Paula Deen Sobs In ‘Today’ Show Interview: I’m Not A Racist

Wed, June 26, 2013 8:32am EDT by 46 Comments
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財布 女性

Posted at 6:43 AM on August 17, 2013  

財布 レディース

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longchamp 財布 店舗

Posted at 6:51 AM on August 12, 2013  

ロンシャンショルダーバッグ

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libby smith

Posted at 11:06 AM on June 29, 2013  

I really don’t know why any one in the world cares what Paula Dean said 30 yes ago.I doubt anybody in the whole wide world has never made a racist remark….just saying!

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Donna Crossley

Posted at 7:20 AM on June 27, 2013  

people of all races at some point in life have said a racial word or insulting word towards another race if people said they never did they are lying! She made a mistake as all of us human beings do an she did it 30 years ago a person should not have her entire life wrecked over a mistake 30 years ago . I do not think she is racist I think she was scared an mad when that happened to her an said it in the heat of the moment anyone would have said the same thing under those conditions an for people to say they would not are being dishonest. I think people need to leave her alone an get over it !

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Lola

Posted at 4:43 AM on June 27, 2013  

GOOD GRIEF !!!!…with so many things wrong in this world, I can’t BELIEVE we have nothing better to do then slame this woman on national news…for 30 year old news !!!! get over yourselves already!!!! we are not talking about a crazed lunatic here!!!! I am willing to bet anyone who has commented on or interviewed Paula about this, has at one point in their lives uttered at least one racial slur…they just have not been caught or come forward…YET. Let He Who is Without Sin Cast the First Stone …”judge not lest ye be judged” Leave her alone !!!

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Pink40

Posted at 2:14 AM on June 27, 2013  

She is not sorry for her actions. Phony is written all over her face

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Ellen

Posted at 11:43 PM on June 26, 2013  

Ms. Deen has portrayed herself as a person who does not have sound judgement. As indicated by her quotes: “Yes of course I’ve used the n-word. “I don’t know if using the n-word to tell a joke is offensive…I can’t myself determine what offends another person…”
Ms. Deen has portrayed herself as allowing racial slurs in her place of business by individuals in her employ. As indicated by her quote: “Because– it’s very distressing for me to go into my kitchen and I hear what these young people are callin’ each other. It’s very, very distressing.” No. Absolutely not. It’s very distressing. It’s very distressing for me because I think that for this problem to be worked on, that these young people are gonna have to take control and start showin’ respect for each other and not throwin’ that word at each other.
Ms. Deen really does sound like an old ignorant, incompetent fool. And those companies simply made a business decision to cut professional ties with her.

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Sooz

Posted at 4:25 PM on June 26, 2013  

This is so stupid, blacks call each other nigga all the time, it is only recently that black folks want to be called African Americans. There are only four races in the World one of them being “black”, I’m an American living in Africa. The people of Africa call each other blacks and the mixed races (black/white) are called coloreds and no one is offended by it. This is ridiculous, she said sorry, let it go! Americans are the biggest bigots ever and the most judgmental people on earth. Get real Food Network, I’m definitely un-liking you on FaceBook! I’m not a fan in general of Paula Deen’s however this is a complete witch hunt. Food Network and Caesar’s should be ashamed of themselves.

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Martha C

Posted at 4:52 PM on June 26, 2013  

YES it is a WITCH HUNT and the corporate leaders at Food Network are weasels!!!!!

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Dominic

Posted at 9:19 PM on June 26, 2013  

Guess what? Its a new world where company’s do not want to be represented by ignorant celebrities. Its funny all the people defending her right to use that horrible word. She did not use it once. She uses it. She tolerates it. What is with the morons who say “Well if rappers say Why cant I say it?” I once threw a really good friend of mine out of my house for using the word “jokingly”. It is about doing the right thing and being smart, she obviously is not, and the companies are smart enough to see her for what she is. And they don’t want the business of the clueless backward gullible fools who don’t get it.

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bokiluis

Posted at 11:38 PM on June 26, 2013  

Rough, but, well stated.

 
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bokiluis

Posted at 11:37 PM on June 26, 2013  

The hip hop community has failed miserably in trying to distinguish between “er” and “ah”. That is the semantic difference that non-blacks or people unfamiliar with hip hop lingo do not understand.
When blacks say it amongst ourselves, it has a totally different meaning. I can understand why you don’t get it. It is a minor distinction, but, very important to know….if you care.

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yvonne jimenez

Posted at 1:54 PM on June 26, 2013  

Paula what goes around will come around , the food network will get theirs in time . to me it is more to this then meets the eye . they have it in for you and it has nothing to do with what was said . … do not worry your self over those losers . you are loved by many fans AND i am one of them. the lord has better plans for you , we love you Paula and we are there 100%.

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marlio

Posted at 1:15 PM on June 26, 2013  

The Food Network appears to be RACIST and is holding remarks against Paula, made in a stressful situation, 20 years ago. GROW UP and get some BALLS Foot Network, or I will NEVER WATCH YOU AGAIN!!!! Bring Paula back or your network will implode, because she is one of the few you have on there anyone even WATCHES!!! All we see now is re runs of some guy running around the country in a red convertible!!!

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jilly

Posted at 12:49 PM on June 26, 2013  

Leave this poor woman alone! She is a sweet old lady who said something wrong 30 years ago, now you’re punishing her to teach the world a lesson. What a shame!

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jillxz

Posted at 11:49 AM on June 26, 2013  

quote from interview [ " don’t know, Matt. I have asked myself that so many times. Because– it’s very distressing for me to go into my kitchen and I hear what these young people are callin’ each other. It’s very, very distressing."]

As the employer and she walked into her kitchen and heard her employees calling each other derogatory names , why did she not call a meeting and let them know that this kind of talk would not be tolerated in her place of business and those who continue to do this will be fired . But she did not do this , just said how it stressed her to hear them . Phooey. She ain’t fooling me none.Also , where was the tears ? None of these either. Was she heartbroken for what Paula Deen might lose.

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zyggie

Posted at 11:46 AM on June 26, 2013  

Karma is something. Things have not changed at her eatery. The blacks are still not being paid the same and the treatments of the workers are still in place. Just a little surface clean up for the public. I believe the lady who is suing her. As i continue to read other articles about paula, she used other negative terms to blacks and anyone who was not white. To call your manager “little jew girl” is not only insensitive but crazy. The hands of time will not be turned back. Last time i looked people of color fought to live in this country and died. The old slavery days are OVER.

Do i think paula was sincere…NO…paula got caught someone got tired of being used and spoke up. This behavior did not just happen yesterday but has been going on for awhile. Paula has made millions on the back of others and sooner or later when you are doing wrong, it will come out.

Do i believe her apology…NO…Matt did a soft interview on her. Too easy. she had time to prep and still did not do a believeable interview.

I’m done with Paula Deen.

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jillxz

Posted at 11:52 AM on June 26, 2013  

She did not call the woman who is suing her a little “jew girl” The lady wasn’t a jew. More lies.

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marlio

Posted at 1:17 PM on June 26, 2013  

hmmm you sound like a racist of the opposite race.

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Debra

Posted at 10:58 AM on June 26, 2013  

After seeing this interview I feel like Matt Laur is a total unfeeling jerk.I never cared for him before and now I know why.Paula Deen was being very honest..I guess all of you stone throwers out there are perfect.I guess you never said anything to hurt anyone elses feelings.You are all better then everyone else.So much so you can’t forgive an apology.All this comes from a fired employee.Who feels now that she lost her job she feels she should tell these stories.They obviously didn’t bother her while she worked for Paula Deen.Because she didn’t quit her job.Its funny now that she lost her job she Must let everyone know about these things.And its also funny how all of you believe all her words.The words of a fired bitter former employee.Well I believe Paula Deen .She has apologized for what she said 30 years ago!! What hypocritical world we live in. The world is in a total mess because of people that hold grudges.We have People shooting people because they they didn’t like how someone looked at them or said something they didn’t like.This world will never become better if people don’t start forgiving mistakes and go for the jugular everytime they hear something about someone.and run with it.They try to destroy that person.Paula Deen is a good person she has done a lot of good.But no one sees that now.I don’t even trust the words of a bitter fired employee all she wants is revenge because she was fired.

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Reenie

Posted at 9:37 AM on June 26, 2013  

I am understanding Paula apologizing for the use of the N word but were there changes made at the restaurant she owns with her brother. It was stated in the deposition her African American workers had to use the back of the restaurant to enter, there were bathrooms in the back of the restaurant for the black employees and also they had to enter the back of the restaurant when picking up their checks. Her white employees were allowed to use the bathrooms the patrons used and were not subjected to the same conditions as the black employees. So again were the working conditions corrected.

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Arlene

Posted at 9:48 AM on June 26, 2013  

again, how can you believe someone that asked for money first, before she went to court!!!!!!

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@Reenie

Posted at 10:39 AM on June 26, 2013  

If what you said is true, actions speak louder than words. Doesn’t matter if they were corrected or not. She initiated those rules. By law, they would’ve had to been changed unless the South is that different. She is a racist making millions. She can still live very well just off the interest alone, far above the lifestyle of 95% of her fans who probably all have heart issues around the corner due to emulating her cooking style. I don’t feel sorry for her. She made her bed, now she must lie in it.

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zyggie

Posted at 12:03 PM on June 26, 2013  

Horrible working treatments. I believe what my granny said years ago…”believe what people show you about themselves the first time, usually that is who they really are.”
I’m reading that in her circle, she was using the term all the time and making all kinds of statements.

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Claiee

Posted at 9:36 AM on June 26, 2013  

She lost me when she said Quote I is what I is Quote Still got some things to learn.

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jillxz

Posted at 11:53 AM on June 26, 2013  

Yes , me too. Why did she say it like that ? Why not I am who I am ? To me , she was just acting. This was so phony.

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steve

Posted at 9:34 AM on June 26, 2013  

Everyone has been either mad enough at one point or said a joke or even just talked and said a racial slur. If anyone said they haven’t they are lying. Its just this particular word is the one that everyone attacks.
Your awesome Paula and my heart goes out to you

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Kate

Posted at 9:11 AM on June 26, 2013  

So many people don’t have a problem with her being let go from these companies over things she said but look in the mirror. Are you thankful for free speech? Have you said something behind closed doors, to a spouse, a best friend, anything at all, about anything that you wouldn’t want your employer to hear? We are moving toward a society where you can be fired or your life ruined for saying something another person doesn’t agree with. This could be political, religious etc.

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@Kate

Posted at 10:51 AM on June 26, 2013  

Kate, unfortunately for Paula, but fortunate for us, people in the public sector like Paula, making fistfuls of money from their public, should be held to higher standards than the average Joe. Free speech is precious, but then decent individuals need to tender it with sensitivity and kindness. I guess I can say pretty much anything I want, but I don’t. Some words won’t even make it past my lips. It’s as if there’s a censor in my head I’ve never met, but I am thankful he resides there. I’m as old as Paula. I’m appalled at some of the things video out there shows her saying. Maybe she is dimwitted with cooking skills and great agents and managers. Can’t figure it out.

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Patricia

Posted at 9:01 AM on June 26, 2013  

The issue with Ms. Deen is not about her use of the “N” word. The problems are with the allegations raised in the recent lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson ( a caucasian woman) with describes a pattern of behavior that is disturbing.
According to the complaint, Jackson began working for Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, a restaurant run by Hiers, in early 2005 and left in August 2010 due to the inappropriate behavior she said she was subjected to in her time there. In the deposition, Deen said she owns half of the corporation that operates Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. Jackson also said she did some other work for Deen’s company and a restaurant she runs. The complaint alleged “racially discriminatory attitudes pervade” Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House where Jackson claimed African-American employees were required to use separate bathrooms and entrances from white staffers. Jackson also said African-Americans were held to “different, more stringent, standards” than whites at the restaurant and that Hiers regularly made offensive racial remarks. In the complaint, Jackson is described as a “white female.” However the complaint noted she has biracial nieces, so “derogatory remarks regarding African Americans are even more personally offensive to Ms. Jackson than they would be to another white citizen.”

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Patti

Posted at 9:39 AM on June 26, 2013  

Report her for what she ((and her likes) are.People w / money think they are supreme and untouchable, makes me ill! (Some not all)

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jillxz

Posted at 11:55 AM on June 26, 2013  

Lisa Jackson is black.

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zyggie

Posted at 12:08 PM on June 26, 2013  

Why in the law suit did she complain about being called “little jew girl”?

 
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morekare

Posted at 12:37 PM on June 26, 2013  

Jackson worked for Hiers for 5 years. ‘Nuf said.

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Toleda

Posted at 8:58 AM on June 26, 2013  

Note that she said she had no prejudices about sexuality or religion, yet neglected to mention race. Also, this wasn’t about her apologizing, accepting responsibility, and presenting her plan to correct/offset–basic crisis communication–but about her perceived martyrdom. This will please those that are already supportive, but will do nothing to redeem herself with her business partners, which is really what this is all about. Martha Stewart-level arrogance–she clearly didn’t hire a professional to write a script.

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Pam

Posted at 8:57 AM on June 26, 2013  

I think too Paula Deen needs to take the reins and stand tall. She is a good person and because of her fame & wealth, is being taken advantage of with this lawsuit.
Matt Lauer just wanted to steamroll the whole interview and have full control. I HATE Matt Lauer.
I normally don’t watch the TODAY show because of Matt Lauer.
Paula stay strong.

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Kathy Palladino

Posted at 9:13 AM on June 26, 2013  

Pam, I totally agre with you. Matt was a jerk. He let his popularity o to his head and now he steam olds over the people he interviews! I only watched the Today Show to see Paula Deen.

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morekare

Posted at 12:44 PM on June 26, 2013  

I pray that Paula Deen makes a gazillion dollars off of all the interviews and the rest of this stuff. Take the money, Paula. Write a book and have another TV show and say whatever you want. You’ve got balls and that is why people are trying to bring you down. You said you’re not an “actress” but maybe you’re the best actress that ever lived.

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LaTunia

Posted at 8:55 AM on June 26, 2013  

I am an African American women. I accept her apology because we all have said something offensive to or about someone/race. Let it go it wadnt said with malice. My friends and I joke among each other all the time, but if I become famous all those jokes would be broadcasted.

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Luis Boki

Posted at 9:16 AM on June 26, 2013  

Hmmmm. How do you explain her policies of black employees using separate facilities. Sure, we’ve all probably said something. Its not “what she said” …..it is “her intention behind it”. I was born in 1953. How can anyone claim that it was “a different time “. It was an ugly word then and it is an ugly word now.

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jillxz

Posted at 12:30 PM on June 26, 2013  

Her black employees don’t use separate facilities. All women regardless of race use one restroom and all men regardless of race use the men’s restroom. These are just more lies that are being told. If they used different facilities , the NAACP would have been on them a long long time ago. People you are too intelligent to believe everything you read I would hope. But then , maybe you aren’t.

 
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Robb7

Posted at 8:50 AM on June 26, 2013  

People are losing sight of the real reason this woman was taken to task. It’s not just her bad choice of words, but he degrading, prejudicial and sexist workplace her employees were forced to work in. The lawsuit brought (by a white woman employee) out all the wrong doing she allowed to take place. Plus, the recent video of her NY Times interview showed her ignorance and blatant stupidity in her treatment of African Americans. There’s some solid reason why her employer, sponsors are running from her. Is the media going overboard with this story — yes, of course, they are. It sells…

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Arlene

Posted at 9:42 AM on June 26, 2013  

we/you don’t know what happened in the workplace, that women, went to paula and asked for money first, before court, you can’t believe someone like that.

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Claire Landers

Posted at 8:43 AM on June 26, 2013  

paula’s sob fest was as phony as it gets.
Her own words in her deposition, when there werent any cameras, showed her true self.
Still glad she has been cancelled on food network!

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ginny

Posted at 9:15 AM on June 26, 2013  

must be nice to be so perfect and know it all.

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jjinfl

Posted at 8:30 AM on June 26, 2013  

Paula needs to hold her head high and stop the apologizing…it will just grow and grow on her with everyone piling on if it gets talked about long enough. She’s a good person and should not become the victim in this issue just because of her Southern roots and words she said back in the day when free speech was still permissible in this country. I think if people honestly admitted what they said and did in past years regarding word choice and bias,and they were all jailed for racism, the jails would be overrun with new prisoners. Comedians, rappers, and t.v. disk jockeys in some venues are still making racist comments and using vocabulary much worse than hers right now, even as we speak, especially violent toward women as well as racial slurs of all kinds. Leave poor Paula alone. Enough is enough.

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