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Celebrity Chef Paula Deen In Hot Water After Alleged Racist Remarks

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    The National Enquirer has leveled a bombshell allegation against celebrity chef Paula Deen by claiming that they have a video of her using a range of racist and antisemitic remarks. Ms. Deen supposedly is on tape using the N word, reminiscing about the antebellum era in America, how she wishes to hire black waiters and waitresses to play the part of slaves, among a whole host of other insensitive and racist remarks. Huffingtonpost recently released the transcript of what they have acquired, which is posted below. The video has not yet been released, but I will surely add it if and once it is released.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I don't like to make generalizations. However, I will.
    The South.
    Racism is alive and well.
    Regarding the Enquirer...... consider the source.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    I definitely agree about racism and the south. I think that many Americans willfully ignore that racism is alive and well in many parts of this country and that the things that Ms. Deen may have said are not that big of a deal because it's what they actually believe.

    And I also agree about the Enquirer. However, I wouldn't write it off entirely. Huffpost released a transcript of a court deposition that she gave where she admitted many things that the Enquirer reported. I guess we will find out when and if they release the video that they supposedly have.
  • Independent
    Tennessee
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    Please tell me why a "Rap" artist can use "THAT" word 30 times in a 3:35 song but she can't say it at all? What happened to equality? Anyone?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Well, I would be hard pressed to find any white rap artists that says the N word. And, while I do find it disturbing that African American rappers often use that word, you must dig deeper and think more in depth about their use of it. For starters, I have never heard an African American say it with an ER at the end. They use it as slang. From what my African American friends have told me, they adopted it to show southern whites that the word is not going to affect them anymore.

    Whatever the case, I find myself unable to judge how African Americans want to use that word because I'm not an African American. I can pretty much assure you that whenever a white person uses it, it is for a negative connotation.
  • Independent
    Tennessee
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    It makes no difference if the person is black or white. A word is a word. If anyone can use it, everyone can use it. It is called equality. No one has anymore right to use a word than anyone else. I can say a word, you can say that same word. There are no word police in America. AND no one has the right not to be offended! It just doesn't work that way. If it offends you then leave the room. No one has the right to stop anyone from saying any word or words they wish to say. It's called freedom of speech. The same with TV and radio. On one has the right to stop speech. If you don't like what you are hearing, change the channel or turn the device off. It is not anyones right to censure free speech. Free and open markets of products and ideas.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Again, I would respectfully disagree with you. The history of race in this country is absolutely abysmal and continues to be so. Just because we have an African American in the White House does not mean that we are in some post racial utopia in America. I'd actually argue that race relations have gone backwards in many aspects, especially in the south.

    And yes, we most definitely have a right to say what we want. I did not say that Ms. Deen didn't have a right to say anything. It's her 1st Amendment right to be as racist as she wants to be. What I said is that it is sad that we're in 2013 and she is reminiscing about the antebellum. Two entirely different things.

    I have a feeling that you are very one sided when it comes to race relations in this country and that any facts I inform you of will be completely disregarded. That is your right.
  • Independent
    Tennessee
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    Just like you fell the border is secure? No I am afraid that is not the case. I am very open to ideas. But not so open minded that my brains fall out. It looks like you are afraid of hurting someones feeling at the expense of doing yourself harm. This is still America, home of the free and the brave. Not the hide in a corner and hope that no one is offended. Not yet, anyway.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    We can have a discussion about immigration reform and the border on the other thread if you so wish. This thread is about Paula Deen.

    I'm not afraid of a thing. I grew up going to an inner city school where I actually learned to coexist with other people that didn't look like me. From K-12, I was a minority in my school system. I didn't think anything of it and call people of many races friends. Because of that, I have a much different opinion on race relations in this country than someone who has never interacted with people that didn't look like them.

    I strongly encourage you to read some history about this country. I love America and am extremely lucky that I was born here and given an opportunity to succeed, but the history of this democracy has been riddled with racial tension since well before the Revolutionary War. Being racist is any individuals right in this society, but I would be loathe to call any racist brave. They are xenophobes that refuse to accept that this country is and always has been a melting pot.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Paula Dean is what is typical of bad behavior in America. She's a model for what's wrong, advocating racism, and ignorance of respecting people. By "People", I mean all races, foreign and domestic. Her cooking has just been "chopped" by America's chefs. Although she mouthed a disrespectful term in today's society, she is a prodigy of her parents her raised her. Her parents, friends, neighbors and many who work close to her, have likely heard many ugly outbursts from her. They might come out in the next few weeks saying she said this or did this. Ignorance is bliss and when your a southern gal with a cooking show, who's going to tell her she can't say that. What a way to go out because this may be Paula's last media exposure. How can anybody, but true racists, ever look at her face again in the media.

    Some may call her southern white trailor trash now that she's showing her true colors on racism in America. We all can join in trash talking, just like Paula Dean.............feels distasteful............yucck
  • Independent
    Cedar Rapids, IA
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    I am ashamed of how our nation has become so judgmental and critical. PAULA DEEN does not strike me as an intolerant person by any means. I have used the 'N' word myself and only find it offensive when used in a derogatory manner.
    Paula was more honest than most people in admitting she has used the word. Her comment about black gentlemen in white jackets and bow ties was not meant to offend. It was her sharing a memory which she seemed to interpret as a fondness of how those men looked... not that they were being subservient and therefore she endorsed such behavior.

    To Paula:

    I have said things like you have said and admitted things which you admitted. I applaud you for your integrity and I am one of those who see your true character. Please do not let these people bring you down. People are so quick to judge and take things out of context these days. Be comforted in knowing you have many people who can tell by your apology that it was sincere and heartfelt. I am no reader of your books and I do not watch your cooking show. I just feel for how you are being portrayed. I have used the 'N' word and I have a black son whom I love dearly. I am not a racist and I do not tolerate racist activity. But I know people use all kinds of words without intending offense or harm.

    America needs to wake up and learn about their own tolerance.

    Best Wishes to you and yours,
    James Seaborn... (I could be called an old, gray honky f-word. It would only hurt if it was intended to hurt me.)
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I don't really understand how anyone can take that word out of context. I understand that it was widely used back in the 1950's and 60's, but times have changed. Just because you fondly recall using that word, doesn't mean that it was right for you to do so. It's a racist and intolerant word and I don't necessarily understand any situation that you find it being justifiably used.

    "I have used the 'N' word myself and only find it offensive when used in a derogatory manner."--I have zero idea how it is used in any other way than in a derogatory manner. Can you please inform me how it can be?
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    She said that she used it when as a bank teller ,a black man had a gun to her head as he robbed the bank, and when she told her husband about the incident ,she described the black man in a very derogatory manner and with terms that she is now paying the price for.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    jared I agree that the word is never acceptable, but in her youth it was commonly used especially where she grew up, not that that excuses it. If true that she has not used the word in decades I would forgive her.

    How about the black rappers that use it multiple times in their songs? Black guys use it fairly commonly and it seems acceptable to many people as long as the "right" people use it.

    Anyone watch Real Time with Bill Maher last night? They talked about it.

    I say that it is never OK for anyone to use it.
  • Independent
    Tampa, FL
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    I find it awful these days that people call themselves just reporting the news; but in fact they are pointing the finger at someone else . If any of us were perfect, I guess that might be fine. None of us are; at least Paula Deen did not lie as so many have done in the past and said yes I have used that word. I do not condone the word, never have; but have heard it many times in my lifetime. President Obama has done more harm to race relations in this country than I have ever seen. He is getting his way; as minorities are saying "yes that is what I went through" and expecting all of us whites to be guilty all of our lives. I have never treated nor condoned bad treatment or language of anyone. So I will not bow down because of it. There is something in everyone's that they have done wrongly. But the media makes a living off destroying peoples lives, which makes the government we have now happy. We are putting lawsuits on people because we want money and fame, not because we were wronged. Its interesting that this accusation was not immediate, only after they found a lawyer to take it. Now he/she too will get fame and fortune. We are living a serious time. Do remember the Nazi regime, children were taught to spy and report their parents. Neighbors turned against their families and friends to save themselves. Cameras are everywhere, not to just stop crime and wrong doing, but to spy. I read the novel 1984 long ago and hoped we'd never see it; its here!