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Paula Deen admits in deposition to telling racist jokes, using N-word

The Juice* lived in the Coastal Empire for years, so this is hardly surprising.

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The Juice* lived in the Coastal Empire for years, so this is hardly surprising.



Celebrity cook Paula Deen admits in a deposition that she uses the dreaded N-bomb, makes racist jokes and wanted black staff to pretend to be slaves at a wedding party, the National Enquirer reports. Not to make light of those revelations, but she is a 66-year-old woman from Savannah, Ga.

Deen apparently said in a May 17 deposition for a $1.2 million discrimination case brought by former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson that she does indeed use the N-word. The admission came in response to Jackson's lawyer asking if she ever said such a thing. "Yes, of course," was Deen's reply.

She also admitted to telling racist jokes, saying, “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes … most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks … I can’t determine what offends another person.” The N-word is a pretty safe bet for being offensive, we're thinking.

Paula furthermore said she got the idea about a slave-themed wedding party she was planning from her husband, which probably doesn't make Michael Groover feel any better.

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie," she said. "I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War … It was not only black men, it was black women … I would say they were slaves.”

Her brother Bubba Hiers also gave a deposition in the case, admitting to calling President Obama the slur. A source told the Enquirer the depositions "only scratches the surface of what actually goes on in their daily lives.” Well, anyone who has visited Chatham County and ventured past River Street could guess that.


[Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:59pm]


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