Is TV Chef Paula Deen a Big, Buttery Racist?

Ian-Fortey by Ian-Fortey on Jun. 25, 2013

Paula Deen is a wild-haired southern TV chef who cooks food that is 3 parts fat, one part sugar.  Normally there’s nothing wrong with that, depending on how much you like your arteries.  But Paula Deen has also been accused of racism.  And before this goes any further one fact has to be acknowledged – she’s admitting to using racial slurs.  She admitted it in court. 

Her sons were recently on CNN to let the world know that, under oath, Paula took stock of her whole life and admitted that yes, she had used racial slurs in the past – the dreaded “N” word.  To hear them tell it, it was a relic of a bygone era but she’s just so honest, she had to admit that it had happened, ever so long ago.

Do you know why Paula Deen was under oath?  It was a lawsuit in which she was being sued for discrimination and facing specific allegations of being a racist.  Deen said she used the word to describe a black man who robbed a bank she was working at way back when.  She said she’s not used the word since because, they have a-changed.

Deen’s lawyers are suggesting the case is about money – the plaintiff is just trying to ruin Deen now since she didn’t get paid off and there’s no merit to the case at all.  The other side makes it seem like Deen dresses like Colonel Sanders on weekends and oversees a plantation of butter churners.  How’s a person supposed to decide who’s right?

The media is running with the idea that Paula Deen is pretty much as racist as a room full of KKK dimwits. And aside from potential use of racial slurs, there’s also her curious obsession over a group of black servants in white suits with black ties at her brother’s wedding that seemed to fascinate her to the point of saying she wished she could have servers like that around all the time.  But not because they look like slaves, just because they were very professional. 

Of course, there’s also this uncomfortable video that, out of context, would be meaningless and uninteresting, but in context is just horrible.  Let’s enjoy the highlights!

0:23 – After the civil war, Deen’s grandpa was upset that he had no one to help run his plantation.  Because his slaves has been liberated and that was a real bummer for him.  Yes, no one thinks of the other victims of slavery, those slave owners who lost slaves. 

0:35 –From 30 slaves to 0.  Jesus, Lincoln, you heartless prick.

0:49 -  You can lose a son to war or you can lose 30 slaves to the emancipation proclamation but man, you can’t lose both.

1:04 – The south is less prejudiced, y’all.  Incidentally, many southern states still have segregated proms, did you know that?  Also, recent unscientific maps compiling things like the density of racist language on Twitter indicates pretty heavy racism in the southern states.  But don’t worry, because PA, NY and MI are pretty racist, too.

1:35 – Black people feel the same prejudice that white people feel.  Remember that.   We’re all victims here.  Probably.

1:48 – Paula Deen knows a black man.  How black?  He’s as black as the set this is being filmed on.  Black as oil, I tell you!  Black as the heart of midnight!  He’s as black a coal!  Is any of this racist?  No?  Good.

1:59 – Come on up on stage, black friend!  We can’t see you where you are because you are so black, just like the wall, that you blend in.  Crazy chameleon!

Now whether or not Deen tosses out the N word like she’s sugaring a churro isn’t the issue here.  Honestly, I don’t think she hates black people.  But that video alone indicates she patronizes them and is ignorant of racial politics and is aware, though probably not even consciously, of a difference between white people and black people.  She speaks about black people the way compassionate people speak about their pets.  They’re family, you see.  They live and grow right alongside you.  They’re wonderful and deserve love and respect and they look adorable in white suits with black bow ties. 

We think of racism as encompassing hate and that’s probably where this particular story is getting derailed.  Paula Deen does not seem hateful at all.  But the definition of a racist is someone with a belief that one race is superior to another.  That doesn’t necessarily have to imply hate, or anger, or violence.  And in that way it’s a much more insidious form of racism.  It’s not born out of anger at all and is so much harder to see.  Paula Deen spoke very much like a racist in that video.

26 comments
RiotSt4rt3r
RiotSt4rt3r UserTop Commenter

One less fucking retard on TV. I don't care about most successful people. They all seem to walk around with an undeserved sense of pride. Many of them just got lucky; never having to go through all the things that build character and a sense of appreciation. They seem to just take it all for granted. Their purpose was entertainment and I am quite amused watching this one go down in flames.

Mr_Tideman
Mr_Tideman User

And get me another Tom Collins, boy.

TheWhiteHat
TheWhiteHat

While they're at it.. They should chuck off almost every black actor too! OH, it's okay for THEM to say the N word, but when someone else does it, it's racist.
These people (that do this) hold themselves to double standards and nobody blinks an eye.
I 'm willing to bet someone from the Racist PaTROLL will take my words out of context and call me racist too! 

People have no common sense or critical thinking skills anymore. Of all the people to can, they can an old woman on a cooking show for something she said YEARS ago when talking about the guy that just mugged her. It was wrong. It was inflammatory.. BUT.. It WAS YEARS AGO!

kdr723
kdr723 User

She's racist and should be fired accordingly. That's all there is to it. You can't expect a company to keep such a blatant racist (who had a 'plantation' themed wedding where all the workers were black) as the face of what you do/

JorDie187
JorDie187 User

break...you forgot DOG the bounty hunter on the flying butter stick

DReaMReaVeR
DReaMReaVeR User

Come here you big black SOB and collect your check.

1of9
1of9 User

If we threw everyone off TV who has said the "N-word" or any other racist term,towards ANY race, there would be no one on TV! 

chris4x
chris4x

Not a nice thing to say. But we  as blacks say it time and again.

treyert
treyert User

This article is a fly paper to racist pieces of shlt like llga01 and likes. 

jbart321
jbart321 User

The race card.  Always used when most convenient.  This was a witch hunt plain and simple. 

whatinitheworld
whatinitheworld UserTop Commenter

The problem is people from a certain racial/culturtal background are the first ones to denigrate themselves by extoling lower aspects of their own race/culture and by negating their own roots. As an example we have the rap/gangsta lifestyle so lauded in the black population, but we never see the better people being admired, people like the blacks that have contributed to science, or those who fought in France and Italy during WWII. Why allowing to be called "African-American" or "Mexican-American" or "Italian-American"? If youwereborn in America, you are that, American. Why is it not OKto call someone black, but it is OK to someone white? How can people like Beyoncé not be called racist when she makes a big effort in making her hair look anything but curly? The same can be said about sexism. All we read/watch/listen to is women like the Kardashians or Lindsay Lohan, and it is women the ones that buy and follow all those stupid gossip magazines, but who has ever heard of Florence Bridgwood? As for us males, it is not OK to be manly, we have to have a "feminine side".  Mrs. Dean is not wrong, she is a person who grew up in a very different America that we have little idea about because we choose to ignore history, we don't think it is important to learn what the past was. We only think the present is all there is, hence the poor values we follow. Minds cannot change in a minute, it requires time to do so, but also it demands from all parties to get involved and bring the best in every single person.

OCNEONJ
OCNEONJ User

Seriously, just say it, we all know what your referencing, a lot of ignorant people call each other by it, but then when someone else calls them by it, suddenly it's not cool, that is racist, you don't hear brown people saying what up beaner to each other, because they aren't ignorant

ZeroOrDie
ZeroOrDie User

Article obviously wrote by a black person.

eldystar
eldystar User

The more the country says its time to stand up and contribute, the more blacks scream racism.  People come to this country and contribute more than whites and blacks who have lived here for generations. 


It is time for everyone to man up and just work to improve your life and your family and quit with this BS. 

llga01
llga01 User

Blacks are more arrogant and uppity now that obamas is destroying America.  But at least they get a free cell phone and free healthcare at taxpayer expense!

Sedge-Noob-dad-168
Sedge-Noob-dad-168 User

"It was a lawsuit in which she was being sued for discrimination "  Discriminated against what?  OH RIGHT!  Nothing.

This is just another example of blacks grasping for whatever they can, like rats floating offboard a shipwreck.  Whatever they have to do to not get a job, right?

candiedhurt
candiedhurt User

As a wise movie once said "You can't taste racism" so who the fuck cares?

wilbunk
wilbunk User

Shes not a liar, and shes less racist than 99% of the country so why is she on the chopping block again?

TheWhiteHat
TheWhiteHat

@kdr723 Right. If they were going to do something, they should have done it YEARS ago WHEN she made the racist remark.. NOT 10(+-?) years later.. 

TheWhiteHat
TheWhiteHat

@llga01 Some. Not all. This also goes for many other races including whites.. They're called -->Progressive*<-- Liberal Democrats. **

*Emphasis intentional
** Not all Democrats share the same misguided ideologies as the Liar-In-Chief
+   I'm starting to see more Democrats every day, finally come to realize that those of us that believe in the Constitution, are not just calling the big O a failure just because. He's no different than Bush.. Well, O' uses his TOTUS.. so.. he doesn't "uhhh" as much.. Granted.. Without TOTUS he does.  Anyways, they are both miserable failures to our country. Creating a sore divide that hasn't been seen in this Country since the last Civil War.. Scary sh*, huh?

Snotnose
Snotnose User

@Sedge-Noob-dad-168 How DARE you! how. DARE YOU GOOD SIR! Applying for Wel Fair and Popping out 15 kids in a life-time IS a full time Job!. not to mention some of those "Baby Daddies" have the skills of an Espionage master! they'd have to.. cause sex in the black community is a very intense game of Cat and Mouse.. one desperately wants sex, while the other desperately wants a free paycheck/free ride for 18 years a child.. (at least until her kids can show her how to make Crack correctly, google aint givin that one up)

Sedge-Noob-dad-168
Sedge-Noob-dad-168 User

@Earnest-Pettie  Defendants have violated Ms. Jackson's rights under Georgia law to be free of sexual harassment in the workplace, to be free from assault, to be free from battery and to be free from the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

So I repeat, discrimination against what?  Or are you just aiming the article at racism for the views?