“What did you say?”
“Well, I don’t remember, but the gun was dancing all around my temple. I didn’t feel favorable towards him.”
Deen said she used the word when retelling the story to her husband. She said she’s used the word since then,
“but it’s been a very long time.”
But in the deposition in a harassment lawsuit involving her brother, allegations were raised that the word frequently flies in the restaurant’s kitchen. In her deposition, Deen defended an episode from 2007 when she imagined a plantation-style wedding reception with an all-black wait staff.
On Friday, Deen made several apologies, including one that explained that she “was born 60 years ago when America’s South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants, and Americans rode different parts of the bus. This is not today.”
And...................her point is?!
In a later video clip, she went farther:
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this … inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”
The statements weren’t enough to appease the Food Network, which said Friday it will not renew its contract with Deen. The swift condemnation may hurt her long-time restaurant businesses, too, although many Americans have also rallied in her defense.
Had her slurs been in reference to the "gay community" I am sure that far fewer Americans would defend her.
But what really irked a lot of Americans about Deen’s comments is a long-held suspicion about Southern culture and its food, that it’s all honey and biscuits on top, but ultimately debilitating and unhealthy below the crust. That may not be the whole truth, but to say it’s not part of the truth would be disingenuous, especially given the controversy cooked up by arguably the South’s greatest culinary ambassador.
Paula Deen has made a fortune pedaling Southern culture and in doing so, she had an obligation to that culture. Instead she singlehandedly affirmed people’s worst suspicions of people who talk and eat like her. At least musicians who have gone on to find fortune and fame utilizing "black music", and African-American culture, have the decency to pay hommage, give credit to, and even honor those who have inspired them. In not doing so, Deen has made it that much harder to believe that the most notorious part of the Southern narrative is ancient history rather than present day.