If there’s one thing you would’ve thought Paula Deen would know by now, it’s that racism doesn’t fly. You can’t go around shamelessly displaying your bigotry and expect people not to react vocally. In fact, you would assume that after her last foray into the land of “WOO HOO, WHITE PEOPLE!” a few years back, she’d have learned that, you know, people of colour deserve respect and dignity, but alas – you really can’t take the racism out of the racist. And this time around, she’s taken it to a new level by having her son Bobby dress in brownface for a completely tasteless I Love Lucy parody.
I mean, because you know, no one would have gotten what on earth she was going for had Bobby not smeared is face with brown makeup to show that he was portraying Desi Arnaz. It was so necessary, given that Lucille Ball is one of the most recognizable stars in history and Paula’s wig gave it away. LORD give us all strength not to smack this whole ignorant ass family into next week.
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Ask.com put out their list of top ten most searched for celebs (of 2013), along with questions people searched for regarding the celeb. So who was number one? Justin Bieber?
Actually, The Beebs didn’t even make the list! Shocking!
Here’s the official list of the most searched for celebs, and their queries, from Ask via CBS News:
1. North West. Why is Kim and Kanye’s baby named North West?
2. Miley Cyrus. What did Miley Cyrus do at the VMAs?
3. Cory Monteith. How did Cory Monteith die?
4. Paula Deen. What did Paula Deen say?
5. Amanda Bynes. Why was Amanda Bynes arrested?
6. Lamar Odom. Is Lamar Odom on drugs?
7. Breaking Bad. When is the Breaking Bad series finale?
8. Reese Witherspoon. Where can I see Reese Witherspoon’s arrest?
9. Fifty Shades of Grey. Who will play Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey?
10. James Gandolfini. Did James Gandolfini die?
Are you surprised by the most searched for celebs? Who would be on your list? Which celebs are you most interested in?
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Paula Deen isn’t just taking up residence in Denial City — she’s the mayor. Lamar Odom is definitely hanging out there, but he’s not on Deen’s level.
Here’s what happened. TMZ asked Paula Deen, “is this your comeback?” To which Paula Deen said,
I never went anywhere!
Um, really, Paula? Really?
TMZ caught up with Deen on her way to Houston where she was going to appear on Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show, her first appearance since the scandal. She referred to Texas as, “a state of lovely and happy people.” LOL, okay. She also shared some trivia about Texas — that Dallas was voted “the #1 happiest city in America.” And actually, she’s right. Sort of. Mainstreet.com tied Dallas with Fort Worth as the #1 happiest city.
The show went really well for Deen. The audience gave her a standing ovation and Deen and cried, saying, “These are tears of joy, y’all. This is my first time out in three months.” (Houston Chronicle.)
Looks like she’s back, y’all. You ready to welcome her? These fans certainly are:
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Paula Deen‘s lawsuit that ended her many endorsements, turn the public against her (but not BFF O.J. Simpson), and basically ruined her career, was dismissed in court. A former restaurant manager tried to sue Paula on grounds of racial discrimination, saying that Paula used “the N-word” frequently. Deen did not deny using the word, later citing ignorance as her reasoning in a really bad attempt at an apology. From Today:
According to court documents filed in Savannah, Ga., all charges against the TV chef have been dismissed in the suit brought by former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson, with no award of costs or fees to any party. Jackson had sued on the grounds that the work environment at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, owned by Deen and her brother, subjected employees to sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
Friday’s news comes two weeks after a federal judge threw out the lawsuit’s race discrimination claims, stating that though others may have faced that discrimination in the restaurant, Jackson could not sue since she was not one of the victims.
But for Deen, the damage is done. Maybe she’ll rethink the Dancing with the Stars offer. If she doesn’t appear, we’ll still get some sort of Paula Deen TV dose. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is doing a Paula Deen themed episode based on this whole incident. They’re also combining her story with the Trayvon Martin case, in what’s sure to be an episode of pure WTF. Here’s a description from ABC News:
[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him.
Guess who’s going to play Deen? CYBILL SHEPHERD, Y’ALL!!
Rumours have been rampant — rampant, I say — that Paula Deen would join the cast of Dancing With The Stars. All they had to do was ask. Well, apparently, they did. And she turned them down. Because she has so much else going on and so much else to do.
So why did she say no? According to a source close to the unemployed Food Network Star, (via Daily News),
The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her.
Really? Of all the things that are inappropriate for Paula Deen to do, dancing is one of them?
All right, Paula. Best of luck!
Oprah hasn’t spoken publicly about Paula Deen’s N-word extravaganza. Considering that she and Oprah were very tight, at least in a business way, I’m a little interested in what she has to say about the whole thing. And Oprah’s also been dealing with her own issues from a former co-star who threw the N-word at her, among other insults.
Oprah sat down with E! News and spoke about Deen. (Via E Online):
I think that Paula Deen represented, you know, millions of people who have used the word. Unfortunately, she is a public figure. And whatever the situation was with the hearing that she had, or had said it and then went on TV and said she had only said it one time, but Paula Deen, I thought, represented a whole lot of people. And I think for the big issue to be made about Paula Deen was what the media does.
E Online also pointed out that in 2012, Oprah visited Deen at her home in Georgia for new show, Oprah’s Next Chapter. At some point, I guess racism came up, as she said to Deen, “You and I both know a lot of people use that word.” Ha. How prophetic. I’m still going to bet that this is the end of their friendship, as Oprah recently said, “You cannot be my friend and use that word around me.”
It’s okay, Paula. You still have O.J.
More stories of Paula Deen‘s racism and alleged mistreatment of employees keep coming out of the woodwork, as they say. They keep getting worse. The latest is that a former chef of Deen’s is claiming that Deen asked her to dress as Aunt Jemima. Oh lord. Here’s what Chef Dora Charles told the NY Times (via The Daily News):
Another employee of former Food Network star Paula Deen has come forward with allegations of the chef using racial slurs in the workplace. [Charles] claims that the 66-year-old culinary queen even wanted Charles to dress up in “an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit” for dinner service [...] and that Deen requested that she ring a dinner bell in front of the restaurant, yelling for diners to come in.
“I said ‘I’m not ringing no bell,’” Charles said to the paper. “That’s a symbol to me of what we used to do back in the day.”
Deen’s rep is saying this isn’t true and that Charles is just after money. Considering she liked the idea of a plantation themed restaurant with waiters playing the roles of slaves, this story doesn’t sound too far off.
Let’s see if Dancing with the Stars is still interested. I wonder how much they’ll take.