Paula Deen canned by Smithfield, supported by Al Sharpton, has another complaint filed against her
The fallout from the Great Paula Deen Scandal of 2013. This time she's lost the backing of Smithfield, which has discontinued her line of hams. It doesn't look like QVC is being very supportive, either.
"Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. We are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen," Smithfield said in a statement, according to TMZ. "Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned."
Yes, slaughtering obese farm animals en masse to fatten the populace is a very ethically sound business model. But we digress. It seems QVC's Paula Deen's Kitchen cookware and utensils may go the same route as her variety of hams.
"QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation," the home shopping giant said in a statement to E!. "QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC."
At least the Rev. Al Sharpton wants us to take some pause. "A lot of us have in the past said things we have regretted saying years ago," he told TMZ. "She deserves what's fair, but that's based on what she's engaged in now. You cannot deal with what is fair or not fair until we see an outcome of the present circumstances she is accused of, not something that happened 20 years ago."
Deen has also gotten some support from comedian Bill Maher, who said on his show Friday the 66-year-old did the wrong thing, but is a victim of a cultural obsession with outrage. "I also think that people shouldn't have to lose their shows and go away when they do something bad," he said. "It's just a word, it's a wrong word, she's wrong to use it. But do we always have to make people go away?"
But that doesn't take into account the Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity complaint filed by Sheldon J. Ervin, who told RadarOnline he was fired as cook at the Deen-owned Bubba's Oyster House after working there from 2008 to 2010. It seems he complained about being made to work as many as three days at a time setting up and serving for parties at Paula's Savannah, Ga., mansion with only booze as payment.
“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink,” Ervin told the site. “She knew I had just gotten married. I had a baby on the way. I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it because half of the kitchen just needed their jobs. I was fired over it in the end because I’m not afraid to speak my mind.”
We don't know if requiring servers to wear chefs jackets and toques in the marsh heat is really a crime, but not paying them is a problem. Meanwhile, Kmart hasn't said whether they will ditch her housewares line, and Novo Nordisk doesn't seem to want to drop her as a shill for diabetes drug Victoza, so there's that. Tomorrow's a new day, though.