Food Network Drops Paula Deen

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[Editor's note: Food celebrity Paula Deen, with her Georgia accent and famously buttery recipes, is synonymous with Southern tradition. But the National Enquirer reported that Deen herself recently stated -- in court -- that her "traditions" include flat-out racism.

(Updated to include facts from Deen's recent legal deposition): Deen told the court that she has used the N-word, and that she wanted to have black waiters dress up like house slaves for a wedding. Blogger Awesomely Luvvie is at a loss for words. Well, actually she has some words: Check out a little bit of what she has to say below. --Grace]

So let me get this straight. She thought it was cute to get an all-Black wait staff because she wanted to throwback to the good ol’ days around the Civil War?!? Girl WHAT? I don’t e’em know what to say because it’s so offensive that the word offensive is offended. And you know, Black servants in white jackets and bow ties ARE SO DARLING! They go so well with the ambiance. O_____________O. And that “I would say they were slaves” had me so unable to even deal that I had to read the quote 5 times before I even acknowledged it was there.

May 31, 2013 - New York, New York, U.S. - Author/chef PAULA DEEN attends the 2013 'Book Expo America' Day 2 held at the Jacob Javits Center. (Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Check out the rest of Luvvie's blog and tell us what you think of Paula Deen's latest controversy. Do you trust the Enquirer's story? Do you think this is a career-ender? Or will Deen bounce back?

[Editor's Note: Paula Deen released this video apology on 6/21. What does this move mean to you? Do you feel better about Paula Deen now? Share your thoughts in the comments. - Rita]

[Editor's Note: Several minutes after putting up the video, it was pulled from YouTube. Here's a transcript of the 45-second video below. Stay tuned. -Rita]

Video Title: Paula Deen Statement.

"I want to apologize to everybody, uh, for the wrong that I've done, uh, I want to learn and grow from this. / Inappropriate, hurtful, language is totally, totally unacceptable. / I've made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. / Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."

In the heavily edited video, Paula fails to mention racism.

Paula Deen apology video

[Editor's Note: And then, minutes later, here's another video that does mention racism, sort of. - Rita]

[Editors' Note: Late Friday, the AP reported the Food Network won't be renewing its contract with Paula Deen. -Rita]

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.

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