The Racist Paula Deen Deposition Transcript -- And the Backlash It Caused on Twitter

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Last month, Southern chef and butter queen Paula Deen gave a videotaped deposition to a lawyer representing a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. The former employee, Lisa Jackson, is suing Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, who own the restaurant for alleged sexual harassment, racism, and sexism.

As reported first by the National Enquirer, the transcript of the deposition (filed Monday in U.S. District Court) contains quite a few unflattering quotes from Deen, including that "Yes, of course" she's used the N-word.

To put it lightly, people weren't so amused, taking almost immediately to Twitter and hijacking the hashtag #PaulasBestDishes (the name of her show on the Food Network) to mock the TV host.

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You can read the entire transcript below. In it, Deen is asked: "Have you ever used the N-word yourself?" to which she responds, "Yes, of course." She goes on to try to explain that it's probably "been a very long time" since she last used it, though, the last time being in relation to when she was held at gunpoint by a black robber.

Deen also addressed the allegation by Jackson that she wanted to have a "very Southern-style wedding" for her brother, where all the servers were "middle-aged black men." Deen said she got the idea from a restaurant she and her husband visited in the South.

From the transcript:
Well, it -- to me, of course I'm old, but I ain't that old. I didn't live back in those days, but I've seen the pictures, and the pictures that I've seen, that restaurant represented a certain era in America."
Okay.
And I was in the South when I went to this restaurant. It was located in the South.
Okay. What era in America are you referring to?
Well, I don't know. After the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War.
Right. Back in an era where there were middle-aged black men waiting on white people.
Well, it was not only black men; it was black women.
Sure. And before the Civil War -- before the Civil War, those black men and women who were waiting on white people were slaves, right?
Yes, I would say that they were slaves.



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jenna_rossity
jenna_rossity

Paula Deen's apologies are simply motivated by fear, not remorse. It would have been better received if it was genuine remorse, people recognize that. What should she fear you wonder? Public humiliation is not her fear. Loss of stature and admiration among her many fans is where her real fear lies because without her loyal fans, she has nothing. No more book writing, no more television shows for her or her two sons, no more retailing her cookware, and the end of the construction of a mighty empire. There my friends, is where Paula Deen's heartfelt 'mia culpa' is coming from.

Chgo1945
Chgo1945

In as much as no one can use the "N" word any longer I have decided it is also politically i_correct to hear or see the word. For me the word no lo_ger exists and I have deleted it from all dictio_aries. Further, I will _ever admit to having ever used the word i_ the past as that would be politically incorrect as well, even when asked to use or hear it in a depositio_. This applies to a_y use of the word "_" a_d also a_y use of the word _iger or _igger.

But I think it is important to discuss race and also the complete failure of our black society. It continues to rely on entitlements and affirmative action as a group with many notable exceptions.

bgray59
bgray59

A former WHITE employ has sued Mz Dean on racial grounds.  Several civil rights attorneys has stated on the news show that the former employ does not have standing under the section of the law she has sued under.

Any person of Mz's Deans age and background from the south and most of the country will have used the N word during their life.  They will have used it in school if only to have recited portions of Mark Twain's classic book Huck Finn.  For Attorney's to ask that question is a set up and designed to evoke and irrational response from a jury and the media.

One should look at Mz Deans actual practices.  They should look at the people whom she has hired, mentored, and promoted in the operation of her enterprises.  They should look at the metamorphosis which has taken place in the Carolina's over the last  50 years.  She has moved from a culture which did not allow blacks to use the bathrooms to a culture which is fully incorporating all ethnic groups into society.  We are still not perfect but we have made great strides.

Mz Dean should not be pillared for her life's journey no more than someone should be attacked for the color of their skin, religion or national origin.

debnewt1
debnewt1

@jenna_rossity I agree with you 100% she tried to suck up so she could save her MILLIONS, but it's to little to late and it's not heart felt.

CHChiCT
CHChiCT

@Chgo1945 "... complete failure of our black society..."  Complete?  Really?  All African Americans "rely upon entitlement and affirmative action" ...?   If you believe that, you are a fool.  If you truly wish to have a productive discussion about race, you need to start by understanding the error inherent in your own prejudgment. 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@bgray59 

First, the fact the employee is white has nothing to do with this case, no matter how much YOU are trying to make it about race from that perspective. So what if the employee is white, are you trying to say that whites cannot be discriminated against or face racial challenges?

For the record, the case involves not Dean as she was 10, 20, 30 or even 50 years ago. The case deals with a currently open and operating restaurant in Savannah that she owns and is run by her cousin. That cousin was the one making racial jokes and slurs in the restaurant to the employees, the employee heard them and was offended by them as any HUMAN BEING SHOULD BE, whether that human being is white, black, yellow or pink purple polka dot.

Ms Dean is the owner of that establishment therefore her actions, past and present are relevant and she is responsible as an owner. It's HER restaurant, she should have set policies to not allow racism in HER restaurant and should have made sure they were followed, that's the job of an owner.

That lack of inaction in running HER restaurant is a current action and that is what she is being pillared for, not her lifes journey.

bgray59
bgray59

@Flyer9753 @bgray59 Whites cannot file suit under chapter 7.  That is the fact.  The rest is bull.

The plaintiff must fill under the proper statute.  Had this been other than a publicity stunt it would have been filed properly and the case would never have been picked up nationally.

bgray59
bgray59

@Flyer9753 @bgray59 Bill Clinton was not just a politician.  He was Commander In Chief of the US Military.  As such he sets the standard which all service personnel are required to live by.

He approved disciplinary action for certain military cases which involved sexual harassment.  Yet he was guilty of the same thing.  Unfortunately, the Senate Democrats chose not to punish him in the trial.

bgray59
bgray59

@Flyer9753 @bgray59 The plaintiffs allegation's  mostly involve sexual harassment, Her son attempted to kiss her twice, asked her out repeatedly, watched porn in the plaintiffs presence.  The racial overtones make up only about 10% of the entire action that is the use of the N word.  Most of that usage was done by fellow employs who are black.  As I have stated before, This case is one of sexual harassment, and a hostile atmosphere.  I also understand that the plaintiff did not bring her concerns to Mz Dean and she was unaware of the problem until the claim was filed. As I understand the management situation Mz Dean is not involved in the day to day operations of the Restaurant.  It is therefore probable that she was not aware of the problem and did not have personal knowledge of the situation.

In the cases that I have been involved in, an employ leaves a company and when they cannot find other employment they file a "greenmail suit" hoping that the company will settle rather than fight the allegations.

One black female engineer left my company for a position which required a Security Clearance with special access.  She failed the security vetting and was without a job.  

She then filed a discrimination complaint based on race.  Management was extremely upset an were preparing a rather bitter rebuttal to the allegations.  I drafted an alternate rebuttal using documentary evidence which disproved her claim.  In the explosive's industry there is a lot of documentation.  

Based on this response the Administrative Law Judge dismissed the case with prejudice at the first hearing.

My point on Mz Dean's case is that she has all ready been convicted in the media, without the facts being fully heard.

In the Clinton case. I knew Clinton from his activities in Arkansas.  I had personal involvement in one of his wife's cases.  Even with this knowledge, I made no pronouncements of guilt or innocence until the House Impeached him. 

I would not have commented on the case except that the New Times piece was grossly one sided and made no attempt to present the defendant's side of the suite.


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@bgray59 @Flyer9753  

Interesting question, seeing as how they are entirely different situations and offenses.

I fail to see how is Ms Deen's situation of racial slurs and epitaphs is comparable to sexual harassment by a politician....

Whatever... for the record, yes, I was extremely critical and angry about that as well as several other things that Clinton did.

bgray59
bgray59

@Flyer9753 @bgray59 I am going to ask you a question.  

Where you as adamant about punishing Bill Clinton for his Sexual harassment of his female Military Aids.


The Harassment, which was reported in the Air Force Times, was so severe that every Officer and Senior NCO in the Military Liaison Office either offered their resignation or requested transfer from this prestigious and career enhancing assignment.

If you had a similar anger toward Clinton, then I will accept your critique of MZ Dean as reasoned and based on true moral grounds.  If you cannot raise the same amount of anger toward Clinton for his proven offenses against Service members in his Chain of Command. then I cannot accept your position on Mz Dean as valid.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@bgray59 @Flyer9753  

but I thought you weren't going to discuss this.... but since you obviously want to, now that you think you have something...

I am not an employee of New Times, therefore it is NOT the same, since in the Dean case, the manager of the restaurant in question is her EMPLOYEE and in a management position, therefore she IS responsible.

Good luck with your lawsuit, you will need it.

I await your reply saying you don't want to talk about it again, followed by your supposed revelation that makes you want to talk about it again.

'I don't want to talk about it... unless of course I find something that I think makes sense and shows I am right, then of course I want to talk about it... but don't want to hear you talk about it' - that's you and that's a typical troll response.

bgray59
bgray59

@Flyer9753 @bgray59 I find your picture sexist and vulgar.  So I can file sexual harrassment complaint against Phoenix New Times for allowing you to offend me.

That is the same logic you are using against Mz Dean.

bgray59
bgray59

@Flyer9753 @bgray59 You have to look under the title. Framkly it is not worth my time to discuss a subject with a close minded super person who refuses to consider that their preconceived politically correct notions are gospel.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@bgray59 @Flyer9753 

 BTW - Whites CAN file lawsuits under TITLE 7, which is probably what you meant, but the fact you cannot even get the basics correct doesn't leave me with much confidence on anything else you might have to say.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@bgray59 @Flyer9753  

really???? 

hmm... per google and several other research sources, Chapter 7 is bankruptcy law

Do you have a source that shows otherwise??? 

If so, post it.

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