“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War … It was not only black men, it was black women … I would say they were slaves.”
– Holy fucking hell Paula Deen. The Food TV personality admitted that she’d hired black cater waiters to simulate pre-Civil War-era slaves for a colonial-themed wedding. The statement was made during her deposition in regards to a lawsuit in which former black employees of her Savannah, Georgia, restaurant claimed Deen and her brother Bubba forced them to use separate bathrooms and repeatedly used the N-word.
According to Lisa Jackson, who worked as a general manager at the Savannah outpost, Deen was prone to making offensive comments about black people. In her deposition, Jackson said that Deen once told her,”Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*****s 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.”
What in the what fucking what? How in the world does Paula Deen live with her butter-infused self? And if that’s not enough, how about this gem, also culled from her deposition. When asked about the off-color jokes she made around staff, she responded: “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes … most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks … I can’t determine what offends another person.” Yes, Paula Deen, it’s pretty much a well-established fact that using the N-word and employing black waiters to pretend to be slaves is offensive. And that’s putting it mildly.
Is Paula Deen so far removed from reality, and so unaware of the social and historical implications of her actions? How is this happening? [Radar Online]