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Carter Pardons Deen, Claims Celebri-Chef Was Just “Honest”

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Hit the brakes, America. Paula Deen has been pardoned by Jimmy Carter.

Deen has been put through the wringer since admitting to having used racial slurs in the past. But Carter, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president, said in a CNN interview that the disgraced Food Network icon had been perhaps “excessively honest in saying that she had in the past, 30 years ago, used this terrible word.”

Deen’s career has been in shambles the past two weeks after admitting in a legal deposition that she had used the “N” word in the past. Since that time, she’s been dropped by the Food Network, on which she had appeared since 2002. Other sponsors that have followed suit in severing ties with Deen include Wal-Mart, Sears, K-Mart, Walgreens, and Smithfield Foods.

Defending Deen, Carter noted that the slur was used “quite frequently” during the Jim Crow era in which Deen grew up (Deen was born in Albany, Ga. in 1947). Carter noted that he has “known Paula Deen quite well for a long period of time” and was quick to point out that Deen had sponsored social programs in Savannah that benefit, in Carter’s terms, “almost exclusively oppressed and poverty stricken black people.”

Carter has apparently conferred with Deen and advised her to get the beneficiaries of her charities to speak out on her behalf to “show she’s changed in her relationship with African-Americans.” Otherwise, Carter said that she should take some time to “let the dust settle and make apologies.”

While this has been nothing short of a disaster for Deen, it has had the effect of rallying her supporters. Not only have her fans lashed out at the Food Network, Deen’s books are selling particularly well. Her latest release, “Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Recipes All Lightened Up,” was the number one bestseller on Amazon this week.

Carter Pardons Deen, Claims Celebri-Chef Was Just “Honest”


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  • Sunny

    Poor ol’ Paula Deen!

    • Davidaw

      Forget her! I don’t feel sorry for her.

  • ESTELLA DAVIS

    PAULA, THEY DID THE SAME THING TO TIGER. THIS IS EQUALITY. MOST BLACKS TODAY FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT THE WORD, BLACK, THAT THEY FELT ABOUT THE N WORD YEARS AGO. THEY FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT THE WORD, BLACK THAT THEY DO THE N WORD. THIS IS JUST EQUALITY. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL AND PAULA AND TIGER MUST HAVE LOTS OF BUCKS TO CUSHION ALL THESE SPONSORS FALLS. THEN, TOO, PRIDE GOETH BEFORE A FALL THEY SAY. BUT, NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE N WORD. WHAT IS IT A NEWSPAPER, A NAPKIN, A NOTE? IT IS YOUR APPLE PIE AT WALMART, PAULA. FOR NINE DOLLARS, IT MUST BE THE APPLE PIE. JUST DO NOT USE THE DRIED APPLES, THEY ARE SO TOUGH, IS MY ADVICE.

  • john alexander

    Get over it,white people used to use it so did blacks,it was 30 years ago but black folks are still calling us “honkys,peckerwoods,crackers” when Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase did a spoof of unacceptable names in their back and forth,nobody castigated them nor have they beat Chris Rock for using it or any ‘rappers’ for denigrating their own race.If the sponsors keep dropping her,I’ll drop them,after all,fair’s fair.

  • jon potthoff

    Wal-Mart, Novo Nordisk, Smithfield, etc. – Get over it! Everybody stop being so damned PC about every frigging thing! Lighten up and have a little COMMON SENSE for a change. This woman is NOT evil. Any “sin” that she committed should be washed away by her mere act of asking forgiveness.
    Instead of dropping her, why don’t you companies stand up and have the backbone to support her after she begged for forgiveness?
    Unbelievable!!

  • Claude Dowden

    I think this the largest political correct pile of BS that I have ever witnessed. I dare anyone to find a person over the age of 50 in the South, white or black that will swear they have never used the so called N word. ,As far as the companies that have dropped her I would like to see the people of the South drop them and then let us see where their loyalities lie.

    • Paula

      It’s not just in the South Claude. And it’s not just whites.

  • Denise Lawrence

    Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me. Learned that one when I was little and to this day still believe in it. Maybe some of you execs should take and moment and think about that one. When all the dust settles from this mess you’ve made of her life she will rise again and I hope she has nothing to do with these little people that kicked her to the curb. God is with you Paula.

    A fan

  • salliebelle

    I heard the reason she even said the “N” word, (which I hate) She was a teller at a bank, a black robber held a gun to her head. Where is Al Sharpton and all his political friends in W.D.C. that hate the whites and the republicans. I am so sick of their disgusting big mouths. Someone should lay a big ass lawsuit on those big mouthed black congressman and you all know who they are. Thank God there are wonderful educated, classy, common sense blacks out there that offset these idiots, but it is getting so old. My God, if a white person said anything like the black politicians say about the whites there would be hell to pay.

  • Cammie

    it’s so sad that this country is full of hate. This is why education is so important. If we are to assume that we are all gods and that we have the authority to judge, then at least be educated enough to know that a person is a collection of all of her/his life, not just any certain time, certain year, certain hour, certain minute of her/his life. The hatred that these companies display toward Paula Deen shows how dense, unethical, short sighted, and worse, how uneducated the executives and their PR departments are. These companies are the true beasts we all have to be aware of. Their ugly lack of human integrity should be more than enough reasons why any decent person should stop buying or doing business with them. The Food Network is full of rotten smell and so are Walmart, Smithfield Ham, and Random House. I am disappointed that a publisher can be this uneducated.

  • davi taylor

    Really? Is America so sparkly, squeaky clean and perfect that an inappropriate word used ages ago is literally ruining Paula’s livelihood today? Let any person so perfect cast the first stone. . . . . . . Walmart, Walgreen’s, Sears, JC Penney, Food Network and her Publisher. This is a really bad film and somebody needs to shut it off and leave that poor woman alone.

  • http://mywebsearchhomepage carol

    Leave her alone guit playing GOD like your perfect and have never said anything that you wish you could change as for the stores the only reason for what they are doing is the mighty dollar not because they care

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