Target cutting ties with Paula Deen

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Target is ridding its shelves of Paula Deen merchandise.
Target is the latest company to distance itself from Paula Deen, the celebrity chef who finds herself mired in a racial discrimination controversy.

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The Minneapolis-based retailer told CNBC this morning it has "made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com."

Target's decision comes one day after Walmart announced a similar move.

Deen, a Georgia native, recently lost her popular Food Network show after she admitted admitted to using the "N-word" in a deposition. She and her brother were sued by a former employee for racial and sexual discrimination.

"Yes, of course. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on," Dean said in the deposition. "Things have changed since the '60s in the South."

During a Today show appearance yesterday, Deen adamantly claimed to have only used the N-word once during the 1980s. Here's video of the entire tearful interview:

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senatortombstone
senatortombstone

I did not know that Paula Deen even existed, until this "controversy" appeared in the media. From what I understand, back in the eighties, she called a black male, who held her at gunpoint, a nigger. I cannot understand why anyone would hold that against her. She was the victim of a terrible crime, and she had a right to call that vermin anything she wanted to. 


I know our society is rife with double-standards as to what is acceptable for whites and blacks, but this is ridiculous. 


A New Jersey white woman was brutally beaten, in front of her three year-old child, by a black male, who invaded her home. To a leftist, though, it would have been far worse for her to call him a nigger, than it was for him to savagely beat her.


The media picks and chooses what stories it covers and what stories it covers up. The black on white crime rate is out of control. there are well over a million black on white crimes every year in this country, while the white (and Hispanic) on black crime rate is only a small fraction of the black on white crime rate.


Blacks are far more racist, hateful, and dozens of times more violent towards whites, than whites are to blacks.


White people need to learn the truth of black on white racism, and start defending themselves when the media mau maus them. Sadly, Paula Deen decided to back down and start apologizing, even though she did nothing wrong.

WatchingU
WatchingU

Personally, I like Paula Deen's cute public personality. But I agree she should be censored...because if she's not it sends a message to all the 'not so cute' blatant racists that it's okay to use racial slurs...and then the situation will probably blow up and get out of hand, with racial slurs becoming the norm for a lot of people.  Too bad they picked her to be an object lesson, but she's rich - she'll survive.  Bottom line is:  racial slurs and using your position to demean and diminish people is just Not Okay.


fauxbo
fauxbo

To show support for Paula head to Amazon and purchase her latest cookbook.  Despite not being published until October, the book is now the #1 best selling book.  Stop the madness. 


oceanias1
oceanias1

I love how society ignores how the black community calls white folks all kinds of racial slanders, yet when someone mentions the "N-word" people start crying racial rape


Mark Witte
Mark Witte

Rap stars make millions saying the N word. Paula Deen loses millions saying the N word.

Scott Jochum
Scott Jochum

Isn't this a little overkill? Are there any other southern-born people of a certain age anywhere else on TV, or any other positions in the public eye? Because I guarantee they have used that word before, should they all be fired from their positions?

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The deal is Corporate Amerika just uses people.  There can be any variety of reasons to 'get rid of'' / jettison a person, when they don't think you can make them any more money.

Do I like Paual - no - but that's besides the point.  Let's find a transgression - then nail'em.   The best defense is to admit nothing.  Paula was really wrong to go on TV and cry.   Stone wall - just like Obama - that works.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"Fat white diabetic millionaire loves idea of slavery-themed wedding, Target agrees, sells her shit"

Part of that sentence is absolutely ridiculous...pick which part(s).

tastytreats
tastytreats

it is NOT about her using the N-word some thirty years ago. it's about how she handles her business and the plantation-themed wedding.

Lyn Polencheck
Lyn Polencheck

I'am sorrybut we all make mistakes, and why should a person get it for something she said 27 years ago, I like her always will, but my feels are different about Target and all the people ans so called friends of hers!!!!!!!!!!

debpias
debpias

Anyone making this into something it's not: seriously...this is just ridiculous. 

First off, who gives a shit about something someone said 20 years ago?

Secondly, who gives a shit about something Paula Deen said...ever.

Third point - Every single one of us has said something stupid/hurtful/derogatory at some point in our lives. Pretty easy to judge others, huh. Why don't you take a look at yourself?

Lastly - lighten the hell up. If I worried about offending people with every comment I've ever made, I'd be a neurotic mute. I'm not racist (I've dated black guys, have black people in my family, blah blah blah) and I've made racist jokes. I also make fun of white people (I converted to Caucasianism just FOR the jokes), and yes, I laughed when an Asian girl drove her car into the side of my house...but they're in jest. No one is safe. Life is far too funny to be politically correct all the time.

nbrooks4
nbrooks4

I'm not racist but a word is a word and depending on it's use is still protected under the 1st amendment.  I mean really..... A classic like Huck Fin has been changed because of that word.... yet blacks call each other that all the time.  If you ask me, having stations like BET (Black Entertainment Television), BlackPeopleMeet.com is just as bad and just as racist (in reverse) but perfectly acceptable by society.  Go figure.

F' Target, they aren't anything more than a glorified Wal-Mart. They say they don't discriminate but talk to some of the LBGT community, they will say different.  This is just their way to look good in the press, nothing more!

Don't worry Paula, this will all blow over, stay strong!  Look at Martha Stewart she came back from her little indiscretion You will too!!  Now stop crying and get in the kitchen and cook me up something!!! ;)

Dara Drager
Dara Drager

I am not going to read it. I still stand behind her. I choose to support her and I really could care less if you don't Danielle. Its your choice not to and I respect that.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Did YOU read all 149 pages? I did. Tell me, exactly, where she allowed others to behave this way? Looks like when she heard about the inappropriate behavior, she addressed it. The rest, was others' doing and she wasn't aware, and people lying about this and that... keep copy and pasting it though, people should read it. Make up their own minds. I have.

Cathi Hansen
Cathi Hansen

Hey Danielle....how many more times are you going to copy and paste your comment within this thread......we have the link to the deposition....and guess what?? after reading it I STILL disagree with the way this is being handled!

Christy Noneyo
Christy Noneyo

No foot in my mouth here.....I read it. If I sued every sexist, groping, harassing asshat I have ever worked for that did not treat me right I would be freaking rich. AT WILL EMPLOYMENT! We as a country elect far worse people to run the country that have said and did far worse things. WE as a society completely accept the mistreating of women, gays, minorities when it comes to advertising, music, and comedy but because she is a white woman from the deep south she is going to be destroyed? If a person does not like where they are working or who they are working for then they should leave. If people really have an issue with the way that she talked then they should stop being hypocrites and stop listening to a complete genre of music, stop purchasing from some of their favorite designers and stop watching some of their favorite comedians. When an entire nation is going to actually stand up against injustice regardless of who said it then I will listen.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

very insincere.plus shes worth 60 mill..she`ll be fin

Sebastian Galdames
Sebastian Galdames

Hey Amy Knowles, thank you for the call out. I had no idea she had made a statement.

Alyssa Kohn
Alyssa Kohn

It seems like everyone loves to see other people's demise unfold in the public eye. I am not saying using that language she used is okay, but let's face it - a lot of people from older generations grew up in a different time where terms were much different and sometimes they don't realize the negative connotations of a word in today's world. Also, I think Target and other companies are quick to drop someone and no one seems to remember Target's backing of anti-gay rights groups and politicians. At the very least she apologized and let's hope that this is a good learning lesson for her.

Linda Hallen
Linda Hallen

She needs to quit whining and take some responsibility and maybe even inner searching.

Perri Pryor
Perri Pryor

She's more than a person. She's a brand. If the brand is damaged then it's easier to pluck another grandmotherly Southern cook and make her into a new brand, than rehab Paula Deen's brand.

twintown11
twintown11

C'mon!!  She can't be a racist.  After all, she is a liberal and supported President Obama by campaigning for him.  Serious though, people (not businesses) need to back off as everyone makes stupid mistakes at some point in their lives.

Noah Raitz
Noah Raitz

Its about the image and credibility. Is stuff more likley to sell or less likey? Cure the disease before it spreads. Fix the image.... change the MIND of the consumer.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Hmm, Aaron Hernandez still has all his sponsors.. what a world we live in.

Dan Yell Gangel Holla
Dan Yell Gangel Holla

OMG this Paula Deen thing is getting out of control. She is like a 70 year old woman from the deep south. Pretty sure when she was like 30 there wasn't even civil rights yet. She said it was a very long time ago. Our society has changed a lot. Good grief.

Danielle Cherry
Danielle Cherry

Have you read the deposition??? This is a case of her integrity as a business owner, an employer, how she allows others to be treated in the companies she is partially responsible for, the callous and careless nature in which she says or does derogatory and hateful things regardless of how it affects others...... I could go on and on. Read the deposition. At least then your opinion will be an informed one. Sound bite listeners who do not do their own research quite often end up putting their own foot in their mouth. http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/06/entertainment/deen-deposition/

Leanna Perry
Leanna Perry

She's totally out of control, go Target!

Amy Knowles Martel
Amy Knowles Martel

Um, she's been given that chance about three times now. And has failed each time.

laxx1559
laxx1559

@senatortombstone Paula Deen said "I am what I am, and I'm not changing."  That doesn't sound very apologetic.  They're not just talking about ONE instance of her making racial slurs. In fact, the slurs were only uncovered in a deposition about her OTHER supposed offenses.

chelsmellie
chelsmellie

@WatchingU Right, it's not okay but when Chris Brown beat up Rihanna, they didn't pull his CDs and in my opinion,what he did is much worse.  What kind of message does that send?  

Target and the like could care less about a message, the only thing they care about are profits and the fact is, her merchandise wasn't selling all that well and they used this as an excuse.  It's their store, they can do what they want but don't think their reason is because they give a crap about society or sending a message.

A word can't hurt anyone that doesn't allow it to.  A fist however is a different story.    

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@fauxbo Good cause you have taken up.  I hate the morons that help like starving kids or something.  We should all help fat stupid rich racists like Paula make more money.  

TC4L
TC4L

Every race has said a racist thing.  She was very ignorant to think she could admit to this and not lose something.  That's just how it is. Certain celebrities can't be honest.

chelsmellie
chelsmellie

@tastytreats But that's not what people are freaking out about.  They are freaking out because they are saying she is "a racist" and she used the N-word.  

Read the deposition. That wedding idea came from a restaurant she went to recently that has middle aged, African American men all dressed in white suit jackets as servers.  This "plantation themed" place all ready exists and it's not her doing.  

What she said was she was very impressed by the place and she thought that would be a cool way to have her brother's wedding but decided against it because she was concerned people might see it as racist.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Damian Amberg What kind of loser freak would read 149 pages of that?  lol  I bet her lawyers didn't even read it.  You are a mentally ill freak.  

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@Eric Kanzenbach So. How's graduate school going, Eric?

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@Damian Amberg In their defense, his only sponsor is Heckler & Koch, so this problem is still on-message.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Damian Amberg Dude you are so full of shit its hilarious.  You think one sponsor is standing with a murderer?   You are a stupid stupid person who lies like a dumb little kid.  Honestly, don't ever give your stupid opinion again about anything.  

chelsmellie
chelsmellie

@Danielle Cherry I have read it and I don't see it.  The only thing that struck me was she back peddled at certain times. She may have been a little distanced and cavalier about certain things but I don't see her as being hateful.  I do see her as being angry with the people that are saying these things about her so she is kind of callous towards them but I don't blame her for that. I would be too  

debpias
debpias

@someonewhocares Oh man! I apologize. I didn't realize she had slaves or that's the issue we were talking about. OH WAIT, IT'S NOT. 

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