Is Paula Deen A Racist?

Is Paula Deen a raging racist or just a nice lady who likes ham? Her lawyer says a sexual harassment suit alleging racism is total bunk. Here's why.

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It's not shaping up to be a great year for Paula Deen. First there was the whole diabetes fiasco, and now she is being sued for sexual harassment and accused of being absurdly racist. An odd accusation to make of someone who is pretty much BFFs with Oprah, right?

Deen's lawyers sure think so. They say that Lisa Jackson, a former manager at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House owned by Deen and her brother, "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court."

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"She has made baseless, inflammatory allegations, threatening to go to the press and ruin Paula Deen's reputation and the reputation of her businesses unless we paid her a large sum of money."

"We refused to bow to that kind of pressure and refused to pay money to address false claims."

The legal team is basically saying Jackson tried to extort Deen and now is going to the press in an attempt to wrangle a hefty settlement, most likely in an attempt to ease her own hefty financial woes. According to RadarOnline, Jackson owes almost $64,000 in back taxes from 2001 to 2005.

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According to her suit, Jackson claims that Deen's brother said "they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n***er-rig it."

Jackson also alleges that when planning her wedding, Deen told her, "Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that."

Paula Deen was just featured on an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter in which she welcomed the media icon and Gayle King into her home for the weekend, throwing a lovely slumber party and brunch. Oprah and Gayle are both black, in case you live under a rock, and Oprah and Deen are longtime friends. Not to use the "some of my best friends are black" excuse, but a person with the alleged level of racism in the suit wouldn't actually have any black friends, would they?

Tell us: Do you believe that Paula Deen is a racist?

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JAY June 27, 2013 | 7:04 AM

REPLY TO Constant: In the latest point-counterpoint of the discrimination lawsuit filed against celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother, Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers, Hiers’ lawyer argues the woman who filed the suit has no right to even file the action. In a motion filed in federal court after court hours Friday, attorney Tom Withers says Lisa Jackson has stubbornly pursued race-based claims she knows are false in an effort at “personal destruction” of the defendants. Withers’ motion argues that Jackson, who’s a white woman, “lacks standing to pursue race-based claims of discrimination.” Jackson and her attorneys “know that certain essential allegations in her race-based claims are demonstrably false and have no support in the law, yet they have pursued those claims in a stubborn effort at the personal destruction of defendants through this litigation,” Withers argued.

Constant June 26, 2013 | 11:20 PM

To this guy "Jay", can you read, or comprehend the woman that is suing Paula Deen is a white woman you either can't grasp the events of this issue or you are as ignorant as Ms. Deen.

Tony June 26, 2013 | 11:10 PM

Like I heard the other day, "I say the N word, just not around black people." But, blame the fall out on Deen, like any other celebrity whom gets sued, they settle the lawsuit before the story gets out. Bet she wished she settled the lawsuit now.

Blair Madsen June 26, 2013 | 7:43 PM

This country is and has always been a Christian based county. We have all this talk about using the N word. I agree that is disrespectful to use that reference. But what about how disrespectful our scocity has be become towards God our creator. We have been taught to not take the Lord God's name is vain, yet everyday on TV, at work, on the playground out of the months of babes we here the name of God taken in vain. But we as a nation allow people to talk that way about He who created all things. Where is our priorities. Should we call a white man a cracker or call a black man the N word No but who are we to hold them higher in importance then God himself. My point is all of these corporations that are ready to cast stones at Paula Deen need to step back and do a self assessment of themselves and those who work for them and they will discover that they are not as Lilly white as they would like to think. It is time that we stand up for what is right and not allow others who have hidden agendas to destroy peoples lives just for media attention and monetary gain. Paul Deen, may God bless you and your family during these unfortunate times.

Deb June 26, 2013 | 1:19 PM

I don't think there's a person alive who is a "paragon of virtue"! Leave this poor old southern woman alone! Someone is out to USE her & the public for personal gain! She never said she was Saint Theresa! She's famous for her personality, & cooking! Get over it!!!

Debbie W June 26, 2013 | 1:03 PM

I believe we all have racism in us. Baby Boomer generation the "n" word was used often. The blacks called each other "------". To publicly ruin a woman is disgraceful, the media ------ are good at that. I don't believe it is wrong to be racist, it is what you do with it that counts.

Shane June 25, 2013 | 10:33 AM

The only thing anybody knows is that she has admitted to having used that word sometime during her 70 years on earth. Anybody who claims to have NEVER said that word under any circumstance or frame of reference is a LIAR. All this other stuff is nothing but allegations. I find it disturbing that so many are taking delight in her downfall. Personally, I find that every bit as appalling as the use of the "N" and more so if the word was spoken 50 years ago. If everybody who has EVER said that word were to get fired, we'd have 99.9% unemployment.

JAY June 25, 2013 | 9:57 AM

Funny how Blacks can use the **N** word so fluently and the Radio + TV + Internet all airs the music ? the black comedians use it ? Black rappers get music awards for filth that comes out of their mouths like a sewer . But liberal news media has no problem with it ? But if a prominent Business woman is caught using the **N** word (( MOTHER OF GOD )) it is grounds for ever so swift character assassination. The party in the law suite is in debt , needs money AND because she is black she is assumed correct ! just as was the girl in the lacrosse rape case and we all know how that turned out ! cost the coach his job cost the school the lacrosse team , cost the parents collectively millions ! Al Sharpton showed up and he new the facts ! : ) cost Crystal Gail Mangum nothing $$ for the effort ! she has since murdered her boyfriend and is in prison ! Media did not give the murder a fraction of coverage they gave the rape of a black girl by a team of lacrosse players ! BUT THEN AGAIN THAT IS THE LIBERAL NEWS MEDIA ! ME: I WILL NEVER WATCH THE FOOD NETWORK AGAIN !

TALLMAN June 25, 2013 | 9:06 AM

The problem is with a race of people that are unhappy with themselves. Anytime a word has become totaly associated with them, they want a new name. Cajuns were called ---- ----- to be hurtful. When the cajuns learned they were being called that, they got bumper stickers and t-shrits with ---- --- on it. The difference is they are proud of who they are. They do not care what word identifies them. Only that you know they are cajun. Half of the black women can't get a husband and all black men want a white wife. We do have free speech anymore. The government refuses to release the crime stats because it makes a case for segregation. Any black person disagreeing with me start off by stating the black on white crime stats, or remain silent. White on black rapes, less than 1%. Black commit 8 times the violent crimes compared to white. Social and economical conditions do not apply.

jackie branch June 24, 2013 | 5:36 PM

Typical---a low life in debt to her eyballs, looking for money. Bribery is the crime. 1st amendment is free speech. We can call anyone anything we darn well please. Like it or not. I am getting more racist every day. I am sick of all the crying, big mouth blacks in the government who are more racists than any whites I know and will steel you blind. I am sick also of all the whites that give them the time of day. Paula has not had her day in court, but all these companies have run for the hills. Disgraceful. How about the Duke LaCross accuser who did awful damage to the boys and she turned out to be a black bigot who was looking for money. LIARS them all. No integrity or morals.

Joy30 June 24, 2013 | 3:21 PM

Paula Deen has always felt this way about Black people, she would not have talked this way, in front of people that she thought would never expose her real feelings, she did not think this lady would expose how she really talks behind Black peoples backs.

terry salsbury June 24, 2013 | 6:35 AM

I don't believe Paula did anything wrong , is there not still freedom of speech in this country, are we to be afraid to talk in fear we might lose our jobs, or worse.....I sometime don't feel like we live in America anymore what is this country coming to, makes me not proud to be American if this is what it is coming to......

Equalizer June 22, 2013 | 7:44 PM

Give a ------ half a chance and they will act like one. This so called accuser is married to a black man...how repulsive.

Bella Rose June 21, 2013 | 11:10 PM

Racism, slavery, oppression, using the "N" word, was not just a sign of the times and what everyone did in the south. Those things were wrong then and they are still wrong. People still a conscious back then, they knew it was wrong. There were white people who grew up in those times that didn't use the word and taught their kids not to use the word, because they knew calling a black person that word came from a place of hatred. So no Paula Deen every white person didn't use the word back then.

Cheryl Hayward June 21, 2013 | 8:59 PM

When i have heard the word n...rigit I do not get a picture of a black person fixing something. I picture fixing something with as little money possible to get by. Not right but at least working. I have a best friend who is black and Hispanic, she has made me aware of things have said with out thinking our parents and their parents said things we have in our vocabulary but not in our hearts. Forgiveness is divine.

Kim Allen June 21, 2013 | 5:41 PM

I find this to be another person looking for a quick fix. Really, I can not log into my facebook daily without jokes about our president futher more on late night TV so are you going to sue all these people.. Good greif... Leave her alone..

Donna March 07, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Just because you have black friends, or if you are black and have white friends doesn't mean you are racist. People can pretend. I've seen this on both sides. I would'nt put it pass Paula being racist.

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