Paula Deen, comic-book star?
A publisher stands behind the struggling celebrity chef as a female icon despite her recent troubles.
Bluewater Productions, which makes a line of celebrity-centric biography comics, said Wednesday that the embattled celebrity chef will still be the subject of "Female Force: Paula Deen,” set to release in October.
The company has little choice but to go ahead with the project, as it's been in the works for several months now, but notes that it will include Deen's recent fall from grace.
What fall, you ask? The one that stemmed from a deposition in which Deen admitted to using racial slurs, doubled down on that admission by tacking on an “of course” and expressed a desire to have black waiters serve guests at a wedding "Southern plantation-style."
While her accuser says those admissions were only a portion of Deen's broader abuse of power, they cost Deen her Food Network show and deals with Wal-Mart (WMT), JCPenney (JCP), Target (TGT), Home Depot (HD) and QVC.
Bluewater President Darren G. Davis says his company isn't “jumping on the bandwagon” of dropping Deen and says his company wants to pursue the story of how she changed Southern cooking for women everywhere. Bluewater reached out to Deen for a partnership several months earlier but the 66-year-old chef has not yet responded. The partnership would involve the company donating money to a charity chosen by Deen and running ads for the charity on Deen's behalf. Deen would not receive any money from the books.
"We're moving forward with this 'Female Force' series because she fits in with women like Julia Child and Barbara Walters," David added. "We're not going to flambé her."
No, they're just going to mention her in the same breath as the two figures above, as well as other Bluewater profile subjects including William Shatner and Ellen Degeneres. Typically, Bluewater prints about 1,000 copies to 150,000, Davis said, with the number of books allocated to Deen's run still in question.
While a celebrity chef has dubious superhero qualifications under the best of circumstances, it's tough for a comic producer to abandon a public figure who's been drawing more heat than The Human Torch.
I just took a Steve..
Hmmm, yup I still like Paula but don't really know her...Say what you want girl, just kinda keep it to yourself or very close friends..Real friends, because they won't judge you..
Like I judged Steve from CO.
The media are the real n......s for a buck.
They took down Martha Stewart now Paula Deen thank god I'm a lousy cook.
Doubt that Deen "changed Southern cooking for women everywhere" my wife has done some for as long as Paula has...
And her Mom and Grandmas were doing it before Paula Deen was born..
They used a lot of Lard or other greases, butter was for flavoring..
If you didn't have soppin's, it wasn't a meal..
Funny, most of them lived into their 90s or late 80s.
I'm throwing the first stone. I've said things that aren't nice, but If I keep looking forward I'll never
have time to regret the past. Paula, duck!
We or nobody, should really care what she said yesterday or 10 years ago for that matter...
Anymore or usually, most of these names are never directed towards an individual..
As far as the wedding, I imagine the guys would have liked the gig, probably paid well.
Seems like I have seen black and white waiters in nicer restaurants...
Were we suppose to have got all cranked up over that, or is that just a Today thing.?
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