Paula Deen, comic-book star?

A publisher stands behind the struggling celebrity chef as a female icon despite her recent troubles.

By Jason Notte Jul 12, 2013 4:33PM
Paula Deen (© Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)Her shows and sponsors are evaporating and her unsold tchotchkes are piling up, but at least one company still thinks Paula Deen is a superhero.


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.


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Jul 12, 2013 5:33PM
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note to paula : take your money , get out of dodge and the media spotlight , give everyone against you the finger and live the rest of your life happliy. everyone her age has used the n word. secondly if blacks can say it to eachother then it cant hurt to much . or outlaw the word and give out fines to people who say it. LETS SEE HOW FAR RAPPERS WILL GET WITHOUT USING IT THEMSELVES.
Jul 12, 2013 7:12PM
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Note to Paula Deen. Here;s to them that wish you well, all the rest can go to H---'
Jul 12, 2013 7:27PM
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Absolutely despicable how far this whole thing went. The companies that dropped her like a bad habit should all be ashamed of themselves. The media didn't help in that either, basically crucifying her and then asking the question, "Do you think things have gotten out of control concerning Paula Deen"? The media are full of rat bastard, gutless slime bags that smell like a giant bag of turds. The media are as bad as politicians. Hey Paula, not that you will ever read this, try to piggy bank everything you can and go overseas. If you are feeling down here just go to another country and they should welcome you with open arms. Hell, if Hasselhoff can do it so can you sunshine.
Jul 12, 2013 6:10PM
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What ever happened to free speech? Blacks are what they are and always will be.
Jul 13, 2013 12:07AM
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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.

Jul 12, 2013 7:09PM
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They took down Martha Stewart now Paula Deen thank god I'm a lousy cook.

Jul 14, 2013 1:14PM
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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. 

Jul 12, 2013 5:44PM
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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!

Jul 13, 2013 12:24PM
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get your head out of your azz jason and report on the real buffoon. the one in the white house.
Jul 15, 2013 8:44PM
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America loves a good scandal, and we like taking people down too, if you are American you probably have used that word . When you heresomeone saying bad   things about another it says more about the speaker.. A guru once said...the great ones are always persecuted ,vilified, and maligned.The ignorant and deluded are always happy to bring the great ones down. PAULA DEEN, most of America LOVES you.      Bo Boaz Nashville                
Jul 15, 2013 11:07PM
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I wish they would let Paula Deen be. She didn't go on TV and start ranting over them. This happen years ago. When I was little and we went down south to visit relatives (early 60's) the black people were working at the gas stations pumping your gas and washing your windows. They didn't look you in the eye. Things have changed a lot in the last few decades. I could go on but it's very hard to write anything now days without someone jumping on your back. I hope Paula Deen can make a come back. And who ever says they haven't somehow acted or verbalized a racists comment or act they are lying to us and themselves. There are bigger things to worry about. People like to distract themselves over useless dribble because it takes too much to get involve with gun law, homelessness and war.
Jul 14, 2013 1:01PM
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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.? 

Jul 15, 2013 5:13PM
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Of all the awful things in the world that happen, they pick on this lady who has given so many a lot of joy and good cooking.  A lady who overcame and made her American Dream.   If what goes around comes around, then may they get it and soon those who have been so foolish as to punish her. The media and all those companies that have done this to her I will not buy from them or watch them. Since  I happen to live in a town that Wal Mart is all they have, then I  have to buy from them some, but I will not be visiting those other stores.  This is so awful what they have done to her.  We have learned and know that all races make racial slurs.  Why not the outrage that blacks make against whites and Hispanics. I don't believe in talking bad about others, but I think it is the way people act most of the time that brings racial slurs on them which can be within races.  When people aren't likeable then we tend to dislike them and call them names no matter their color. It's time we stopped this double standard of thinking that one race is sacred and can't be called names when they act against society.  You can't stop people from talking the way they want even when it isn't a nice thing to do.  Are you going to make people wear a tape recorder so you can whack everyone that calls another person a name. 
Jul 15, 2013 8:04PM
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Is the paper nice and soft, yet strong? so I can wipe with it?
Jul 15, 2013 1:11PM
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She already is a comic book character.  Enough said.
Jul 14, 2013 6:22PM
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I totally agree this was NEVER about Paula Deen saying the N word. This was about Paula Deen turning a blind eye to the sexual harassment of a loyal 5 year caucasian employee. Paula's brother Bubba sexually harassed her in front of other employees, when she informed Paula, she did nothing. SHAME ON YOU PAULA DEEN! You are now getting your just desserts!
Jul 15, 2013 1:08PM
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You have done absolutely nothing to make America better so just shut up and hide in a cave in the Ozarks.
Jul 12, 2013 5:53PM
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that would be one scary comic book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 12, 2013 5:04PM
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Her Super Hero Title should be "The Amazing Racist"
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