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Are You Ready to See Paula Deen's (Involuntary) Exit From Food Network?

Paula Deen has been a Food Network staple since 1999.  Many of us grew into wives and cooks by following Ms. Deen's direction, can you imagine cooking culture without her?

Can you forgive Paula's reported racial slurs?   Do you think her career can make a comeback?

Food Network Fires Paula Deen

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From what I understand her exit is due to her admission that she used a racial slur at some time in her history, which it has been argued is not that shocking given her generation and locale. I also understand that there is an ongoing discrimination case against her. I don't know enough about either to comment. However I am more than ready to see her exit the Food Network line up. Her early shows were watchable, but lately I grew tired of her cackle every time she thought she said something funny, and her food is just so unhealthy. I'm all for being indulgent now and then but healthy options were rare features in her menus. That's just not what I enjoy cooking.

I heard some audio of her talking about a black friend of hers today, and it was cringe-worthy.

I am glad she apologized.

I never saw her show. I have heard that her food is very unhealthy though, and there was the news that she had a bad heart and/or diabetes, which caused a stir in the media...people were like "what do you expect with that food!". 

With all the yummy healthy food out there, it's a shame that they give people who cook unhealthy food a show of their own. I feel the same way about other chefs like Emerill. I couldn't find anything that wasn't in a rich sauce and/or fried on the menu at his restaurant in Universal. 

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I'm surprised, considering our southern geographic, not to hear more praise for Paula Deen's cooking type.   I'm certainly - many generations back- southern so I definitely find appeal in her recipes.  Her type of cooking is, afterall, what I was raised on.

And I enjoyed her show, it felt home-y and fun, so I will miss it.  

In my opinion that type of eating has no bearing on eating smart, for sure, I'm agreeing with those that posted their thoughts.  My sister and I had no concept of the two of us finishing off a gallon of sweet tea daily as a problem in our teen years.  I was at an ideal weight as a teen, but my goodness, I could have been supper skinny if someone would have thrown some healthy consumption education my way.    

Back to Paula, I definitely see her scrambling to save her career, and it seems desperate and almost sad but all in the name of a sensitive topic.     

If she did make the comments she did, even it is was in a joking manner, it is shameful, and she should have known better.  

What Fallsmama said.

I'm sad for Paula, and I love some of her foods on occasion (rare occasion, LOL), but I hadn't watched her show in ages.

Fallsmama said:

From what I understand her exit is due to her admission that she used a racial slur at some time in her history, which it has been argued is not that shocking given her generation and locale. I also understand that there is an ongoing discrimination case against her. I don't know enough about either to comment. However I am more than ready to see her exit the Food Network line up. Her early shows were watchable, but lately I grew tired of her cackle every time she thought she said something funny, and her food is just so unhealthy. I'm all for being indulgent now and then but healthy options were rare features in her menus. That's just not what I enjoy cooking.

Paula makes her first public appearance on the Today Show this morning.  Among many other things she said she wouldn't have fired herself in the same position.   Do you think the Food Network was hasty in their dealings with Ms. Deen?

You can read more on the interview at this link, Paula Deen: I would not have fired me

I think Paula found herself in a bit of a PR nightmare when it was discovered she'd been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after years of promoting foods that could contribute to that condition in people.  Some folks thought her failure to disclose that diagnosis for two years while continuing to promote the same eating style was a moral lapse.

Personally, I was iffy with it but ultimately her health is not something I think she's required to disclose, even as a public figure.  I didn't like what she did, but I didn't feel angry about it.  That little contretemps blew over, Food Network ended up backing Ms. Dean, and all was once again marvelous in Paula-Land.

Unfortunately, this latest fiasco has proven too much for Food Network to bear, especially in light of the diabetes debacle.  I think they were well within their rights to not renew her contract, and I believe at this point they made the right call.

Not a fan of hers, her cooking nothing.
Just an outsider looking in...
I can not believe she was fired over this???!!!!
I honestly can not name a single soul I have ever met that has not at one time used some kind of racial slur (joking or otherwise). In high school, I was on a dance team with 10 girls of color, and then there was me, a little white girl. My nickname? Oreo- the "cream in the middle".
I have some of the best friends of all makes and models, religions, etc. and I am thankful for the diversity!

I know! I was thinking the same thing. All these newscasters asking her if she ever used the N word, etc. Come on now, you mean to tell me they never told a racist joke or uttered a racist term??

I grew up in suburban NY, and my friends and I who were raised by European immigrants in blue collar neighborhoods heard racist terms thrown around all the time when we were growing up. As time went on, and people started to branch out of the small neighborhoods and get college educations, the racist terms went away mostly...or at least they stayed confined to a few ignorant types. I think it is so scary and sad that people who still use racist slurs are actually able to find other like-minded people to hang out with...or worse yet...procreate with.

Back to Paula...I think she handled it all wrong. MAYBE if she would have just apologized and moved on, it would be fine....but she just keeps talking, and everything she says just makes her sound like more of a racist. She tried to turn it around and use the old "well, THEY say the N word all the time!" and "Well, when I said it, it was OK because I was a crime victim, so since he was a bad guy, it was OK".  Then the crocodile tears and the "throw a rock at my head and kill me" and "This is my black friend....he's as black as that board. Stand up...we can't see you against that board!". There were apparently some discrimination cases against her already before this whole thing blew up.  I have to assume her handlers are just as ignorant about race as she is...or they would have NEVER let her open her mouth about anything but cooking.


Stacey S. Way said:

Not a fan of hers, her cooking nothing.
Just an outsider looking in...
I can not believe she was fired over this???!!!!
I honestly can not name a single soul I have ever met that has not at one time used some kind of racial slur (joking or otherwise). In high school, I was on a dance team with 10 girls of color, and then there was me, a little white girl. My nickname? Oreo- the "cream in the middle".
I have some of the best friends of all makes and models, religions, etc. and I am thankful for the diversity!

More Partners Bailing on Paula

Okay, I have to say, I'm starting to feel sorry for Paula at this point.  She certainly had to have had a realm of job security and financial confidence floating about her life.  I hope that what she has is paid for, because if she was relying on future income, she could be in trouble.   

The fact that she could have lied under oath, not telling the truth, that's where I think this story takes a scary turn.  What does this show the world?   Telling the truth can make you lose it all.   

I'm not accusing any of us that we use racial slurs, but about anything in life, we all stick our foot in our mouth from time to time, regret things that we sometimes say.

I'm disappointed that these sponsors are pulling out on Ms. Deen, is there such a thing as loyalty anymore?  They could have seen her bravery for being honest and her apologies versus what she said.   If Ms. Deen was truly the type of person to use discrimination, then the company should have known, done their own research, and fired her for lack of character before, not now.   So either it means Food Network doesn't research the personalities they promote or they did and there wasn't nothing to be found.  

Love her food or not, her story of being a single mom and building an empire is inspirational no matter how you cut it.  

And back to her food, yes, not healthy, but oh, my! so much of her recipes are amazing, she is famous for a valid reason. 

My issue isn't what she said -- she's a southern woman of "a certain age" and it's almost a given that word has crossed her lips.  It's not right, but it's par for the course and as she said it's been ages since she used the term.

The problem is in how she's handled it.  Her televised apologies have been of more the "oh poor me I'm so misunderstood, just throw a rock at my head" variant than "I am so incredibly sorry.  I could talk about my age and how I was brought up or that all this was in the distant past, but you know what?  That doesn't cut it.  I was raised to be a lady; a lady makes her apologies when she's wrong.  And I was wrong".  That might have helped, but it's not how she handled it. 

And that, combined with the not-so-distant-past dust-up with her hiding her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis until she had a lucrative endorsement deal has made her less-than-appealing as a product spokesperson.

Rather than just a woman who'd like to keep her health private, thanks (who could blame her?) or a woman who messed up language-wise in the distant past (who among us hasn't screwed up?) and may have overlooked an inappropriate joke or four, she's now perceived as a racist liar.

Is that characterization fair?  No, not at all.  But it's all about public perception; at this point with the way she has responded to the allegations that she's a racist, she's just about made her own bed :(

Yea, she should have just apologized! I had no idea she kept inserting her foot deeper. wow

Jmarr said:

I know! I was thinking the same thing. All these newscasters asking her if she ever used the N word, etc. Come on now, you mean to tell me they never told a racist joke or uttered a racist term??

I grew up in suburban NY, and my friends and I who were raised by European immigrants in blue collar neighborhoods heard racist terms thrown around all the time when we were growing up. As time went on, and people started to branch out of the small neighborhoods and get college educations, the racist terms went away mostly...or at least they stayed confined to a few ignorant types. I think it is so scary and sad that people who still use racist slurs are actually able to find other like-minded people to hang out with...or worse yet...procreate with.

Back to Paula...I think she handled it all wrong. MAYBE if she would have just apologized and moved on, it would be fine....but she just keeps talking, and everything she says just makes her sound like more of a racist. She tried to turn it around and use the old "well, THEY say the N word all the time!" and "Well, when I said it, it was OK because I was a crime victim, so since he was a bad guy, it was OK".  Then the crocodile tears and the "throw a rock at my head and kill me" and "This is my black friend....he's as black as that board. Stand up...we can't see you against that board!". There were apparently some discrimination cases against her already before this whole thing blew up.  I have to assume her handlers are just as ignorant about race as she is...or they would have NEVER let her open her mouth about anything but cooking.


Stacey S. Way said:

Not a fan of hers, her cooking nothing.
Just an outsider looking in...
I can not believe she was fired over this???!!!!
I honestly can not name a single soul I have ever met that has not at one time used some kind of racial slur (joking or otherwise). In high school, I was on a dance team with 10 girls of color, and then there was me, a little white girl. My nickname? Oreo- the "cream in the middle".
I have some of the best friends of all makes and models, religions, etc. and I am thankful for the diversity!

What do you all think?  Are you ready for a Paula comeback?

Paula Deen says she's 'back in the saddle'

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