don’t care until it happens to you. Thank you Food Network for realizing Ms. Deen’s behavior and allowance of this behavior in her establishments was unacceptable.
    Comment by K.T. — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:28pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • I find the term white person to be offensive. Yet, blacks and even the president use the term constantly. Are you saying that they should be fired. In the case of the president, I am all for it. The fact is that blacks use the n word constantly. If they can use it, then so can I. If people want to clean up the word, then lets fire all the rappers and everyone else that use the term. Lets not just be prejudicial to white people, oh no, I used the term.
      Comment by david7134 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:39am PDT  Reply to this post
      • You find the term white person to be offensive? That’s idiotic.
        Comment by M and M — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • Nobody cares everyone is racist at some time in their life. Being Hispanic born in the good USA people call me wetback. Spic. Dirty. Doesn’t. Bother me. Well I’m gonna try to. Boycott the food network it will hard Paula deen self made woman will come out on top. I think it is outrageous that. A person can be sued. For saying racial slurs I say shut the front door.
      Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT  Reply to this post
      • good for you, though it was hard to understand what you said what with all the random periods XD… race is a big part of who we are, our culture, etc, and therefore people notice it. i don’t agree with slurs or demeaning anyone, but i’m 30 and she’s what, 66? she grew up in the era of separate bathrooms for black people. can’t anyone understand that that kind of thing makes people think differently, and it’s hard to get it out of their heads? that’s why it’s such a horrible thing in the first place. if we had separate bathrooms for every single race and gender and sexual orientation, maybe it would be different. but blacks were singled out in her time.
        tl:dr give her a friggin break. food network is covering their collective butt, and i know she’ll be back, just like Robert Irvine.
        disclaimer: racism is not okay, but we need to settle the F down.
        Comment by chloe — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT  Reply to this post
      • Yeah but. So they. Call you. A really bad punctuator? Because. Using. Periods. In the middle. Of sentences. Just seems. Odd. And. Racist.
        Comment by Michael — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:27pm PDT  Reply to this post
    • The deposition is only a statement made by someone seeking monetary damages. The statement may or may not be true.
      Comment by Elle — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT  Reply to this post
      • That a not at all what a deposition is. It’s her sworn testimony under oath and under penalty of perjury. Same as if she was testifying at trial.
        Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT  Reply to this post
        • Yeah, and we know NOBODY has ever lied in court, especially if they have the potential for a huge profit by doing so.
          Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:56am PDT  
        Comment by The Arbiter — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT  Reply to this post
        • Arbiter, you’re posting comments about someone who name called, yet your comments are the most insulting and hostile and vicious on here. And you’re shouting via caps. Can’t you engage in a discussion without frothing at the mouth while doing so? You called Sean Hannity a “scum racist” and now you’re calling other commenters on here “unbelievable asswipe idiots”. Do you really think ANYONE is going to give ANY credence to any legitimate comments you might make? No one has called you any names. You’re the one calling names, commenting about someone who name called. Do you really NOT see your hypocrisy??? You’re upset that clearly the trumped up issue of racism is CLEARLY, as can be seen by a perusal of the comments on here, is almost 100% dead, over, finished, worn-out, tired, ended. No one buys it anymore.
          Comment by punky — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:07pm PDT  
        • Clinton made a lot statements under oath. Under oath means what exactly?
          Comment by culpeper — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:14pm PDT  
        • Dearest “Arbiter”,
          Riddle me this?? Why is it that Jesse Jackson called NYC Hymietown and what??? What’s that?????…………. Crickets crickets…..N O T H I N G!!!!! He’s a “respected black leader” she’s a COOKING SHOW HOST…sure, the faux outrage here makes PERFECT sense.
          FORMER food network viewer and FORMER bleeding heart WHO’S PROFOUNDLY sick of double standards!!
          Comment by STLNIKKEFAN — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:44pm PDT  
    • I’m a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant – I’ve been called any number of names and endured slurs and “jokes” from entertainment industry honchos more than I could have imagined possible when I started out over 30 years ago… But, to me I considered the source and used the old “water off a ducks back” mantra to get through…
      Comment by face it — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT  Reply to this post
      • Yeah, that was so tough for you ’cause WHITES have been so OPPRESSED and all! S_T_F_U , you racist POS.
        Comment by The Arbiter — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:31am PDT  Reply to this post
        • Dude, angry much?
          Comment by danbfas — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT  
        • @Aribiter
          After reading many of your trolling hate filled comments I find you to be a person who not only appears Angry but with many underlying race issues. If I understand you correctly you are the expert on Race Issues & without a doubt have many of it’s terminology confused.
          Just by commenting to you I am sure you will find me Racist in your definition… Do you know what a bigot is? Let me help you:
          Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
          Racist or racism : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
          If and I mean IF Paula Deen was using the “N” word that is so widely used in Music/Movies/ Everyday Speech in the Black community she would only have fit the First definitions term and not with hatred but intolerance.
          Arbiter, You yourself fit into the Bigot category based on just a few of your comments to others…. Having an intellectual conversation with you would be a moot point since your dialect comes not from understanding or tolerance but from Race & Hatred toward anyone not of your color.. You do not have the high ground in this conversation or a leg to stand on based on your writtings thus far.
          Good luck in life and Best wishes to you.
          Comment by Gandalff — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:18pm PDT  
        • Your glaring ignorance of history or Irish, Scots, and Welsh is projected very nicely by your comments. Your glorious victimhood has not be self experienced but you have a one trick pony concept that unfortunately for you can only be used to further the problem your trying to proclaim. You should stop being a whiny, churlish, computer Robinhood and study history. Only you will feel how stupid your comments are once you do a little research but all of us here already know.
          Before you try to claim youve lived it, your profile is that of a person whos angry emotionally which most likely means your in your 20′s or maybe early 30′s and nothing more, so youve experienced nothing really. Secondly youre posting on here which not only concretes my first opinion but tells me you dont rationally discuss these things with your everyday friends and that means your not self assured and we are the test subjects that have to listen to you. No truly rational adult speaks the way you do and ins all that much more telling of your intent and capabilities.
          My suggestions would be to study history (start with Jews maybe and the look up how the Irish and Scots were treated for a few hundred years and how they are currently considered to be second class citizens to all across the channel. You come across so angry you dont make any sense to those of us who know what youre trying to say. can you imagine what you sound like to those who dont have a clue about what youre saying.
          Comment by antiarbiter — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:32pm PDT  
    • No I didn’t read it in the deposition, did you? I’ve been trying to find the script of the deposition, please give us your link.
      I don’t know about being called names, maybe you have to ask Jessie Jackson about Hymie town. Did Jessie get fired? No — didn’t think so.
      Maybe you have to ask the rappers about the word.
      We can stand a lot of things in this nation, theft of government services; false charges of rape (hello Duke Lacrosse); Louis Farrakhan calls white people blue eyed devils, last I heard he is still the leader of the church; we allow snooping by the government, etc. But God no….don’t use certain words. You should be staked for the red ants to eat for using a word. This word crap is straight out of Animal Farm and 1984.
      Personally I find that word to be disgusting to hear but it is NOT the worst thing that people do to each other, not anywhere near it.
      How well do the African American’s and Hispanics get along in east LA? Do they call each other names?
      Comment by URDRWHO — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT  Reply to this post
      • There’s such a huge lack of understanding, incorrect facts, and false equivalencies laced throughout your entire comment. First I’ll address the reason Paula Dean was fired from her Food Network show because you (and a lot of others who have commented) do not seem to grasp the way television shows are produced and run. On the Food Network each show is built around the hosts personality. The network makes money by selling commercial time to businesses who want to advertise their products. These businesses choose which shows they think their target market would most likely tune into and which show hosts would represent their product the best. In order for the network to get maximum advertising fees, they have to make sure their show hosts are “likeable”. They spend a lot of money to research these types of things and from this research they come up with a “likeability” rating for all on-air talent. When scandals occur like the current one Paula Dean is involved in, it has a huge negative effect on likeability ratings. Advertisers who purchase commercial time on Paula’s show start to pull their commercials from Paula’s show because they do not want their product associated in any way with a host going through any type of controversial scandal especially one involving racism… and neither does the network. So, when faced with a decision to keep the show or not, fairness does not factor into the equation at all. That’s how smart and competent business owners run their businesses. It’s all about the bottom line and self preservation (as it should be). So anyone who thinks the network is being so unfair to Mrs. Paula Dean should keep this explanation in mind.
        Now, about those who want to bring up other situations where someone black has been involved in a scandal and equate this to Paula Dean in any way, you have inadvertently revealed your own racist mindset. This isn’t about a white woman who said the “n” word a few times and offended black people. This is about a woman who’s misrepresented image has been revealed. This is about her holding views that a majority of Americans no longer find acceptable. That’s it, plain and simple.
            • Now, you said that Jessie Jackson didn’t get fired after using an anti semitic slur. First of all he was running for public office when he used the word so I’m not sure who can fire someone from their own campaign. Second, immediately following that slur he apologized and withdrew from that race. This particular incident that happened in the early 1980′s has permanently killed Jessie Jackson’s political career and he’s never been able to successfully run for public office since then (and rightfully so). Maybe you wouldn’t consider that a firing, but to me it’s far far worse.
              Lastly, I’m not sure why you thought citing the Duke Lacrosse scandal, Louis Farrakhan, and how well Blacks and Hispanics get along in Los Angeles were supposed to support your argument that Paula Dean should not be fired. I’m completely bewildered by that, but I’m sure it all makes perfect sense in the minds of those who have not yet evolved on the issue of race in this country. Thankfully people like you and Mrs Paula Dean are slowly becoming the minority, and people like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Brad Pitt are becoming the majority.
              Comment by DeMon Spencer — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:54am PDT  Reply to this post
              • Agree with you mostly, but can not accept your reference about Hillary Cliton, Joe Biden and especially Brad Pitt. Poor choices
                Comment by Viper — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:45pm PDT  
            • Everyone should read Ann Coulter’s book, Mugged. Very educational. I learned a lot, and Ann manages to inject humor into all of her writings. And, she’s not a racist.
              Comment by ponygirl — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:48pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • Every been around black folks? They are the most accepting people and they never say a bad word about any race.
            Comment by steve — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:10am PDT  Reply to this post
            • What Planet you live on?
              Comment by Robert Crawley — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:29pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • K.T. – How would like being discriminated against every day by people who call you names because of your skin color????? Mine just happens to be white and I have people (blacks and hispanic) calling me names almost every day because my skin color is white. How about the skinny people calling the overweight people names? How about the poor people demonizing the rich from where they receive their welfare? How about the ignorant people blaming the educated? How about the slower people demonizing the smart people? How about the black race grow up and stop discriminating against the whites????? I’ve heard more black people call each other the n word than I’ve ever even heard white people call them that. I’ve seen more racial slurs coming from blacks these days than any other race on this planet. How about the asians who have everyone discriminating against them? How about you grow up and engage your brain so that you can make accurate statements about what REALLY goes on in society other than in your politically correct world where you allow discrimination against only one race to happen – the whites. Otherwise be consistent and hold all the blacks who call themselves that accountable as well as stop throwing stones?
            Comment by Penny — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:11am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I agree w/Penny .. this country has become way too sensitive .. Anthony Weiner, for example, who I don’t like, is being slammed because he didn’t “react fast and stern” enough when a senior in a wheelchair, referred to the opposing candidate as a dyke. Weiner, who I cannot believe I’m defending (ugh), said to the senior citizen, that it wasn’t nice to speak about people like that. But the Gay/Lesbian groups are all up in arms because the candidate was referred to as a dyke .. now mind you, this candidate is part of numerous events and groups that actually have the word/description dyke in them .. that is what they call themselves @ these groups and events .. the senior did’t remember the candidates name but remembered that .. and she’s being maligned and weiner is being bashed because he didn’t come down hard on the senior .. but of course, if he had, he would be accused of abusing the elderly .. the point is, you apparently can’t win in this overly sensitive nation anymore.
              Comment by dorri — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:55am PDT  Reply to this post
            • This is off the race topic, but what do you have against poor people and/or slow people??? Did you realize that being slow, or having a mental illness is not a choice. Did you also realize that
              as a result of that mental illness a person may need welfare and social security because they are disabled. I agree with you on some issues, but it sounds like you demonize the poor and mentally ill.
              Comment by Janean — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT  Reply to this post
          • I and many other’s HAVE been called derogatory names and had to live with it.
            This lopsided sense of fairness that is promoted to create division and hostility is despicable to any society. The ignorant rubes such as yourself will not like the results when all of this comes to fruition.
            You need to take a look at those receiving the benefits of this disharmony as it certainly isn’t us. They laughing hysterically at these sad examples of their handiwork you think is progress just reward. Your mindset is an enabler to destruction mainly of your own.
            Comment by Hal — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:17am PDT  Reply to this post
          • you mean she was using Rap music language? was she talking like Jamie Foxx? Chris Rock? Spike Lee? shameful ! I hope she did not use the word jig a boo? or phrases like “Hiemi town” like Jessie Jackson . I hope she never said “are those jungle bunnies still shooting the hell out of themselves in Chicago? or “Those spugges just ruined Detroit” because I won’t be putting up wit dat!
            Comment by born in Mombasa — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:21am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Oh, no, thank YOU citizen “holier-than-thou” for putting everyone else in their place. Gosh, you are an upstanding citizen for calling most everyone else on here an idiot. Wow, you have such…tolerance, for others’ opinions.
            Comment by Jim — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Why don’t you worry about black on black murders, education and poverty more. Race baiting ass!
            Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:31am PDT  Reply to this post
          • I love someone who opens a remark about name calling with the same childish sticks and stones. Heres the truth folks like it or not. These are nothing but words nothing more nothing less. I have dealt with Bipolar type I with psychosis for 11 years now. About 3% of the US population is Bipolar. I’d say this puts us in the minority as well. In my time dealing with this I have fought to keep my career, spouse and life. Does anyone care? No. I hear terms such as crazy, nuts, bonkers, koo koo, freak, wack job, psycho every day. These “slurs” are used on kids shows, prime time tv, schools, offices etc. Guess what? I am still alive, I still try and forgive people for their words because I understand one simple thing. People will always judge the different. People will always find ways to offend even if they do not intend on doing so. Just ask someone who struggles with their weight yet gets to hear fat, lard o, whale etc everyday. Why are afflictions of the body and mind acceptable targets of word rage but color is still the ultimate issue. Put on some thicker skin.
            Comment by CG — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:47am PDT  Reply to this post
          • You go Paula! I will NEVER watch the Food Network again! You will be Missed!
            Comment by shelly — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Black people can use the n word, they can call us crackers, but when they call me a cracker, It’ makes me feel good. It’s free speech. Until black people grow up and not let the n word bother them, they will always be victims.
            Comment by Ronald dahlberg — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:29am PDT  Reply to this post
          • You’re the idiot. I never heard her use the word and neither did you. But I bet she’s using it now!
            Comment by ellen — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:06pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • either we have freedom of speech or we don’t. remember, all this power the system gives you to persecute other people for their unpopular speech, will someday be used against you. clearly you love the system as long as its on your side.
            Comment by americanuck — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • I don’t think the so called N word is something I think anyone should say, but I don’t think anyone should have their life ruined over it. Don’t work for her if you don’t like her.
            Comment by WENDI — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • I’ll say anything about anyone and dare you to sue me over it…
            Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:57pm PDT  Reply to this post
        • This is an outrage that she is being punished for something said long ago. Political correctness is killing this nation! Times have changed but the discourse from the left has not. Teabagger is used all the time. Should someone lose their livelihood because they use the term? Don’t think so.
          Paula, I feel bad for you and your family! My wife is a huge fan of the show and if the Food Net Work is this spineless she will undoubtedly stop watching. Hopefully many others will follow. Companies need to take a strong position in defense of all our rights. If not they also need to pay a financial price.
          Comment by notalib — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
        • I’m with you. No more Food Network for our family.
          Comment by Townster — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:30pm PDT  Reply to this post
        • I’m with you. I just canceled my upper tier package with DISH. I’ll spend some of the money I saved, by subscribing to her magazine. When are the brain dead hypocrites that make decisions like this going to wake up? Probably never, because there are too many stupid people in this country who think American Idol is more important than who is running for an office. They have no clue what it is like to work for a living, but know how to leach off of the success of others. Deen worked hard to be where she is today. Unfortunately life’s losers can’t stand that.
          Comment by TN — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:47pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • An icon, taken down from a mistake. So so sad. NO ONE, including celebrities are perfect. I plan to write to the Food Network and say I am boycotting their channel until they show compassion for this. Paula has made them millions… yet , now.. they cut her off. She is human.
            Comment by BeckySue Becker — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:53pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • I agree with you…….. we live in a terrible world when you have to walk on egg shells all the time to be politically correct…. All Food Network should say is we do not condone or support Paula’s comments…..and let it go…. Food Network is over-reacting…
              Comment by Randy and Rachel Williams — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:42pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • Ted Turner had an all black staff dressed in white suits to complete the look of his colonial mansion!
              Jane Fonda and her adopted black daughter, Mary Williams, revealed this on Oprah’s Next Chapter. Is there a double standard????
              (Note: Youtube clips stop short before the part about the white suits. Need to see it in it’s entirety.)
              Comment by Nicole — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:54am PDT  Reply to this post
            • Why don’t they ask Michael Moore if he EVER uttered that word! Paula was blindsided!
              Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:51am PDT  Reply to this post
            • Like you said Paula has made millions thanks to the food network, and yes her contract shouldn’t be renewed. Stand for something or fall for anything. I understand she is human and fallible but that doesn’t by any means negate the consequences of her actions. I teach my children that decisions have consequences be it good or bad and at the end of the day you have to own your choices. She can use the millions she has made over the years to soften the blow.
              Comment by Kayla — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:02am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I wonder when Hollywood will drop their bad boys and girls from their payroll files? Lindsey Lohan, Justin Bieber, and a number of other cretins, keep getting themselves in trouble, saying and doing things today, yet they’re still coddled by their handlers. Paula, God opens doors, and closes doors with a purpose, he has plans for you. He wants you to do His work now, He blessed you to become well known for a reason. Embrace this change, let yourself be at peace with this change, good things will be opened up in a new way for you. Take a rest, go on vacation, get close to those you love, and keep smiling and laughing.
              Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:23am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I wrote to Food Network and told them I am no longer watching their channel. I explained that I was disappointed in their decision to not renew her contract. I also asked them if they would care to be judged by a STUPID comment they made 30 years ago….Rap singers use the “N” word constantly and get rewarded for it!
              Comment by Allie — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:33am PDT  Reply to this post
              • this was just an excuse to dump her. The real reason was the unhealthy recipes she was promoting that she admits caused her diabetes. Wake tfu…
                Comment by haifish8587 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:24pm PDT  
            • You all are so right. Funny how the ones that preach that they are so inclusive and tolerant prove to be vastly intolerant!
              Comment by Amy — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:39am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I am with you. Never watching the Food Network again, I wonder how much money they made off of her celebrity first? She’s human, get over it.
              Comment by ErinShiner — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:07am PDT  Reply to this post
          • It’s time for Paula to move to OWN.
            Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:26pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • did she have to volunteer this?
            Comment by yvonne rivera — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:02am PDT  Reply to this post
          • I live in the South. People I was around never said the N- word. I’ve heard it more on vacations in Arizona and New York, than in the South.
            But, I did use it when I was telling my children to never say it. I guess I should be exiled!
            Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:49am PDT  Reply to this post
          • How does firing Paula Deen make the Food Network hypocrites? Do you people making this accusation even know what the word means? Are you trying to say that the Food Network uses racist profanity in their daily business. Sorry, dudes. Your stupid argument for hypocrisy doesn’t hold water.
            Comment by DIK — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:31am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I will boycott Food TV. Heck most adult’s 40 years and younger eat out. They don’t even cook .WHY? Its to complicated to cook. Well I myself who does garden and cook will not watch food TV.I like Paula Deen the reason I watched the channel for her cooking and funniness. As for recipes on the NET. The best is I used to watch the Home and Garden channel. Till they screwed that up to.
              Comment by kevin — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:39pm PDT  Reply to this post
        • I am black and do not have a problem with Paula Deen or anything she did or said years ago. I know for a fact almost (probably all) black use racial slurs against each other and other races and no one says anything about it.
          I agree with the poster above, I will not watch the good network any more. Hopefully Paula will find another network to hire her and the food network will disappear from the air. The speech police are out of their minds, that’s why I tell people who try to correct me, I speak the opposite of political correctness all the time.
          Comment by RobNclt — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:51pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • I must agree with the posts above, everyone, at some point in their life, has used some type of racial comment no matter what race they happen to be. Food Network can go stuff beans and I for one will NEVER watch the channel again. The poor woman was raised in the South for gosh sakes, sure seems like she has a good heart to me, if not, then let the Lord sort that out.
            As for all this political correctness, it’s killing this country. Everyone deserves to be judged by their character and the content of their actions. Food Network KMA!
            Comment by james — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:41pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • am white and I have a big problem with Paula Deen and her use of the N word. I know for a fact very few (almost no) black use racial slurs against each other and lots of white people make up lies and say that they do.
            I disagree with the poster above, I will start watching the food network now. Hopefully Paula will see the error of her ways, and the food network will get a lot of new viewers like me. The trolls who pretend to be black are out of their minds.
            Comment by Anne — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:08pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • Thirty years ago we had not made so exquisitely and I might add overly sensitive to slams on race. Kids in my neighborhood called us “Hey, wops” or other names pertaining to Italian extraction.We also obliged the other by calling them by their native extraction,red legs, pole, or whatever. I hate political correctness and all the rest of this garbage now a days. It also seems to me that it open season on Jews and Christians in the media. And wasn’t it Bill Mahr, that only 2 days ago called a downs symptom child a retard? I don’t see him getting fired Why not?
            Comment by Gatekeeper96740 — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:20pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • The “N” word might have disappeared 30 years ago had it not been for Richard Pryor and His extensive use of it in his stand up routines.
              Then came all those comedians that imitated Pryor. And then the Rap “Stars”.
              And Finally that Group of Folks that say WE can use the “N” word because it is “OUR” word, but NOBODY else can.
              If the word is so OFFENSIVE (and it IS) then NO ONE SHOULD USE IT. EVER.
              Comment by Hoot4RE — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:39pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • Because the left are the modern day Nazis. They will tear apart anyone that disagrees with their Progressive/Communist agenda. It happens every day. It is okay for filth like Maher to make comments like that and call Sarah Palin a “cunt”. The left are the lowest dregs of society.
              Comment by Jason — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:11am PDT  Reply to this post
              • I wasnt going to comment on this thread because more often than not they devolve into a never ending stream of hateful and ignorant language that have no logical or reasonable merit. However, when I saw your post Jason I felt that I should at least point out that the left is not like the Nazis. No one is like the Nazis. Unfortunately, this is probably not going to make a difference to a person who calls roughly half of our society the “lowest dregs”. We live in a system where every person is allowed to express their opinion and that is one of the key components of a functioning democracy. So before you go around calling people Nazis, maybe you should think about how that makes you look. Not having a reasonable argument is not an excuse to spout obviously unfounded and ridiculous bulls#$t. I feel sorry for you. But try to have a good day.
                Comment by Coty Webb — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT  
            • Great post!
              Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:36am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I made a comment here expressing sadness – she is human. I got a NASTY email through my website (quoted above in an earlier comment). So we are all immediately being labeled racists because we believe in forgiveness and the good in people. Oh. Im supposedly a Southern Cracker for supporting her too. How sad.
              Comment by Becky Sue Becker — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:40am PDT  Reply to this post
            • Seriously with equating Italian Americans with black Americans? Because Italian Americans were being lynched in the south? And attacked by violent mobs and not allowed to use bathrooms and lived in a de facto apartheid state, recently enough that millions of them who experienced this are still alive? Crack a history book once in a while. Yeah, blacks in the south were treated kinda differently,
              Comment by HW — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:07am PDT  Reply to this post
              • Why don’t YOU crack open a history book? Italian immigrants were basically sold South as indentured servants upon arriving in America, or they worked in sweatshops for pennies a week. And all this after leaving their own nation to escape from the criminals there, otherwise known as the Mafia. African Americans didn’t have it the worst in this nation, as some like to pretend. This nation actually shouldn’t even be called America. It should still be a land of independent Native American tribes. They were forced off their land at gunpoint, they were purposely infected with smallpox, they had their food herds slaughtered wantonly by the United States government, they were herded onto tiny little dead plots of land called reservations, they were killed wholesale by the United States government. Would you say that ancestors of Native Americans had it a bit rougher than ancestors of slaves? I would. African Americans don’t hold a monopoly on suffering.
                Now, as far as the actual topic of this article, who cares what Paula Deen said. She is nothing but a paid shill for whichever corporate entity is willing to pay her to be their orange-faced spokeswoman. I don’t get the whole thing about the “n” word, anyway. I love rap music and it seems like every other word in the rap is the “n” word. Why is it okay for African Americans to use it? If the word is offensive to use, should it not be offensive for EVERYONE to use?
                Comment by Nana — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:42am PDT  
              • Thirty years ago I lived in Guam. I’m white with blond hair and blue eyes. Twenty years ago we lived in Hawai’i. Both my daughter, also blonde and blue-eyed, suffered discrimination, which is not limited to name calling. As a child and later my cold we were segregated from the “mainstream” because I of our race. We both o over it, you should, too.
                Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:42am PDT  
              • HW,
                I have lived in the South for over 60 years, much of it in southern Mississippi and have never seen any of the actions that you describe. In fact, I had a discussion with black friends and they indicated that they have not experienced any type of discrimination in the South in over 50 years. Now when they go North, they have had much different experiences. I know many black families in the North that are trying hard to move down here as they are treated different. So if we see someone who is racist, prejudiced, bigoted, then it is you.
                But much of this is easy to cure. Those of us in the South are united on one thing. We hate you people in the North and wish to have our own country. So since we are so bad and you have no use for us, why don’t we arrange a split? Remember 1860? We wanted the same thing then, had the same attitudes in desiring freedom, but you made us stay with the US and we have suffered every since.
                Comment by david7134 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:46am PDT  
              • If you googled “Italians lynched in New Orleans” you would discover that it did happen here, in people still living lifetimes. No one has the right to demean anyone else due to race or other genetic accidents of birth. That said, she apologized. It is strictly a matter of business between her and the food channel
                Comment by Nothingisnew — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:12pm PDT  
              • As someone stated below, the native Americans were treated very badly. They were made slaves, but too many of them died in servitude- they couldn’t do the work, and were most likely more prone to infections. The Cherokees had accepted the lifestyles of white settlers, with many owing businesses, even large plantations. However, the Democrat tyrant, Andrew Jackson, went above the Supreme Court and ordered them off their lands and to reservations out west. (Remind you of another democrat who ignores the law?) The founder of Chattanooga, TN had to go with them, being half Cherokee. Some escaped into the mountains, but many were doomed to generations of poverty. Dependence on the government has perpetuated the poverty. (the Cherokees who escaped, not depending on government) are now doing well financially) Other tribes were deliberately infected with diseases, etc. The Chinese and other Asians were also treated poorly. Until the 1960;s whites were not allowed to marry Asians in GA. Of course, the Irish were treated like dirt when arriving in the 1800′s.
                Comment by Siobhan — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:11pm PDT  
            • Okay, what did we learn here………..Lie. If only she had lied about it, all would be okay.
              Comment by Susan — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:43am PDT  Reply to this post
            • Twenty or thirty years ago kids would chose sides by saying “eenie meenie minie mo, catch a N-word by the toe”, they stopped when it became apparent this was offensive, are all these kids going to be fired or ostracized forever? Paula said it , apologized, end of story.
              Comment by Maureen — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I agree the Food network is bowing to political pressure. What about free speech? I agree slurs are hurtful, but Paula does not deserve to have been crucified because of it. Names will never hurt you, and I believe most black people could care less. getting jobs would be a higher priority. Hang in there Paula we still love you and will follow you!
              Comment by lillian comport — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:31am PDT  Reply to this post
          • now here is a man of reason, rationality, sensibility, …..abhors this “political correctness”, like me.!, thank you!
            Comment by vcb — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:41pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • I like your attitude.
            Comment by Jim — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:51pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • REALLY!?
            You’ve polled EVERY black person in America and KNOW for a FACT that each and EVERY ONE has used racial slurs in their daily interactions with others?
            Comment by MindReader — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:48pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • Good for you RobNclt. You are a better person than most, including those at the Food Network. I gave up on them a few years ago when it became obvious that their so-called “reality” shows (i.e. The Next Food Network Star, The Next Iron Chef, etc.) were rigged. I like to be entertained but I detest being manipulated! Your heart is in the right place as your comments prove. We can ALL be better people and society would benefit greatly if we improved ourselves rather than concentrating on the weaknesses in others, especially after they apologize. Evidently this will not suffice for the Food Network for they still are serving up big fat dollops of HYPOCRISY for your viewing pleasure!
            Comment by jondos — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:10am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Sir,
            With that kind of attitude, I bet you ooze happy smile and birds circling around singing you when you step out. You need to spread it around.
            Comment by PimplyNeck — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:27am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Excellent comment. It is a reality that you can be non-racist and use racially socially unacceptable slang such as the dreaded N word.It is a GREAT word!
            Comment by paul recher — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:41am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Absolutely right…racism to me has nothing to do with the color of your skin ..everything to do with the way we treat each other and it’s getting ugly.
            Comment by Fast Eddy — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:49am PDT  Reply to this post
          • and you…How do I respond to an idiotic comment? Paula Deen remark was Offensive and my sincerest sympathy to you for not knowing when you should be offended. Be careful because theres no medication or cure for stupidity and in some situations it can even be terminal!
            Comment by Kayla — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:09am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Would be nice if Paula got some support from other food network stars. But nobody will touch this with a 10 foot spatula, Thanks to Jesse and Rev. Al. Anybody in their right mind would stay quiet, because if you gave the forgivesness she has asked for, Al and jesse and their ilk, will condemn you anyways.
            Comment by Sal — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:17am PDT  Reply to this post
          • I’m with you brother-man.
            Comment by Bob from Berkeley — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:53am PDT  Reply to this post
          • I’m with you 100%. I’ll never watch FoodTv again
            Comment by anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:20am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Thanks so much for your thoughts and position on this, but I think we both know your views are not universally shared among black folks. And that’s too bad because our country needs to move on from racism. We are all one people — white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and in between. Although I am white, a Southerner and a cook (my wife would say ‘sort of’), I don’t watch Deen’s show because I think she overdoes the Southern accent. At any rate, she’s done — take her out of the oven and let’s move on. Thanks again.
            Comment by Jere Joiner — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT  Reply to this post
          • Thank you so much for your comment.That’s the first time I’ve heard that view from a black person. I’ve wondered why it’s ok for black people to call each other the N word but not ok for anyone else to do so. Personally, I hate the word. Also, it chaps my hide that just that one specific slur outrages people. I’ve been called ‘whitey, honky, cracker, southern idiot’……all those things. If I filed a lawsuit, how far do you think it would go…dismissed as frivolous, I’m sure. From now own, when I am asked about my race or ethnic origins, my answer will be European American. I’m sure there’s no place on any application for that. I wish the term African American would disappear. Why aren’t we all just Americans?
            Comment by Mary — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:23am PDT  Reply to this post
          • If we all could be more understanding like you ,,, we wouldn’t have so many problems with this country . Just let people live . I couldn’t have said it better “
            Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
        • Exactly right
          Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:55pm PDT  Reply to this post
        • I agree with you. It seems to me there is far too much hate out there. They feed off each other. What ever happened to “sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me”? Are people so desperate to destroy each other that they can’t “tolerate” a word? Paula Deen is entitled to her own opinion even if it isn’t kind or “acceptable” in polite society. Why is it okay for all those people to “hate” her, but it’s not okay for her to feel hate? Get over it folks. Stop trying to ruin everyones lives just because you disagree with them.
          Comment by puzzled — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • & the powers that be at the Food Network are entitled to decide whom they choose to employ.
            Works both ways.
            Comment by toni — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • Yes they do… For I truly believe in the free market.
              The other side of that equation is that I can turn them off.
              Actually, PBS has some GREAT food programming without the fanfare. A nice change!
              Just do it!
              Comment by Howard Ino — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:45pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • …yes it does!, …..or does it not????
              Comment by vcb — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:44pm PDT  Reply to this post
              Comment by gerry — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:44pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • And the viewers of Paula Deen’s Food Network Show are entitled to decide whom they will watch, and so it seems, without Paula, NOT MANY will watch. Hopefully, forcing the Food Network to reconsider their idiotic, politically correct decision to fire her over something she ADMITTED was WRONG!! Works many ways, no? Let’s hope that which is good and just wins out.
              Comment by Rennie — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:27pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • Aren’t the Food Network and HGTV joined at the hip in business?
              Comment by mirted — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:07am PDT  Reply to this post
            • The PC nature of society these days actually chills open discussions to dispel myths and prejudices.
              Just as Food Network can dump Paula, I have chosen to dump Food Network
              Comment by moses — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:18am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I agree with you, and its my choice not to watch the Food Network again. Which I notified them yesterday.
              Comment by atkoa — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:57am PDT  Reply to this post
            • And my way will be to never watch the food channel again.
              This PC crap has got to stop.
              God Bless ya Paula
              Comment by — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:17am PDT  Reply to this post
          • So,the controversy started over the fact that Paula Deene made her name teaching people how to cook high caloric foods and desserts, then when she developed type 2 diabetes, she explained the situation and accepted ads for diabetic medications or products. That’s the real reason that they hate her. They dug up the “n” word controversy because the first one about the high caloric food wasn’t getting much traction.
            The left did the same type of thing to Dr. Atkins for developing the high protein low carb diet that included red meat. They hated Dr. Atkins, too. my lefty sister in law even tried to tell me that Atkins was hiding the fact that he had an insulin shunt to regulate his insulin because the diet didn’t work. She doesn’t understand the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Some people just don’t think for themselves.
            Comment by DD Shaw — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:32pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • Lefties are the biggest sheep,I’ve ever seen. Coming out of the woodwork to ttack this woman. Why? Because she said some regrettable thing. Fuck them. Leftists are the nastiest most callous, thoughtless people of all. The balls on them, calling ANYONE out for some kind of off color language.
              Comment by Glen — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 11:51pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Glen, you it that nail square on the head bro…:-)
                Comment by — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT  
            • “the controversy started over the fact that Paula Deene made her name teaching people how to cook high caloric foods and desserts, then when she developed type 2 diabetes, she explained the situation and accepted ads for diabetic medications or products.” No, that’s not the controversy. She went for two years without telling her public that she had T2D and continued pushing seriously fattening, deadly food. Then, she only came clean when she was busted for making all that money off of her disease, while she continued pushing deadly food off on her loyal fans. She’s a hypocrite, clear and simple. And don’t tell me she’s so stupid that she doesn’t know it’s inappropriate to tell a N-word joke in front of black people. That’s just plain ignorance.
              Comment by DIK — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:39am PDT  Reply to this post
            • It’s even worse Than that. She is finally getting paid back for being honest about which guest on her show loved food the most. Do you remember — a certain female who hogged it down, even during the commercial breaks. I cant’t say the name, but she wants all y’all to eat healthy, now … It’s “the Chicago way!”
              Comment by White House payback time — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:05am PDT  Reply to this post
            • I agree 100%.
              I think because she no longer fits the “health agenda” being forced on us by the administration and people like Bloomberg, she had to go.
              Comment by Stevo — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT  Reply to this post
              • Yeah, you’re right Stevo — this goes all the way to the top! Obama personally had her fired! What kidn of power over the country do you think one center-left mayor has? Do you understand anything?
                And DD Shaw, the left went after the Atkins diet?! That’s seriously one of the funniest things I’ve read all week.
                Jeez. You guys are really outdoing yourselves today.
                Comment by Elmore — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:41am PDT  
            • Paula probably makes more from the drug company than she has made over the years with FN. She’ll do okay as long as she lives long enough with her bad habits.
              Comment by dessertgirl — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:25pm PDT  Reply to this post
          • I AGREE! I just LOVE how the dumbed down, ignorant hypocritical public were beating down the doors to have that DOG MURDERER, Michael Vick back in the foozeball game!!!! Now THAT IS a foul little viscious scumbag that SHOULD be ostracized and SHUNNED for Life! Yet, you grow up in a time when comedy, jokes based on stereotypes which ARE based on Facts, WERE acceptable although maybe not palatable to everyone and then, time goes on and you ‘grow up’ and realize that that behavior and maybe those beliefs aren’t what a virtuous person engages in, yet, you’re HELD to that ‘old’ standard by a cry-baby, Victim-Mentality driven public and the ones who are loudest, funny enough, THEY use that particular word MORE than anyone! Put on your big girl panties ya bunch a little ballerinas for frackin’ sake! :)
            Comment by Sherry — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:07pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • HILARIOUS :-)
              Comment by Abby — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • Michael Vick is a travesty..but you know, playing football, and being a nasty animal abuser is FAR worse than a woman being honest about how she has grown from accepting the public perception of minorities and realizing that lie! Yet “Mikey” is now permitted to have dogs…Who was the actual MURDERER here?? The abuser? So now WORDS are worse than ACTIONS? My Lord, we are in BIG trouble in this country! Paula…you are just a human being, and I for one, will not support the Food Network and their stupid PC…Create your own network!
              Comment by Rennie — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:02pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • I hadn’t thought of the Vick analogy but you are spot on. He is a filthy animal abuser who also threw his OWN dog into that ring to be ripped to shreds. Yet he’s forgiven and rewarded with a multimillion contract. People who abuse those without a voice, animals and children, are the lowest life form on the planet! Food network… go to hell!
                Comment by DTOM2 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:23am PDT  
              • Dogs aren’t people my friend
                Comment by Thetruth — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:45am PDT  
            • Michael Vick PAID for his crimes – in a FEDERAL PRISON, no less. In our society, and our system, Michael Vick’s debt to society is PAID IN FULL! You rail against Paula Deen’s firing by those who would not forgive her – and you fail to forgive Michael Vick.
              Let’s see now what that makes you… oh, yeah: A HYPOCRITE.
              Comment by Liam — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:28pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • You are so wrong, there is no comparison between the two situations. Michael Vick most certainly did not pay for his crimes. Look back at the facts. I don’t even like Paula Deen. I think she is a phoney, her accent is phoney and she can’t cook any better than my mama. She just knew how to market herself and made her sons rich in the process. But, since this hasn’t anything to do with Michael Vick, I still beg you to go back and research your statement about paying his debt to society.
                Comment by M — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT  
              • Twenty three months in prison does not make a sick (in the truly medical sense of the term) individual like Vick, better.
                He has not and will not spend a single day behind bars for animal cruelty as his federal charges were for racketeering. And as for remorse, Vick plead NOT GUILTY to animal cruelty charges at his state trial – and it was dropped in a plea deal. How can this man be remorseful for his crimes if he does not even believe he was cruel to animals?
                If your mind still forms the argument of “We all make mistakes” – perhaps you will feel differently knowing that children are sporting dog masks to football games mocking the dead victims of his crimes. Laughing – joking – making fun – in support of their great idol with their parents right behind them screaming “To hell with Dogs – we love Vick”.
                Comment by C.S. — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:34am PDT  
            • Amen to that.
              Comment by Sandy — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:03am PDT  Reply to this post
          • The network has every right to fire her as well.
            Comment by Dave — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:34pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • and we have every right not to watch it or buy any of the sponsor’s products.
              Paula should never have apologized!
              Comment by Sammie Jo — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • The food network can hire and fire whomever it wants, as long as it follows employment law, and they may have in this case. However, the people of America have the right to opt out of watching the Food Network. I will be among those who stop watching the Food Network.
              Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:05pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • How did she get her show in the first place? I never saw her on Who will be the next food network star.
              Comment by JustMe — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:52pm PDT  Reply to this post
            • Agreed. And fans of Paula Deen’s show have every right not to watch their programming any longer. If it starts costing them money, they’ll try to get her back.
              Comment by BJ — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:08am PDT  Reply to this post
            • But if they do so in response to a social media lynching they deserve to be condemned.
              Comment by Kevin — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:48am PDT  Reply to this post
            • They do-and I have every right to cancel them from my watch list.
              Comment by james — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:44am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • That would be an interesting comment, if anyone had suggested otherwise. Since nobody has, you’re talking to yourself. A practice that does not require a public forum.
                      Comment by Wedzal — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:07am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • I have not seen anyone post the The Food Network does not have the right to fire her. That is not the issue. The issue is it the correct thing to do and are they just kneeling at the altar of political correctness. It seems that the right is targeted far much more the lefties. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson Sr., Bill Maher etc. etc. There is too much of the PC crowd controlling how we think and speak.
                      As the father of two adopted special needs children, I am appalled at what Bill Maher said about the Downs Syndrome child. You know what I did. I cancelled my HBO subscription. And I won’t be back as long as he is associated with HBO. That is the one thing that I can do. Those of us who do not like the Food Network decision need to start a grass roots movement to boycott corporations and organizations like this. Just be prepared because the left will demonize you and claim that you are racist.That is their time honored tactic. Just get the facts straight and be prepared to defend your position and don’t let them get you to stray from your position.
                      Comment by Dan n — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:12am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • But if they do so in response to a social media lynching they deserve condemnation.
                      Comment by Kevin — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:25am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • And, I have every right to not watch them. Like I will cancel the dish option to include their shows. I really think this is Food Network’s owner flexing muscles to go against white Southern women and try to change attitudes to the owner’s liking. Well, this backfired with me. I tolerated their attempts to set attitudes, but no more.
                      Comment by Suelyn Pee — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:03am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • “Tolerate a word…”
                    People were hung from trees with that word as the last thing they heard. Were told they couldn’t enter to do the things that others could do because of that word. I love how we can now all forget and pretend there is no history here.
                    Comment by LWWW — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Hey guess what the news media causes a lot of these problems by keeping the pot stirred.They are just as much to blame if not more.
                    Comment by silvereagle — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:11am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • The “sticks and stones” mantra you cited, was created by slaves who had no other recourse but to take the insults from their masters. Words, of course, do hurt. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that words even cause wars.
                    Comment by Lucille Younger — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:19am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I was the editor of a tiny community newspaper in New Jersey when my reporter met Paula Deen after she met with children during an assembly at a local elementary school. As a celebrity, we didn’t know what to expect. She could have been a prima donna. Instead, she was gracious and kind. She also was incredibly wonderful with the kids. She should be forgiven for this indiscretion. What she did wasn’t nearly as bad as attending a church for 20 years where the pastor spewed hatred for whites and Jews.
                  Comment by Brett Freeman — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:11pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Grow-up and wake-up people! I am offended by people who are always offended.These people don’t have better things to do!
                    Comment by anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • One of the great things about a free society is your right to be offended, and my right to offend – take away one and the other is doomed too.
                      Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • ..I am constantly “offended”, perturbed, by the “perpetually” offended. enuf!!!
                      Comment by vcb — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:58pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • I’m offended that your offended by people that are offended ;-)
                      Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:04pm PDT  Reply to this post
                      • “you’re” ;)
                        Comment by Murray — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:37am PDT  
                      • that statement is offensive. ;)
                        Comment by OffendedOffender — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:55am PDT  
                  • Tiny newspapers for tiny minds.
                    Comment by Casey — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:16pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • leave the woman alone. she is not a politico; she demonstrates good southern cooking. ye gads, PCs, get a life.
                    Comment by dee — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:47am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • You are so absolutely right!
                    Comment by Amy — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:46am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • “What she did wasn’t nearly as bad as attending a church for 20 years where the pastor spewed hatred for whites and Jews.”
                    Spot on – but then again the double standards some “ethnic” groups are given a pass with. Not a big fan of Paula Dean (personally I always felt her new found “famous celebrity” ego got the best of her humble southern charm) but I would bet dollars to donuts that had any black celebrity made vile and racist comments against any other nationality (including their own which they are given a pass on must be that old “mean whitey slavery thing” you know) you would have heard one damn thing.
                    Adios Food Network.
                    Comment by PeterM — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!
                    Comment by Elle — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yes, but it is perfectly ok for rappers
                  Comment by 12pro — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • There’s a word in the dictionary you’re obviously not familiar w/. It’s called context.
                    Comment by e — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:26pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Oh… So it’s hate full in fun… But a “joke” when a rapper does it? Glad you pointed the “context” out. Now I know the difference. Thanks!
                      Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:09pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Yup, but context is irrelevant in the case of rappers. There is no appropriate context for the hate filled trash they come out with. The expression that applies to rappers and others who think it is cool to curse white people is not “context,” but rather “double standard.” Ever heard of that one?
                      Comment by Done Waiting — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:38pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • And some you aren’t familiar with: empathy, compassion, forgiveness. And perhaps not being judge and jury.
                      Comment by Rennie — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:08pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • “Context?” You mean like “humor” and “in private company”?
                      Comment by Zab — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:13pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • There’s a word in the dictionary you are not familiar with. It’s called ‘with’. Too lazy to type it? But not too lazy to insult? Get a life.
                      Comment by Daniel Webster — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:33pm PDT  Reply to this post
                      • Where did he not use it? I see it in one of his sentences.
                        Comment by Liam — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:35pm PDT  
                    • So, e. If I use the n- word when I’m talking about the South in the early 20 century, it’s okay, right? I mean context. You said it yourself. If I talk about my friend, who’s black, and call him the n- word, it’s okay, right? Because he calls HIS friend who is black the n- word. Context, right? Right?
                      Comment by e2 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:49am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • You are an idiot. There is a difference in the context of using a racial slur to refer to those who are of your own race in a song or social setting compared to people who have traditionally traded and sold, enslaved, and lynched people of your skin color for centuries using that word. One carries significant baggage with it.
                    Further, why do you care? What is it with my fellow white people that some of you are so desperately yearning for an excuse to go around using the N-word? WTF is wrong with you, mentally? “Well, THEY use it so .. so … why can’t *I* use it?!”… why the F would you WANT to?!
                    Seriously, there is something not right in your head.
                    Comment by no — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:58pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • The Food Netwrok has rappers hosting cooking shows?
                    Comment by maatkre — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:08pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • It’s acceptable for any minority, just not whites.
                    Comment by C.D. — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:17am PDT  Reply to this post
                • go to…contact them and tell them how you feel. I did. This is ridiculous.
                  Comment by kat — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:16pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I contacted them and told them to can her ass.
                    Comment by Jim — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:26pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • If you really made a call to “can her ass” then I hope you are a perfect angel that never said anything to offend another. If not, then you are a hypocrite.
                      Comment by C.D. — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:20am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • The president tells Catholics in Ireland that their schools divide a country and should not exist and you want to fired her for this. Get a life
                      Comment by Ava — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:25am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Did you contact MSNBC and ask them to “Can” Al Sharpton as well?
                      Comment by Wonder Pony — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:14am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Feel better, Jimbo?
                      Comment by Paula — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:27am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Ditto
                      Comment by Emma — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:26am PDT  Reply to this post
                      • Boycott, boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott
                        Comment by ellen — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:12pm PDT  
                  • YES! Go tell Food Network what you think of them. I did. If Paula is reading this, I want you to know that we all know what kind of person you are- a wonderfully human one. We don’t have to forgive you- you have a right to say what you want in your own business. The person suing you saw an opportunity to get their paws in your pockets and Food Network appears to have no interest in defending freedom in this country. PC rules everything and it’s disgusting! This has NOTHING to do with race. Stop crying and tell them to bugger off. You are the victim here. And congratulations on telling the truth. We don’t see much of that anymore.
                    Comment by Teri — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:33pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • You could have not said it any better.
                      Comment by Maggie — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:11am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Yes-I went to and left a comment on Paula’s behalf.
                    Paula Dean made the Food Network what it is (today.) She was one of the top 4 or 5 chefs that lent them her persona to build their ‘Empire.’ (And now they ‘ditz’ her and leave her sobbing in the dust.) How convenient for them. (You can’t convince me that they didn’t know what they had when they started with her.)
                    Seriously-do you think I believe that Anthony Bourdain hasn’t said some real serious ‘s***’ in his lifetime?
                    Also, I am ‘offended’ almost every time Gordon Ramsay opens his trap (by his trash talk and constant cursing, of course…however, I do admit I do enjoying portions of his show!)
                    Maybe Paula should have exuded these two personas and told Matt Lauer a thing or two (about where to go…)
                    What I mean here is…since when does she owe ‘him’ an explanation in which she has to reduce herself to overt mush ( an embarrassment and a humiliation, of course) over things she did years ago??? Who died and made him ‘God?’ As far as the suggestive sexual innuendos…are we to take this seriously??
                    Who died and made theses entertainment industry moguls (like Matt Lauer) God?
                    And last time I checked, Paula Dean doesn’t run a church or anything; she’s not a preacher…she’s a cook.
                    Comment by Karen Powell — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:57am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Last I checked, Anthony Bourdain has never appeared on FN. He is on travel channel, PBS and others. Unlike Paula, Tony went to culinary school and doesn’t annoy us with his fake Southern accent. FN has every right NOT TO RENEW CONTRACTS. They do it all of the time. I do hope that the Deen brothers are not punished for the acts of their ignorant, lying, greedy mother.
                      Comment by dessertgirl — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:22pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • No Kidding…..what happened to people having thick skin….suck it up whimps!!!!! sick of political correctness
                  Comment by Mark — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Exactly…I for one am offended at your casual, callous use of the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…however as much as it hurts me I have no desire to take you job away from you. I would hope that in the future you would find another word to get your point across.
                  Comment by TravlnTexan — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Travin – Yesterday I objected to the blasphemous casual use of the name of Jesus here, and also said to notice how no one cares about that when it happens in public or in the media – but the roof comes off over the “n” word. No comparison here. Thank you for making this point – I hope they at least leave up your post.
                    Comment by M — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:01am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Excellent point!!
                    Considering all of the different personal, religious and racial insults thrown about in society, the “N” word is exalted above all others. The mere utterance can get you fired. It is political correctness in the extreme.
                    Comment by FordB — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:28am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • can get you fired……or stabbed or shot. I can’t believe it. There is more racial division today than 5 years ago..hint, hint. Imagine what it will be like in 3 more years. The only change I’ve seen since 2008 has been bad. I don’t even like Paula Deen, but this whole thing is silly and firing her is harsh.
                      Comment by m — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I know,! and I still love Paula
                  Comment by Linda — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree also. I’m boycotting Food Network.
                  Comment by Liz — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I agree, I’m boycotting the Food Network also. Also don’t forget to boycott their cooking accessories. My wife was about to purchase some place mats just this morning when she discovered they were Food Network brand. She decided we didn’t need them.
                    Comment by Leo — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:23am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yep this is disgusting. If a liberal says something racist or insensitive like say, calling Sarah Palin’s kid a retard (Bill Maher) nobody cares. But if you say the slightest thing EVER, even if it’s decades old in a setting where THEN it was not considered a big deal, and you’re a target of liberalism (and Paula Deen is) then you’re pilloried and run out of your livelihood instantly.
                  Goodbye Food Network. You can keep your stupid reality shows and your constant “hey look a new (insert minority here) cooking show garbage. You’ve been going trendy and PC for a couple of years now and we’ve already slacked off watching for that reason, but this is the last straw. We like Pioneer Woman but other than that you’re off the air in our house.
                  Comment by Marcus Porcius — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Comparing Paula’s show to Bill Maher’s … in ANY way… is ridiculous. For the record: I am NOT in support of Food Network canceling her show as I think that is overkill. They should have accepted her apology and moved on. That said, Bill Maher is known for creating controversy and his show’s producers are aware of that and he is on the air because of his opinions in part. Paula has a cooking show… it’s not political or controversial. Apples and oranges. So if you want to take a moment to go on a temper tantrum and scream at the “liberals” for all they get away with in your Republican and/or Tea Party opinion… then at least find a comparison that merits stating.
                    Comment by Rodney — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • As the mother of a child with Down syndrome I can tell you that the use of the “r” word is as abhorrent to me as the use of the “n” word. I won’t watch Bill Maher because I find it offensive that he would make such a personal attack against the child of a political figure he dislikes. I also won’t watch Ann Coulter. They are about as far apart politically as any two people could ever be and as media figures who are so educated I find them very ignorant.
                      Comment by lisa — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Rodney, You don’t work for the IRS, do you?
                      Comment by Lee in Michigan — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:44am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • You’re completely wrong Rodney. Bill Maher is entertainment. Period. It’s not apples and oranges. They are both entertainment, just different varieties. You are the one turning it into something political. Everything you wrote is YOUR opinion. None of it is fact. Wake up. Stop making everything into a political statement. Your angst clouds your vision. Don’t you see that?
                      Comment by Rodney1 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:45am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Actually, calling a disabled child is MUCH WORSE than anything Paula Dean did 20 years ago. CONTEXT MATTERS. Mahr’s comment was 12 months ago. Dean’s was 240 months ago. That’s a lifetime…. THINK!!!!!
                      Comment by Brock — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:12am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Paula prepares good food to eat…Bill Maher prepares filth, hate and lies to feed the progs out there.
                      Comment by sharinlite — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:20am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Double standard much? Thank you for showing exactly why people are sick and tired of the double standard.
                      Comment by Wonder Pony — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:23am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • The problem with your defense of Bill Maher is that his show is on political commentary Please point out where calling a child a ‘retard’ is acceptable political content? Whether or not they are the child of a politician, it was wrong.
                      As for outrage, where was the left’s outrage with the late Congressman Robert Byrd? I seen to remember an interview where he where he used the same words that Ms. Dean used in the past. And he used it in the current interview, not just commenting that he used it in the past, but referred to people as that ‘word’. Did he get ousted? He was an active member of the KKK, in a power position, not just in the audience, but at the table. Was he recalled? No. Why?
                      Shall I bring up Pres. Bill Clinton and his womanizing? The silence of the National Organization of Women (NOW) on his actions?
                      Yes, there is a bias. Forgiveness if there is a (D) beside your name. BUT, if you admit to verbal transgressions decades earlier, have apologized for it and have shown no actions that would suggest that you have the same attitude as from decades ago, and your are a popular TV personality, you’re shown the door.
                      Comment by MikeH — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:35am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • That’s exactly the issue most of the posters are frustrated with. The Left constantly moves the boundary to either attack or protect the person in question. It all comes down to politics. If you’re conservative and/or christian, “no holds barred”. For example, I’m not a big Sarah Palin fan, but the over the top attacks on her and her family were/are ridiculous. There wasn’t any outrage by the usually offended groups. Where is NOW when conservative women get attacked? I can’t remember any apologies sent her way. Other than FOX, the whole press industry joked on air about the “Tea Baggers”. An extremely crude expression. Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bill Maher, the current President, …the list is extensive, always get a pass. The Left has a huge double standard, and the political goals outweigh any principles or ethics that might get in the way.
                      Comment by David — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:08am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Seriously, in defense of Maher are you saying that if Paula Deen decided to have a “controversial” cooking program she could openly use the N word and it would be acceptable? Get a grip. Maher’s an idiot hiding behind the screen of “comedy.” Only problem is he isn’t at all funny, just a jerk. But because he is a leftist, he can say whatever he wants. Let’s just be honest about the hypocrisy.
                      Comment by MindyB — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:07am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Rodney – Bill Maher called Trig Palin a “retard.” I don’t know what universe you live in to not be angered that a grown man would insult a child that doesn’t have a way to defend himself. That’s being a bully, and I thought those on the left were against bullying?
                      Marcus’ point was why is there a double standard when it comes to the PC word police.
                      Paula Deen apologized, and she should be given another chance. She isn’t evil, she just said a horrible word years ago.
                      Comment by Cauthen — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:17am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Sure, but Paula didn’t make her comments on her show as you implied and Paula makes her living doing something other than shocking comments that the left finds funny.
                      Comment by Paul — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:24am PDT  Reply to this post
                    • “So if you want to take a moment to go on a temper tantrum and scream at the “liberals” for all they get away with in your Republican and/or Tea Party opinion… then at least find a comparison that merits stating.”
                      And I guess YOU are the one that decides what “merits stating”? Bad behavior is not defined by what SHOW it’s seen on. You’re either classless and clueless or you’re not!
                      Comment by Janis — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:42am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Good post! Food Network has in the past had good programming….but they have run out of good ideas….This political correctness will be their undoing……people won’t stand for it!
                    Comment by Randy and Rachel Williams — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:52pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • So you’re saying you’d prefer for their shows to be more white?
                    Well, we know where you stand. And why you weren’t offended by her racist remarks.
                    Comment by Toyzod — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:02am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I believe Ms Deen is a liberal. Taken down by your own kind must really hurt. Having said that, I hope FN loses half it’s viewing audience! Wonder what we’d find if we started digging up crap from 20 years ago on Bobby Flay or Mr. Brown? Like most of the posts here, I’m sick of the hypocritical BS PC crap.
                    Comment by janis — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:34am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Exactly….just as I am offended at your casual and callous use of the name JESUS…yet I have no desire to see you lose your job.
                  Comment by TravlnTexan — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:34pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree with you !!! this P C business has gone too far.
                  Where is her crime??
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:45pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I got turned around in traffic in Long Beach Ca, during some riots and I asked a black officer for directiones and he told me which way to go to be safe and said for me to get my white honkey ass out of their now. trust me I was not offended and if a slip of the tongue can mess up a career this world is screwed with this political correct B S. Im posative paula has some black friends that do not feel like others.
                  Comment by Willie Bernie — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:46pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree with your comment. Will also send emails to food network, their sponsors and my cable providers requesting that the food network be dropped for their cruel treatment of this very nice lady over something that happened over 50 yrs ago.
                  Comment by daddydave — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:54pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Please – get a life. I watched FN this morning. Why penalize the other chef’s for a nitwit.
                    Comment by Emma — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:29am PDT  Reply to this post
                • This chick was an accident waiting to happen for a long time. What a con…incredible how ANYone could have believed any of her BS.
                  Comment by Jack Duffy — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • So says YOU! Don’t like her, don’t watch her!! She is a COOK!! How much of a “con” can she be if you copy her RECIPES?? What “BS” are you even talking about?
                    Comment by Rennie — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:53pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • we live in a world of pussies.
                  Comment by a;wseioegun — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:57pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree…I will not be watching the Food Network any longer. This is so cheap and the Food Net is just selling out to the PC crowd.
                  Without Paula Deen, the just lost a viewer.
                  Comment by Shadow Dancer — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:08pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Yep! Food Network is no longer in my list!
                    Comment by anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:22pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Absolutely! I refuse to watch a network that is this spineless. Is the term derogatory? Of course, BUT PLEASE how many people have not said something derogatory about someone else over the past thirty plus years? This is despicable. Won’t watch the network unless and until they change their position.
                    Comment by Sean — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:41pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • My sentiments exactly. Her accuser called her a ‘cracker b*tch’. Does anyone care that he demeaned whites and females there? What kind of silly petty society have we become. I an DONE wirth the Foodnetwork. What do you want to bet the people who fired this good woman have done the same thing as has everyone. Everyone has said things they shouldnt about someone. This is disgusting.
                  Comment by Abby — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:11pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • To drop her from the program is absolutely a activity which reflects these people are the racists and the discriminating type people they accuse her of being. She however, stopped hers and apologized but they are NOW conducting their life and activity in this manner which they accused her of doing. So I too will not watch their network anymore and will advise all to boycott it!
                    Comment by Lamar Carnes — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:01pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I’m off too!! such foolishness over a mistake that she truly regrets.
                  Comment by Juniper — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:14pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • agreed
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree. Food Network is off the menu at my house too. Geeze…you know what offends me? People who get offended.
                  Comment by Taya — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Agree and will not support their advertisers. The FNW is run by wimps.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:44pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree we are off and gone.
                  Comment by john — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:45pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yep… No reason to watch. Stick a fork in FN…. It’s done.. Dinner is over.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I’m from the south…almost 60 yrs old…fyi just for timeline. My grandparents used to use the “n” word…back then it just meant black. sheesh…everybody needs to lighten up.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:20pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Oh My Goodness….what is this country coming to?? Just a bunch of prissy no talent company executives that most likely say and do much worse in their own lives….I have to agree with Paula that the social media groupies are out to get anyone who can get off of their butts and pull themselves up out of the mire…Paula has worked hard to get where she’s at in life. The social media groupies are just a jealous pack of wolves….ready to devour anyone who succeeds…
                  Paula. You Go Girl! There’s so many of us out here who continue to support you and love you….God Bless.
                  Comment by Nancy — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:20pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Is this the first time you’ve noticed the bias on the Food Network? The elitism of the “chef’s” daring to criticize beginners trying to learn something about cooking. The hypocrisy of Gordon Ramsay and his Hell’s Kitchen show. Can’t imagine that cussing everyone out is OK. Where did these prima donnas come from?
                  They have some very decent people like Gaida and Guy though it is tough to understand all the tattoos for chef’s these days – does not set a standard of hygiene in my book. However, I am just tired of seeing chefs belittling restaurant owners and then professing to help them by tough talk. Tough talk does not include the belittlement.
                  Paula was OK in the beginning but I failed to see any talent or showmanship in her two sons – just a rich person making sure her sons also get rich.
                  Comment by anonymous2 — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:55pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • What a bunch of B.S. I don’t see any hate in Paula, we’ve all made stupid comments, she apologized, forgive and forgot, move on people.
                  There are more important issues out there that need our attention; like a totally dysfunctional government. In the mean time FOOD NETWORK stick with food and not society’s judge and jury.
                  Comment by BuzzMan — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:58pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree. I am getting more and more disgusted with Food Channel and all the openly ‘gay’ in your face people they have on. I don’t need to know what your preference is watch you cook.
                  Comment by DandiRandi — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:03pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I will NEVER EVER watch your station EVER again! The LADY was HONEST about something so stupid! Hang all us White MOTHER F—–s! Have you ever heard a RAP SONG! F-YOU Food Network!
                  Comment by DB — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:13pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • If they take her off the air, I think the other chefs should protest them not renewing her contract. I for one will ask my friends and relatives to not use the Food Channel, or any products that the show. What happened to free speech.. If you don’t like what shoe said eons ago don’t watch her. But you do not have the right to have a say in if her show is cancelled
                  Comment by Rosemarie — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • She had the class to own up to what she said and she gets this. Many would have just denied it and nothing would have happened. All the best to you Paula. And no more Food Network for me.
                  Comment by Robert M. — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:36pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • She may have had he class to own up to what she did but she didnt have to do so. WHO in this world is deserving of anyone apologizing for something that was said? More than likely, what was said was the truth that no one else wanted to admit. I am a great believer in one speaking one’s mind. The tongue need not be bridled to satisfy someone with no spine or thin skin. Go ahead, Paula!! Speak your mind! If someone else doesnt like it or is offended by it, TOUGH.
                    Comment by Puddin'head — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:47am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Don’t worry Paula, you will get better offers elsewhere. You brought Food Network millions of fans, those loyal fans will follow you elsewhere and eventually FN will see how STUPIDLY they reacted by throwing you under the bus for making an honest statement, at least you had the integrity to admit a mistake from 20 years ago.
                  See you soon,
                  Statesboro is not far away!
                  Comment by interpcurves — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Just cancel your cable altogether and watch exactly what you want when you want with no commercials in many other ways. Stop feeding that enemedia beast and it will whither and die.
                  Comment by PaulaFan — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:02pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Im with you Anon The next time I watch or have anything to do with the Food Network will be when I find out they have accepted Paulas apology’s. Im sick and tired of having to be so concerned about what a southern girl said years ago. Any company so afraid to accept an apology for doing something so insignificant from one of their loyal employees will not get my business anymore.
                  Comment by BobK3436 — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:05pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I was never a huge fan of food network and their stupidity but enjoyed the homer from time to time enjoyed the family part of Paula and her family. We will concentrate on our family now and just buy their cook books. Food Netowrk is bye-bye in our house as well!
                    Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:23am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I will never watch the Food Channel again.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:15pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Hey, dems…I’ll bet if you put your precious Clinton’s under oath, they could not say they haven’t used the same slurs…many, many times!!! This is only enabling the looney left.
                  Comment by flojo — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:16pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I believe that Paula is very sincere in her apology and that should be acceptable to everyone. The Food Network is wrong to drop her show after this information was released. If you think that everyone on your network or any other cable station is guilt free you are incorrect. So long Food Network! I am finished watching your programing.
                  Comment by CJean — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I am not sure why people are saying this only happened long ago. I also suspect this is only the last straw for the Food Network. They may very well have. more behind the scenes reasons for booting her. I would never watch her because she is so overtly sexual, especially when there is a guy on her show with her.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:26pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • People with chips on their shoulders need to spackle it!!!!!
                  Comment by Deb — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:43pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • My friend summed it up very eloquently:
                  If she used the word during contemporary times in relation to the actual lawsuit, then yes Food Network should drop her. However, I refuse to condemn her if she only used the word decades ago during an era where its common usage was part of the Southern diaspora.
                  I am a granddaughter and daughter of the South, and there was a time when adult men and women were called ‘boy’ and ‘gal’ no matter the age for no other reason than being black. I was borne of a woman who had to drink from ‘Colored Only’ water fountains and couldn’t ride with her ‘White’ husband on public conveyances in her own home town without fear of retribution.
                  As horrible as those years were, I understand and accept what happened. Some of the kindest most caring folk in the world used the word. Was it right? No. Especially from a current perspective. But I do find it disingenuous to vilify someone for being a reflection of their culture, especially at the age she was back then.
                  Again, if she used racial epithets within the past few decades then yes, bring the pain. But I no longer truck with political correctness. I’m able to see to see the gray between the Black and White of our terrible racist past.
                  Until I get more information, I’m unwilling to jump on the ‘Hate Paula Deen’ bandwagon.
                  Comment by nelbert — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:43pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I will watch the Food Channel for the next couple of weeks making a record of the advertisers that I will no longer patronize.
                  Then I will black out the Food Channel from my TV. See you at the bar.
                  Comment by Wolfgang — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:00pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I am an African American woman and I LOVE Paula!!! We use the word so much in songs, in reference to others, it boils down to who really cares. I work in a major metro school district, and I have seen Japanese refer to each other using the “N” word that seems to be so sacrosant…Cut it out! Stop roasting her over the coals! Paula doesn’t wear a hood and burn a cross in someone’s yard!!!She obviously HIRES minorities, which is the bottom line!!!!
                  I just left a Soltice party were I was the only minority. It didn’t matter, I live in that kind of community. We don’t readily look for reasons to seperate ourselves, we judge on actions, how you treat people as oppose to crazy words whose meaning and impact changes from decade to decade. Leave her alone and let her do what she does best. I trust a white person who readily uses the term “N” in a casual joking manner more than I would trust one who appeared to stumble over words to appear to be pc, when they aren’t! There are more serious things in life than this!!!
                  As from one sistah to anotha’, stay strong girlfriend (“N”gah!)!!!
                  Comment by Lois — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:20pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • We live in a litigious world filled with boomers, gen xers and politically correctness police who live each day seeking for the next thing to make them outraged and offended.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • A mistake? A mistake is wearing mismatched socks; mistakes are unintentional. Paula chose to be a bigot and is merely sorry because her words were outed for all to see. This fat big-mouth is a bigoted southern old hag. What took the Food Network so long to get rid of this piece of trailer trash? Good riddance to this anti-semitic and racist hag!
                  Comment by Elizabeth — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:40pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • PAULA: You don’t need those losers anyway. You made them they didn’t make you. Your gift will make a way for you (again). BESIDES, IN THE HOOD THEY CALL EACH OTHER BY SLANG NAMES ALL DAY EVERY DAY. GO FIGURE.
                  Comment by Patricia — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:54pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • People are not perfect, we all make regrettable mistakes from time to time. While Paula Deen has apparently tried to make a public apology from her heart, the value of these words need to measured by her reformed actions as a person and a celebrity in the weeks and months ahead. Only then will we come to understand whether she has experienced true remorse and reformed her ways. If she does that successfully, then humane people must be willing to forgive her and give her another chance at moving on with her life. It is the right thing to do, if she proves herself worthy.
                  Comment by robert — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:57pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I totally agree!! Paula Deen has been railroaded by self righteous bigots!! I will not watch The Food Network channel again until they bring her back. Shame on them for supporting such nonsense in the media!! For crying out loud, of course we don’t support racial slurs in any form, but he who has not sinned throw the first stone.
                  Comment by Brenda smith — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:02pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree. This line of PC baloney has gone on way too long and way too far. It’s one thing for someone spending their time forcing their sick hatred garbage on people, be it against a skin color, Jews, or whatever, and this runs both ways as in don’t try to force your deviance lifestyle on me as in acceptance. I don’t accept it and don’t want it forced on me, whether it’s someones hatred or promo. However, it’s entirely another thing to promote an anal exam and demonization of anything and anyone that doesn’t fit the whacked out PC baloney.
                  My uncle, long now passed away, told all manner of jokes including racial and Jewish. He was funny and a joy to be with. If someone tried to slip in one word though of any real hatred garbage you would never find anyone who would give you a knuckle sandwich faster. One heck of a great man. Today, if he were still alive, these PC trash would do anything to try to ruin him. Enough is enough.
                  Comment by John Campbell — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:03pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Just to let you all know, this is not an old or new southern attitude. This is what southerners call “white trash” I have always thought she was an embarrassment for southern women. She is most likely from one of those Democrat families that held the hoses in Selma. Those were Democrats. My father always warned me to stay away from them.
                  Comment by mary — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 11:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I will boycott the Food network and advise all my friends to do do the same until this network reinstates Ms Dean, this political correctness is political BS
                  Comment by averageJoe — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 11:37pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Emailed Scripps Television Network to tell them we are only tuned into that channel to watch Paula Deen. Now its, “bye-bye” Food Network. We are not putting up with PC garbage ever again.
                  Comment by pjd — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 11:48pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Tell me that Big Daddy and Bobby Flay has never used that word. Using that word does not make you a racist. How you feel is what makes you a racist.
                  Comment by Me Again — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:38am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I’m in shock. What happened to “Freedom of Speech”?
                  I thought in America you had the right to say anything regardless if your comments were good, bad, right, wrong, or hateful.
                  Comment by Annette — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:44am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I believe I will be ordering a subscription of Paula’s magazine at Amazon dot com
                  Comment by anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:55am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Anon, you are 100% correct. Paula has featured MANY black chefs on her program and not once was she ever seem disrespectful to them. This is political correctness run amok. If she starts her own network or gets another show on a different network, I’ll continue to watch her program.
                  Comment by YH — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:49am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Actually the world we live in is called Political Correctness Gone Nuts. I would bet next weeks paycheck that you cannot find a single person, white or black that has never said the N word or some type of racial slur. We see it all over the movies and of course in our private lives. Jokes on both sides abound. We have lost the right and the protection under the US Constitution for free speech. This is tantamount to Dean being denied “her” rights under the law. BUT, nobody on the left gives a shit about our rights. Only the sacred minority.
                  Comment by Spoke Out — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:10am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree. I would not believe anyone that told me they had not used some form of a slur in the past 10 years. I can assure you everyone that had any involvement in firing her has been just as guilty of the same, if not worse. Such a hypocritical world.
                  Comment by Cali — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:14am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Her biggest error was her honesty. If she is to make it long in the world of Hollywood she has to lie and learn to spin the truth. So essentially her good qualities is what ruined her.
                  Comment by C.D. — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:27am PDT  Reply to this post
                • ‘Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we’re not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,’ he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction. ‘Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?’
                  Comment by killmore trout — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:21am PDT  Reply to this post
                • We love Paula Dean and Food Network will not be the same without her. If she allowed or ignored racial slurs in her restaurant years and years ago … it does not mean that she is a racist. What about the AA who constantly hate us for something that we did not do… just for the color of our skin??? I came here from Europe in the 70s and I was called every racial name in the book by AA people in NYC. I came here with an open heart with no prejudice whatsoever in my heart and soul and I was bullied by AA people calling me names because I was white. But, of course, nobody wants to pay attention to reverse discrimination. It is very ugly what was done to Paula Dean. I love her and FD I will not watch your programs anymore!!!! This woman worked hard for what she has now and people are envious. Shame on FD and the media.
                  Comment by Michelle — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:39am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Here’e and idea. Let’s make an appeal to all the self-rightious CEO’s of the Network shows, there must be hundreds. Ask the to raise their right hands and make a statement under oath that the have never said the N word. Let’s include Hollywood. Once we see the 100 % hypocritical attitude from them. We could shed the networks a bunch of idiots
                  Comment by William — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:43am PDT  Reply to this post
                • The post above swearing Jesus’ name is far worse than what Paula Dean has said. Thou Shalt Not Take the Lord’s Name in Vain so very careful who you accuse of being a hypocrite. Look at yourself first.
                  Comment by benotafraid — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:45am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree with you 100% they are out to ruin her career and reputation because they hate Americans like Paula Deen and all others who could relate to her. It seems that the tolerance this society so desperately wants for all doesn’t apply to all Americans. My Family will never watch Food Network again.
                  Comment by JG — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:58am PDT  Reply to this post
                • We live in a world controlled by a hypocritical press who apply a double standard to situations like this. They decide who gets forgiven and who gets ruined. Obviously, Paula is in the latter category.
                  Comment by Bobbie — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:59am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Paula is not perfect, but who is? She is such a delightful bundle of bubbly, down to earth, gracious womanhood, and Food Network will, I believe, regret treating her so harshly. The “crime” does not fit the “punishment.” But, not to worry; Paula will continue on, in perhaps an elevated position, on some other show, with creative, kinder bosses.
                  Comment by annieb — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:01am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Paula Deen is a typical white southern Democrat closet racist.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:03am PDT  Reply to this post
                • It’s called Political Correctness. The left uses it daily to bash conservatives into submission.
                  Comment by Ed — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:14am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Funny how the Food Network persecutes Paula Deen basically for being honest, while they give a pass to Mario Batali who confiscated his employees’ tip at his restaurants and had to pay a million dollar class action settlement,is accused of sex harassment, and installed “food inspector alarms” at his restaurants to tip off employees when they show up. All info from a Google search on Batali. At the Food Network, I guess honesty is NOT the best policy.
                  Comment by Ed Silvestri — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:17am PDT  Reply to this post
                • What kind of holier-yhan-thou nazis run the Food Network? The next time I watch it the program will be the Paula Dean Show. And I’ll want to hear some “y’all’s”.
                  Comment by Jake — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:21am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Food Network will never again be watched in our home.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:29am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Right there with you. Until the word isn’t used by ANYONE, one person shouldn’t be punished for using it…seems a little racist to me that if Paula was black, it would be OK for her to use the word. I’m thinking Food network made a mistake but it’s their company to screw up. She was one of the joys on that network and my life will go on without watching it.
                  Comment by Deb — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:30am PDT  Reply to this post
                • We live in a p.c. world where only celebrities and Democrat politicians survive slurs.
                  PS Please don’t take Our Lord’s name in vain, OK?
                  Comment by JD — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:33am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Political correctness is what dictators use to control speech
                  Comment by Barry Soetoro — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:37am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I’M 100% WITH YOU.
                  Comment by FRIEND — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:42am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Let examine many possibilities here.
                  She could have wanted an increase the network did not like. Therefore, they try and ruin here via this media frenzy surrounding her. She very well could have canceled the interview because of threats from the network if she exposed the real reason she was not being renewed. I am sure she no longer wants the money.
                  I for one believe everyone who has grown up during the seventies and eighties has used many racial slurs. I also believe that everyone has prejudices in them. I laugh when someone says I know many black people. What the hell, isn’t everyone just a person? I have been all over the world, and this is the only place that I have been that has this bizarre bias against everyone. Someone is always trying to get a leg up on you via what ever means necessary.
                  I can no longer watch the foods network! I for one am done with it now. Also, I am pretty much exempt from watching any Hollywood movies and most network shows because I cannot support these weirdoes. They really have gotten out of had with this political correctness. What passes for “societal norms” is really the “squeaky wheel gets the grease” syndrome. Societal norms are what the majority is doing. Everyone from my generation grew up during an era of society evolving into this. They sensationalize these things so they can sell you pepsi, tires, macaroni and cheese, and whatever else the marketers would like to push. I have had it.
                  I am truly scared about this next generation doing something about it. The video games have their attention, but their job does not. DOOOOMED!!!!!!
                  Comment by kployhar — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:46am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Hollywood and TV is so full of hypocrites and double standards. Its ok to be a whore, drug addict, rapist, murderer, gangster, deadbeat dad, etc…. but God forbid that a person makes jokes or comments at sometime in the past… the Food Network … of ALL places… cuts her programming? What the HELL did she ever do on or to the Food Network? I say we ALL boycott the Food Network… this is ridiculous… political correctness run amuck! I never thought the FOOD NETWORK would be wrapped up in this kind of garbage.
                  Comment by Susan — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:55am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Political Correctness is more Nazi like than anything. Also it is more laughable than than hell. It requires complete attention and to be followed with devotion. It is for those who really can no longer think for themselves.
                  Political Correctness would be admired by the likes of Hitler.
                  Comment by Jack — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT  Reply to this post
                • PC has again gone too far. I expect that most people over 45, be they black or white, have used the “N” word at sometime in the past. Do I now use that word – NO – but I did use it many years ago and I lived in the north. Paula was simply being honest! I will no longer watch the Food Network.
                  Comment by exvol — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:07am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Who cares?… Have you watched the Food Chanel lately? It sucks on ice. It’s all reality shows, screaming British Chefs, or food competition themes. Do I need to watch a show where the goal is to craft a meal from pigs feet, 6 jelly beans and sea weed? It was once a very Informative and interesting network, but now…It’s a pass.
                  “British Chef”… I think I made a joke.
                  Comment by Wm. Harris — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:12am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I’m more offended at you’re using the Lord’s name than using the so-called n….. word.
                  For that you’re going to hell.
                  For the other you only think you’re there.
                  Comment by paratrooper — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:22am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Amen to this comment. If we are to be judged for mistakes made years ago then it may be time to turn out the lights. I am through with the food network.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:30am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Amen……this politically correctness is raging OUT of Control.
                  Comment by george moody — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:33am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree with you 100%
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:34am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree. Those people who have never made a mistake stand up! Gees I don’t see any one, even on Food Network! I wonder why? Food Network, you just lost a loyal watcher; and I do not watch much TV because it is a waste land except for a few things including – formerly – The Food Network!
                  Comment by Gene — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:49am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree…shame on Food Network. It is definitely off my cable selections. I WILL NOT WATCH FOOD NETWORK AGAIN…EVER!!!!
                  Comment by Chris Hodges — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:56am PDT  Reply to this post
                • If off-camera behavior was truly and equally grounds for losing your spot on TV, there would almost no people on the air. Look at the hordes of amoral, substance-abusing, foul-mouthed, perverts on TV, like Kathy Griffin. Look at celebrities whose work reeks of Satanic influences, and who even brag of consorting with the devil for fame and fortune. Are they punished? Paula Deen has been very unfairly treated for being not politically correct and a bit off-color about people of color. But compared to Lady Gaga, she is a saint!
                  Comment by David McElroy — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:57am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Same here. I will not be watching Food Network again. This is just plain ridiculous.
                  Comment by Tony — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:17am PDT  Reply to this post
                • How pitiful is it to watch this woman try and explain a mistake? We’ve all made them and will continue to make them. Living in the south I hear things all the time that I cannot believe people say, it’s life and people say things that they shouldn’t all the time. For the Food Network not to stand behind an icon like Paula that has earned them millions is disgraceful. I don’t like some of the guests she’s had, so I don’t watch them. I just sent in my Food Network Magazine renewal and I wish I hadn’t. I won’t watch that channel or support their advertisers until they do the right thing. Hang in there Paula and God bless you.
                  Comment by CJ — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:21am PDT  Reply to this post
                • That is exactly how I feel. Her mouth got away with itself and an apology isn’t good enough. Food Network, get over yourself. Everyone makes a mistake.
                  Comment by JudyP65 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:22am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree, this country is going the wrong direction. She is a wonderful person and entertaining as well. I will be watching a lot less of the Food Network. Grow up people!
                  Comment by Cutler Chef — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:35am PDT  Reply to this post
                • As a gay person, I agree that something someone said or thought years ago is the past and should be left in the past. People change in views and attitudes. I was hurt as a teen by kids who said terrible things because they were raised to believe wrong things but many of those same kids, now adults and having been around people in the real world instead of what they hear about people, are just the opposite in views and are really good people. I forgive anyone that has done something negative in the past just as I would hope someone would forgive me and treat me as who I am as a person today and things I do that have an effect on people today. I do good things for people and this lady seems like she has for many years so why on earth would a Network do this? If she were a certain way today that was hurtful in the present, that would be different. I really think gay, black, religious and others should get a thicker skin and let the past be the past while living in the moment with good intentions for the future.
                  Comment by Mark — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:39am PDT  Reply to this post
                • So Paula gets canned but Pres. Clinton who had oral sex in the Oval Office – the people’s office and THAT was a “private matter”? Paula is NOT an elected politician. Our politicians now lie to the American people; spy on them, lie about it, campaign against the very policies they are putting into place, take 70 million dollar vacations on the tax payers but Paula gets fired for using the “N” word which is common place in black community, black music, movies (DJango), and our culture in general. I demand Paula be hired back to tout her fried foods!
                  Comment by lyndaloo — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:03am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Hey! She did not know she was supposed to lie under oath..that is acceptable from the PC crowd..
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:09am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Food Network is a leftist organization. If you have ever watched Chopped or many of the other shows you will see that it tends not to be the best food that wins, but the best sob story ( my mom has cancer, I used to be an addict, etc…). The typical lefty practice of – merit doesn’t win because that is unfair.
                  Comment by Drax — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:18am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Hypocrites? Dean was the hypocrite for pushing a poor diet for three years after being diagnosed with diabetes. I know because as I was being diagnosed with it, the food channel was often on the TV in the doctors waiting rooms as its non controversial.
                  Further in this day and age… what she did is so hideously moronic that she deserves to be dumped it went beyond using the word as an idiot child in the 80s or 90s. This is a 2012 lawsuit… statute of limitations would mean it happened in the past decade even as she was broadcasting.
                  Comment by Nuee — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:32am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Didn’t Paula appear just weeks ago on an episode of The Next Food Network Star?? The Food Network HAD to have known of this back when this was filmed and of course when it aired – they used her, knowing of this – how hypocritical. FNW better get ready to fire anyone who has told any joke using racial or cultural slang or slurs – which is likely most everyone – but of course it seems okay to the politically correct to slur the Irish, Catholics, etc. This could have been an opportunity to educate and enlighten people, and I suggest you revise your decision and welcome Paula back to help make positive changes in the world – she is a powerful person in terms of her following and could be a huge part of showing how someone can work positives in this situation. You screwed up FNW ~ Goodbye Foot Network – I will not renew my subscription to your magazine nor will I watch the channel and plan to notify your major advertisers.
                  Comment by Carm — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:53am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I’m surprised Paula revealed so much in this deposition. But another bigot’s been found “out” and I’m praising the powers that be!
                  Comment by Geneva — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT  Reply to this post
                • What they are doing to this truly Southern Lady is an absolute sin. How many folks in their 60′s from the South have never used a racial slur. You folks throwing away your cookbooks – good she does not need you. This is a truly a terrible injustice. we are continuing to slide backwards. what ever network she goes to their ratings will go thru the roof. remember the CEO of Chick-fil-A – his mistake..
                  Comment by Tom for Annette — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Makes a MISTAKE? A mistake is turning right instead of left! A mistake is sending an email to the wrong “Andrew.” A mistake is showing up for a luncheon on the wrong date!
                  Comment by saxifrage — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I totally agree, If she did this years ago, then big deal, I have 3 half black Grandkids and this “N” word is not allowed in my house IM thinking seriously about not EVER watching the food channel again!!!!! I see ppl calling white ppl crackers all the time on TV, How come they dont get fired!!! GO FIGURE!!!!
                  Comment by Linda — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Who the heck hasn’t said a racial slur in their life. If someone is actually hurt by a racial slur then they need to grow up. I mean really.
                  Comment by Sick of this — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:12am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I guess when Jamie Foxx stands before the world and talks about how great it is to kill all the white people, that’s ok. Political correctness only seems to apply to certain races in the population.
                  Comment by Tanya Weathersby — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:21am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree with you. Also, these people that judge her in all likelihood used the “N” words themselves at some point in their lives. I would have advised her not to apoligise in the manner that she did.
                  Comment by Mr. Al — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:24am PDT  Reply to this post
                • People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Maybe they should check into the backgrounds of the Food Network board. Maybe Paula would be looked differently
                  Comment by Sarah — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT  Reply to this post
                • It’s all about emotion. Paula Deen suffers from the original sin: she is white. What if that has been a black personality whom made a comment about a white, calling them perhaps “cracker?”. That would have been perfectly acceptable.
                  I for one am a bigot. When I can be referred to as something other than cracker, or whitey, my use of the “N” word will be used loud and proud.
                  Comment by William Straesser — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I completely agree. At least she was being honest. If she was truly a racist she wouldn’t have a black restaurant manager. right? The FN is totally overreacting.
                  Comment by KeepItReal — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:32am PDT  Reply to this post
                • You are right; this country has gone PC Nuts! At least she was forthright about it and didn’t perjure herself.
                  Comment by John Harvie — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:32am PDT  Reply to this post
                • This doesn’t “cross the- line” Bet there are hundreds of
                  movies and articles from the same period- use the same
                  word- how come we can’t say it only think it.
                  What’s going ton happen when they can tell whet we think/thought
                  which will be soon.
                  Comment by Fred Mussler — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:38am PDT  Reply to this post
                • When Dean uses the [N] word she loses her TV show. When Sharpton calls Caucasians [crackers] MSMBC GIVES him his own show.
                  Comment by theotherside — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:54am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • You are right on
                    Comment by Krully — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • At least she didn’t say, “IF I offended anyone.” She apologized to those she hurt. She said, I was wrong. Good grief what else can she say? Have I ever said the N word in my past? Yes, I called OJ Simpson that a long time ago. Does that make me a serial murderer? Would I call OJ that today? Yes.This is some thing she said in her past. There are good and bad people of every color, religion and sexual orientation. But I guess Food Network feels they are qualified to, “Cast the First Stone.” Bye, Bye Food Network.
                  Comment by Sharon — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:07am PDT  Reply to this post
                • What Southern hasn’t used the n word when where younger. We all make mistakes. Grow Up and get alife.
                  Comment by phyllis — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:19am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Paula…don’t BEG anybody..hold your head high…screw them! You have enabled the left to grab more power …take back your apology!!
                  Comment by vicki jo — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:25am PDT  Reply to this post
                • I’ve contacted the Food Network and told them that I will not condone politically correct bully for mistakes made decades ago and therefore I’ll no longer watch their network AND I’ll contact their sponsors and tell them that I’ll boycott their products if they continue to support that network.
                  BTW. I am not nor have I ever been a Paula Deen fan. I’ve nver watched her show nor do I have anyof her books.
                  I just find this whole thing—the way she is being treated—- disgusting
                  Comment by southern woman — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Unfortunately we live in a politically correct world …where forgiveness is not an option if the PC norm has been violated …a sad editorial of where we are headed
                  Comment by Roy L Galutia — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Good-bye ‘ya all’. We had boating associates and she was from Tennessee and she talked Minnesotan until she wanted to turn on the charm for someome then the southern ya allllllll’ would start flowing. What a phony.
                  Paula is too. Came on the scene, poor me, divorsed with two kids, what to do what to do. So she opens a restuarant in the expensive part of Savanah, never said where the money came to do that, then used all her aunt’s recipes as her own as a claim to fame.
                  I heard the only reason she came out for Diabetes was after they paid in 1.5 million to be her spokesperson. She does nothing without getting paid ‘ya allll’
                  Comment by imma fubared — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 12:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • If she’d just stick to dropping “f-bombs” on prime time main stream network programs viewed by millions she’d be a celebrated and much admired performing artist…
                  Comment by Gary — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Boohoo I feel so terrible that you can’t spew racist shit and keep your multimillion dollar contract :( it’s all those low information voting communist libtards fault! I feel however Fox News/drudge report tells me to feel and I’m outraged that all these black Kenyans get to use a variation of the “n” word and Paula dean and I can’t use the more pointed racist version!!! It’s not fair!!
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:23pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I love Paula Dean she is still my idol. No more food network for me.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Here is your N word food network( NOT) viewing any more!
                  Comment by bob whorton — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:40pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • God bless ya, we have put together a large group. Of folks that’s going to boycott the advertisers of the food net.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:51pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I do hope someone starts a boycott against the Food Network. Paula made that network. Most people starting watching because of her.
                  Comment by Jeanne — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I think FN should give Paula a raise. She told the truth and did not dance around it.
                  Comment by M Sharma — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:07pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Right, if she said those then…she probably still believes them…she is also a lovely person and should be forgiven…it doesn’t mean they should keep her….one cannot take back such words.
                  Comment by Margaret — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Being PC is literally destroying America. Paula needs to write a book about all the dirt behind the scenes at Food Network. No one is perfect, but FN thinks they are.
                  Comment by Figment OMI — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:40pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • End the tyranny of Political Correctness! Paula Deen for President in 2016 (because what difference – at this point – does it make)!
                  Comment by TheSheriffisaNI — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:02pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Couldn’t agree more…..ditto taps for FNW………..totally arrogant and uppity on their part.
                  Comment by Dubya Edward — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:40pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Well it looks to me like she upset the wrong people. When you upset the Obama’s they will find a way to bring you down. Good luck Paula
                  Comment by Ron — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:42pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Kind of weird huh? To error is human. To forgive is divine.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:53pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • It’s very simple. We are no longer in a country which is influenced by the teachings of Jesus…political correctness is now the rule of law, and I’ll no longer be watching the Food Channel or Cooking Channel because of this bigotry on THEIR part.
                  Comment by C. Schwehr — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:58pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Ridiculous…….how many Blacks even watch the show or network to begin with. I would guess 90% of Blacks don’t even know who she is.
                  Comment by Mont — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:41pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • There’s more than meets the eye. Paula has had her run-up in every endorsement known to man. The last straw was picking up the Sunday paper and running across a mattress ad with her forced-grinned face on it. Is there anything she won’t endorse? Time for her to take a break.
                  Comment by D.Rose — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree. Dump the Food Network. It is outrageous that they would fire her for this. Time for the hackers to start monitoring the past and present of all the cowardly hypocrites at the Food Network.
                  Comment by Laurie Burnell — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 7:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Now that she’s canned, let’s see what happens when a “famous” person calls a member of the Tea Party a “tea bagger.”
                Comment by Walter — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:06pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • They’ll get an Emmy.
                  Comment by Tom — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:09pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • They get an extra bonus. Double standard, don’t ya know.
                  Comment by John Campbell — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:14pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • The P.C. brain police don’t acknowledge their own inconsistencies. OF COURSE calling conservatives “tea baggers” is OK with them.
                  Comment by S. R. Dunn — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:25pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • They basically already have – Mr. Allen, the host of “Chopped”, made a very personal unprovoked attack against Sarah Palin a couple days ago and not a word out of the hypocrites at the Food Network.
                  Comment by Bruce — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 11:46pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Can someone explain to me why we go after her but still give Tarantino a free pass? The same Tarantino who wrote and said “When you came pulling in here, did you notice a sign out in front of my house that said “Dead N-word Storage”? Cause it ain’t there, ’cause storing dead n-words ain’t my fucking business, that’s why!”
                Comment by Jack — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:08pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Uh, Jack, That was said in a MOVIE not his real life.
                  Comment by realitygurl — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:20pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Movies or real life what’s the difference?
                    Comment by jJack — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:41pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • And your point is? They are still JUST WORDS.
                    Comment by lakia — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:44pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • AND…..”real live people” actually WRITE the words that actors say in movies, too….oh, a Hollywood writer isn’t accountable for ANYTHING they put into their REPULSIVE movies….can we all say “double standards”!!!
                    Comment by Barby — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • See in Hollywood world it is o.k. to glamorize and make money off violent death, shootings, cursing, but in the real world you’re not even suppose to be able to protect your family or say one small offense. Get it.
                      Comment by cali — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:23am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • But its still the N word regardless.
                    Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Context is everything. It’s not a hard concept to grasp. In art the N word is in a different context, a fictional context, with characters that say the N word. In comedy the N word may be used to drive home a point; see: George Carlin. Paula Deen used the N word in a context that leads people to believe she has racist sentiments, what with wanting to dress black gentlemen up for a wedding like the good old days.
                      Comment by Doe — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:43pm PDT  Reply to this post
                      • You mean like Mark Ferman used the N-word in the context of writing a crime novel and then was pilloried for it yrs later?
                        Comment by Mark — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT  
                  • Really? You think that’s OK? Were you raised dishonest or have you worked at it?
                    Comment by adsfa — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:54pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • realitygurl,
                    Real life imitates movies and movies imitate real life.
                    For the amount of money that J Foxx makes, he owes it to the black community to demand that THEY stop using the word, if they want others to stop.
                    Comment by D Rosen — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Do you know the difference between a movie and real life?
                  Comment by Jorge — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Since when does something have to be “real” to have meaning or power to insult, or motivate to action, or inspire, or degrade, or influence attitudes and feelings?
                    Comment by Tonyloaf — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:54pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Funny I seem to remember George Lucas getting raked over the coals because people were offended by a voice in a movie they interpreted as sounding “ethnic” and it was a 3D character in a sci-fi movie.
                    Comment by RobX — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:34pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • That’s right! They did! Ja Ja Binks, and I found absolutely nothing racist in his character. He was a lovable character. Maybe lovable is racist now?
                      Comment by John Campbell — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:09pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Go see if you can find a copy of the animated movie “Song of the South” which was taken down because of a “wrong” protrayal of black people. Just a movie, right? A cartoon at that? If whites are portrayed as flaming racists, that’s fine, because it’s just a movie.
                    Comment by gofer — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:36pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I don’t know if Paula Deen should have been fired, but she is the face of her show and she is what people see each and every show. Quentin Tarantino may be a complete and total a** but he’s pretty behind the scenes. Like it or not, TV personalities are people we want to “invite into our homes”. Movie directors, stay behind the scenes.
                  Comment by Percysowner — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:22pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Interesting and STUPID…. Paula Deen didn’t say this in public!!!!! Quentin Tarantino wrote a script that said it numerous times to millions of people….the moral equivalency of these comments are fu ck Ing illiterate. Just because someone says a word, doesn’t make them racist. Everyone says ni gg er. Everyone. This entire issue is dumb. Just dumb. Racism is a powerful person that holds another down because of the color of skin. Saying a word, any word, makes nobody a racist. Period.
                    Comment by Leigh Leigh — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:09pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • So, Tarantino is a product of his culture, and Deen is not. Got it.
                      Comment by Dain Q Gore — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:57pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • It’s weird, I know a lot of people who don’t say that word. In fact, the majority of people I know don’t. But then again, they’re mostly just successful executives and creatives around town.
                      Oh, and my very Southern father who happens to be about Paula Deen’s age, and was raised in an almost identical time and place as she was. But he’s also smart enough to be slightly put-off by having an all-black middle-aged waitstaff fetch food for an all-white wedding. I know this because we had a conversation about it after attending the wedding of a family friend.
                      But sure, everybody’s racist, and blacks have too many rights as it is so they should shut up. That’s the thing you guys are all agreeing on, right?
                      Comment by Elmore — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:23pm PDT  Reply to this post
                      • Why would you want to deprive black waiters of a good living? She wanted them to dress in tuxedos. Why is that demeaning?
                        Comment by Raymond Duke — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:55pm PDT  
                      • “and blacks have too many rights as it is so they should shut up”
                        Nobody would read these posts and come to that conclusion unless they’re oversensitive and think all the people around them are racists speaking in “code words”.
                        Comment by Zab — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:02pm PDT  
                      • Your post makes no sense. I know plenty of execs in town that use the n word and even more so gay slurs. Do they talk like that in the office? No. But at a bar or at their house, in private is different. and in SoCal you’ve never been to a catered function where the whole wait staff is Latin American??? Would that make your dad uncomfortable?
                        Comment by Dan — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 9:41pm PDT  
                    • Racism isn’t okay just because you don’t say it in public you fuck.
                      Comment by Doe — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:44pm PDT  Reply to this post
                      • Doe, you sound like an outstanding person. Not really sure you should be here criticizing. I can tell by your simple comment you probably have quite a few faults of your own.
                        Comment by cali — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:30am PDT  
                      • Doe said: Racism isn’t okay just because you don’t say it in public you fuck.
                        Lol. But that comment is “okay”, because you are slamming someone who you think is a racist?
                        Do you get how ironic your comment is? How very obtuse!
                        Gee, you must really being a champion for what’s right!! Gosh I am impressed!! So, racism is wrong when it’s white on black? But it’s okay when it’s black on white? What about hatred and name-calling, like what you just called the previous poster? What are the “rules” on that….please enlighten me!
                        Comment by Cheryl — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:05am PDT  
                    • Not everyone Leigh Leigh.
                      I am not prissy or easily offended, but I don’t use the N word.
                      It is a cruel, unneccessary reminder of a time when black people were not even considered fully human.
                      White people as a whole, cannot begin to comprehend that injustice. It’s wrong to try and make light of it, by using a word repeatedly , that was specifically designed to denigrate a nation group. Any people group that has been treated like property and yesterdays trash can relate.
                      No , a white person cannot use it affectionately or humorously towards a black person like a black people can between each other. It means a WHOLE different thing coming from a white person.
                      Now as far as Paula Deen, I don’t even know what was said or the context in which it was said but no matter what , if she sincerely apologizes for hurting people , then let it go ! Food Network is obviously trying to be uber PC , and I am sick of the all the political phoniness and consequent laws we are forced to endure.
                      Free Speech if we are really free.
                      Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:08pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Well, maybe you would invite them into your home, but you’ll have to forgive me if I’m just a little more selective. :o )
                    I can’t tolerate socialists and I care not the color of their skin or anything else. Socialists and I just don’t mix.
                    Comment by John Campbell — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:12pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • By that logic Scorsese is guilty of murder for making “Goodfellas.” Fiction is fiction. The guy wrote a character who speaks like that. You may not like that character. You may hate his world view. But this argument would only make sense if Tarantino himself (not in character) said that phrase while, say, being interviewed on the Today show… and if he was an employee of an offended institution or business (like, say, the Food Network). Paula Dean and Tarantino are apples and oranges.
                  That said, like the lyric in Avenue Q, “Everyone’s a little racist,” and does it really surprise anyone that a white Southern woman (over the age of 60) may have at one time used the “N” word? Is this shocking at all? I don’t know if there is a human alive that hasn’t at some point said something racist so this just feels silly to me.
                  Comment by please — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:34pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I agree 100%.
                    Comment by dennis brown — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:03pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • By your logic you are saying that people who make movies and TV shows are not responsible for their creative license? Correct? So who is to say that Ms. Deen isn’t playing a character on TV? Oh wait, she didn’t say ni gg er on TV….she said it in private like everyone else in America except Rappers and Quentin Tarrantino…I love how moral equivalency is biased when it concerns Hollywood but not TV personalities….
                    Comment by Leigh Leigh — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Reminds me of all the actors that advocate gun control while continuing to star in movies with excessive gun violence.
                      Comment by YEE — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:26pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • I don’t say it in private. Or public. So, please scratch at least one person off your list of “everyone else in America.”
                      Then, I suggest taking a look in the mirror – and see if you can discover whatever underlying reason compelled you to make this defense.
                      Comment by writer — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:49pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • Love when right-wingers trot out the “rappers say an intentionally bastardized version of that word so why can’t all of us white people say it to? So unfair, you guys!” excuse. If you had taken a freshman-level Sociology class, you’d understand the concept of empowerment-disempowerment. If you missed that day of class: members of out-groups (those are the races, genders and sexual orientations that you rich white men are often so threatened by) adopt the slurs used by the power structure to subvert their meaning and take the sting out of them.
                      I know this because I learned it in 11th grade. In a public high school. In Virginia. Which is a roundabout way of saying no one should have an excuse to not understand that concept.
                      So why is it so hard for some adults to grasp this extremely obvious and self-evident concept.
                      I won’t defend Tarantino’s use of it, as I’ve always found it ridiculous. But leave black people out of it.
                      Comment by Elmore — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:32pm PDT  Reply to this post
                      • You are arguing that in order to empower you must use racial or bigoted slurs. Good to see that the public education in Virginia is still 50 years behind states that produce productive people
                        Comment by Jekyllisland — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:53am PDT  
                      • Have you had any formed thought in your entire life that was completely your own? Everything you say is what someone else told you. Do you see that? You have no power of rational thought. You are just a puppet. People like you would be scary if you weren’t so ineffective in life.
                        Comment by Elmore2 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:57am PDT  
                      • So can you explain how bitch and ho work into that equation?
                        Comment by CraigO — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:47am PDT  
                      • So much for the “educational” system……
                        Comment by Buck Bagaw — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT  
                  • To answer your question, no, I do not think it is all that shocking to hear that an older Southern woman used language not considered appropriate these days. And I will take it a step further and say it doesn’t matter. The woman is rolling in wealth and will continue to pile it up. She is patronized by a significant constituency who understand that in this day and age where most anyone can say anything they want to without repercussion, there is a double standard in play where white people are concerned. And these people don’t give a flying F**K what the PC police have to say on the matter.
                    Comment by Rico — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Tarantino did not have to use the n word in the movie, he used it for shock effect and publicity. He is culpable for what he wrote in the script.
                    He could have made the movie just as well without the N-word, he has made several other, obnoxious movies where without the word and they were a financial success.
                    Comment by marque2 — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:05pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • that is your opinion but it is clearly not that of the artist in question. Van Gogh could have painted without the color purple… would his paintings be just as amazing? maybe. probably. But that is not the point. An artist is entitled to express himself/ herself however he/she feels it’s appropriate. It is not their responsibility to edit themselves for you. It is for you to choose to watch or not watch… or even better, be able to watch with thought and make your own choices about what you are seeing. To bring Tarantino into THIS particular arguement (one that I think is stupid to begin with) just makes you sound more ignorant.
                      Comment by please — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:49pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I say that and worse when I am behind the wheel of a car.
                    Comment by eddie willers — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I am a 50 year old, well educated, white female who was born and raised in the South. I have never in my life used the “N-word” and never will, regardless of what movie or entertainer I watch. However, some of the times that I have been the angriest at my children was when I heard them use that word. They heard it and learned it from MOVIES! Not from a southern, racist environment and I was appalled to hear it spoken in my home. That is how racism has managed to stay alive. It has become “cool” like smoking or drinking for young people. We have Hollywood to thank for that! I dont have much influence but when it comes to spending the money that I have, I try to do so responsibly. That is what Capitalism is all about!! I dont pay to see Tarantino (and several other specific ones that I wont list) movies because I dont want to support that type of offensive language being used so casually. If Paula’s actions were offensive to too many people, they would stop watching, her ratings would drop and the network would then have cause to release her. I dont watch her show because she smokes and I find that makes me think of her as “cheap” (I AM from the South, folks)but I do have several of her recipes in my recipe box. Her admitting to having used a racial slur long ago would not stop me from watching her if I did so now. I think the FN made a bad business decision by dropping one of their biggest names. In my opinion, the network should have waited and let the people decide her fate.
                    Comment by Ke — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:17am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yep, that really happened. John Travolta really did accidentally shoot a block guy in the face and then drove to Tarantino’s house and Tarantino said that to him. Travolta and Tarantino were never arrested because Harvey Keitel helped them clean up the mess before Tarantino’s wife got home, plus the mainstream liberal press refuses to cover this scandal.
                  Comment by Joe — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:47pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • It seems that the critics of your post Jack are ignoring the power of movies to influence behavior. I would argue that Tarantino causing a character to utter the N word umpteen times in his movie is far more influential that one old lady saying it in the privacy of her family, if that’s in fact what she did. We all know the power of movies and TV to shape behavior. It’s why corporations pay millions even on cartoon characters to push their products. Tarantino said the N word by proxy to millions of people. This lady to how many? And what difference does it make that Tarantino was behind the scenes? When someone commits a crime you not only go after the guy who committed it but also the guy who planned it.
                  Comment by Tonyloaf — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:42pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • You apparently are not aware it is perfectly acceptable for people to use derogatory language as long as the target of such language are white and fiscally responsible. Everyone has made mistakes, it is how they handle it that should matter. It is apparent that is not the case for Paula, however. May she continue publishing her books and be even bigger and more successful!
                  Comment by Pete In Seattle — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:56pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Good for the Food Network. Wish they would’ve acted sooner instead of waiting to see how the public reacted, but they ended up in the right place. What a sad human being. I hope she becomes a better person.
                Comment by Tom — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:12pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Lordy Tom, she’s in deep dodo BECAUSE she admitted to having become a better person! She didn’t say it last week.
                  Comment by Tom 2f — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:51pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Must be such a burden to be so perfect… never made a mistake, huh?
                  Comment by cish — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:54pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yes, because Tom is the perfect human being!
                  Comment by Al — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:56pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Nice one Al!
                    Comment by anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:27pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • She’s a sad human being because of what she said in the past . . . but you hope she becomes a better person. Don’t quit your day job, if you have one.
                  Comment by Joe — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:57pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Ya ever hear of George Wallace, Joe?? Not the comedian. The governor who stood in the door at the University of Alabama to prevent black students from registering forcing President Kennedy to nationalize the Alabama National Guard to protect the young people’s right to do so?? The same guy who said “I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”?? He gets shot (and presumably religion) and says “Since my accident I am a little more mindful of the suffering of other people.” and “Sure, I look like a white man. But my heart is as black as anyone’s here.” Oh and the state’s black population swarms him with love and appreciation cause he’s a ‘new man’!! Where is anywhere near this example of forgiveness for Ms Paula. There is no way her transgressions could have been anywhere close to the calibre of the governor’s!!
                    Comment by Gary "Bear" Millsaps — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 6:05pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • How can she become “a better person” when you are all stoning her to death?
                  Comment by puzzled — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Tell me you never in your life said a racial slur or a racist joke.I believe food network is wrong to fire someone for answering truthfully.
                  Comment by Nelson — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • A voice of reason. Thank You.
                    Political Correctness gone Amok
                    The Only word in the English language That has the power to destroy a person’s entire Career but yet can still be used freely by any and all Black Folks at anytime. That’s SOME POWERFUL WORD !
                    Comment by Hank — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:16pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • During a conversation, the comment was made” If I had a white dog, I would kill it”. That ended the conversation…
                      Comment by haifish8587 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 3:19pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Obviously she has been – what about you? Care to publish your past sins?
                  Comment by Rich D — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:04pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • “I hope she becomes a better person.”
                  Ummm. Like you, tom??? Jeez! Do you even read what you post?
                  Comment by bill melton — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:07pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Glass houses Tom, you pc people are sickening.
                    Comment by Jackie lee — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:26am PDT  Reply to this post
                • No you and the PC police are what is wrong with this country.
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:09pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • you are right!
                    Comment by RobynD — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Amen. This country is becoming unrecognizable and filled with hate and void of compassion. Paula could have lied and denied ever using the word, but chose to be truthful. She made these remarks many years ago in private–not publicly, so it’s none of anyone’s business. The Food Network is being ridiculous in not renewing her contract.
                    Comment by SandyT — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:12pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • She is 66 and from the south….it happened a lot in her childhood just like mine…..You have people ruining our country in Washington and they make a big deal out of THIS?
                  I would love to take a look into the lives of the people who made the decision to remove her….heck Dog the Bounty Hunter did MUCH worse and his show is more popular than ever…hahaha…
                  She will land on one of the other two upcoming food channels and be bigger than ever.. Food Networks loss
                  FOOD NETWORK has just lost this viewer…..Anthony Wiener sends pics of his junk to girl (while he is married) and is running for the mayor of NY?
                  Comment by RYAN — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Amen! OOOOOPS, Hope that word didn’t offend anyone!
                    Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • What she said was doubleplusungood.
                  But, c’mon, if we starting mining things in everyone’s past in what I call morally bankrupt bloodthirstiness, very very very few of any of us would or could survive the examination. The White House would be vacant, as would most of Congress, etc.
                  And by what self-righteous standards do you say: “What a sad human being. I hope she becomes a better person”?
                  What’s sad is that we live in a country in which forgiveness is an unknown concept. We live in a country in which infantilism, revenge, victomhood, jealously, ignorance and stupidity seem to infest the majority of its citizens.
                  Comment by Mann D. Lifeboats — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Spoken like a true idiot!
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • And you are the perfect idiot!
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:58pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • No credit for being an honest person?
                  So nobody at Food Network has ever sinned?? They are Jesus, like crap they are.
                  Food Network is a network of lying hypocrites.
                  Comment by interpcurves — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Paula Deen is a total racist. I was watching food network star once and an asian lady made pizza or a burger or something and paula deen couldnt get over how impressed she was that the young lady didn’t make Asian food. Paula could hardly believe it! Just cause your from the south and in your sixties doesn’t give you an excuse to be racist or superior. Paula is a passive-agressive snake who knows exactly what she’s doing with a smile on her face. She’s the worst kind.
                  Comment by G_Note — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:44pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • G-note: There is a saying “it takes one to know one” huh.
                    Comment by swissik — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:20pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • So, THAT makes her a “total racist”?
                    Wow. That is totally moronic.
                    Comment by MrQ — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 2:59am PDT  Reply to this post
                • You are nauseating in you self righteousness!
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 10:16pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Hello, I’m the entertainment BUSINESS.. Have we met?
                Comment by Jim — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:16pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • We all make mistakes and the FNs reaction seems pretty harsh.
                However, I think that for Paula, from the ashes…
                Comment by Eric — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Because that was a piece of fiction and what Paula Deen said isn’t.
                Comment by C'mon — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • so it’s not the word it’s the person saying it – you just admitted it – same reason you lefty freaks screamed about Bush for 6 years and then allow your idiot to do the EXACT same things and turn your eyes from it or more disgustingly make excuses for. I have stepped in things deeper than you…
                  Comment by youputz — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • You cant be serious, yep calling a tea partier a tea bagger is the exact same as the n word.
                and Jack, I have some SHOCKING news for you. That was a movie, in movies people say things they dont personally believe, because they are ACTING. therefore tarantino doesn’t need a “pass”
                Comment by ctownlegend — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Both slurs, evidently its ok in your book to use one and not the other.
                  Comment by no big fan — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:48pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • They are both vile slurs, and to make light of one while embracing the horror of the other is simply inconsistent. Sorry you don’t get it, but you might be blinded by your political ideology.
                  Comment by James Madison — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:59pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • hahahah @ those words even being remotely similar. Tea Bagger is not a vile slur. the n word is. this site is full of idiots.
                    Comment by ctownlegend — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:51pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Actually I liked her better before she apologized to the race-baiters. Can’t imagine Justin Wilson doing that.
                  Comment by bill melton — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • If all you people are so offended by the “n” word, you shouldn’t want to hear it in movies or anywhere else. Saying it in movies just keeps is alive in peoples minds and coming out of their vile mouths. No one should say it, but to crucify a woman for admitting she did a wrong is just STUPID!!!!!!!
                  Comment by Linda — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:30pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yeah man!! Movies have no influence the masses. Must have been a great movie for you. I never saw it due to not wanting to waste my time on something that has no redeeming value on my life.
                  I suppose you saw the movie for it’s creative license on history???
                  Comment by dandeman — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:36pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Would you say that calling another person a m—– f—– is at least as bad or worse than calling somebody a bigger?
                  Comment by jerry dyer — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 5:47am PDT  Reply to this post
              • From riches to ashes in less than a week. Wow.
                Comment by Cyn — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:20pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • In your dreams…she is a multimillionaire and will be just fine with or without the Food Network. I hope she shows up on the Cooking Channel; I stopped watching Food Network long ago because it’s become so competition-oriented.
                  Comment by Marti — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • LOL, the Cooking Channel is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, the same owner as Food Network. Highly unlikely she’d show up there.
                    Comment by veritas — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:33pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • why is competition bad? maybe everybody gets a gold medal.
                    Comment by blahblah — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:53am PDT  Reply to this post
              • This is so upsetting. She used racial slurs literally three decades ago, and apologized for using them, and she is still being fired. I say it’s ridiculous. Food Network will regret this decision, because Paula Deen remains one of the most watched chefs on their network. All this just because Lisa Jackson decided to get some easy money by filing a ridiculous lawsuit. It shows how pitiful our society is.
                Comment by Walter — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:23pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I sent FN corporate a message. Actually FN did me a financial favor. For a while I’ve been thinking of going to a lower tier on Comcast to save money but I would loose FN. Now that FN has made such a stupid decision, I can make an easier decision and go to a lower tier on my cable. More money in my pocket. It doesn’t hurt FN one cent but it makes me feel good.
                  Comment by URDRWHO — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:43pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I will not watch food network any more she apologized and by watching her all these years you can tell she is not a racist! I hope to see Paula Deen and her family on another network!!! The politically correct media wants to take good people down.
                  Comment by Shelly — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Walter: NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED 30 YEARS AGO!!!! For Pete’s sake, do you think the courts are completely insane? This is a lawsuit about working conditions and she admitted to making racist comments. And telling racist jokes. And ignoring racist remarks. THIS IS A PATTERN of behavior and is CURRENT AND RECENT! (There is a statute of limitations and no one can sue for “racist remarks” after 30 years; the notion is ludicrous!) Paula Deen is 66 years old; she is OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER!!!!! If she behaves in such a reckless fashion, she deserves what she gets! Silly old cow!
                  Comment by saxifrage — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT  Reply to this post
              • It’s about time!
                And it’s not just about one mistake and it wasn’t only one mistake…
                Comment by pixr — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • It’s about TIME? Let’s pick your life apart and see what racial or inappropriate crap you’ve said. Eejit
                  Comment by RobynD — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:19pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I agree with you, RobynD
                    Comment by anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:34pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I agree pixr.
                  If this was her only misstep, Food Network would have probably given her a pass. But after the falling out over her diabetes revelation, the lawsuit, and THEN this revelation, it appears that Food Network just doesn’t want to be bothered with her anymore.
                  Comment by Daisy — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:47pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Idiot!!
                  Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:09pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Food Network is a business and they made a business decision. She apologized for something that she said in the privacy on her own home. It should have ended there.
                Comment by Tina — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:26pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Tina: Have you read ANY of this case????? This involves a LAWSUIT OVER WORKING CONDITIONS!!! She used RACIST language in her restaurant! She used RACIST language in “jokes.” She allowed her brother to “get in some shots at the help.”
                  This has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE “PRIVACY OF HER HOME” (which we are still entitled to enjoy, until Obama completes his evil mission).
                  WHY are you claiming something that is simply not true? (And, logistically speaking, how would ANYONE know what she says “in the privacy of her own home?”)
                  Comment by saxifrage — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT  Reply to this post
              • The casual racism of whites in the Deep South is nothing anybody should really be surprised about.
                However, the thing she should have been fired over was endorsing that diabetes medication after years of making money off her unhealthy although admittedly delicious recipes. Mmmmm, butter…
                Comment by Katy Perry's face on Paula Deen's body — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:28pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yes, because the north never had racism, like the NY, Chicago, and Detroit police, and Bill Russell the basketball player was never called names in Boston. Also, if you can’t figure out by watching the show and the ingredients she used wasn’t healthy than there is something wrong with you. It’s called comfort food, Hello!
                  Comment by Al — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • I lived up north as a child and I can tell you the n…. word was used. It was a way of life back then. Had nothing to do with racism as we had black neighbors that I still think of 60 years later and I loved them dearly. Of course, it’s not used now and I would never utter the word.
                    Comment by mikeyboy — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 4:50am PDT  Reply to this post
                • Yeah, and the stupidity of the people of the north is laughable
                  Comment by noneya — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:04pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • “casual racism of whites in the Deep South”
                  Still locked into “Song of the South”? Sorry to break the news to you, but if you have traveled the country from Alaska to Vermont, you would have found that racism is alive and well in all minority communities and aimed at whites predominately, but not exclusively.
                  Comment by James Madison — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT  Reply to this post
                  • Minorities are racist too that makes our racism not as bad!!
                    Comment by Doe — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 5:48pm PDT  Reply to this post
                    • It makes it not exclusive to the South, the OP’s point.
                      Comment by Zab — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 8:11pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • The “casual racism of whites in the Deep South” is minor in comparison to and greatly exaggerated by the arrogance and elitism of residents of the NorthEast. This pervasive casual elitism ingrains in people’s minds that Southerners are slow and dim and lesser than their Northern counterparts. There is some racism EVERYWHERE but it is not as stereotypical and overt in the South as many are led to believe.
                  I say this as someone born in New England and raised throughout the country including years in each NY, Chicago, Louisiana and Hawai’i among others. And now live in the (gasp!) Deep South.
                  Which of you hasn’t used a racial slur in the past 30 years? Not just you whites, but you blacks and Hispanics and Samoans and all. Which of you hasn’t said anything derogatory about a race or sexual preference or hairstyle or whatever in the past 30 years? Give me a flipping break. And to “Comment by SJ” for your SNL comment. How sweet it would it have been to have SNL writers available to lampoon you for failing a test or masturbating or taking the cash from your brother’s room when you were 9 ???! Nothing like piling on,huh. Especially when you’ve been so upstanding and perfect for the past 30 years.
                  I’m not even a Paula Deen fan; never seen a show, read a book or tried one of her recipes, nor do I watch Food Network. I’m more disgusted by the attitude in these comments and the pernicious societal ills they reflect than I am with her original purported offense.
                  Comment by G Volans — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Well it’s clear you haven’t been in the South for several decades, which means your comment is nothing but a bigoted remark from an opinionated idiot.
                  Comment by Fiat Lux — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 7:24pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • I am born and raised in Alabama, and find your Southern comment to be ignorant. Do you honestly believe that racism only exists in the south? Take a look at the life of Jackie Robinson. He faced racism during his entire career because he was the first successful black player in major league baseball. Do you know how many games he played in the south? NONE! MLB did not come to the south until the Braves relocated to Atlanta in 1966. Robinson encountered racism in places like New York, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. So give the “the South is the only racist place on earth” routine a rest. Read up on some history instead.
                  Comment by jrp61356 — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:02am PDT  Reply to this post
              • @Jack Uhh, what? You’re comparing someone playing the part of a racist to a woman who has proven herself to be a racist? Let’s blackball Edward Norton for playing a neo-nazi as well, then. How about Phil Hoffman? He played a pedophile. GET HIM OUT OF THERE!
                What annoys me even more about ehat you said is the fact that Tarantino has shown a great appreciation for black culture over the years. Jackie Brown is a movie that was not only headlined by two black actors, but was built around an incredible and soulful black actress that Hollywood all but forgot about. Boo hoo. People say the N-word when they play unflattering characters. Tarantino is writing great, multi-layered leading characters for black performers in huge studio movies. You want to blacklist him for saying a slur whilst playing a character he write to be unappealing? Okay. Further limit the chances of any great black performers getting starting roles in this racist industry. That’ll help. Dolt.
                Comment by Anonymous — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:28pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Well, Jack I think Tarantino gets the “artistic pass” also afforded to rappers who drop N-bombs like monsoon rains. Not that it makes it OK in either case. The problem with Deen is not only that she used the word. She would have been OK if she copped to it. Her big issue was she kept putting her foot in her mouth in ways that made recovery impossible. Parties with black men dressed like civil war-era butlers/slaves? C’mon. If she were 19 and this were some sorority in the South I would just chalk such shenanigans up to youthful stupidity and drunken bacchanalia. Well, Paula is not a youth. She’s just stupid, and apparently has been harboring such stunted views her whole life. The N-word was the tip of the iceberg. And we all know the bulk of the iceberg lies below the surface….
                Comment by bobby the saint — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:28pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • It’s not the use of the n word. It’s the nostalgia for black house slaves in crisp white coats.
                Comment by Wordschmidt — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:29pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Don’t fret. She’ll be fine. She’ll get the first cooking show on Fox News.
                Comment by Harry Lime — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Did Food Network release a specific comment? Guess racism is the red line – getting paid to promote a diabetes drug 2 years after you found out but didnt tell anyone and still promoted donut butter sandwiches isn’t ….God I wish SNL were live right now ; I can only imagine how theyd skewer here. Shes in BIG BIG career trouble…I hope shes saved and invested well. How coincidental that her contract was up right now with FOOD NETWORK? Lets see if Walmart says anything – They carry a whole line of her baked goods. What about SMITHFIELD who also has a major contract with her – she endorses their pork products and even QVC sells her wares and foods. Theyve bee silent so far. Im not sure what her apology statement was. I read several stories about it, they posted a link and then it was private and couldnt be seen. I dont know if thats because several critics said it was terrible, obviously written by the committee of lawyers, managers and publicists and didnt seem to express real remorse or a real apology. Part of me feels bad for her; I was more upset about the whole diabetes thing and I felt that really harmed her credibility. Shes always seem fun loving (but you never know how people are off camera) and I do feel bad for these older people who grew up in a segregated South . I honestly dont think shes a racist, but I do think she used a bad choice of words. She better hope this deposition wasnt video taped because if it is, that will be even more damaging than a transcript
                Comment by SJ — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • Paula will pop up on another channel. Dog The Bounty Hunter is an even bigger racist and another channel picked him up.
                  Comment by HJ — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:29pm PDT  Reply to this post
                • The whole social media crowd needs to take a pill. As a nurse, I’ve seen very few of this crowd project true honesty…social media is just a platform to spout what sounds “politically correct.” Paula Dean is crucified but college profs who curse and use all sorts of foul, offensive names for Pro Life advocates. Face facts…people vent steam, whether you own the business or are just a worker bee. I stopped watching the Food Network a long time ago because of the causes they support….talk about a lack of integrity. In reality I suspect that every responder here, as well as the talking heads at the Food Network, have made poor language choices…and if you say you haven’t then you probably lied. Paula Dean should be forgiven….She did her part and ask for forgiveness….now the public should do it’s part and forgive her. It’s time to move on. She’s a wonderful, creative individual…life goes on. And while she may not have publically embraced her diabetes at the onset, she has since….and I suspect that it was difficult journey. And having dealt with diabetics in health care…the journey is one filled with highs and lows. For my money, somebody should fire Food Network.
                  Comment by viewfromthefrontporch — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT  Reply to this post
                  • (1) So, people who have HIGHER standards than YOURS are LIARS? And, anyone who disagrees with your bizarre notions are also LIARS?
                    (2) Paula Deen is NOT being crucified! She SIGNED a “morals clause” in her Food Network contract and she VIOLATED that clause by her constant barrage of racist terms and racist jokes.
                    (3) Paula Deen’s racist jibes and jokes have no connection to abortion.
                    (4) You are a nurse who wants to talk about diabetes and what a “trial” it is to tolerate and treat, but you have nothing but blame for women who suffer septic pregnancies and who face certaom death without a life-saving abortion. Funny type of medicine you practice, nurse!
                    Comment by saxifrage — Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT  Reply to this post
              • And Tarantino’s film was fiction based during the time of slavery. What do think was being said back then??? We’re talking years of this decade!
                I don’t think that calibre of actors who was in the film would’ve ever attached themselves if they thought the film was racially offensive.
                Comment by pixr — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Her people have already talked to Oprah’s people. Get ready for the tear-soaked apology invoking Jesus and a big hug from Oprah with a subsequent announcement that Oprah will give her a show, sponsored by cholesterol, diabetes, and blood-pressure medications.
                Comment by Diogenes — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:34pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • If networks got rid of everyone who’s uttered a racist/homophobic/misogynist slur, said networks would go dark.
                Comment by crystal — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 2:38pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Lynda Gledhill, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
                Published 4:00 am, Tuesday, February 13, 2001
                2001-02-13 04:00:00 PDT Sacramento — Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who has made improvement of race relations a cornerstone of his public career, referred to African Americans by a racial slur at a Black History Month speech, a word he characterized as a “slip” and said he regretted.
                Many of the black labor activists who heard Bustamante use the word walked out of the speech Friday night in Emeryville and were still angry yesterday, saying an apology the lieutenant governor issued at the end of his talk wasn’t enough…
                Comment by Allan — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Foodnet “fired” Robert Irvine for embellishing his resume a few years ago. He was replaced on Dinner Impossible but that only lasted half a season, he’s back now and one of FN’s biggest celebs. She’ll be back when viewers whine enough
                Comment by teddy newcomb — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:31pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • That’s just ridiculous. I’m dumping Food Network for brazen bigotry.
                Comment by Forrest Higgs — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:32pm PDT  Reply to this post
              • Now that Paula Deen is out of work, maybe she can be North West’s nanny. That’s a show I would actually watch.
                Comment by CL — Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:32pm PDT  Reply to this post

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