Paula Deen parts with agent after racial slur fallout

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  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    July 5, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    Ya know, I watched a bit done by Chris Rock a few years ago wherein he asked what the big deal was about using the "n-word." He reasoned, "We all use it on each other as a point of conversation." He followed that up with "Besides that, they (whites) are the ones who made up the word in the first place! We use words they invented but we won't let them use 'em. Is that [messed] up or what?"

    I had a black roommate from Bay City some time ago. It took some getting used to listening to him talk about his "nigs" all the time (referring to his other black friends) but it was just a little refreshing to discover that not everybody is SO touchy and just looking for a reason to be offended at any opportunity that presents itself.

    Did Paula Deen exhibit poor taste/low class when making racial comments so long ago? Sure. Is it worthy of destroying her current livelihood for it? Not even close. Are any of her former sponsors guilty of the same offense? Almost certainly. Perhaps we should boycott them based on their ancient history, too.

  • SC Native South Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    I personally think this has gone too far. it is part of history and if you look up the definition, it is not only describing black people but all races. i agree walmart and target sold pull all of their products because you know some american ceo some time said something negative about an asian ceo and vice vera. i am sick of all the politically correct bull going on.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    If a black person can say a word, so can a white person.

    It's racist to suggest only certain races can use certain words

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    July 5, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    If the N word is offensive to blacks why do they calls themselves that all the time you hear it in rap music especially. Personally I do not like the word. But if Walmart and Target etc are going to pull this ladies products from their shelves. They better pull thr 85% of the rap music, Hip Hop music for saying that word. I wish people could learn to express themselves with out profanity or offensive names, including the line: that's so gay, I do not support homosexuality but I do treat people with respect.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    July 5, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    I think this whole situation has gotten ridiculous. She said these things many years ago and has apologized. What do they want? Blood?

    Having said that, I must admit that I do think it is odd that none of her friends or fellow chefs have come forward to defend her. I do think that's odd. Many of her fans have supported her, but I haven't heard of any personal friends or colleagues that are speaking up for her.