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Posted 22 June 2013 - 23:37

SAVANNAH, GA (AP) — Watching Paula Deen's cooking show was a weekend ritual for Marilynne Wilson, who says she's furious at the Food Network for dumping the comfort-food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.

"I was shocked. I thought she'd get a fair trial," Wilson, a nurse from Jacksonville, Fla., said Saturday after stopping to buy souvenirs at the gift shop Deen owns next to her Savannah restaurant. "I think the Food Network jumped the gun."

A day after announcing that it's dropping Deen from its roster of celebrity cooks, the cable network was served heaping portions of Southern fried outrage by her fans.

Angry messages piled up Saturday on the network's Facebook page, with many Deen fans threating to change the channel for good. "So good-bye Food Network," one viewer wrote. "I hope you fold like an accordion!!!"

The decision to drop Deen, whose daytime shows have been a Food Network fixture since 2002, came two days after disclosure of a recent court deposition in which Deen was asked under oath if she had ever used the N-word. "Yes, of course," 66-year-old Deen said, though she added, "It's been a very long time."

Wilson's friend Debbie Brown said the Food Network is "basically convicting" Deen. "They should have waited until it goes to court," she said.

The fallout may not end with Food Network. At least two other companies that do business with Deen say they're keeping a close eye on the controversy. Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which has Deen's restaurants in some of its casinos, said Friday that it "will continue to monitor the situation." Publisher Ballantine, which has a new Deen book scheduled to roll out this fall, used similar words.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:30

OK, so the use of the 'n' word seems almost commonplace here in the south, I grew up in the northwest and rarely heard the word, but when I moved into Florida, it almost seems a common word that is used in day to day conversation, so with Ms. Dean being from Georgia (which is part of the south) I am almost certain that the word would have come up at least once. Why does the Food Network give a crap about her using the word, did she utter it on her show? Even if she did, do they not edit those Freudian slips out during the post processing of the show?



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:31

I read that she used the N word a long time ago back in the late 80s! I think its absurd that they would cancel her show for that.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:36

America is a nation of cowards. So she used a racial slur ages ago. Is it that big of a deal? People are so damn sensitive. Was it the most intelligent thing to say? Absolutely not. It is not hurting anyone, though.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:38

America is a nation of cowards. So she used a racial slur ages ago. Is it that big of a deal? People are so damn sensitive. Was it the most intelligent thing to say? Absolutely not. It is not hurting anyone, though.

 

except for the "bad black man" that she called a "N*****"... or you know.. all her fans who may be black.. Racism is not necessary in this day and age, but this topic sure shows that it's still rampant.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:41

I'm so upset, I can hardly eat my Paula Deen chocolate cake !



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:43

except for the "bad black man" that she called a "N*****"

If he is still hurt by it over 20+ years later, he is only hurt by it as long as it can be a weapon in the court room.

 

I say that because of the time passed since her use of the word and when it came to light. We're all different, so maybe he lost sleep because she called him that so long ago... I just doubt that is the case.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:45

I don't care why she is leaving the food channel I'm just glad she is going. I cant stand her show :)



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 00:56

If he is still hurt by it over 20+ years later, he is only hurt by it as long as it can be a weapon in the court room.

 

I say that because of the time passed since her use of the word and when it came to light. We're all different, so maybe he lost sleep because she called him that so long ago... I just doubt that is the case.

 

It doesn't matter if it was 20 years ago, or 20 minutes ago. It's unacceptable now, and it's unacceptable then. When people keep racism alive by defending such blatant racists, it'll never go away.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:10

Why is she in court? Does it have anything to do with racism? Or is it another example of a celeb trying to avoid their taxes or something?



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:12

At least people wont be making fattening recipes now from watching her!



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:23

Why is she in court? Does it have anything to do with racism? Or is it another example of a celeb trying to avoid their taxes or something?

 

http://www.digitaljo.../article/352811



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:26

LOL, the stupidity of PC.

 

Soon we'll all be forced into religion with all the stonings and beheadings.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:30

LOL, the stupidity of PC.

 

Soon we'll all be forced into religion with all the stonings and beheadings.

 

Not unless you live in the middle east



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:39

shes an idiot for admitting to saying something like that privately to her husband almost 30 years ago.





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