Paula Deen fired from Target, QVC & her diabetes drug deal is ‘suspended’

Perhaps it would just be easier to make a list of all of the endorsement/franchise/business deals that Paula Deen still has? I guess not, because I’m learning more and more about how far-reaching Paula’s empire really was, and it’s kind of shocking. I guess that Today Show interview wasn’t such a good idea after all. Except that if Paula had kept it together and really explained herself and her situation instead of quoting the punchline to a famous racist joke, maybe there wouldn’t have been this secondary slew of firings. So, let’s go through the list:

*The Food Network was the first company to fire Paula. QVC put her “on notice” just two days later. Then she was fired from Smithfield HAM. Ham abandoned her!!

*Then Wal-Mart announced that they were phasing out her Paula products, and Caesars Casinos decided to eliminate the “Paula Deen’s Kitchen” restaurant franchises in their casinos.

*Now Paula’s also been dropped by Home Depot – she had a line of kitchen products and cookware sold there.

*Paula’s lucrative (and sketchy) deal with Novo Nordisk (the makers of that diabetes drug Victoza) seemed to have fallen apart too. Novo Nordisk said: “Novo Nordisk and Paula Deen have mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now, while she takes time to focus her attention where it is needed.” Did you catch that word – “suspend”? A spokesperson later said:It’s too early to suggest what we will wind up doing but we have not dropped Paula Deen. We just felt the recent controversy affected her ability to help manage and work towards our mission which is around changing diabetes. It’s unclear what effect this controversy will have on users of the diabetes drug. People need to focus on the fact that diabetes is a serious personal disease. They manage the disease on their own terms. I would never suggest people should make a decision about managing there disease based on an emotional decision. If a drug is helping them effectively manage their diabetes, then that should be their deciding factor and that should be a decision between them and their doctor.”

*Yesterday, QVC went from putting Paula on notice to putting her “on pause”. A spokesperson said, “We have talked with Paula and her team extensively over the last several days, and together we have considered what is best for our customers, for Paula, and for QVC. For now, we have decided to take a pause. Paula won’t be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts and we will phase out her product assortment on our online sales channels over the next few months. We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward.”

*Target is pulling out of their partnership too, with a spokesperson saying: “We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com. Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory.”

*But! It’s not all bad news for Paula, I guess. Her latest cookbook has shot to #1 on Amazon because her supporters are trying to stick with her, I guess. And her supporters have also bought out the “Paula Deen Cruise” and there were so many people requesting tickets that the company has booked a second cruise.

By the time this is published, I bet Paula will have been fired from at least three more partnerships. Rough.

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  1. break says:

    Given the kind of food she’s been promoting for decades, it was always ridiculous (and should be criminal!) that she would profit at all from diabetes drugs. It would be like a cigarette company making money from lung cancer treatments.

    • Kiddo says:

      I think it’s an even more abhorrent move on the drug company’s part.

    • badrockandroll says:

      I believe that it would be like a smoker who makes and sells cigarettes and has lung cancer from smoking, not saying that s/he has lung cancer from smoking, and still making and selling cigarettes while saying that smoking too much isn’t bad for you. And then getting paid a boatload of money to hawk a miracle lung cancer drug, while confessing that s/he may have gotten lung cancer from smoking while still making a lot of money making and selling light cigarettes.

      So many nuances of evil and hypocrisy in this partnership!

    • lolalola3 says:

      “Break” you took the words right out of my mouth. This woman is a food criminal. I’ve never understood how any company could in good conscience promote her or her kind of “cooking.”

  2. Chicagogurl says:

    Reading other articles comments section makes me depressed at how pejorative our society can be. I read the deposition and she’s either completely faking dumb or she really has no business sense (which I find hard to believe). She’s scapegoating Karl and slandering Lisa. If she would have some remorse and a crisis management team this could have been way different. Hope her brother appreciates that she’s a ride or die kinda sister.

    • Lucinda says:

      My favorite line in the whole deposition was how she didn’t “do” email because she didn’t understand it. lol Playing stupid or being that stupid–either way, she’s a mess.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        She also said that she wouldn’t use the word “massage” because she only massages her man and her meat or some BS like that.

        Then halfway through the depo she uses the word “massage” in reference to placating her employees.

    • Dubois says:

      It’s also amazing how much she “can’t remember” in regard to conversations about harrassing behavior, and then how clear her memory is on anything but.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    Was there any company she didn’t have a deal with? Yeesh.
    She’s made a fortune, time to just “retire” and stay out of the public eye.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      I actually wonder how much money she’s going to have to pay back from being “released” from contracts. Not saying she’s broke, but she should be worried.

      • gefeylich says:

        She won’t be broke. What’s going to hurt her (as it hurt Gibson and Galliano) is the lack of fame and approbation. All of it has evaporated after this debacle.

        Sure, she’ll always have racist rednecks who will support her, but the big fame and love from everyone else will be pretty much gone. What kills me is she obviously STILL doesn’t know what she did wrong. She was just bein’ herself, y’all.

        And she has the dumbest, most incompetent lawyers and PR people EVER. She could have kept ALL of her racist, misogynistic tendencies secret from mostly everyone if she hadn’t had the worst representation in recent memory.

  4. LadyMTL says:

    I was a Paula Deen fan back way back when, but the bloom went off that rose when I woke up and realized just how fatty / unhealthy a lot of her food was. And then her whole diabetes diagnosis and deal with the drug company came out and it was sooooo shady that I just shook my head and said “yeah, bye Paula.”

    I can’t even say that I’m surprised about what a mess she’s in – racists eventually trip themselves up (see: Mel Gibson, John Galliano, and etc).

    • Jess says:

      What about Alec Baldwin?

      • Jag says:

        It bothers me that Alec still gets work like he does. People should remember how he truly is – but even with recent twitter deletion, he’ll still have a job. It’s ridiculous!

  5. neelyo says:

    I was watching an interview from last year when she was on the Diabetes Novodisk Tour, and afterwards the show’s host said Deen made $10 million that year. That doesn’t seem like a lot for an ‘empire’.

    • Ok says:

      Yes but that is one year. That is pretty good when you consider all the other direct competitors ahe has out there vying for consumer attention and purchases. I had no idea her holdings were this diversified.

      How do you have this much going on in your business and yet have such nonsense going on in your company and what seems to be no semblance of Human Resources Department in order to keep this stuff from happening

      ????????

      I am trying to slog thru the info on the depo links and I am stunned. I liked Paula’s show. I liked the show with Bobby as well ( have not seen Jamie’s show though). Liked her on Oprah. Likes her on Kathy Griffin.

      Absolutely stunned to be reason this nonsense. :(

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        I take it you have revised your feelings towards Ms. Deen. A racist, sexist woman with no control or safeties in place for her empire.

        The biggest fools fall the farthest it seems.

  6. poppy says:

    QVC and Novo Nordisk are lame with their indecision.
    cut the butter loving old school racist slag loose.

    what would really thrill me is if her entire cruise was bought by people that HATE her. i would pay to see that. :evil:

    she’s still not sorry about what she said, did or allowed to happen but she’s awfully sad the boulder cast from all us sinners keeps landing on her, y’all!

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I wonder what happens, exactly, on a Paula Deen cruise……

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Can you even imagine the type of people who will be on that ship?

        I don’t think a huge boat full of racists is a place I want to be.
        Royal Carribean-come on the hate cruise with us!

        Especially if they think that joke is funny. It is a racist joke and it is a dud. So they are racists with crappy senses of humor. I’ll pass.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        LMAO! There’s some genius marketing, Tiff. KKK Cruises. On the menu, fried butter balls and fried chicken in a butter dipping sauce.

        Man, there’s so much material to work with there….

      • doofus says:

        a ship full of MORBIDLY OBESE racists.

      • Lucinda says:

        Before all this I think my mother-in-law would have gone on a Paula Deen cruise because she loves to cook and goes on lots of cruises but she is hardly racist or redneck. I don’t think she would go now though.

      • Ok says:

        Never heard of a cruise with a celebrity chef. Maybe they served food from her recipes. Seems odd

      • Kiyoshigirl says:

        @ok – it’s no different than any other celebrity cruise. They’re held all the time and on virtually every cruise lines. The cruise lines themselves don’t typically sponsor them. They’re usually sponsored and arranged by independent travel agencies. Now a day there are hundreds of reality tv “celebrity cruise” opportunities. You can sail for 7 days with everyone from Teresa Guidice to Bobby Flay. The celebs usually schedule a few Q&A sessions and the “chefs” typically do a couple of cooking demonstrations on ship.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        It really is the hate cruise. This company is whole heartedly behind her. Disgusted again…
        I just found this.

        And Deen’s annual “Paula Deen Cruise” on board the “Mariner of the Seas” has been flooded with so many calls, the cruise is adding an extra departure in 2014.
        “Due to so many requests from Paula’s fans in the past we are actually planning two cruises for 2014 and look forward to both,” a rep for the cruise told FOX411′s Pop Tarts column. “It’s always an amazing time with Paula, her family and fans. If she goes – we go”

        Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/06/28/sears-drops-paula-deen/#ixzz2XWznV31U

    • Masque says:

      What would thrill me is if it turned into a poop cruise. I don’t want anyone hurt, just miserable. If an outbreak of food poisoning broke out, just enough to suffer a wee bit, I would laugh my face off.

    • MyCatLoves TV says:

      Wouldn’t it be funny if the cruise was booked up by African American groups & individuals such as The Rainbow Coalition, the NAACP, Rev. Al, Rep. John Lewis – who was famously beat up during the Selma march, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver – my representative in the House, Donna Brazile – need a strong woman, too! It would be great to see Paula make excuses in front of those who stand up for the civil rights of those who are (as she so disgustingly put it) “black as a board.”

      (I am a Latina from a Mexican father….wonder if she has anything to say about us???)

      • Sarah Talks says:

        Well, that could happen since the senile and money hungry attention slore Jesse Jackson has offered to help her save her empire.

        Jesse is a fool has been for years. I’m black and I can tell you that many do not uphold those leaders as much as the media would like you to think. I’m told that in his younger days Jesse was very articulate. Same with Al Sharpton who is unbelievably well spoken but Sharptoon is an admitted former CIA agent.

        Few trust them. There was a time when they were needed and their contributions were great. But just like a 90s boy band they are no longer relevant in the greater scheme of things. Over time fame, money and the desire to fill the history books have changed these once possibly great men into spectacles and a joke. Case in point, Jesse Jackson and his scandals since wedlock baby.

    • gg says:

      QVC and Novo Nordisk are not having any “indecision”. It’s the same old “we’re taking a break” excuse they ALL use just when they are in the process of cutting loose and negotiating a cancellation of her contract.

      All sponsors did it when Kate Moss was caught with all the coke, acting like they were giving her a chance, and then they all dropped her.

  7. Hipocricy says:

    This is one of those rare occasions when i enjoy being a real b!tch towards another woman…this news is so sweet to my ears.

    Say goodby to the wack lady !

  8. gogoGorilla says:

    Look, if Walmart drops you, everyone else can’t be far behind.

    • Dawn says:

      I hate Wal-Mart and will not shop there because to me they treat their employees equally as bad if NOT worse than Paula Dean. I could go on and on but will not. But I hate that company. They are two of a kind if you ask me.

      • DTX says:

        I love what Michael K said, “You know it’s bad if EVEN Walmart won’t hold hands with you in public anymore!”

        LOL!

      • bluhare says:

        Totally agree, Dawn. Won’t shop there at all.

      • Anastasia says:

        My husband calls Wal-Mart Satan’s Five & Dime.

      • MyCatLoves TV says:

        Wal-Mart: “Our associates earn so little that they must use food stamps….all to save you money!” Plus I come from blue collar union family and friends. We don’t shop there!

      • gogoGorilla says:

        Oh, TOTALLY in agreement with you. I never shop there. They treat their employees like shit. I’d rather pay more and feel like I’m not contributing to the eventual collapse of society.

        But my point was — they are about as low class as you can go, so if they dump you, everyone else is getting in line.

  9. matia says:

    I’m over paula deen. So many worse things going on in the world to worry about a millionaire losing her job when she is set for life either way

  10. LucyS says:

    Her racist comments are being highlighted as the worst of her offenses, but the hostile work environment her employees have to endure working for her/her brother seems just as bad to me. Pr0n at work, paying employees in booze for off hours catering jobs, etc. I’m surprised more people aren’t up in arms about that.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      YES! I said that yesterday (or the day before). Disgusting how she treated her employees!

    • Ok says:

      I am shocked that, on this day and age of Internet and lawsuits etc that this info is just surfacing now.

      The employees should have brought out this nonsense much sooner

      • Masque says:

        Lisa Jackson probably went throught multiple levels of chain-of-command and finally exhausted that process and finally had to take the matter outside of the company to get a resolution.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        They tried. She has multiple people who tried to say something before this.

        This snowball is going to get bigger and dirtier on it’s way down the hill.

  11. Belle Epoch says:

    Her empire really was ENORMOUS. I had no idea she had so many deals in place. HuffPo has a list of the companies that are so far keeping her on (JCPenny, Sears, butter, more).

    The hypocrisy of WalMart firing someone for being racist is rich.

    The woman IS dumb. She could have settled this out of court but instead chose to go public – and cry victim! I don’t think she ever imagined a black employee would be able to tarnish her greatness.

  12. JL says:

    You aint got no Butter
    You aint got no Butter
    You aint got no Butter

    HA HA HA HA HA!

    And the word of the day is “Bye, Bye Bitch”

    God I loved Eddie Murphy’s stand up!

  13. mkyarwood says:

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens to her restaurants in Savannah. I love to visit when I go home, but I won’t be going anymore.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      A picture of her “supporters” waiting in line:

      http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/06/23/us/DEEN-2/DEEN-2-articleLarge.jpg

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Well, that photo just about says it all doesn’t it? It’s very hard not to make a snarky comment about the future novo nordisk customers on that line, but due to the seriousness of diabetes, I will refrain.

      • mkyarwood says:

        Heh, more good reasons for having left.

      • Poink517 says:

        Shannon, I was about to make a similar comment, but you said it all. Wow.

      • Kiddo says:

        @Shannon1972

        Future? I think we’re talking current here.

        That should be funny, but it makes me sad, instead.

      • Gia says:

        holy sh-t. I don’t mean to be all whatever…but that is exactly who I was picturing in my mind.

      • Masque says:

        Okay, now imagine a ship full of those same people.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Let me also be clear: you can be bigger and be healthy-I go to an all-girls gym and I’ve seen big girls who can set a treadmill on fire.

        ..that’s not what I’m seeing in this pic though….

      • lucy2 says:

        That sort of support (from people who IMO are uninformed about the full story and feel indignant about it for some strange reason) will fade.

      • Jen says:

        @Shannon1972 yep thanks for being so “kind” – I’m a type 1 diabetic who has to inject insulin and your stereotyping of people with diabetes as ignorant fatties is really nice. Try living with his 24/7, having people think Paula is typical of every person with diabetes.

        I can’t stand Paula, but the people gagging to get a diabetes “joke” in every time her name is mentioned aren’t helpful.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Jen: I did not call anyone an ignorant fatty. My comment was more along the lines of “Paula hid her diabetes for money, then revealed it when it was most fortuitous for her, and plenty of people bought into her lifestyle. Here are a bunch more: look where it got them”. I think that the people who are supporting her right now are ignorant, but not for the reasons you give.

      • Miss Thang says:

        I count six women in that photo who look to be at a very healthy weight. I count 6 who appear to be overweight. I don’t see the issue here. (I didn’t count men ’cause I don’t have enough knowledge about men and their body shapes and types to make those assumptions)

  14. HH says:

    I see the terms hiatus, pause, etc. being used as “let’s see if this blows over.” Which, in today’s fast-moving media is bound to happen. It’s just interesting to see if she’ll have enough fans to really make money. Speaking of which, is George Zimmerman still getting donations?

  15. Kiddo says:

    How terrible must Caesars Casinos be if they had Paula Deen restaurants? Why not just have a few McDonald’s instead?

    And what the hell goes on on a Paula Deen cruise? How is it different from any other cruise?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    • neelyo says:

      I think she takes the cruise with them so you get to hang out with Paula. I don’t know how much fun that would be now (or ever to me personally).

  16. Zee says:

    It happened before I was born. People should be allowed to change and they should be allowed to be imperfect.

    • Kiddo says:

      Some of what transpired was in recent years.

      I’m all for redemption and second chances, but if you are going to apologize, for at least a portion of misdeeds, it might help if you do that sincerely, not blame others for doing it and then don’t close by saying you’re not going to change.

    • badrockandroll says:

      Paula Deen allowed a poisonous workplace to ferment between 2005 and 2010. You show remarkable literacy for a nine year old!

      However, if you are not nine, and are instead suggesting that Ms Deen is being lambasted for her use of a racist term in 1985, you are old enough to read the original complaint, as well as Ms Deen’s response to it.

      And then come back here and talk about how much Ms Deen has allowed herself to change since 1985.

    • bluhare says:

      Got it Zee. If it happened before you were born it doesn’t count.

      • Ag says:

        @Bluehare. Hahaha! That’s right. It was milestone by which all civilization shall be measured. It is so ordered!

    • Masque says:

      Slavery happened before I was born but that doesn’t mean I’m not horrified by Paula’s dress’em-up-as-slaves fantasies.

    • @zee says:

      Thank you. You are the first and only forgiving person on this site. Why does Alec Baldwin get a pass time and time again after his racial and homophobic comments? Paula is being shred to pieces.

    • stinky says:

      im not down for this witch hunt.
      hypocryte corporations dropping Paula Deen like a hot-pocket – please. its nauseating.

  17. april says:

    Corporations don’t take chances with any kind of scandalous behavior. No matter how big you are, you’re out if it will result in bad publicity and lawsuits. I think that this is only right that she’s fired.

    I’ve worked for two Fortune 500 Companies and you are out if you use any racial slurs and also for sexual harrassment. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Paula.

    Also, this should be a wake up call to any other celebrities who think they can get lucrative advertising contracts and behave unsavory. This firing is also to make an example of future celebrities’ conduct.

  18. doofus says:

    apparently Sears just dropped her, too.

  19. Madriani's Girl says:

    She needs to take some of that money she earned and do something about her neck and chin.

    I saw that Today interview finally. That was about the most fake thing I’ve ever seen. She ducked, weaved and deflected harder than Starr Jones did when Larry King interviewed her years ago. Deen is such a poor actress, she couldn’t even squeeze out a fake tear, let alone a real one.

  20. Thiajoka says:

    Ya’ll would not believe the drama this woman’s rampant racism and poor business practices has caused between two of my FB friends, both Southern like me. One has become insanely devout to defending Deen as just merely an ignorant Southern woman who wasn’t raised to know better and should be forgiven without question–this person will hear nothing logical given as defense against that view, even the fact that Deen, as a business woman, should have known that her business practices and racist attitudes would eventually cause her empire to fall. And this person is a liberal, so it’s doubly baffling to those of us who know her.

    She has not only blocked our mutual friend, but has reported her to FB, and is sending her and her daughter (for God’s sake!) really disturbing private messages. So basically she is Paula Deening a long-time friend in order to defend Paula Deen. She’s even accused those who say Deen is a racist of “protesting too much” and implies we are closet racists. And somehow the size of her husband’s penis got brought into the argument, to show you how truly bizarre this has become.

    It’s weird. This whole thing has brought out such disturbing notions in some people, notions that I thought society in general was long past wrestling with.

    • Kiddo says:

      Silver lining. You know your “friend” isn’t wrapped too tight. The sooner you find out things like that, the better, in my opinion. It keeps you safer.

      • Thiajoka says:

        Agreed, Kiddo, but our mutual friend, the one being harassed, lives close to the woman harassing her. I know this goes far beyond Deen at this point, but just bumfuzzled at that being the breaking point for someone who has, otherwise, acted perfectly sane for the couple of years I’ve known her.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Exactly, at least you can weed out the crazies. I don’t understand the ignorance of people supporting her. By and large ALL of them have not educated themselves about this case or bothered to read anything of importance.

        I hope this person doesn’t hurt anyone in the name of butter. :(

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I had a similar exchange with an FB friend who knows Deen personally.

      I didn’t realize that she knew her until we had a bit of a tiff over an FB post she put up supporting Deen. I ended up just squashing it with a PM to her about how ‘it’s ok if we disagree and I hope it doesn’t affect our friendship’ etc etc.

      When I first heard about Deen using the n-word, I was pretty horrified. Personally, that’s enough to make me dislike a celebrity, but truth be told, I always thought Deen was a big ol’ phony. But I really value objectivity and I try to be fair so I decided to read the transcripts so that I could at least back up my opinion with facts, and also to be prepared to change my tune if I thought people were overreacting.

      Not gonna lie–after reading the depo transcripts and the original claim, I felt vindicated and I admit, a little smug.

      Let’s face it: anyone who is defending Deen at this point is either a racist, sexist POS, hasn’t read the transcripts or is living in SERIOUS denial.
      When the truth comes out, I think the hardest part for Deen supporters will be admitting that they so vociferously defended a pretty sh*tty human being. It’s tough when you’re publicly (via social media etc) sticking your neck out for someone and then you have to eat crow when you find out the person you’re defending is really a monster.

      On that same topic, I’m glad I always hated Aaron Hernandez ;)

      …and I love “Paula Deening” as a verb

      • Kiddo says:

        They will not give two shits when all the truth comes out. There will be more bible quotes and “people aren’t perfect” responses and more excuses.

      • stinky says:

        ya know who else uses the N word?
        Chris Isaak.
        ick.

    • BeesKness says:

      There have been some posts on fb by friends supporting Paula that have upset me. I have had two people post pictures that have Pres. Obama smoking as a young man that says “sat in the church of a white hating pastor for years and no one bats an eye” and then one of Paula looking all grandmotherly that says “a white democrat who voted for Obama twice destroyed by the media for using a racial slur 30 years ago.” I want to school people, I really do, but they will never except it. Those were people I went all through school with. We are from Maryland, and the county where I grew up (Harford County) has it’s share of racism in certain parts.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “a white democrat who voted for Obama twice destroyed by the media for using a racial slur 30 years ago.”

        ..but wait, I thought the media was biased to the left? Contradictions abound!!!!!

        You are right, bees, it’s like talking to a wall with those kind of people. Logic, facts, empathy, understanding are completely foreign to them.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        I do NOT understand how the media/supporters of this woman are still characterizing this as a racial slur 230 years ago. NONE of us would be in here if that were the case, she would not have been dropped wholesale from so many endorsers.

        I cannot believe how ignorant people are, they do not even attempt to learn the facts of a situation before they start spouting off.

  21. neelyo says:

    Before Paula finally disappears into the netherworld of next week and we don’t hear from her until her new gig shilling for CouponCabin.com, I just want to say that I’ve been coming here to follow the story because of the coverage and comments.

    Other posters have noted how great the environment of these threads has been and I wanted to point it out too. These stories don’t seem to go away so it’s nice to be able to see them dealt with fairly and fully. And I’ve laughed my ass off. Have good weekends!

    • The Original Tiffany says:

      By far the most intelligent dissection of this case around. Bravo Celebitches!!!

      Also, COUPON CABIN!!! LMAO!

      Fitting that Deen the racist and Khate should be together. I hope that comes true, but so funny-kudos!

  22. badrockandroll says:

    Racism and stupidity: the gifts that keep on giving …

    Publishers’ Weekly reports that despite its #1 status on Amazon, Random House is cancelling her book, which was set to be released on the fall. Her literary agent is confident (“dor reasons that will soon become evident”) that it be picked up by another publisher soon.
    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/58013-random-house-cancels-deen-book.html

  23. Jane says:

    I’m not surprised by this.

  24. jwoolman says:

    I know y’all are gleeful that she’s losing, er, pausing many partnerships. But snark against her fans is misplaced. Any racist behavior/language was certainly not part of her public persona. There is no reason to smear anybody who liked her show and cooking style. I saw parts of her show a few times, and there was nothing there that would attract the rabid racists some folk think must be her fans.

    Also these businesses couldn’t care less about the really important issue, the accusation of a hostile workplace. Their own practices probably couldn’t stand much scrutiny. They just care about the cries of “racist!” that are loud enough at the moment to possibly cause a little negative PR for them for the moment. That will indeed blow over, since really most people aren’t bothered enough to consider her the root of all evil or even a real racist of the malignant variety. My bet is that most people at worst think of her as just an old lady who is clueless about some things, extremely loyal to her obnoxious brother, and getting unfairly persecuted by media having too many slow news days. I myself think she’s just an easy target- the same media types are soft and tiptoe-y about so many others. It’s really been more of a feeding frenzy than any helpful discussion about American racism in its many forms, and the workplace issues are pretty much ignored. I’m sure that Martin Luther King, Jr. and his colleagues faced far more difficult people than Paula Deen, and I doubt they would recommend screaming and sneering at them as the way to work for real change. People shut their ears when they’re getting screamed at and insulted. Sometimes you have to decide whether you just want to vent or if you really want to help change things, which means looking at the other person as a real human being with all the human complications rather than as the irredeemable spawn of Satan.

    • stinky says:

      seriously…. the witch-hunt nature of this big blowup is bothersome.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      @jwoolman-First you ask everyone to grant Deen’s fanbase a level of understanding and claim that we’re mischaracterizing you, then in the next breath you describe people on this board as “gleeful” and “snarky”. Let me make this clear: nobody here is happy that Deen treated her employees like dogshit.

      Also, no one is OBLIGATED to grant a celebrity a free pass or any level of understanding, really. None of us know her personally, she’s just an old lady on TV who made a bunch of dough off of a phony image. (BTW, do you not understand why that irks people?) We owe her nothing. Again, we don’t have a relationship with her and we don’t have to like or understand her, period.

      She is not “clueless” by any means, that sweet southern rube *act* of hers has been a handy tool to manipulate the public and “massage” her employees, instead of addressing the real and volatile issues that were rampant in her place of business.

      That being said, post-scandal, if Deen had shown even an ounce of contrition, a speck of humility instead of playing the victim, then maybe people would be able to forgive. In order for someone to REALLY change, the first step is acknowledging that you messed up. You can’t learn from an experience until you get honest with yourself. Deen has not done that and she doesn’t appear to have any intention of doing so. re: “I is what I is and I’m not gonna change.”

      And finally, while you may think that no pertinent or helpful conversations about race have occurred because of this, I can tell you straight-up that you are DEAD wrong. We’ve had some great comments over here that have really opened people’s minds and many that have helped me to understand things I didn’t think about before. That really is the ONLY silver lining in this whole thing.

      ..and please don’t invoke MLK’s name to support Deen-that is just beyond presumptuous and not appropriate at all.

      In short, you can take the Deen pity party elsewhere because the commenters here are simply too smart to fall for it.

      • JudyK says:

        Wow, Kitten, this is the BEST post I have read ANYWHERE regarding the Paula Deen fiasco, bar none.

      • jwoolman says:

        Kitten- why do you assume I’m a Deen fan? I can’t even eat her food. I just flip channels a lot.

        I do suggest you re-read Martin Luther King’s work and related materials from his era and the continuation of their efforts. You will see that it is indeed very appropriate to ask “what would MLK do?” . How would he approach someone like Paula Deen? Would he have considered her impossible to reach? Would he have considered her incapable of understanding and changing? How would he have talked about her? What would he have said to her? Would he have wished for her collapse? Read what he wrote, and about how he and others worked for real change in difficult people and under difficult circumstances.

  25. Rialto says:

    Ugh. She’s so creepy.

  26. buzz says:

    I predict – Glenn Beck will find a place for her in his media empire. This is for them to shove a stick in everyone’s eyes and say “racists unite” although the press release won’t use those exact words.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yep. As others have predicted, she’ll probably end up with a cooking show on Fox News.

  27. TheWendyNerd says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. JUDY says:

    No more Paula Deen, No more food network. What a scape goat!!!

  29. janice says:

    I have been over this woman for a very long time. I think she is a sick dirty old woman she makes my skin crawl. The way she flirts with men and molests her food and her sexual indecent behavior now shes a racist on top of all the other…. too much just do away with this butter loving sex starved racist stick a fork in her shes done! I hope so anyway!

  30. jan says:

    I know I am only one person, But will NEAVER shop at Target.27years, How many did you make in 27 years.

  31. jojo says:

    Just to be the contrarian here, if the situations had been reversed and a black celebrity went on a rant about white people, would they lose everything too? I don’t think so
    what about if a gay person went on a rant calling against Asians for example, would they lose everything?
    I don’t think so either.
    think about it for a minute before you start flaming me for being “racist.”
    p.s. I’m not even White