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.