Paula Deen's Biggest Failure: Not Heeding Warren Buffett’s Advice

You probably don't know Ken Lowe. Why should you? He's the CEO of Scripps Network Interactive (NYSE: SNI  ) , a five-year-old entertainment holding company that tends to keep clear of controversy. Or at least it used to.

Scripps, you see, is 70% owner of the Food Network, which says it won't renew its contract with celebrity chef Paula Deen when it expires at the end of this month. Deen is best known for cooking heavy Southern dishes on her shows. She also has restaurants and a media empire worth tens of millions, according to Bloomberg.

Paula Deen cooks up a controversy. Source: The Food Network.

But now she's come under fire for using a racial slur in years past. In a deposition given in a racial and sexual harassment suit filed by a former employee, Deen admitted to using the "N-word." Workers apparently also told racial jokes on her watch, The Wall Street Journal reports.

But now that empire is crumbling, in part because of a defensive video posted to YouTube in lieu of a canceled appearance on NBC's Today show. Deen has since offered a tearful apology on the show, but sponsors aren't buying it. Among the biggest names to drop her recently are Target (NYSE: TGT  ) , which has carried cookware bearing the chef's name. "We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com," a spokesperson told Bloomberg.

Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD  ) cut ties Friday, telling The Huffington Post that it decided to "phase out all products" tied to Deen's brand. Here's a more complete accounting of those who've dropped the kitchen diva:

  • Smithfield Foods
  • Home Depot
  • Caesar's Entertainment
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Wal-Mart
  • J.C. Penney

The simple advice Paula Deen should have heeded
Warren Buffett has seen all this before, having helped rebuild Salomon Brothers after a management scandal tarnished the broker.  

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently," Buffett has said. Deen would have done well to remember that. Although, interestingly, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) already ranks her forthcoming book -- "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Recipes, All Lightened Up" -- as its No. 1 best seller.  At least someone is profiting from this mess.

Warren Buffett speaks, and investors listen. Source: Fool.com.

But that's an exception. Buffett is right: Reputation is everything, and associating with a damaged celeb such as Deen is tantamount to damaging the brand. Take heed, investors. Know the ambassadors behind the brands you're investing in. Know what they sell, and how much they account for.

In this case, Deen's implosion isn't on the scale of what might have happened to Nike were Michael Jordan to suffer a scandal at the height of his stardom. Deen's star doesn't shine that bright, and most of her sponsors are already well-diversified businesses.

Call it a warning shot. Right now, it's Deen and not investors that are feeling the pain. We might not be so lucky next time.

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  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:26 AM, jimatmad wrote:

    So, Buffett's 'advice' is don't ruin your reputation?

    I don't know why I even click on 'Motley' stuff any more.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:40 AM, gcahlik wrote:

    Another inane fluff piece produced by Fool.com -- what advice was given? The "damage" that had been done, had presumably taken place years ago. So is this to say that issues that you or I had dealt with years ago might come back to bite us? Of course, but there was no advice dispensed on how to mitigate that. Please Motley Fool, hire some real writers.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:52 AM, Carlbb102 wrote:

    Once again I have broken my golden rule concerning yahoo articles, which is as follows:

    1. Read the title

    2. Look at the pictures

    3. Read the comments

    4. Post your comment

    By ignoring the article, it allows you not to waste a part of your life that you will never get back.

    True to form, reading a yahoo story is like picking at a scab, you know you shouldn't, you just can't resist it, and when you're done you regret it and then you're scarred for life.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:55 AM, Carlbb102 wrote:

    Ok, I know it is from fool.com but in my defense it was linked from yahoo.... :)

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:56 AM, firemen58 wrote:

    they should take food network off the air for what you did to chef Paula Deen your just chicken to stand up for yourself so this is what you do

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:00 AM, darogris wrote:

    So according to TMF and Buffet's logic, Deen would have been better advised to lie under oath in her deposition?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:03 AM, kurtdabear wrote:

    Warren Buffett ruined his reputation years ago when he decided to start commenting on politics and economics instead of sticking to business--and he keeps reinforcing his foolishness year after year.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:10 AM, jroxx1121 wrote:

    what was his advice, kill yourself?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:19 AM, terrytony wrote:

    Paula Deen is a very sweet lady this never should of happen to her God bless her and i hope someone will ofter her a better job ill be watching for her return.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:20 AM, Ms2Walsh wrote:

    His "quote" wasn't advice. The best thing anyone else can learn from this is if someone accuses you of something like this or something similar whether it's a slur on someone's sexuality or religion, deny it. Go to your grave denying it. Everyone would have been happy then thanks to no one being absolutely sure one way or the other.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:27 AM, thibaux561 wrote:

    People are idiots. That's my first assumption, especially with celebrities. Who, among the purportedly smartest people around, saw the recession coming? The best advice I have learned from my experience is not "Learn how to listen". It's "Learn how NOT to listen".

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:30 AM, VegasSmitty wrote:

    Nothing wrong wit the "N" word if your black, just listen to any rap music for a few minutes, I don't see any of them being dropped from anything. The biggest problem is the media which will grab on to a tiny scrap of useless information and just keep harping on it.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:32 AM, youtroublemaker wrote:

    Tim Beyers, someone is trying to make trouble in the stock market..... Shame on you.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:35 AM, kennethmacauley wrote:

    What's funny about Walmart dropping her is that on Walmart.com you can search the full N word and come up with two products....LOL

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:46 AM, Jovina wrote:

    So what word was being used in the 1940's, 50's, and 60's? By the media, newspapers, radio, tv, movies, Congressmen, politicians, communities, Southerners? Is everyone guilty? Or not?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:47 AM, chicago6611 wrote:

    Hey kurtabear

    Finance is about politics and and in particular economics.

    Apparently your education was from a comic book.

    The dictionary definition of finance

    "money or other liquid resources of a government, business, group, or individual"

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:50 AM, SpaCasinoGirl wrote:

    As usual, a day (or two) late and a dollar short, Fool. The publisher has cancelled the release of the cook book. No one, including Amazon, is "profiting from this mess."

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:50 AM, NoCaliMom wrote:

    This article was poorly written. It's funny but the advice wasn't actually for Paula Deen. It was for Food Network and the big corporations that carried her merchandise. "Take heed, investors. Know the ambassadors behind the brands you're investing in. Know what they sell, and how much they account for." Then it goes on to say that the damage wasn't as bad as it would have been for Nike if Michael Jordan's name had suffered damage. In other words do a little investigation on the people that you sign on to represent your company and make sure there aren't any skeletons in your closet.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:53 AM, judisa3 wrote:

    Hope those like me continue to boycott these companies and don't let it go by the wayside!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:54 AM, Lamanster wrote:

    Ms. Deen is losing millions from the companies that helped her make millions for a reason. She made a mistake and pointed a finger at others for something she did.

    Let's remember that when we point a finger with our hand, 3 fingers point back at us!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:57 AM, verbatim613 wrote:

    Sponsors that dropped her need to look at the Amazon book sales. Her reputation is only "damaged" in the minds of the liberal media. The public hasn't rejected her. Only the media, because they live in tightly controlled, politically correct echo chamber that screams, "oh, no, run..."

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:58 AM, jbjb6647 wrote:

    Does that mean Walmart, Kmart, Target, and others will stop selling CD's with the n word in the lyrics.. and who hasn't used an offensive word in a joke seems to me it's only a select few who take offensive. I have lived in DC, Detroit, the blacks call each other the n word. Why don't they bitch about that?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:07 AM, Lycan2021 wrote:

    How many wrongs to make it right??? We all make mistake whether small or big it's our nature whether you believe in or not, but its the only way how to make our own identity... Failure is with all of us everyday on every foot print we do, whether living with so much caution on our path we must know its impossible no to make mistake coz if we think we don't we aren't human,

    So we can't - feel have any pleasure see people falling for their mistake, so please I believe it's enough see this woman on that critical emotional situation, somehow we must forgive soon

    And stop that much human brutality beyond any sensibility, that make me ungry, sick and pain

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:08 AM, pcanny wrote:

    Here is another example that Paula does not understand how to deliver the message but have buy in from her customers.

    When she referred to "My Kitchens" that again implies "ownership" vs. Our Kitchens that implies "Teams" Get some schooling-- your stick is no longer selling your brand. What a poor interview with Matt.. your spin was an old southern gal stricken from a terrible event many years ago.. but you are really a sharp business woman crying croc. tears.. What kept Martha on her game was she admitted to her game did her time and got back into the game. You need better handlers to teach you how to present to a national audience.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:20 AM, grammyisgreat wrote:

    I didn't see any quote from Warren Buffett that was worth reading. What Ms. Dean did was wrong, even though in the South it wasn't considered that unusual 30 years ago. She admitted her mistake and told the truth about it. I don't follow her show or read her books, but the best quote I can think of for this situation is:-let those who are without sin cast the first stone. What I will do is avoid, Target, Wal-Mart, and Sears for their knee jerk reaction to Ms. Dean's comment..

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:20 AM, RickInAmarillo wrote:

    Mr. Buffett is right about one's reputation being destroyed, but many people are working overtime in the media and business worlds to destroy this woman; it's overkill to the extreme.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:23 AM, boycotter wrote:

    Companies to BOYCOTT!

    Target

    Sears

    Smithfield Foods

    Home Depot

    Caesar's Entertainment

    Novo Nordisk

    Wal-Mart

    J.C. Penney

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:24 AM, llulua wrote:

    Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx can spew racist blather all day long and Steven Baldwin can have tweet meltdowns bashing gays and they are celebrated ... by the same who are screwing over Deen for something that happened years ago.

    However, "If she came out and said she was a lesbian, hated God and despised whites, she would get job offers left and left."

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:32 AM, armond23hammer wrote:

    What she should have done is look Lauer in the eye and asked if he had ever used the "N" word - has he ever said anything off colored in the past or laughed at a racial joke. What she should do now is hire private detectives and dig into the past of every CEO who fired her - dig into Lauer's past - find out every joke they told or laughed at - I'm sure there is someone out there who knows something about the past of a lot of these people who fired her.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:34 AM, tundrowalker wrote:

    I think the real tragedy here is that we still call it "the N-word." Just say the stupid word. Like Louis CK said, you're too chicken to say it yourself, but you're making me say it in my mind.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:35 AM, MomDr wrote:

    When I was 5 I heard the N word used and didn't tell...am I doomed for life if someone finds out? Come on people, get a grip! This is so stupid to hang someone out to dry over something they said many years ago, and I should point out, while they were still under the care of a psychiatrist. OH MY, WE SHOULD REVOKE THAT DOC'S LICENSE FOR NOT ERASING THE MEMORY OF MS. DEEN'S BEING RAISED IN THE DEEP SOUTH!!! Before she knew better, she used a word. I am deeply offended by the phrase mf-er, so by the media's logic, everyone who has dropped one of those bombs should be ruined as well. When people "grow up" emotionally, they learn that some things are not appropriate and acquire a larger vocabulary, eliminating the need to use "bombs" as a part of their language. LET HIM WHO IS WITHOUT SIN THROW THE FIRST STONE!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:40 AM, demon48 wrote:

    I have a shocker while they write an article and let's just call it bigotry in the United States flourishing. I just wonder those companies that are mentioned in the article above how well are they doing in the business market? Who would ever believe that these companies above would represent the conscience of America or that these companies represent equality. Only in America where community organizers and companies who are seeking profits by exploiting low income workers would control the destinies of individuals who seek success in the business market. I'm not going to do as they did tell people who they should do business with based on companies profit margin neither will I say boycott these community leaders who represent their own moral and ethical beliefs. Maybe you should listen what they had to say in early years maybe then you would be less likely to join their cause

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:42 AM, ImHoppy wrote:

    I meant to say... no more HAM.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:42 AM, Debibaby13a wrote:

    30 years ago they couldnt find a more recent comment? It is beyond belief I do not care what she said 30 years ago only thing that matters is what is said today Leave the old lady alone geesh 30 years ago we all probably said something we shouldnt have good thing we all arent under oath about it

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:42 AM, greybuscat wrote:

    Hey, you can't taste racism.

    Besides, her "cooking" has probably done far more damage to the black community (and the white one, to boot) than a thousand N-bombs ever could.

    Obesity is no joke.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:43 AM, MomDr wrote:

    Perhaps her biggest problem was in being totally honest and truthful. What everyone seems to be saying is that she should have looked straight at the questioner and lied like every "red blooded man would have done." Maybe she should have said, "Sir, it depends on how you use "use"". (Remember Clinton's response to such a question?)

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:43 AM, beardodo4 wrote:

    a 2nd rate chef shilling 3rd rate products. If she were 1st rate ranting & raving about whites, hill billies, rebels, & other white trash, she would rate A-1. This N word was spoken a long time ago, now dredged up. I think the media should spend a month in a marine barracks. I'm sure they would hear a lot worse!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:47 AM, 2smartforlibs wrote:

    Deens mistake was thinking the left she has carried for years would be there for her

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:50 AM, LordLayton wrote:

    I quit watching her after seeing her pick her nose and then kneading dough within 1 second after. I don't need a recipe for "booger bread" tyvm. She is from New England and has that fake "ya,ll" accent also.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:52 AM, ladybuggin66 wrote:

    Just a note to those that are posting that the use of the n-word is ok with blacks. You are WRONG, because by not being careful with your use of words, you come across as throwing a blanket over all blacks. THIS black female has banished this foul word from her vocabulary. And I did so years ago when I got it through my thick skull that this word may have been used in a hateful manner towards those that came before me, my beloved parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. And that turns my stomach. I am just as offended hearing the word from whites as I am from blacks. I can think of no way of turning this foul word into a positive thing. I mean, what's next? Women coming together to find a positive spin on the c-word? Ugh.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:52 AM, mewp12 wrote:

    Had she never gone on TODAY no one would even know about this. that was her 2nd mistake. this is typical of making a mountain out of a molehill. I bet everyone on the today show has said worse. Those sharing the same "sin'; often are the first to scream about it.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:00 PM, vegasbabe31 wrote:

    My guess her ALLOWING her brother to watch porn and sexually harass her employees didn't help either.

    But I guess people think she is perfect.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:07 PM, T56nnr wrote:

    If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. She should start a new company called "Paula Deen's KKKatering".

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:10 PM, 70119 wrote:

    Although Paula's book is Amazon's #1 pre-seller, the book in fact will not be published. Random House cancelled her contract on Friday & announced that they would not be publishing her cookbook. So you can add that to the companies that have severed ties with her.

    You can also add K-Mart & Sears to that list as they announced they will no longer sell any of her products.

    And these companies are severing their ties with her not because of one use of a particular word years ago but for all the things mentioned in the deposition including saying that it was ok to use the N word in a joke because jokes are always about groups of people like gays, Jews & blacks. And then there is the whole thing of wanting to dress black men up in uniforms to it would look like slaves serving at a plantation wedding. And there's a lot more. The more she talked, the deeper she dug herself in.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:15 PM, damnitsoneofthem wrote:

    She didnt have to apoloize for the truth.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:16 PM, aWintersTale wrote:

    Once Ms. Deen apologized, it should have been all over with, at that point. What else is there left for her to do? Grovel? Don a headband, kneel, and commit Seppuku? What remains unforgiven in you?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:17 PM, dawnm294 wrote:

    "If the Food Network is going to fire Paula Deen then they also need to fire Chef Malto Mario because he had to pay out $6 million. They should also fire Anne Burrell who was sued for sexual discrimination; they would also need to fire CHEF CAT CORA WHO WAS ARRESTED FOR DUI FOR HAVING A BLOOD ALCOHOL 3 TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT AND SCREAMED PROFANITIES AT PEOPLE. DINNER IMPOSSIBLE'S ROBERT IRVINE WAS CAUGHT LYING ABOUT HIS BACKGROUND CLAIMING HE USED TO COOK FOR THE ROYAL FAMILY; IRON CHEF BOBBY FLAY WAS ALSO SUED AND SETTLED FOR ALMOST $1 MILLION BECAUSE HE TOO KEPT TIPS FROM HIS EMPLOYEES and cheated on both his wives, IRON CHEF MORIMOTO WAS ALSO SUED FOR SKIMMING TIPS AND WAGES FROM HIS EMPLOYEES; Martha Stewart went to jail for insider trading; FOOD NETWORK CHEF GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY TO AVOID A LAWSUIT - 152 OF HIS DISGRUNTLED WORKERS SUED HIM; Chef Juan Carlos Cruz who hired a homeless man to kill his wife.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:18 PM, mobiledogtrainer wrote:

    What this whole idiotic mess doesn't allow for, and it seems in this country, no one allows for, is change, personal growth, enlightenment, etc. Deen was raised in the white south guys, and she learned things from her family and parents and friends that were wrong about races other than her own. People tend to be what they were taught, they tend to speak as they were taught as children; however, I believe that Paula has grown beyond her upbringing, and to hold her to the past as though she were a racist, a covert racist, hiding her prejudice from everyone, is just ridiculous and very very immature of everyone. We grow up, we change, we learn, we change our minds because of new information and new experiences. I have. Why can't she change. Why does she need to be punished for a past mistake, and way of thinking that is racist, or has it's base in racism? Is she a different person today, yes. Does she secretly consider herself better because she's white? No, I don't think so, and neither does she. This hyper over reaction to her speaking a word we are all trying so hard to forget ever existed, is embarrassing, and so sad for Paula.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:23 PM, lovelady0459 wrote:

    People are saying poor Paula but no one is not thinking she was born and raised here in the deep south and knew better than to say anything like that about anyone regardless of how long ago it was. I like Paula Deen I have her cook ware and all I watched her on Food Network BUT I also watched one of her show's where she was showing her restaurant and talking about some of her employees and knew when I saw that show she is predigest slavery was over a long time ago I don't like liars thief's or people that think they are above everyone else, we are all equal Poor Paula she has made her money and ran her mouth

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:26 PM, vitaminvee wrote:

    So is Warren Buffet advising to lie to cover-up or to exerise good character and make sound decisions to begin with? Paula did the right thing to tell the truth under oath! I think it was the environment that she created for her employees that got her into trouble! I don't think that all of these companies would be dropping her if it were a case of using racial slurs 20 or 30 years ago!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:39 PM, megaeddie wrote:

    why don't we just leave her alone and get on with her life.she's a human being.she's capable of making a mistake.people have done worst things than this............forget it ...it's done...it's over. anther thing.... he without sin,cast the first stone.........think about that

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:42 PM, beancrisp wrote:

    I challenge anyone to logically explain to me why the evil actions against Paula Deen are not political correct candy asses making a mountain making a mountain out of a molehill.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:53 PM, 4mws wrote:

    This is not about Paula Deen losing market share because of what she did. This is about a bunch of chickencrap (and more than ikely, hypocritical) investors who ran scared from negative publicity. If you're going to pretend to be a ballsy investor, at least be ballsy enough to get the whole story before you take your money and run scared.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 12:59 PM, pggrand52 wrote:

    I"ve decided I have spent too much time in WalMart, Target, already don't go to Sears and KMart. Paula told the truth and the truth is growing up in the south people said that as part of language. People need to clean up their language because movies now have children swearing...when does this stop. Paula made her money through hard work not law suits. She is a good example of how success makes some people mad..

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:03 PM, jonzii2 wrote:

    Here is a more complete list of the companies who stabbed Paula in the back for telling the truth. BOYCOTT them ALL, and don't forget to boycott their subsidiaries too!

    Scripps Network Interactive

    Food Network

    Ballantine Books

    Random House Books

    Smithfiled Foods Products

    Target

    Caesar's Entertainment

    Novo Nordisk,

    Sears

    JC Penney

    Walmart

    Kmart

    Walgreens

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:11 PM, Aneles2013 wrote:

    I'm tired of hearing that all black people call themselves that. This is not true. I'm black and I don't use that word and would take offense if anyone calls me that no matter what nationality they are.

    Please also note when someone who is not black calls you the "N" they are using it to look down on you to make you feel you not better than them, you are less than a human being and that they are superior. One more thing I don't like rap.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:12 PM, heathkits wrote:

    Companies that I will no longer do business with:

    Smithfield Foods

    Home Depot

    Caesar's Entertainment

    Novo Nordisk

    Wal-Mart

    J.C. Penney

    Sears

    K-mart

    I do not do business with companies that foster racial hostility toward whites.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:12 PM, pepsiangel wrote:

    It fascinates me that a comment she made 30yrs ago is causing all these sponsors to drop her. I think a boycott is an excellent idea. I'm also messaging wal-mart, k-mart, target and sears and find out if they are selling lil wayne's cd's and if they are I demand they quit selling them.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:14 PM, annimhere2c wrote:

    Good at cooking, not good at depositions. Always, always think before answering a lawyers questions. 'I don't know' works well or at least 'I can't remember'. Shot self in foot.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:16 PM, stevema1 wrote:

    I wonder will alex baldwin face losing his jobs due to him tweeting vial things to the fags??? He should be FIRED and made to pay them MILLIONS and MILLIONS or is it OK for him to treat them like little PIGS like he did his daughter????

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:18 PM, annimhere2c wrote:

    Another point. I have myself said a few chosen words which many may take offense. If all those companies don't want Paula, then they don't want me either. Get it? Bye bye to those.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:20 PM, haemeth wrote:

    Just another witch hunt by the liberal media.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:25 PM, tphillips47 wrote:

    So if she heeded his advice, she would have had to lie under oath? That's some advice. Which could lead to jail time for perjury.

    Also, her publisher cancelled her new book two days ago even tho it was ranked #1. Are you guys EVER up to date on your info?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:32 PM, Marge6840 wrote:

    agree with heathkits

    Companies that I will no longer do business with:

    Smithfield Foods

    Home Depot

    Caesar's Entertainment

    Novo Nordisk

    Wal-Mart

    J.C. Penney

    Sears

    K-mart

    I do not do business with companies that foster racial hostility toward whites.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:34 PM, chachame wrote:

    I think it's sad that at the level of success she was at she was as careless as that. Her disregard for what is considered inappropiate comments leads me to believe she really felt it was ok to say the things she said.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:37 PM, JosephLong65 wrote:

    I wonder how many of these same sponsors have no problem with the Washington REDSKINS, or with that hideous and [not even approaching adequate term] racist Cleveland Indians logo???

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:42 PM, cdkeli wrote:

    This clueless dope has tearfully ranted on television for all to hear:

    "I is what I is and I ain't gonna change!"

    And you still think she'd follow advice from a financial luminary like Buffet much less Bart from

    the Simpons?!! What are you smoking?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:47 PM, tnt57 wrote:

    target, jc penney & sears just lost a pretty fair customer! of course Wal-Mart did not loose a customer, because I wouldn't shop at that hypocritical Chinese supporting welfare addicted scum hole anyway! Paula, I don't cook much, but will buy your book anyway. if amercia wants to lambaste someone over saying something they should not, start with Washington dc, where those self serving idiots speak lies and far worse crap every time they open their stupid mouths. gosh dang what is America coming to? can we get any lower?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 1:49 PM, Sanity1369 wrote:

    She should have followed Bill Clinton's advice and lied under oath instead of admitting saying something 27 years ago that has cost her so much money. Her problem was taking the oath seriously. Like President Clinton said, he felt is was ok to lie under oath since is was none of their business anyway.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:00 PM, PMSEDOFTEN wrote:

    The NFL took Michael Vick back in the fold and he was a threat to life. Paula Deen did not kill anyone or anything thing, she did insult many people, but its a 30 year old insult.

    get over it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:11 PM, Bobz74 wrote:

    I remember a time when businesses just sold products and services and didn't get involved in politics, religion, political correctness or punishing people for a word they said thirty years ago. Just to show how uninvolved they were with what people believed, Jewish businessmen made millions selling bibles, running Christian radio stations, making Christian movies and selling Christmas and Easter decorations and gifts. They sold to whoever would buy and didn't care what they thought. Back then freedom of speech was valued, the church was the moral police and political action groups went after political issues. But of course, businesses were criticized for only caring about profit and now they are the moral police and political action groups. Now when you buy a cooking pan or a cup of coffee you are either supporting or opposing someone or something. You are taking sides. So if you shop at Target or Walmart you are supporting their decision to dump Paula Dean and if you don't shop there you are supporting Paula. I wish we could just doing business just for the products and services only. We are giving business way too much power.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:16 PM, importanteadios wrote:

    Be very careful in your judgments of others, for it is with these judgments from your own mouths, minds, and hearts that that you yourselves will be judged, in due time. Guard your thoughts, for they will become the words and actions that will vindicate you or condemn you in your time of judgment. Accept sound advice gratefully and avoid foolishness and malice. Experience can be a cruel taskmaster. Can we not use our energies and intelligence to address and remedy the serious issues of the day, instead of trying to destroy each other over petty jealousies!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:17 PM, dixierootwork wrote:

    So if Buffet's advice is to NOT ruin your reputation and the incident occurred before she had a professional reputation to worry about, then is the author advocating lying under oath? The other crow that does not caw in this story is that we have a white person suing another white person for things that supposedly went on affecting *mostly* non-white people. Why haven't any of these people of color who were supposedly made to use separate bathrooms come forward and sued? Seriously, one call to the NAACP, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center or Rainbow Coalition and they would have been on it before you could blink. Of course that letter from Lisa Jackson's attorney that was reference on the American Thinker website pretty well lays out Ms. Jackson's motive - GREED. The letter basically said give her $1.25 million or we'll tell everybody you're a racist.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:19 PM, mazdafan1 wrote:

    I'll give you my advice - which in this case is better than Buffet's advice.

    If you're a non-White rapper (i.e. Drake) you can say the 'n' word in your songs as many times as you want and keep adding to your multi-million dollar bank account. Nobody will think less of you.

    If however you're a White person and you say the 'n' word then you'll be labeled a racist and ostracized from society.

    It's just that hypocritically simple.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:26 PM, officer031 wrote:

    well i can tell you all that i worked in a state prison for 27 years. 76% of our population was black at that time. i can honestly say they called each other the"N" word daily, i guess it is only bad when a white person uses it, i am italian decent and have called dago, wap, greaser, and many others but i guess that is no big deal. as far as all the company's dropping paula, just shows they are spineless whimps.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:44 PM, elluminate wrote:

    This whole event/topic is crazy gone mad. How long does a "former" employee have to comeback and sue for circumstances/events they want to bring up or hold you accountable for? How far back are we accountable for our actions, words or deeds? If you are investing in anyone for monetary reasons, as a friend or partner for life checking them out is a smart thing to do. However, what holds your reputation any better than theirs? Sexual harassment is not supposed to be condoned/allowed but I am sure it still is going on, esp. with jobs hard to come by. Paula admitted what she was being asked under oath/deposition. Enough said. She needs to stop commenting and start correcting her business environments if that activity still is going on. We should all live and learn and try to be better from the past. The present is just that a present. Be part of the solution not part of the problem.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:44 PM, ElijahTruth wrote:

    Poor Paula Deen; she is not as educated and or taught how to lie like the greats of this day such as odrama and his wife and eric holder. odrama went to a church for 16 years in which the preacher cussed and cursed white people. Then odrama just said ohhh, I did not know that was a racist church, now elect me for president I will never lie or cheat I am odrama. So odrama calling white boys crackers and honky, yet unlike Paula Deen he odrama would merely say I cannot tell a lie, I never used such terms to describe honkies I mean white people! So I as Paula lived with niggers as children, and we were taught by blacks/niggers to use that word, so Praise God for Honest God fearing Beautiful White women who answer questions truthfully, and may God accurse those fools who claim to be righteous men and women who throw stones at such a Great Daughter of the Only God Paula Deen Esquiress. For evidence undeniable that our Lord has had enough go to the websites at Adam and Eve seed gathering ministry and Adam and Eve in Action blog both sites found on the net research engines... It has begun

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 2:47 PM, 1stFanofFreedom wrote:

    Put yourself in Paula's place for a moment... If something you said some time ago came back to haunt you and it ruined your career (permanently) and drained your bank account- how crushed would you be?? Would you believe this could happen in America?

    How can people support her since corporate America pulled the plug? Even though her new cookbook has been cancelled, her other cookbooks are still available on Amazon..

    I read that she still has a cooking show on GAC - the Great American Country station.Let's forgive and move on!!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 3:03 PM, LAtech09 wrote:

    I have said it before and I'll say it again if you want to stop the use of the "N" word then the African Americans need to lead the way! An except can not be given to those who are the definition of the word; which is ignorant. They only use it by choice so maybe they really are.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 3:14 PM, Monty116 wrote:

    I thought the advice was going to be 'always rap your racial slurs'.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 3:20 PM, countusin2 wrote:

    she did nothing compared to "Dog" and hes back on TV .... so shall Paula Deen

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 3:38 PM, TheDevilsReject wrote:

    Why do White People insist on it being OK to say The N-Word??? It seems that they are Very Upset that it's not OK to say it #Publicly!!!! If Paula Deen could I think that She'd bring #Slavery Back!!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 3:47 PM, Aneles2013 wrote:

    Elijah True why are you in here flapping your gums in the wind. You sound ridiculous. What a racist mind you have. Stop grouping all black people together. I bet you never had someone tell you to come in through the back door of a restaurant or do not drink in that water fountain all because the color of your skin. Every nationality has some bad apples.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 3:49 PM, LtDrag1 wrote:

    This country is becoming a pathetic place to live. We need to eliminate the morons.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 3:53 PM, rgperrin wrote:

    Can you be more specific? Many words begin with the letter "N."

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 4:01 PM, davidng5 wrote:

    Why can Americans be more like Jeremy Lin and for give Paula Deen. Jeremy Lin forgave the Journalist that call him an offensive Asian slur in writing- in the media! He even had dinner with him. Asians are the true model American citizen. Paula Deen was brought up in an era where this type of talk was expected and approved. However, this racist journalist was brought up in a modern era.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 4:33 PM, gunney0311 wrote:

    A lot of us said things that we should not have spoken in our past. The key is have you moved past that place in your life. I think it is wrong what is being done to her. This saying there is a wolf when no wolf is around. We got to stop saying everything people say is race related. When continue to cry racism in my opinion it drive people apart. Stop and look at the person, are they the same old person or not. We have bigger problems in this country, unemployment,homeless,do nothing congress, disable veterans, seniors and etc. In closing stop judging people unless you have the facts.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 4:37 PM, SW62 wrote:

    I can almost guarantee if any of you admitted to smoking a joint back in the day even if it was one puff to whatever stuffed shirt corporation you would probably use your job (if they got it in writing). Even if you never touched any illegal substances after that. If someone wants to get rid of you to appease whoever they will.

    I guess she should have lied or gotten better handlers to advise her as well as got some good legal advice.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 4:43 PM, Moodstone wrote:

    FREEDOM OF SPEECH-GUESS,THAT ONE HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM ALL OF US TO!PAULA HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG BUT SPEAK FROM THE HEART!EVERYONE IS JUDGING HER LIKE SHE HAS JUDGE OTHERS-WHAT ARE WE TO LEARN FROM ALL THIS???

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 4:47 PM, gingernspice wrote:

    You know, I get so tired of the BS that seems to go on and on still to this day. Look people this is 2013, get over yourselves how bout it!!! You know every one makes mistakes, get over it already. So what if she said the big N word, everybody damn near has, including the blacks themselves!!!! It seems to be ok for blacks to go around calling each other Niggers, hell they make songs about Niggers, if you ask me they disrespect their own selves! So would some one please tell me what do we see wrong with this? Now I personally try to never say the N word, but I am how ever not perfect, and as far as I know no one on this pittafull earth is!!!!! So how bout all you people that go around acting as if you are in mere shock at Paula Deen slipping and saying the oh so unforgiving N word get over it and get a life!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 4:59 PM, jasjfarrell wrote:

    I thought she was Barack and Moochelle's buddy.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:08 PM, LittlePooky wrote:

    Funny how so many sponsors are behind Kadashien family and they're selling their products without any problem.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:16 PM, Jimza1Skeptic wrote:

    So what was his advice? Don't ruin your reputation? The MF and Yahoo have sunk to new lows. Guess he needs to advise teachers not to boink students, or it could end their career. How about WB telling alcoholics not to drink or bad things can happen!

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:17 PM, ayneday1979 wrote:

    Mike Vick, lol. Shoe on the other foot. Stupid actions/words=loss of rep and $$$$ laugh out loud---feel those flames

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:18 PM, ReallyLily wrote:

    The support for Paula is overwhelmingly 1,000 to 1 it seems. And it amazes me that almost all of them are saying it's because of years old use of the N-word. How can so many people be so mistaken on this? Her firing from all these companies is not for years ago blatant bigotry, it's for TODAY's Racial and Sexual Discrimination that's going on in her restaurants. Since her fans are this outraged over her "justice" in getting fired, does this mean that her supporters are just as Bigoted as she is? So, all you people who plan to Boycott all these businesses, tell me, where do you plan to do your shopping? Not only do you support Bigots, but you are now going to cut off your own nose to spite your faces? Crazy world we live in.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:23 PM, BJoanS wrote:

    So, what she should have done was lie under oath? Not a good way to maintain your reputation, now is it. She admitted she said the 'n' word many years ago. She apologized for having said it.

    I have new admiration for a number of companies that decided to not follow the leader in damning a woman who admitted to making a mistake. And, for they companies that dropped her ... they can get along without me.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:25 PM, boethius70 wrote:

    Michael Richards has never completely recovered from his N-word-laden rant some years back however I believe Deen will recover. This is primarily a media-driven non-event/weekly witch-burning where they're looking for a speck of blood in the water and when they found a morsel they attacked it. Deen's reaction was admittedly absurd and over-the-top - she really DIDN'T need to go on national TV to beg forgiveness of the MSM and flagellate herself publicly - but the media kept piling it on, mainly because she kept perpetuating the non-issue (who can blame the MSM in that case if their target keeps churning the waters?). Tiger Woods' portfolio and career was pretty decimated after his numerous affairs were revealed and Deen's spineless sponsors cannot be blamed for being who they are but we're probably looking at 3-5 years for her to really see the light of day. The rebuilding will begin for her Monday morning.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 5:28 PM, ayneday1979 wrote:

    sociocultural Caucasian minded ideals and behavior tide is turning, the majority who have held the cultural dominance are qualitatively and demographically falling out of favor, I know it hurts, change can be painful, thats in part why so many dislike President Obama, why he is so blatantly disrespected, how his actions are constantly being questioned and questioned again. So many in our nation lack insight, the ability to seriously question why when an athlete looses his job and endorsements for using the "F" work regarding someones sexual preference, or a movie start gets "released" from a highly -rated series, there is no outrage. How when a syndicated columnist makes an "off-color" comment and they are chastised by their sponsors and company. For PD this is not a racist issue, this I understand, rather it an awareness issue, she was raised in an environment where everything she knows is what she shows she had to learn the hard-way. I wish her the best.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 6:19 PM, DragonessGoddess wrote:

    WoW!

    For those of you missing the other far more egregious violations she has committed against her employees including not paying them and even "paying" them in liquor.

    I care that my image of Ms. Deen is tarnished, however, the late great Senator Robert Byrd was the grand wizard of a kkk group and then he grew up.

    He apologized and condemned his years involved with the organizations.

    I hope Deen can do a similar turn around and I look forward to a gracious, humble new beginning for her.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 6:30 PM, pammi10 wrote:

    I think the whole thing is sad.somthing that happen yrs ago.my whole intire recipe collection is on southern lady and sons.as far as walmart its a joke.they to high on theiir stuff.and smithfeild ill neaver go back my whole family loved that store.and wallgreens is a joke itself.a nd sears thought it went out yrs ago.keep smiling paula you not alone.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 6:47 PM, Maggie76Rae wrote:

    Please stop claiming Black rappers for giving White people the "green light" to call Black people the "N" word as you people choose to call it. The Black community is not make up exclusively of rappers. And if the "N" word simply means "ignorant", then why not just call Black folks, "the ignorants" instead of "the N's"? Most of you need to stop pretending you're ignorant and admit the Black people did not invent or create the word n/i/g/g/e/r/. And Black folks did not and do not make this word racist. When White folks use this word, it has much more to do with their attitude and thinking about Black people. Quite frankly, I do not care if Paula Dean keeps her job and her sponsors. The facts (as I see them) are, Paula Dean has an attitude about Black people that is from the pre-Civil War Old South period. Nothing wrong with that. As she said, "I is who I is, I'm not gonna change". So, far her, it's not about verbalizing the word /n/i/g/g/e/r/, it her attitude about "them" that shows her mentality, heart and soul. Maybe it has been 30 years since she said the word, but her attitude has not changed about Blacks for the past 30 years either. As long as this is well understood, RESTORE THE WOMAN!!! Give her back her job and her sponsors, and her good name! I truly hope that she does get everything back and even more.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 7:07 PM, Maggie76Rae wrote:

    Please stop blaming Black rappers for giving White people the "green light" to call Black people the "N" word (as you people choose to call it). The Black community is not made up exclusively of rappers. And if the "N" word simply means "ignorant", then why not just call Black folks, “ignorants" instead of " N's"? Most of you need to stop pretending you're ignorant about the origin of this word; and admit that Black people did not invent or create the word n/I/g/g/e/r/. And, Black folks did not, and, do not make this word racist. When White folks use this word, it has much more to do with their attitude and thinking about Black people. When Black folks use it, it takes on a total different meaning. However, most Black folks do not use this word at all.

    Quite frankly, I do not care if Paula Deen keeps her job and her sponsors. The fact (as I see it) is that Paula Deen has an attitude about Black people that is from the pre-Civil War Old South period. Nothing wrong with that. As she said, "I is who I is, I'm not gonna change".

    So for Paula, it's not about verbalizing the word /n/I/g/g/e/r/, it’s her attitude about "them" that shows her mentality, heart and soul. Maybe it has been 30 years since she said the word, but her attitude has not changed about Blacks for the past 30 years either. As long as this is well understood, RESTORE THE WOMAN!!! Give her back her job and her sponsors, and her good name! I truly hope that she does get everything back and even more.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 7:24 PM, Maggie76Rae wrote:

    Sorry people, I did not intend to post two articles (which are the same) on this topic. This is my first time commenting on this site and I did not realize that I could not edit or delete my comments. So, to compensate for that, I hid the comment, thinking it would not be posted. Then, I rewrote the article in "Word" and reposted it. And that's when I realized that my first article was still posted! So, I apologize to all of you.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 7:36 PM, DeensAScapegoat wrote:

    I don't like Paula Deen, I never did. However in this case she is being singled out as a racist and a redneck by the liberal media. The same media and Warren Buffet who themselves show unwavering support for a U.S. President that has done the most harm to blacks (highest unemployment rates, most on welfare, most on government assistance) in U.S. history. Matt Lauer has made comments about Latinos and Indians and probably has a minority house hold help. Could we ask these same people if they have ever used a racial slur in the past 30 years? Hey Chris Matthews have you used a racial slur in the past 30 years? Hey Chris Rock why do you need to use the "N" word in every joke to be "funny"? Why are the race-baiters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson not asked why they use race in every comment they make?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 7:37 PM, twolazy wrote:

    Paula Deen doesn't have a problem, America has the problem, its called Political Correctness and it's killing this Republic.

    I want to hear from Ken Lowe that he has never, never, ever used the N word in his entire life. Can't do it can you hypocrite? As for the rest of you who have jumped on the Dump Paula Deen Band Wagon I’m done with you. Yes you are private corporations and have a right to deal with whomever you wish to deal with. However, I’m a private consumer and I have a right to tell the bunch of you to go to he11. I’ll not do business with weak-kneed, lily livered bunch of anti-American political correct jerks like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Sears, Target and the rest. I’ll not be shopping with you people again.

    Seems to me that I’ve heard someone once say he without sin cast the first stone.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 7:47 PM, jfnicol wrote:

    What is happening to Paula Deen isn't right. Black musicians and comedians use the "N" work all the time - nothing happens to them - WHY. Let a white person use it and all hell breaks loose.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 7:58 PM, BonnieBee2 wrote:

    No point in being a Monday morning quarterback. No useful advice was given from Warren Buffet to Paula Deen for how to handle the situation now but only how she could have avoided the problem in the first place. This is not possible unless she is able to jump in a time machine and go back 50 years. In this day and age, you have to be really careful about everything you say and do or it will come back to bite you. Paula Deen made those comments during a time when people didn't have to worry that making those comments would come back to bite them.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 8:21 PM, viaouhfpiUAS wrote:

    treyvon martins last words on the phone "hold on some cracker is following me"...................... and he is in the news as a sweet child

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 8:44 PM, mptannous wrote:

    Paula Dean should not have apologized. Matt Lauer is a jerk.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 8:59 PM, dealwithit2 wrote:

    Racial slurs are used by just about everyone at some point in time. Especially, since it seems socially acceptable to disparage your own race but not others. I have heard white people make fun of other whites and black people make fun of other blacks, but those lines can't be crossed.

    Paula's problem spiraled due to her choice of words. When in court, answer questions yes or no if possible (Where was her attorney during prepping?). If you are a public figure and someone asks if you've used racial slurs don't say "Of course!" as if you use them all the time. Answer the question then SHUT UP.

    The more Paula talks, the worse her situation gets. She needs a better attorney and P.R. team.

    Also, Paula is an older woman from the Deep South with a brother called "Bubba". Is her use of the "N" word or any other slurs really a surprise?

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:15 PM, glanda wrote:

    Warren Buffett is probably behind her demise. She probably refused his something.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:16 PM, glanda wrote:

    I can tell these story writers have been reading our comments guys.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:22 PM, glanda wrote:

    All those places that wanted to be noticed by saying they were dropping Paula are just a bunch of theiving fakes that STOLE those companies to start with. Liers. By the way those were not Paulas hams and they were not Paulas' pots and pans. So I suppose they will remain in the stores just not under her name. Good luck on selling the things? LOL they were problably going under to start with.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:25 PM, bcsdscar1 wrote:

    I'm not a huge Paula fan...always thought she was a little annoying. It is amazing to me and sad that her life and career are over because of something she said decades ago. But a punk like rapper Lil Wayne can stomp on the American Flag in a video and no body seems to give a crap. This country is so doomed.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:26 PM, lunapara wrote:

    Amazingly stupid article. I see no "advice" in this piece for Paula to have followed unless they are implying that she should have lied under oath. We are all "fools" to have read this mess.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 9:51 PM, harryreidsucks wrote:

    Don't worry...

    I heard BET is going to pick up her show..

    with George Zimmerman hosting......

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:12 PM, peaceprocess wrote:

    Its always amusing to hear the racist pop out of the woodwork to defend racist behavior. Its the same M.O. every time -- 'well blacks use the N-word all the time, what's the difference?' In reality, we all know the difference; its been explained a thousand times. No, I do not like when black people use the word. In fact, I abhor it. To me its the sign of a people so beaten down for 400 years that self degradation became a way of life. But to suggest a black persons use of the N-word, and a white persons use of it, are the same, is just a racist white persons means of justifying their own racist attitude. The difference can be simply explained as its always simply explained, a man or woman calling their spouse a b*tch or a bastard, though unacceptable, is no way close to being on par with someone else calling their spouse a b*tch/bastard. Women refer to each other as b*tches; gays refer to each other as f*gs; but if a someone from outside either of those groups used the same language, it would be highly offensive. So, all you racist, please come up with another excuse because the present one was negated decades ago.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:31 PM, peaceprocess wrote:

    And for everyone trying to defend Ms. Deen because she used the N-word "once, 30 years ago," and because she "grew up in the south," please read up on the issue a little more. Simple, run-of-the-mill, research will tell you that there is more to the issue. Sure, Ms. Deen is attempting to create a diversion by saying she used the word 30 years ago, and that was it; but keep in mind, there are two former employees claiming she used the word in the workplace with regularity over the past few years. And before you jump on the 'well they are probably just disgruntled black employees playing the race card,' remember both employees are white. Also, Ms Deen has admitted to telling blatantly racist jokes in the work place, although she claims she's too ignorant to have known the jokes were offensive. And lets not forget, Ms. Deen admitted to trying to plan a civil war/slavery themed party, complete with middle-aged black men playing the part as slave-era waiters, because she claimed that was a very romantic, elegant era in this country.

    So, everyone out there pretending to be upset at the corporations that dropped Ms. Deen, take comfort in the fact that it was critical they dropped her. Her racist behavior was more than just one isolated incident.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:42 PM, robertmore wrote:

    The whole situation is sad. I wish her the best. We have all made mistakes. No one is perfect.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:47 PM, Sugar1957 wrote:

    Do you Get that she was the one that was a victim, That a black man put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her. But it is alright for them to call each other n______. This is not right one race to call them the N______, Then they should not use that word either (n______)..........

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 10:50 PM, peaceprocess wrote:

    Why is everyone so impressed that Ms. Deen told the truth when being asked if she had ever used the N-word. She told the truth, not because she wanted to, and it was the admirable thing to do; she told the truth because she had to. There is obviously too much proof out there that she uses the word, so if she would have lied, the courts would have produced numerous witnesses to prove her wrong, and she would have been charged with perjury on top of the charges she is facing now. You may be able to lie if its an isolated incident and there are no witness to dispute your story, but from what it sounds like, there are plenty of people who witnessed her racist behavior. She had to respect the fact that the lawyers could proven her liar within minutes. So, no, don't try to pass the idea that she was honorable and admirable, during her deposition; and remember that she was trying to mitigate the troubles to come.

    And what she said during that fateful, ill-advised youtube video after the racism came to light, was another knock-out punch. And then the weepy, no-tear 'tearful' confession failed to persuade anyone but her faithful. If you're going to 'cry' for an extended period of time on national TV, with the cameras zooming in on your face, you might want to learn how to turn the waterworks and produce a tear of two.

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:01 PM, peaceprocess wrote:

    Hey @sugar1957, what if a white man would have put a gun to her head? Or a Jewish person? Would she have unloaded the same vile blather? If the N-word was the first thing to pop out, then that's who she is. If K*ke spills out of her mouth every time she is upset with a Jewish person, then we she would called anti-Semitic. It kind of like when someone is drunk and the 'true you' surfaces (think Mel Gibson). There is no free pass or apology. It just allows people to unmask the real you

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:11 PM, prc1 wrote:

    I don't know what planet ya'll are from but jokes slurs (black, mex., viet's, Asian, women men , gay or straight, whatever) are all over the place. I hear them at work, from strangers at the check out , gas pumps,everywhere, and its going to be like that like it or not, i'm sure everone has done it so get over it. just reading these comments make me laugh

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:46 PM, harryreidsucks wrote:

    maybe we should be praying for the 18 firefighters that were killed today, why are prez. took a 100mill. vaction and are firefighters do not have, enough to fire the fires...plus arguing on the internet is like running in the special Olympics, Even if you win, you're still a retard....

  • Report this Comment On June 30, 2013, at 11:48 PM, peaceprocess wrote:

    @prc1, just because jokes and slurs are everywhere, doesn't mean you just throw in the towel and allow them to happen. Granted, some of it can not be monitored or controlled, but in the workplace, schools, athletic leagues, you better believe it can be monitored and controlled. And no, people should not just 'get over it,' That is the mindset that has allowed this crap to flourish. You have obviously never been the 'outsider' or 'minority' in a hostile environment. It's not always easy to just get over it, especially when getting over it permits you to degraded and humiliated, sexually harassed, etc. Instead of telling people to get over it, we need to start telling people show some decorum, and be mannerly when mannerly is the appropriate behavior. If you can't be mannerly in those situations then you will be treated as someone who doesn't possess manners, or not rational enough to distinguish when something is inappropriate. If you don't possess those two qualities, then you are often deemed unsuitable for the workplace, school, athletic league, etc. Do you honestly think that you can degrade and humiliate someone, and tell them to just 'get over it?' No, my friend, this isn't the 60's...or 70's, 80's, or 90's

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 12:00 AM, harryreidsucks wrote:

    peaceprocess... get over it , we have a black prez..

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 12:07 AM, harryreidsucks wrote:

    in the white house, shiz where even again..

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 12:59 AM, peaceprocess wrote:

    harryreidsucks very cute. We have a black president therefore racism doesn't exist? Is that what your implying? We also had female speaker of the house and secretary of states, does that mean sexism doesn't exist? We Jewish people and gay people in high ranking offices and mayors of major cities, does anti-Antisemitism and homophobia no longer exist?

    With the introduction of the first serious black presidential candidate (then senator Obama) the number of hate groups, and threats of violence to a presidential candidate rose nearly 800%. So many threats that senator Obama was granted secret service security earlier than any candidate in history. Ill get over racism, sexism, antisemitism, homophobia, and all other similar diseases when these diseases no longer corrode our world. Flippantly telling someone to get over hatred is as senseless as telling someone to get over cancer when it is in the process of ravaging their mind and body.

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 9:25 AM, falconjack wrote:

    I can not believe something so insignificant has been blown so far out of proportion, but since we're going down this road; how was it aceeptable that someone (Rick Perry) was given a pass when it was revealed that his family hunting camp was named N@#$%^head and no doubt was said to friends and family. This, a Governor of a state, vying for President, and may again. Why was he not forced to leave office and the republican race? I am not a fan of Deen but she got royally screwed. I'd lay a bet that many if not all the executives of these companies have said the word in their life time, so therefore, I will not shop in these stores unless I have no other choice.

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 11:42 AM, tmarie92648 wrote:

    This makes me really sad that something she said so many years ago is now being thrown in her face and ruining her reputation. I would never condone someone using a racial slur like the "N" word....but come on people, get over it. People do it every day and it doesn't mean they are racists. There are people doing much worse then this and they aren't being targeted. She is an icon and it's a way to sell news. Shame on all the companies for dropping her. I would/will continue to support Paula.

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 11:58 AM, bestkeptsecret76 wrote:

    It's amazing the amount of support that Paula Dean is receiving. I have read an enormous amount of excuses made for her and yet no one has spoken about the indignity suffered by her and her employees that worked for her and her brother. She should be forgiven because she used a word 20 years ago. A word that blacks use so effortlessly. She should be for given because of how and where she was raised. Do most if you know the full story? ( I'm sure I don't). I believe this goes beyond one simple racist slur used 20 years ago. In addition Paula Deen did lie when originally questioned about using slurs. She lied to her sponsors and in court when questioned a couple of years ago in another law suit. So now that she was finally honest and is now crying crocodile tears all should be forgiven? If this is the case why hasn't Micheal Vick been forgiven? Micheal Vick immediately owned up to his wrong doing. He asked for forgiveness and paid his penance. He to was a product of his environment; growing up in a area where dog fighting was a way to make money. Yet many people called for his death. People continue to call for his death....I'm willing to wager these are some of the same people that support Paula Deen. I do not condone Micheal Vick's action (they were deplorable) nor am I comparing bigotry to the killing of animals. I am making a point in the hippocracy of it all. Last but not least, to those claiming that black people are not offended when other black people use the N word, you are sadly mistaken. The word is vile no matter who uses it and no positive spin can be placed on it.

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 12:20 PM, peaceprocess wrote:

    @falconjack I agree with you when it comes to rick perry and his n*ggerhead hunting camp. Perry should have received more scorn and not been allowed to escape so easily. But in Perry's case, it was up to the voters and the voters decided he was unfit for president; however, people of texas still feel he's worthy of governor. So, like other people in certain occupations or businesses, Perry are not sustained by corporate sponsorship. Deen was. But I don't agree with you when you say you will avoid those companies which dropped Deen, simply because people of Perry's ilk didn't get punished on par with Deen's punishment. If you read the full of extent of what Deen did (it was alot more than making a slur 30 years ago), you will realize there was no way they could continued to sponsor her for the time being.

  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 12:32 PM, peaceprocess wrote:

    @tmarie92648 you and other like you insist on seeing the tip without paying attention to the iceberg. Please read up on everything Deen has admitted to and/or accused of and you will see she has done far more racist things than just saying the N-word 30 years ago. Read a general overview of what she is being sued for, and other accusations from former employees and you will see, regardless of what she claimed in her fake tearful apology, she has committed numerous racist acts. At some point, if you keep doing or saying racist things, people will see you as a racist, and treat you accordingly. And when you say "People do it every day and it doesn't mean they are racists." you are wrong. They are racist.

    So you and the rest of the 'just get over it' crew might want to come to the realization that people in this day and age refuse to just get over it like they were force to in the past. No longer will people allow other to spew hateful, degrading things, without having them answer up for it. It's a new day and age, the old days of unabshed hatred are disappearing, so..just get over it

  • Report this Comment On July 02, 2013, at 12:13 PM, harryreidsucks wrote:

    Well lets go back to those happy times, so everybody could own a few..then you would be over it and everybody could say nigger every day..

    nigger toe nut, nigger rigged, nigger creek, nigger mountain.....come on your smiling now...no more dishes, mopping floors and paula deen wont have to cook...

  • Report this Comment On July 02, 2013, at 1:26 PM, harryreidsucks wrote:

    Disarming all supporters of Barack Obama will end gun crimes immediately

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