Last Wednesday it was revealed that, celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted in a recorded deposition last month to telling racist jokes, using the N-word, and wanting a slavery-themed wedding for her brother. The shocking admissions were part of a $1.2 million lawsuit by Lisa Jackson, the former manager of a Savannah, Georgia, restaurant run by Mrs. Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers. Mrs. Jackson alleges in the suit, that Deen used the N-word at the restaurant on more than one occasion and that her brother sexually harassed her. Question- Is Paula Deen wrong for wanting to host a Civil War-era wedding party with only black waiters? Is this whole thing being blown out of proportion? Do you think Paula Deen is a racist? Or do you think she made a mistake and people are being too sensitive?
It’s clear that racism is being less and less tolerated here in the America. Speaking of which being fired by the Food Network is just the beginning of Paula Deen’s problems. Now, it’s being reported that QVC is also getting ready to drop the southern chef, following new allegations that Paula allowed a relative to address a black staff member as “my little monkey.” Accroding to reports, Robert Patillo, an attorney of one former employee suing Paula, alleges that the chef’s workers told him that white staff are paid more and promoted quicker than black workers. Ironically, this was investigated and results “found evidence of systemic racial discrimination and harassment” by Paula and that a family member consistently referred to a black cook as “my little monkey.” That same investigation also turned up the fact that Paula “preferred white and light-skinned blacks to work with customers.” Darker-skinned black people were allegedly ordered to “back-of-the-house operations.”
Even before Friday’s announcement, several big Food Network advertisers had already begun backing away from the southern belle. A rep for Home Depot have asked the Food Network to ensure (their) ads do not run alongside her show. “
“QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.” So you’ll know, the network currently features Paula Deen’s Kitchen, which sells the star’s collection of cookbooks, bakeware, cookware and kitchen tools. General Motors said that the company “has a strong commitment to diversity and no tolerance for racism” and would continue to monitor the situation. While a rep for Home Depot have also issued similar statements, adding “we have asked the Food Network to ensure our ads do not run alongside her show.” On top of that, a rep said Unilever said, “Unilever is pulling advertising from Paula Deen’s show but not from the Food Network.”
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