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PAULA DEEN READY TO EAT LAWSUIT AS SOON AS IT GETS NEAR HER MOUTH
March 7 2012
Atlanta, GA – Paul Deen’s success has been both surprising and not surprising at the same time. While much of what Deen offers – fatty foods, attitude, and down home southern charm – is really kind of antiquated that is really what makes her so appealing to so many people wanting to live a fantasy of what the South never really was but what they wanted it to be. That strange appeal has made Deen wealthy, very wealthy in fact but now her empire is under fire.
Only months after being diagnosed with diabetes, no doubt a result of the rich diet she has made her millions from, Deen is now at the centre of a lawsuit that has started to get very dirty indeed, and not the kind of dirty that many in the South still celebrate.
The suit, against both Deen and her brother Bubbe Hiers, alleges widespread sexual harassment and, now it appears, racism, even directed against the President, certainly not the kind of Southern charm present in most people’s fantasies. Now Deen has started to fight the suit and though she has not commented publicly, is reportedly very eager to fight the charges and accusations, even going so far as saying that she is willing to eat the lawsuit in public, so long as it is dipped in butter beforehand.
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers 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,” the lawsuit, filed by former restaurant employee Lisa Jackson, alleges Deen said to other employees.
Deen also made disparaging remarks about the President, who is black, something that just would not have happened in her day.
The lawsuit also states that Hiers regularly viewed pornography while supervising the restaurant Jackson managed.
“This is certainly not good for Deen. Things like this, even if they are made up, tend to do a lot of damage to a person’s reputation and in this case they likely aren’t made up which makes it a whole lot worse, especially the race stuff,” said Scrape TV Legal analyst Gabe Hawthorne. “Unfortunately Georgia doesn’t have laws about making black people dress up and perform for white folks. Some states do but not Georgia and so much of that is really just salacious, the kind of thing that can diminish a person’s reputation and make it difficult for them to argue the value of their character as a whole, which is the point.”
It’s not clear how Deen was able to keep her mouth free from food to make those comments.
“The sex stuff is really the smoking gun here, the thing that will really be the focus of the suit. If this indeed did go on, and given how specific it is it probably did, it could get Deen into a lot of trouble. She didn’t do it herself but she is the one with the most to lose,” continued Hawthorne. “Calling the President the N-word is also not likely to help her case with the public. Some people will just see that as a part of being southern but most won’t and that could hurt her empire. Unfortunately it’s too late to take things back. Frankly, she should have eaten more cake instead of saying racist things but it’s too late for that now.”
Deen will reportedly bring sticks of butter to hearings, though that isn’t unusual for her.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent