June 26th, 2013
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No matter how you slice it, Southern food is complicated. Some detractors dismiss the whole menu as an over-larded, gravy-drenched, carbed-up monolith; they clearly just haven’t been invited to the right homes for supper.

At its core, Southern food is one of the most multilayered, globally-influenced and constantly evolving cuisines on the planet. It’s inextricably and equally tied to the rhythms of the seasons and the lives of the people who cook it the way their grandmother did, and her grandmother before her, and so on.

No one cooks Southern food alone; there’s always a ghost in the corner giving guidance. For millions of people, that’s Paula Deen, a celebrity chef whose sugary, bubbly bonhomie has earned her the moniker “Queen of Southern Cooking” - as well as her share of critics.

Deen has come under fire in the past for promoting aggressively unhealthy recipes, then failing to disclose her diabetes diagnosis for three years before picking up a lucrative endorsement deal for a drug to treat it. Her more recent admission of using a racial slur in the past and that she had once discussed putting on a “plantation-themed” wedding party - complete with waiters dressed in a manner reminiscent of slaves - has proven even more sickening to some.

Internet backlash was fierce and pointed, and at least six of Deen’s major sources of revenue - the Food Network, Walmart, Caesars Entertainment, Home Depot, Novo Nordisk and Smithfield Foods - have cut ties with her and condemned her words. Although many fans have gone out of their way to express support for her online and at her flagship restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, Deen apologized in online videos and in a teary appearance on the Today Show.

But some African-American food and culture scholars find it’s what Deen didn’t say that’s the bitterest pill to swallow. They claim that she has profited off the culinary legacy of African Americans, a group she’s repeatedly failed to credit in her cookbooks or on her television shows. Their contributions to American cuisine are often marginalized in the food world, despite having introduced rice cultivation techniques to the South, along with watermelon, okra, chile peppers and other foods that were already part of the African palate. Representatives for Deen weren’t immediately available to comment on the issue.

In the wake of the controversy, pre-orders for Deen’s cookbook are red-hot, but some feel frozen out.

“We’re burned by this,” says writer and image activist Michaela Angela Davis. “Why does she get all the money and fame around the food that our ancestors created and sweated over?”

Davis argues that minimizing the role of the African-American culture’s contributions to Southern cooking isn’t unique to Deen, but fallout from a cultural system that needed to dehumanize slaves to keep the status quo. “Completely divorcing us from our history, our cuisine, our languages - that's just all par for the course. You can't let people have pride and then have them be your slaves.”

Culinary historian Michael Twitty agrees. “Our ancestors were not tertiary to the story of Southern food,” he says. “Whenever our role is minimized to just being passive participants or just the ‘help,’ it becomes a strike against culinary justice.”

“Paula Deen once did hoecake on her show and never once mentioned that this was the hardtack and daily bread of enslaved people,” he adds. So were, “gumbo, okra soup, red rice, fried chicken, black eyed peas, various greens, sweet potatoes, boiled peanuts, cala, jambalaya, hot sauce, barbecue, the list goes on.”

In Deen’s autobiography, “It Ain’t All About the Cookin’,” Deen touches on her dealings with the African-American community in her hometown, saying, “None of us were strangers to the black community, although they seemed to live their lives and we lived ours. I would say we lived a pretty unexamined life in terms of politics or civil rights."

Perhaps if Deen were just “a cook” and not “the Charles Barkley of food,” as Syracuse University scholar Boyce Watkins argued in a discussion with Davis on CNN’s AC360, that lack of context around her food would be understandable and even acceptable. But as Davis pointed out, “She’s a brand.”

That brand reportedly pulled in more than $17 million dollars in 2012 alone, and Davis ascribes Deen’s lack of connection in some part to that level of success.

“We all related to her when she was at the bottom and worked her way up, “ Davis says. “When you put money in it and you're in a different class, you get all the benefits of being white and privileged. Your sensitivity and need to know about us goes away. There's nothing in your life that brings about the urgency of knowing about the culture you're benefiting from.”

Twitty and Davis are both eager to have some potentially difficult and painful conversations - over a meal.

Twitty is on a mission of reclamation and healing in a project he calls The Cooking Gene. He spent much of 2012 on the “Southern Discomfort Tour,” visiting the former plantations where his ancestors were enslaved, meeting the descendents of the people who claimed ownership over his family, and sharing meals together. Through breaking bread in these haunted locales and having difficult conversations with people of all races, Twitty seeks to dispel any romantic notions of slavery, and begin to heal.

“I think the enduring myth is that slavery was a time when blacks knew their place, didn't make trouble and served as the perfect status symbol of Western superiority and white supremacy. Nothing could be more un-American or untrue,” Twitty says.

“People who worked in the ‘big house’ didn't have it easy. Women and men who cooked and served usually had one of three fates. They were often treated abusively and savagely punished; they could be family figures of great respect and trust or they were autocrats who used their unique role to carve out a special power niche with lines and boundaries not to be crossed.”

Cooking meant power in many cases, Twitty says, and per plantation records, good cooks were often “worth” more than a “plain” or “tolerable” cook.

There’s power in owning your culture’s narrative, Davis says, and it’s painful when a thing that should be a great source of pride and joy is instead used as a vehicle for shame. “Fried chicken is creative. Collards with smoked neckbones is creative,” Davis says.

“This generation gets to say, ‘No! Fried chicken is amazing!’ Everybody gets to participate in it, but let's be clear about whose brilliance made this thing be popular.” It worries her that Paula Deen and Colonel Sanders are seen as “the face of fried chicken,” and sees it as a failure of an educational system that diminishes African-American contributions to history.

“We are the fried chicken makers - everybody's grandma, Sadie, whomever, can make some fried chicken that would make your wig fall off,” she says. “African-Americans being ashamed to eat fried chicken or watermelons is heartbreaking and in complete alignment of the philosophical alignment of oppression and slavery. You're made to turn against yourself and abandon your culture.”

Davis combats that in the kitchen, she says. While she doesn’t fry chicken every Sunday like her grandmother did, she corrals her daughter a couple times a year to show her how it’s done. Her daughter is from the lean-chicken-breast-on-the-grill generation, Davis jokes, but there’s a serious point: “We lose our food, we lose our stories.”

“I would sit in the kitchen while my grandmother told the story about her grandmother made this pound cake - as she's making it and I'm watching,” she recalls. “I remember that she would use the notches in her fingers as measurements.

“It wasn't precise, but there were all these stories and our history was completely folded up in telling these stories as you're sitting in the kitchen and watching your grandmother and your mother cook. This happens with everybody. That's why they call it ‘soul food.’”

And that’s what Davis wishes Deen would acknowledge - that she’s peddling and profiting off the food part, but leaving the soul behind.

Deen writes frequently about learning in the kitchen at her Grandma Paul’s side, and shares that story with a wider audience. African-American food traditions were often shared orally, and only within the community, Davis says. She now believes they need to take control over their own story, document it and spread the gospel. Cookbooks by African-American celebrities like Pearl Bailey and Patti LaBelle are a great start, but there needs to be more, and in cooks’ own words.

“If our stories aren't told correctly and through a proper lens, we get cut out of the narrative,” Davis says.

“In those kitchen moments, my grandmother and grandfather's life became real to me. We have to write it down. We're not living in a time where people are eating fried chicken for four or five hours on Sunday, with anybody. This is the perfect time to take our oral history, film it, write it down so it's not lost.”

Food justice activist and podcast host Nicole A. Taylor, a native Southerner, said in a recent video blog that she’s “done with Paula Deen,” but that the incident sheds a light on the food world needing more African-American representation on Food Network and in mainstream media outlets.

“We need to show that the South is just not Paula Deen,” she said. “The South is me. The South is immigrants who are moving here. We need to lift these people up so that Paula Deen does not become the poster child for what is Southern in terms of food.”

And Twitty would like to sit down and talk about it over a meal. In a much-read open letter to Deen on his website yesterday, he invited the embattled chef to a gathering at a historic plantation in September when he’s hosting a fundraiser for Historic Stagville, a North Carolina, plantation that once held 900 slaves and is now a historic tourist destination.

“I want you to walk the grounds with me, go into the cabins, and most of all I want you to help me cook,” Twitty wrote. “If you’re brave enough, let’s break bread...This isn’t publicity this is opportunity. Leave the cameras at home.”

Davis, too, believes in the power of food to soothe and stitch painful rifts. “Food and music are the foundations of African-American - and American culture. They're a perfect way to talk about race and move forward. And they're a thing that people love about us, and we love about us - but it's been abused,” she says.

Davis continued, “The first thing you have to do is admit that it's happened, talk about it, move on and forgive. Have a conversation over a meal with some music. These conversations: This is the work. This is how we heal.”

Want to know more about African American contributions to Southern cooking? Dig in and let us know what's missing in the comments below:

Books (note: some are out of print, but available through used book stores):
– The African American Heritage Cookbook: Traditional Recipes & Fond Remembrances - Carolyn Quick Tillery
– Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time - Adrian Miller (Coming August 15)
– Mama Dip’s Kitchen - Mildred Council
– The Taste of Southern Cooking - Edna Lewis
– High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America - Jessica B. Harris
– Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America - Frederick Douglass Opie
– A Taste of Heritage: The New African American Cuisine - Toni Tipton-Martin and Joe Randall
– The Dooky Chase Cookbook - Leah Chase

Blogs and Websites:
Afroculinaria
Farming While Black
Food Culturist
The Blacker the Berry Food
Black Culinary History
Southern Foodways Alliance Oral Histories

Previously:
Paula Deen – From the frying pan to the firestorm
Hugh Acheson: Southern food beyond the butter
The cook who picks cotton: reclaiming my roots
How far has Southern food traveled since segregation?
Old world ingredients you should know and use from the South
Why it's different in the South
Why diversity matters in a restaurant kitchen
Why eating grits doesn't automatically make you a Southerner
5@5 – Overlooked Southern ingredients
Mehepyewpleez? A love letter to K&W Cafeteria
Boiled peanuts
She-crab soup, shrimp and grits, benne seed wafers and the lowdown on Lowcountry cuisine
5@5 – Virginia Willis – Southern is a state of mind
Talk with your mouth full – what is Southern food?
Reclaiming the soul of Southern food
Southern food: more voices from the field



soundoff (956 Responses)
  1. perennial2

    I hope all the loud-mouthed politically correct race baiters keep it up. Every time they or one of these corporations joins the back alley mugging of this 66-year-old white woman ... a cook, for pete's sake ... I scratch that corporation off my shopping list and go buy another Paula Deen book to give as gifts this Christmas.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  2. Beda Amezcua

    Ho!!! Please let the Lady alone, why is that? people get offended and aggravated for everything , who in this world has not made a mistake or said something that is dummy and stupid,People there are things more important than making people look bad or crucifying them , she is a wonderful person , she worked very hard to have what she has , and now because she made a mistake , food network fire her, wall mart took away her merchandise !! PLEASE !! WHAT ABOUT MARTHA STEWART ? OR TIGER WOODS, AND ON AND ON !! LETS CONCENTRATE ON WORK AND MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY RICHER , LETS CHANGE OUR CONCEPTS ABOUT PEOPLE AND THINGS , WE ALL ARE ONE , IS WHAT DEEPAK CHOPRA SAID, LETS BE MORE COMPASSIONATE, UNDERSTANDING, AND TOLERANT NO BODY IS PERFECT, WE ALL MADE MISTAKES , WE HAVE TO STOP CRITICIZING, JUDGING AND MAKING PEOPLE FEEL BAD , JUST GET IT OVER WET, LETS FOCUS IN WHAT IS POSITIVE ABOUT HER !!!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  3. Sara

    So I am supposed to say it was an African American that taught me how to cook fried chicken? Um, I don't think so. This is just stupid. Goes back to the stereotypes saying only black people eat fried chicken and watermelon! This article is just bad. So sick of all the political correctness. What Paula said 25 years ago to her husband should be a non-issue. She apologized and it should be over with. Oh and it's ok for African Americans to call me Honkey or Whitey or Cracker??! Double standard.....makes no sense whatsoever.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • Larry

      I agree with you. I was going to say the same thing with regards to is it ok that African-Americans calling Caucasians whitey, or cracker. Look at all African-American comedians on tv or on PPV. They all make racial slurs, but we can't. Paula apologized, what more does she need to do to have everyone appreciate her again. Now she lost everything because of 1 word used 25 – 30 years ago. Let's worry on bringing America back together as 1 and not continue to push us apart.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • Sara

        Amen!

        June 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  4. JohninTruth

    Who cares??? She doesn't have to give credit to black people, nor do black people have to give her credit. Her food is hers. You idiots have to fuss about something and this country is full of whining children. So what that she said something that hurt someones feelings, but I guarantee it didn't hurt anyone's feelings. I have said hurtful comments, and so have you. What makes it wrong for her???? 2-faced bigots!!!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  5. bob

    all there complaining and whining after all this country would be better off if we would have left them in Africa.!!!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • jo may

      Amen to that!!!

      June 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
      • Idiot Police

        do either of you IDIOTS REALIZE that neither blacks or whites originated here in the old "US"?? you dumb idiots came here from overseas and took over the land from native Americans, you dumb ingrates!! the nerve of you to sit here and flex your so called "internet ANALogy" like you have an education! this is laughable!! go back to your trailer and breed dummy!

        June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • Sara

      Yep!

      June 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Triple R

      when the grass is cut snakes will show, is similar to when topics of race are afoot racists speak there minds lol

      June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
      • B

        That is a fact.

        June 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
  6. bob

    yeah know yall wish blacks would just leave!!!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • jo may

      Amen to that!!1

      June 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • SayWhatTX

        Leave and all of you racists couldn't find your butt with a flashlight and both hands. Black folks raised your babies, cleaned your nasty homes, wiped your sickly butt and continue to do so to this day. And you want us to leave, ask Paula Deen who works in her restaurants and factories when we leave.

        June 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  7. Suzanne Scarborough Melson

    Jesus was without sin and they hung him on a cross....give the woman a break....she did not deny what she said....move on, stop belittling, look at yourselves, and stop tearing down. Don't forget you gave Martha a second chance.....thank you Macy's and Kmart for giving her a secod chance.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Valerie Kennedy

      Amen, sister!

      June 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
  8. Loryncello

    I am absolutely stunned to learn that we are expected to recognize the historical contributions of each group that contributed to the development of a cuisine. Can you imagine the pages you would have to write for each item at a fusion restaurant? This article is taking a point to the absurd rendering it's message mute.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • RC

      So the message can't speak? Moot-the word is moot!

      June 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
  9. Sick of It

    I meant to post this as a message/not a reply:
    So what if they owned slaves in those days; unfortunately, it was an era of slave owning. My family owned slaves, but that doesn't make me a racist or mean that I agree withing slavery – I absolutely do not. In case anyone remembers, slavery was abolished a long, long time ago. Let's move on to other topics of utmost importance such as childhood hunger, teen pregnancies, domestic violence, and the list goes on and on.........

    PS: Rap music is the epitome of disgusting language, hatred and violence; and yet, I don't see anyone complaining in the media and spewing forth their vitriol about rap and all that it promotes.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Triple R

      Saying all rap is bad is like saying all apples are sweet, lets not generalize this, its no worse than heavy metal music with satanic undertones, some music that that genre makes is better than others

      June 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
      • whatever

        I never liked heavy metal music, either. That is my right – so now, I'm supposed to like heavy metal and rap to appease others? Not in my lifetime, no sir.

        June 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  10. Kim

    Everyone just leave her the h*ll alone. She's been through enough already. She's no more guilty that the rest of us for saying something about some culture. So back off and leave her alone.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • me

      I agree – well put.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
  11. Beth

    While I agree with some points in this article, I must take issue with the implication that all Southern whites were slave owners. That is historically untrue. Many whites were poor, some were sharecroppers and most enjoyed the same type of simple cooking claimed as "soul" food. This particular style of cooking isn't completely Black or completely White it is part of ALL of our Southern heritage. If all of the Paula Deen haters would take a step back from looking down on Southern cuisine they would realize that it is some of the most culturally diverse food in the world. Southern food would not be the deliciously complex and layered food that it is without influence from our Black, White, Spanish, Italian, Asian and more ancestors.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
    • mj

      Said soooooo well

      June 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
  12. Tony

    I just want to know when the media is going to attack an AA celebrity for saying Honkey, Cracker or Whitey?

    June 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  13. Triple R

    Let me start by saying this, towards Paula dean I have no ill will toward her but from a business stand point its in the best interest of the sponsors to avoid negative backlash, that is why her "sponsors " pulled the plug same as any other celebrity
    ala tiger woods, chris brown , don imus who has said something that cast themselves in a negative light so

    IT WAS A BUSINESS DECISION!!!!!!!!!!!!! one that for the sake of business and not race I agree with.

    lets not act like if she had said something about jewish people her sponsors wouldn't have done the same thing

    humm, wasn't Arseno hall show pulled cause he had farrakhan on?

    That really is the heart of the matter,now race relations are what they are we've come a long way, don't fall for the banana in the tail pipe, I could go on and on about past race relations but what will it change. This is a political magic trick keep ya eye on what we cant see

    don't believe the hype

    June 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • Donna

      Agree that this was a business decision, but not entirely. I think it is also more about covering behinds and rushing to appear to be PC and not racist, not tolerant of any and all mistakes made years ago, and wanting to prove they are ever so sensitive to whomever is being insulted, degraded or hurt in some way today. Absolutely there are millions of dollars riding on this decision. But what happened to integrity and a little humanity coming sometimes before money? Maybe this might be rewarded in some way down the line. At least it would earn respect. Particularly if their statement was well-thought out and well presented. It might even set a precedent.

      I still believe, "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone." I've done my share of casting in 60 years like most of us, but I strive not to and make amends the best way possible when I do. It's not easy for most of us, but we can. Even Food Network and the others.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
  14. d

    If she would have credited negros, blacks, African Americans, colored people(you can say colored people right? I mean that one organization is called the NAACP. Right?) someone would have found a problem with that.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
  15. Lynn

    This article & all the news media & every sponsor that has dropped her is just outright in the wrong & all of this is ridiculous!! Shame on all of you & grow up! 1st I want to state that I would bet that everyone one of you have said something that you were ashamed of whether it was racial, feminist, homophobic, etc. & not one of you would like for it to be used against you, like your using it against her! And the fact that black people are upset that she didn't give them credit for her fame & fortune made from her heritage of southern cooking (yes that is her heritage just like it is mine, that is the food she was brought up eating & was taught to cook!) is just absurd! I listen to several reports last night justifying that Trayvon Martin said a creepy "cracker" was following him because he was in a stressful & dangerous situation & that was just how he talked & everyone would say things that they might not normally would. Well guess what reporters, Paula was in a stressfull & dangerous situtation, 30 years ago, & you all are wanting to hang her! It is okay for black people to call white people crackers, honkey, pink N'ers, etc. & they can call each other the N word all day long & that is perfectly exceptable! Wake up & grow up! This is part of what is wrong with America!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  16. Oh Really

    And @Kat Kinsman...If you want to credit the history of southern food to the contributions from Africa and black people then just do it. What's the point in spotlighting how it was "done wrong" by a white woman?

    June 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  17. betty

    You would think with all the money that family has they could afford better attorneys. Someone should have kept her from lying so much or just kept her mouth closed. I have been following this thing and listened to every statement or interview she has given and she changes her story every time. Just read the deposition she gave and then listen to her interview on CNN. http://nn.com/interactive/2013/06/entertainment/deen-deposition/

    June 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  18. Proud Southerner

    Since when do we have to give a history lesson in order to share recipes given to us by our family? This is ridiculous!! So is persecuting someone who admitted to a lack of judgment in their past. The past is the past - move on!!

    June 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • Daniel

      The writer of this piece makes his or her own mistake by failing to remind the readers that very few Whites in the South owned slaves. I doubt Deen's family had anything to do with slavery. Mine certainly did not, and I enjoyed my grandma's cooking. She didn't need to give me a history lesson. I sense so much anti Southern bigotry here.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
      • Ai

        Deen's family actually owned slaves.

        There's an NBC interview with her in it. Here you go: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/21/paula-deen-ancestors_n_1530907.html

        June 27, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
        • Sick of It

          So what if they owned slaves in those days; unfortunately, it was an era of slave owning. My family owned slaves, but that doesn't make me a racist or mean that I agree withing slavery – I absolutely do not. In case anyone remembers, slavery was abolished a long, long time ago. Let's move on to other topics of utmost importance such as childhood hunger, teen pregnancies, domestic violence, and the list goes on and on.........

          PS: Rap music is the epitome of disgusting language, hatred and violence; and yet, I don't see anyone complaining in the media and spewing forth their vitriol about rap and all that it promotes.

          June 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
      • Southern Gal

        Amen!

        June 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • SeaSim

        First, the comment "remind the readers that very few Whites in the South owned slaves". Not true at all, and the families that didn't own them still treated people of different color worse than cattle. That is a known fact.

        I believe the point of this article is that the she said some not cool stuff and that most of the recipes she makes have roots from the African American culture and many of her viewers may be African American and maybe instead of having used racial slurs (even if it was in the past) that she should give some credit to where her recipes originate from.

        The criticism that she is receiving is due. Sure we have all said stupid things. However, when you are a public figured being paid millions to market a product or show to every possible audience. You are paid to control your mouth. If your mouth was loose in the past and you are a public figure, you should be prepared to suffer the consequence. Besides, don't feel bad for Paula, she will still have a giant bank roll to live large off of for the rest of her life.

        June 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Stephanie

      Oh for the sake of a butter dish!!! How many chefs on the cooking channel or any other cooking media goes into a history or gives "credit" to the people who invented the dish they are preparing? No one worried about "Who gets the damn credit for this shortbread cookie I'm baking" or the credit for "the damn deviled eggs I'm fixin". I don't watch Paula Deen-all those "Y'alls" drive me nuts, she is a showman who seems to exaggerate her southern ness, but I will wait til the facts are in before I start bashing her. I figure that "He/She who has never used a racial slur, never told an ethnic joke, never made fun of someone who was different than them" is the only one who can judge Ms. Deen on her current trials. The N word will never go away as long as people continue to use it and race doesn't matter. If you use that word to describe someone or a group of someones you are trash. Plain and simple. Trash knows no color, no economic group, celebrity or social standing. Use the N word, there you are!

      June 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  19. Kay

    I think it's time for everyone to move on and sink their fangs into something else until all the blood is drained.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • annabella

      Speaking of fangs, My god her teeth are amazing.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
  20. spursareold

    Forget the 'N' word. There is no known or parallel universe where it's OK to want to re-enact a plantation wedding with black people hired to play slaves.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:56 am |
  21. eba

    blah blah blah – sickening
    For a more interesting story look up Lil' Wayne and the American Flag!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  22. spursareold

    Paula Deen cooks fatty food that gave her, and will give you diabetes.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Marcia

      Fat does not "give" you diabetes. Being overweight and consuming too much sugar for way too many years are far bigger culprits. You must also take into consideration heredity. Some can eat all the sugar and be overweight and still not be diabetic. Some can avoid sugar, eat healthy and maintain a normal weight and still be diabetic. You must also take into account that Paula Deen forces no one to eat her food or to eat it every day. An occasional meal with all the butter and all the sugar is not harmful to the vast majority of people

      June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
  23. KK

    I agree that the article went overboard in its critiquing of lack of credits for the origins of Southern food. But what most of you are missing is the fact that Paula is not getting hung out because she used a derogatory word, but her total lack of racial sensitivity esp as a public figure who stands to profit from the cooking of some of the people she was being insensitive against. If she had come out with an honest apology for using a derogatory word and owned up her mistake, that would be a candidate for forgive and forget. But in all her apologies, she has always avoided a heartfelt recognition and regret of her insensitivty, but instead chosen to play the sorry victim who is being picked on by society. Also doesn't help if you admit to wanting black themed weddings. Sorry, that is not just an insensitive slip that almost all of us are guilty of, that shows a deep rooted social and cultural prejudice. So its pretty fair to say she's getting what she deserves

    June 27, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • SH

      Well stated.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Daniel

      Actually, she was not calling for a "pre Civil War plantation" event. She had attended an event in which she saw older AA men dressed in white, with superb service. How is that racist? She wanted people with that same sense of professionalism at the other event. I seriously doubt that one can depend on spoiled college age servers of any race to provide the kind of professional service that these AA men had.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • AG

      The public would have had a field day is Paula mentioned the slaves while on her tv show and I pretty sure the Food Network would have censored it. Now she is being blasted for using the N-word when someone held a gun to her head over 30 years ago. Really? I know most people would use any kind of language that popped into their head at that time. And have any of you read the actual deposition? Paula and her husband went to a restaurant that had only black servers in white coats with ties. She was impressed with their professional. Why is this restaurant not being dragged throught the mud like Paula is? I guess the saying "Damned if you do and damned if you don't" really applies here.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  24. POD

    This political correctness in America is taking on some of the more uglier aspects of the Spanish Inquisition........Peoples lives are being destroyed when they admit to the truth of an event that occurred in the past and for which they apologize.....What is this the new McCarthyism of the Far Left!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Heidi

      I agree with you. I for one, can not say that anything..., as cooking goes = belongs to anyone specifically. We as a world, united via internet, share may cooking recipes that have outgrown cultures and time. Paula loves to cook and has made it into a business = good for her. If for every recipe I made I have to give 'credit to who invented it, where will this go? Cooking is a necessity that we can share and enjoy. If, anyone wants Credit then have them ** patent it, copyright it, or whatever. This is Stupid beyond belief and petty to nick pick as to who gets credit for any of her recipes.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  25. Martha

    I am going to Amazon.com right now and pre-order Paula's latest book!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Oh Really

      I just did and so have many others. You can support her on her FB page also.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Mondo

      When ordering the cookbook, order a barrel of lard, your diabetes medicine, and some blackface make-up.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
      • Oh Really

        Don't be sad that you can't afford to buy a book, Mondo. Enjoy all your government cheese. I hear it's low fat.

        June 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  26. mary

    Give me a break, talk about kicking someone already down! You didn't write the recipes, she did. No one gives credit to anyone for a recipe!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • CHERIE

      Leave her alone, it's obvious she's not prejudice,some black people discriminate against
      each other because of there skin color!

      June 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  27. AL SANCHEZ

    THE BLACKS DON'T OWN SOUTHERN COOKING!!! AND THEY HAVE THEIR NERVE TO CRITICIZE PAULA'S USE OF THE N WORD WHEN THEY SAY JUST AS BAD IF NOT WORST STUFF AGAINST THE WHITE MAN AND THE LATINO MAN AND THE ASIAN MAN!!! SO, THIS ARTICLE SUCKS THE BIG ONE AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY. IT'S NOT A WONDER WHY BLACKS CANNOT MOVE FORWARD - THEY ALWAYS WANT EVERYONE TO FEEL SORRY FOR THEM FOR THEIR ENSLAVEMENT BY WHITEY AND THEY WANT MONEY FOR IT TOO! RACE RELATIONS WILL GET WORSE INSTEAD OF BETTER WITH THIS TYPE OF MENTALITY COMING FROM THEM! LEAVE PAULA ALONE ALREADY!!!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  28. ufgator90

    I think Paula should have a healthy serving of Minny's Chocolate Pie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD9Ua7FuzyA

    June 27, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • hannah

      I believe it was sweet potatoe pie or pumpkin pie, not chocolate pie. But good one! Come to think of it, on all of the cooking shows there aren't any black chefs, are there?

      June 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
      • jp

        used to be – the neeleys and big daddy (aaron mccargo jr) but none now. that might also be why they dropped her so quickly – afraid that stones would be thrown at them for that very reason. But of course according to this column all cooking starting with that ethnicity so they should get all credit.

        June 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
      • SayWhatTX

        It was chocolate pie! And you are right about no black/African-American cooking shows, think Food Network doth protest too much. The Neely's had a great show and grand workable recipes, I tried a few myself. Soul food does come from a slavery point, since we had to make the best of the scraps or junk products tossed out for the slaves to eat. We had to learn to make them palatable and eatable. Paula Deen isn't the only on exploiting the black/African-American culture, check out current jazz artists.

        June 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • whiz1

      LMAO! OMG...that was hilarious!

      June 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
  29. Rattatooie Kablooie

    We all say things we don't mean. Some perpetuate the hatred by using such "colorful metaphores" at themselves, and get mad at others when they use them. It's just stupid and needless. I may not agree with what she has said, but if people will hold one single factor against them then no one is worth anything.

    It is not my place to judge her, nor will I try. She is who she is and like her or not, respect her or not, it's a private issue. I for one will stand behind her and continue to support her until (and unless) she reveals this is her true nature, at which time I will change my opinion.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  30. Get a Life

    Ridiculous article, ridiculous backlash for Paula Deen, who was honest under oath. I know no one, black, white, or otherwise who could HONESTLY answer that same question any other way.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  31. jp

    So let me get this straight – if I cook the food my mother made and that she taught me then I should remember to credit all of the Czechoslovakians back in the old county whose names I don't even know? When you cook the food you are raised with you credit the people around you and your family. That is what Paula did. Doesn't everyone have someone in their family who still uses antiquated names for African Americans? You just ignore it and let them talk. Paula was raised in a particular time and place and I doubt she meant any bad things by what she said. And frankly, what century are we living in now? Being PC is just a way to attack anyone you choose to. Paula, I still support you and want to see your new recipes.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • DB

      If a relative of mine used racial slurs, I wouldn't put them on TV and expect people to watch and buy the products of the sponsors.

      For the life of me I cannot comprehend this pathological need to rationalize that behavior and portray it as normal.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • perennial2

        If a ghetto thug sticks a gun in my face and tries to rob the establishment I work in, they're going to get called a lot of names, this one included. Perhaps if that culture wasn't so frickin broken with crazy quilt baby daddies everywhere they'd have more respect for themselves and others, at least enough to stay out of jail and not victimize innocent people. I've never met a black person who didn't casually make racial slurs about white people and Asians and latinos, both around those people and when they thought no one was listening. Fine, I could care less. However, what's okay for one cannot be condemned in another merely on the very thing black activists claim is the superficial reason for racism against them: skin color.

        June 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • jp

        so have you ever used a racial slur? everyone has at one time, let's face it. I applaud her honesty at the very least.

        June 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  32. FrantheJew

    Over my 76 years, I have been called every name in the book that blacks and whites could call a jewish person. In these days most of that has stopped. However, the blacks continue to say the n....word at a rapid speed, and all over the place. They also find the need to put these words in songs to to exploit the young men and women in their own color and others. When???did they all become African Americans. 99% of these blacks never have even seen Africa, and 99% of these people have ancestors who were born here, and in England. GET A GRIP people, learn to live in the real world ,not 30, 40, 50, and even 100 years ago.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Gill Frierson

      Ni..er is the slang word for negro which is Spanish for black.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:24 am |
      • JD

        Actually, it's the literal LATIN word for "black". Spanish is derived from Latin, and it modified the word slightly in creating "negro". Note also the African country "Nigeria", which comes from that same Latin root word.

        June 27, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • Ai

      I'm pretty sure that most black artists don't say "n***a" in their music. And I'm pretty sure all black artists that do say "n***a" don't say "n***er" when they reference themselves or each other.

      Your interpretation of what black artists say is a misunderstanding of the black hip hop culture. "N***er" is what white people derogatorily called black people. "N***a" is a reference to that – kind of like turning a word that used to be evidence of white suppression into a word that evinces the person's background in a poor, urban neighborhood, all of which resulted from segregation and racism. "N***er" is plain racist – it actively references back to a time of white supremacy; while "n***a" is almost a realist parody of the word.

      It really only takes a second to see this difference. For example, what do you think JayZ and Kanye mean by "N****s in Paris?" Doesn't the connotation differ from "N***ers in Paris?"

      June 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  33. DTB (formerly DB)

    I am stating this AGAIN to make this absolutely clear ... I am NOT the one responding to all you people out there; I made one comment that was not hateful, though I am Southern and proud of it. I am not a hater and do not believe in racism. There are, apparently, AT LEAST three DB's commenting on this site (some of them are using my initials or we obviously have the same initials).

    June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • DB

      It was not my intention to impersonate you, these really are my initials.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:34 am |
  34. stephen (CLT)

    There are no patent on "southern cooking" dishes. Black folks are not the only people living in the south.
    some like to hate successful people. Paula needs to go broke before this hate stops. it has little to do with the complaints.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  35. Gill Frierson

    The liberal media has crusified this great woman. I would try to hid my diabites also. It is none of your business. I hate liberal media new outlets. You are why the world is in the shape it is now.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • solex

      Right- It's that "librul" media that has caused ALL of our problems.

      Assigning blame and taking no responsibility – the conservative way.

      We "libruls" may not be perfect, but we do not blame third parties for our own bad behavior.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:22 am |
      • mogran

        A little TOO sensitive aren't you...it represents a guilty conscious...before you point fingers, know your motive!

        June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am |
      • AL SANCHEZ

        I'M A LIBERAL AND YOU'RE AN IDIOT . . . .

        June 27, 2013 at 11:32 am |
      • Karin K

        You libruls are amazingly forgiving and inclusive. You embraced Robert Byrd as a beloved member of Congress, after he denounced his highly-held position within the KKK, as a recruiter. He said he was sorry, and the Democrats rallied around him.

        June 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
        • OK

          So, it's one strike and you're out, is that what you are saying? An entire lifetime and career are defined by the worst thing you ever did? If it is "librul" to think that people can make mistakes, learn from them, and go on to lead a good and productive life, then count me as a "librul"

          June 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Gill Frierson

      "librul" what the hell is that. Can't spell?

      June 27, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • B

        crusified? diabites?

        What the hell are those? Can't spell?

        June 27, 2013 at 11:39 am |
        • Stephanie

          Spelling issues are commen when you are passionate about issues and the computer doesn't move as fast as one can type. May their spell check doesn't work here. Regardless, lets all cut each other a little slack. No one is perfect.

          It's time to move on.

          June 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
        • B

          The point, which you apparently missed and was directed at the OP , was when you point fingers at someone, there are most likely fingers pointing back.

          June 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Denise

        Why is it so important to point out people's misspelled words in every blog.

        June 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Tina

      Your problem is that you are yourself biased against liberals. You can't say that all of her troubles are due to media. I think the organizations that have dropped her felt they had to in order to avoid being labeled racist. Most of us have told a joke or said something else that was politically incorrect about one group or another but because we aren't in the public eye we don't suffer these kinds of consequences. Please, not every ill in this country is because of some liberal or liberal organization.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
      • Carmon Mendoza

        Thanks, Tina. So many people are blinded by their hate they can see no other way to react.

        June 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  36. hannah1

    "Southern" food is just a heart attack on a plate. Greasy-fried this and that, lardy-gravy, sugar on and in everything....g-g-g-gag.
    Restaurants w/ names like "Fat Boys", "Fatz", "Big Momma's" "home cookin'" (If we wanted 'home cookin' , we would have stayed home.) If I never see PD on TV again it will be too soon. People have to learn that racial slurs are NEVER appropriate, ESPECIALLY when the media has a microphone up in your face all the time! It's not even so much about the comment – it's about the comment being made by a TV personality! Duh!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:10 am |
  37. Bails

    I'm offended!! I've used the "N" word in my life. There, I confessed it. Why is my name not all over the news??!! Why am I being ignored??!! This is an outrage. I'm going to change my name to Bill Maher!!!!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Daddy24/7

      Coz u r nobody. now STFU. When u r a public figure like PD, u need to watch wht u say. I went to a taping of a PD cooking show 5 yrs ago and she did not know wht she was cooking tht day, nor she cooked anything. It was a mess and it took 4 hours to tape that show where she made 3 dishes. It was horrendous. I stopped watched the loser since tht day. I have been to recordings for other cooks/chefs and they all know what they r doing and cook right then n there.
      Her voice is annoying and I hope this is the end of PD. If u r a public figure, u ll be crucified if u utter any BS.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am |
      • AL SANCHEZ

        THERE'S NOTHING NASTY OR HATEEFUL ABOUT PAULA DEEN. WHY DO YOU SPEAK SO ILL OF HER? YOU SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE A LOT OF PERSONAL DEMONS TO BE PUTTING OUT THAT KIND OF BUNK BIATCH!

        June 27, 2013 at 11:34 am |
        • Daddy24/7

          No Biatch, No hatred towards PD. Her comments abt the plantation party were appaling and cant image ppl like u r OK with that kind of behavior frm a public figure. Her cry in Today's show was fake with no tears. But again I am sure ppl living in Mississipi n southern states r OK with this kind of behavior. Comprende ?

          June 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
  38. Oh Really

    Wow! Just Wow! A lynching of Paula Deen's character disguised in an Eatocracy blog article! How clever, but where is your reference and bibliography to all the writers and Internet bloggers who came before you who pioneered this form of media????? Hypocrite!

    June 27, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Connie Lydon

      Exactly. Where are your credits of others? You can't seriously think that every time a famous cook/chef makes fried chicken, etc that they should credit the slaves for the recipe? Are you crazy? And I'm sure there are other groups of people who would challenge the "ownership" of a certain recipe- you can't possibly think that you can know a particular recipe originated with slaves or Germans or Hispanics, etc. People credit THEIR ancestors who have passed a recipe down through the generations to them. And if there is a lack of cookbooks, films etc. in the world, who's fault is that? it's the black mans. They should have made those things, put things in writing to validate their ownership of that food. Maybe they need to get off their butt and do something about it instead of whining and always claiming to be the victims. I'm tired of the black race continually blaming some other race for all their problems. Grow up and take a look at yourselves for once. Correct the problems within your own race first, and you can start with racism amongst your own and against others. The blacks are the ones that keep racism alive by their constant use of the very words they vilify others for. So tired of it.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
  39. James

    Destroying Paula Deen is....like....."like shooting a mockingbird."

    June 27, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Molly

      A very annoying Mockingbird.....I never cared for her before, and don't really care about her problems now...its just that this media apology tour she is on makes herself out to be the victim... is pathetic.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  40. Ash

    Paula Deen's firing is a business issue not a personal one. Financially is makes sense to distance ones business from controversy. When Tiger woods was enthralled in his adultery scandal he lost numerous endorsement deals, when Kobe Bryant was falsely accused of rape, he was let go by many of his endorsement deals and the list goes on. Why should she be an different? When you become as big as Paula Deen your identity becomes your brand, when that is tarnished it creates doubt for your investors.
    to society are the ancestors of the people who helped make this country possible. I'm not blaming the ancestors of slave owners. How could I? There were not
    Now on the topic of southern cuisine we all know that food was created by slaves. It was cooked and conceptualized by them. I think a lot of people, Paula Deen included, have this delusional idea of America. This country was able to exist financially on the backs of slaves. Exports like cotton and tobacco account for much of the economy in those days. Who do you think was in the fields picking that? White people? Nope it was slaves, black slaves! The very people who are marginalized and treated as a nuisance there. I do believe that descendants of slaves have been made to feel that they have not and do not contribute to this country and that is a lie. This country would not exist had it not been for those people and everyone who enjoys living here owes them some respect, especially Paula Deen. You can't ignore history simply because it makes question you own existence. Paula Deen made some statements, mainly the one about the plantation wedding, that shows she has a skewed understanding of the history and her relation to that past.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  41. jerry

    The slave trade started to the US when we were a colony of Britain; stop making it sound like the US started the slave trade. The Europeans started the slave trade and when we became a country with existing slaves it took us less the a hundred years to abolish it within American. Why do we as a country need to apologize? the blacks should be thanking us instead.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • AL SANCHEZ

      AGREED! AFRICANS SOLD THEIR OWN KIND TO AMERICA AND EUROPE MANY MOONS AGO. IF THEY HADN'T DONE THAT THEN THERE WOULD BE NO MARTIN LUTHER KING OR ETTA JAMES!!!! SO, BLACKS - STOP ALREADY!! YOU ARE JUST DIGGING YOUR HOLE EVEN DEEPER AND PEOPLE ARE NOT LIKING YOU SO MUCH ANYMORE!!!!

      June 27, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Todd

      Great Britain abolished slavery in 1833. Tne U.S. didn't get around to abolishing it until 1865. American slaves would have been better off if we had remained a British colony.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:53 am |
      • perennial2

        Read a history book: The United States passed a federal law outlawing the importation of slaves in 1808.
        The sole reason for the Atlantic slave trade was initially for European plantations in the Caribbean and South America. The U.S. was the last stop on the slave trade and it existed in the U.S. for a relatively short period of time (>100 yrs.) during the 400+ years of the *European* trade. Prior to that, for 2000 years, African blacks had been trading in slaves captured from warring tribes. Europeans, the Dutch and Portuguese, were just new buyers for old goods. What so many also forget is that England and France could've stopped cold in its tracks all U.S. slavery in the north and south by the 1830s, simply by no longer buying the cotton the south produced. More than 80% of southern cotton was for export to Europe, primarily England and France, the remaining 20% was shipped north for its manufacturing and textile factories. U.S. slavery only flourished because the north and Europe bought southern cotton.

        June 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
        • Karin K

          Well done.

          June 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  42. ornurse6

    WHAT A RIDICULOUS ARTICLE!!!! She never thanked the African culture for inspiring the dining culture of the south??!!! Bottom line.... this woman made a mistake. Admitted to using a hurtful word in anger. Who hasn't???? The media loves to jump on the race bandwagon. Their reaction is more disgraceful than anything Paula Deen had admitted to.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • Suzanne

      I totally agree with you.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:14 am |
      • Ashley

        This entire situation currently surrounding Paula is completely out of control. How can people be upset that she did not give credit to the slaves in her cookbook? How can people be upset that she admitted to using a racial slang before? I am so sick of everything being one sided, African Americans can use slang terms in their everyday life and no one says anything to them. Do not use a racial slang multiple times in a song and then get upset when someone else uses it. I am so sick of being told that we need to apologize for slavery. I have never had a slave nor do I know anyone that has had one. It is completely ridiculous to expect this generation to continue to apologize for something that we had no part in.

        June 27, 2013 at 11:51 am |
        • Denise

          Well Said!

          June 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
        • tq

          Thanks! Exactly my thoughts. How long is this going to continue – at some point you have to lay down injustices from the past and move on. Somehow we keep paying for sins we never ever were a part of or our families were never ever a part of. My ancestors came over on boats long after slavery was abolished so I have nothing to be sorry for.

          June 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  43. jerry

    The slave trade started to the US when we were a colony of Britain; stop making it sound like the US started the slave trade. The Europeans started the slave trade and when we became a country with existing slaves it took us less the a hundred years to abolish it within American. Why do we as a country need to apologize?

    June 27, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • DB

      What the hell are you talking about?

      June 27, 2013 at 11:05 am |
      • AL SANCHEZ

        IF YOU DON'T KNOW, THEN YOU BETTER GET OFF THIS BLOG POST BUD . . . .

        June 27, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  44. grummmmmmmpy

    I just love all the Stupid comments.

    1st About he not giving African american folk credit for their style of cooking. Why? Do we credit the Native Americans for corn every time a cooking show show a difference recipe? Do we credit Mexicans every time we make a TACO. (If I remember right a Taco was not invented in Mexico.but the U.S. and called Mexican cooking) Get real folks What happened to The U.S. being the melting pot of the world Is this the worst thing we have to talk about.
    2nd Would this even be a story if CNN and a few others did not MAKE it a story. To me they should be the ones people should get mad about.
    3rd This happened when? right. Get over it.

    June 27, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • mogran

      CNN is desperate to increase ratings...guess they thought this would work...but it will most likely backfire...they under estimated how much Paula Deen is loved and respected...so bye, bye CNN

      June 27, 2013 at 11:10 am |
  45. Kate

    I can't believe anybody would take this ridiculous article seriously. So my grandmothers, the epitome of Southern cooks and LADIES, never had an original thought and stole all their recipes? Please. I'd say these people are reaching and searching for reasons to hate Paula Deen, and she's been made the scapegoat for every Southern redneck Bubba who ever lived. Rock on, Paula!! There are lots of proud Southerners who have your back!!! And P.S. to all your wing nuts out there - "Southerner" does NOT equal "racist." Grow up.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • DB

      You're the one who's "reaching." You want to believe that being white makes you a victim. It's pitiful and sad, get over yourself.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:07 am |
      • Kate

        Care to explain yourself, DB? Never claimed to be a victim. I take responsibility for my own actions, as did Paula. Staking a claim to all "Southern cooking" is ridiculous, and being offended that she didn't offer up the history of fried chicken every time she cooked it is absurd. Do any of the other hosts on the Food Network do that? No, they do not. I'll say it again...grow up and find something important to focus on. Like poverty, disease, disasters. But fried chicken? I don't think so.

        June 27, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • mogran

        How on earth did you equate white with victim...nothing was said to lead you to that unfounded conclusion...you have let your prejudice get in the way of your reasoning ability

        June 27, 2013 at 11:13 am |
        • Kate

          And you've let your lack of intelligence cloud any rational thought. Good job!

          June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am |
        • Kate

          And DB used the word "victim." Not me. Read much?

          June 27, 2013 at 11:18 am |
      • cosmok

        Ok, so Southern Black Women are responsible for all those unhealthy, fat producing, artery clogging recipes and not Paula Deen. Got it.

        June 27, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • LB

      Ironically, it is her redneck brother Bubba, who is the cause of this mess. I'm guessing not many of her defenders have read the actual complaint or deposition. Her sponsors are bailing because of the things that happened in her restaurants in the recent past, not because she said she used the N word in describing a bank robber.

      June 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  46. SD

    I read this article with jaw-dropped shock. Are you kidding me? This woman came from little and worked very hard and now she's getting attacked? If these people spent half the time working at a real job as they do trying to destroy someone, maybe the world would be a little better place. I'm not Italian, but love to cook Italian food, also Cuban, Greek and am always looking for new recipes to try, but what I'm getting from this article is that I shouldn't be allowed to cook anything outside my heritage or I need to shout from the rooftops and credit to that particular culture. This is the kind of reverse prejudice that doesn't help anyone and only makes it worse.

    June 27, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • FrantheJew

      I AGREE 100%..Nothing else needs to be said.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:28 am |
  47. DB

    This article is absolutely ridiculous! As a native Southern girl, I can tell you that Southern-style foods were the norm in our family, with no 'race' or 'color' associated any any way whatsoever. All this nonsense regarding Paula Dean is absurd. Not one human being has lived their life without making a comment that they later regret . Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous and the 'racists' are the ones throwing verbal stones at her. (By the way, I am not even a Paula Dean follower – so put that in your cake and bake it...)

    June 27, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • DB

      "Not one human being has lived their life without making a comment that they later regret..."

      It's really remarkable how many people like you feel compelled to make statements like that in order to rationalize what she did.

      Plenty of human beings go their entire lives without ever saying something racist. Believe it, sunshine.

      June 27, 2013 at 10:59 am |
      • DB

        In case anybody is confused, the 'DB' that responded (that is me) is clearly not the same 'DB' that made the original comment.

        June 27, 2013 at 11:00 am |
      • DB

        Hey, Sweet Pea...it appears that I hit a nerve. Let me get this straight, you are the perfect ray of sunshine with absolutely no faults. Yes, right, I am sure that God created one PERFECT human being – that being you...

        June 27, 2013 at 11:08 am |
        • DB the THIRD

          Let's make this absolutely clear ... I am NOT the one responding to all you people out there; responded ONE TME....but I am Southern and proud of it. I am not a hater and do not believe in racism. There are, apparently, three DB's commenting on this site (or some of them are using my initials).

          June 27, 2013 at 11:13 am |
        • The other DB

          Ummm...no. "Striking a nerve" would imply that you've made me angry or upset. You didn't, I just pity you because it's obvious you don't even realize how biased you truly are, and you don't have a clue what this is really about.

          I never said I'm perfect and I've never been a jerk in my life, but I know I've never hurled racial slurs at another human being and I feel sorry for you that you truly believe that's a normal thing to do and that "everybody does it sometimes." No, everybody doesn't.

          Grow up, kid...and find another role model to defend. You can do better than a Food Network personality that screams at her employees.

          June 27, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • khepera420

      You didn't even actually read the article, did you? If you had you'd not have written such an ignorant non sequitur of a comment.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
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