Paula Deen fans roast Food Network
Supporters of the Southern chef have raced to her defense, creating a social-media tsunami over her firing.
First, she dreamed up a plantation-themed wedding and let the racial epithets fly. Second, her apologies are, well, awkward at best.
Third, don't get her fans angry.
Deen's supporters are melting down over the decision by the Scripps Network (SNI) channel to fire the Southern chef after she admitted to using the N-word, along with her plan to dress black waiters as slaves. The revelations came in a deposition she gave in a lawsuit from a former employee who alleges racial and sexual harassment.
Her Food Network fans are having none of it, taking to the channel's Facebook page to register their outrage and hijacking posts not related to Deen to vent their feelings.
One post about a "salad showdown" -- in which fans pick a favorite salad recipe -- was dominated on Monday morning by more than 200 responses focusing on Deen's treatment.
"Paula Deen made a mistake years ago and has issued a heartfelt apology to everyone. So she's human. That's more than can be said of the smug and holier-than-thou politically correct executives at the Food Network. Bye-bye!" wrote one fan of the embattled chef.
Many of her supporters said Food Network overreacted by firing her.
As of Monday afternoon, more than 27,000 fans had "liked" an "I Support Paula Deen" Facebook page.
Similar support was found by The New York Times when it visited Deen's restaurant The Lady and Sons, a popular Savannah, Ga., eatery. Some fans there talked about boycotting Food Network. Most of those people were white, although one African-American supporter told the newspaper that Deen is "just from another time."
Fans might soon have another reason to reach a boil. Her QVC deal to sell pots and pans is also in jeopardy, TMZ reports. A representative for the channel said QVC doesn't tolerate discriminatory behavior.
But given her huge and vocal fan base, Deen and butter-lathered recipes might still have a future. After all, Americans don't deny disgraced celebrities second acts (think of Martha Stewart or Tiger Woods). And once things simmer down, another cable network just might be eager to cater to her miffed fans by putting Deen back on TV.
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GET A LIFE
a -word b- word c-word..........soon you cant use any words.........what garbage
If everyone at the Food Network or Smithfield Hams or any other company or media outlet that is considering throwing out Paula Deen were to HONESTLY state whether they themselves had either heard or said the N word in the past (key words here, folks: HEARD & SAID IN THE PAST), then they would suddenly find themselves brandmarked as racists, too.
Paula had the gumption to answer honestly under oath. Which is a lot more than a lot of folks would have had the gumption to do under oath.
I'm sure I've been called a cracker or a honkey a jillion times. However, in this double-standard world, that is obviously OK.
I hope the Food Network goes belly up over this witch hunt.
This rates right up there with Keeping up with Kardashions.......although I would watch Paula....have watched Paula...
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