Paula Deen: Racist Accusations Bring Shocking Admissions

    June 19, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Paula Deen–who has built an empire out of Southern cooking, charm, and butter–is involved in a lawsuit by one of her former employees, and now the 66-year old is facing backlash after portions of her deposition were leaked.

Deen is accused by Lisa Jackson–who used to work at Paula’s Oyster House in Georgia–of using the “N” word more than once and says Paula’s brother, Bubba, sexually harassed her. Deen admits to using the racial slur, but never towards Jackson.

According to TMZ, one portion of the depo reads:

Lawyer: Have you ever used the N-word yourself?
Paula: Yes, of course.

Lawyer: Okay. In what context?
Paula: Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head.

Sidenote — Paula was held up at gunpoint during a bank robbery in 1986.

Lawyer: Okay. And what did you say?
Paula: Well, I don’t remember, but the gun was dancing all around my temple … I didn’t — I didn’t feel real favorable towards him.

Lawyer: Okay. Well, did you use the N-word to him as he pointed a gun in your head at your face?
Paula: Absolutely not.

Lawyer: Well, then, when did you use it?
Paula: Probably in telling my husband.

Lawyer: Okay. Have you used it since then?
Paula: I’m sure I have, but it’s been a very long time.

Lawyer: Can you remember the context in which you have used the N-word?
Paula: No.

Lawyer: Has it occurred with sufficient frequency that you cannot recall all of the various context in which you’ve used it?
Paula: No, no.

Lawyer: Well, then tell me the other context in which you’ve used the N-word?
Paula: I don’t know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me.

Lawyer: Like a joke?
Paula: No, probably a conversation between blacks. I don’t — I don’t know. But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.

So far, Deen has not commented publicly, but this could be a huge blow to her brand, her rep, and her career.

  • ronald david henderson

    One thing i have learned is that times don’t change, but, People change over time (or so one would think).We,as humans do(mostly). we are also predisposed to speaking our minds. We usually say exactly whats on our minds at the time we say it. I wouldn’t go so far as to label ms. Deen a racist,but perhaps this incident will make her more sensitive to others feelings. no matter how mad we get we should still be mindful of what we say to, and about, others.

  • Name

    Blacks use the N-Word constantly. Think I am joking? Just go and spend time with a group of blacks and start counting how often it is used. I assure you that it won’t take very long before you start hearing it.

    It is very hypocritical that when a white person uses the word, there is a huge uproar, but if a black person uses it, there isn’t a problem. Some blacks like to say that the black culture is reclaiming the word. This is a bunch of nonsense. Whenever I hear a black say it to another black, it isn’t said in a “positive” manner.

    At the end of the day, the word is a stupid one. Anyone that uses it looks like a complete jerk and probably is a complete jerk. Black and white alike.

    We should all stop using the word.

    • Markie

      “Name” I’m sorry that the only exposure to black people that you have had, use the N word. But there are others that don’t use the word at all. In fact they don’t use any racial slurs. I was raised by my white mother who taught me to never use racial slurs. Racial slurs and cussing just show your ignorance and limited vocabulary. There are blacks that use the N word, but I think it only seems unfair to nonblacks who want to use the word. It’s kind of like you can talk about your family but your friend can’t. Some things are just the way they are. You don’t have to like it, but you should respect it.

      • Name

        Oh, no that wasn’t my only exposure to black culture. Didn’t mean to imply that it was. I have plenty of black friends who never use the word. I am just saying some blacks do and like it or not, those that do use it effect how other races perceive the use of the word.

        Simply put, why should any other race care about the word when a part of the black culture uses it so often? Shouldn’t it be iradicated within the black culture before you expect it to be iradicated in other cultures? After all, in any context, the word is moronic and really there is no good use for it.

        It is kind of like me telling everyone to go on diets while I am stuffing my face with doughnuts. Who would listen to me? No one.

        I am a realist. I believe in talking honestly about subjects because without honesty, nothing ever gets solved. I just think there is a lot of hypocrisy with this. I have seen white or mexican people get beat up for using the word once, however, when a black uses it nothing happens.

        At the end of the day, not trying to offend anyone.

  • Carla

    Please I’m sure that these very same people have used slurs for white people and people of other colors have names for whites as well. Big deal. The only time its racist is when a white person uses one! People need to put on their big boy & big girl pants get over it!

  • Joanna

    @Name….what type of “blacks” are you hanging around? People in my family NEVER use that damn word, and they’re all very ‘country’. Is it hypocritical? I don’t really know.

    Many females I know (of ALL races) call each other the b-word, skank, skeez, slut, ho, trapm, etc., in joking and jest, and even affectionately. It wouldn’t be acceptable for a MAN to walk up to one of them and say “hey bitch, why haven’t you called me this weekend??” Certainly not the same as one girl saying to another “oh my god, you lucky bitch! I love your new shoes!!” Same with gay friends who call each other names that are deemed insensitive by heteros, but it is acceptable amongst their own group. Plenty of groups do that sort of thing, it isn’t unusual in the slightest.

    “Go spend time with a group of blacks” eh? You act as if every single solitary group of black people on the planet uses that word in normal conversation. Oh yeah, and we bleed green blood too. Psst, pass it on… *eyeroll*

    • Name

      Thanks for proving my point.

      Yes, I said go spend time with a group of blacks and just observe. Spend months and years in the culture. The word is used commonly in the black community. I just think it is hypocritical for black people to go crazy when a white person uses the word but they themselves use it all the time.

      Be honest. You have never heard other blacks calling themselves that?

    • Name

      By the way, not trying to be offense.

      Just honest about the situation.

      Nothing ever gets solved when people aren’t honest about a situation.

      • common sense

        Just because something is done amongst a group of people doesn’t mean that people outside that group should start doing it. Some things an outside person will never understand fully and to try to normalize like a child (they’re doing it, why can’t I?) is foolishness.

  • Aisha

    If you think that ALL black culture uses that word then you yourself are a N**R. If you think that the small portion of black America represents the entire black race, then you yourself are a N**R. Where I am from, you hardly ever hear it, you won’t hear it in Africa and WHEN I have used it, I’ve used it in the context that it it, you’re an ignorant MF, no matter what color you are!

    • Name

      Apparently, you do use the word. You used to twice in your comment. If the word is so offensive, don’t use it ever – in any context or any situation. It is just my advice because when you use the word, you are condoning the use of it by your very actions.

      For example, how often do you hear white people use the word “cracker?” You don’t. It is because white people realize to use it in any context would be moronic.

      I agree, Black Africans are totally different than Black Americans. Blacks throughout the world are very different than Black Americans.

    • madihwa

      Exactly! I know people from all levels of the black community and it’s only people from the very lowest levels that use this word! Some of them also use it very hatefully towards their own children. One never hears black people who are educated using this word. Never!

  • RB

    It’s been my observation that the word is falling out of favor even within the black community. Of course this may have something to do with the fact that a few years ago, I moved from the South to the Pacific Northwest, and the attitudes seem to be far less racist and/or sexist up here. Anyway, I remember the flap not long ago with Dog the Bounty Hunter also on the carpet for using that word, and I remember hearing talk among blacks that they shouldn’t be using it either, to avoid sending the message that it’s OK.

  • TOTO

    I’ll quit saying the word nigglet when the nigglets themselves quit saying it.

  • ransome slayton

    We should all continue to hate Black ppl bcuz they continue to ignor their self worth and chase after the whiteman dream and continue to hate themselves …as long as they keep shooting them basketballs ..and catching them footballs and attracting all the other races ladies and sticking ten feet of penis in them and being nicely dressed monkeys we will always have someone to look down upon from our cross bruning nigga lynching social system..