Former employee says Paula Deen used the N word, claims Deen’s brother harassed her


Paula Deen and her brother are being sued by the former general manager of a restuarant they owned in Savannah, Georgia for sexual harassment and hostile working conditions. The woman worked at “Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House” from 2005-2010, and claims in a lawsuit that during that time she was subjected to repeated sexual harassment from Deen’s brother, Bubba Hiers. She also details the work environment that she endured, including racist conditions that were demeaning and unfair to employees under her management. Lisa Jackson, who is white, claims that black workers were forced to use a separate bathroom in the back of the establishment, and that they were also forced to enter the restaurant from the back. It’s unclear how much involvement Paula Deen had with the restaurant’s day to day activities, or even whether she knew that black workers were being treated this way, but the lawsuit states that she was present at some management meetings. It also tells a disturbing story of Paula using the N word as a kind of lame joke.

In one example, Jackson states that she was appointed by Deen to handle the catering and staff for Bubba’s wedding in 2007, and she asked Deen what the servers should wear: “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” Jackson alleges Deen told her. “Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”

Another alleged racist incident listed in the lawsuit: “In the presence of Ms. Jackson and Uncle Bubba’s restaurant manager and a vendor, Bubba Hiers stated they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n***er-rig it.”


At Uncle Bubba’s restaurant, African-American staff persons are required to use the back entrance for all purposes, including picking up their checks. They were prohibited from using the front entrace.

African-American staff persons at Uncle Bubba’s restaurant are required to use one restroom that is in the back of the restaurant and is not the customer restroom. White staff was allowed to use the customer bathroom.

African-American staff persons stationed at the back of Uncle Bubba’s restaurant are not allowed to go to the front of the restaurant.

[From Radar Online and PDF of lawsuit]

The lawsuit is available as a PDF through Radar Online. There’s also more information on their website about the lawsuit. It’s pretty damning, and makes Paula’s brother out to be a drunken ass who regularly distributed porn in the office, and was emotionally and physically abusive to women and minorities. What’s more is that women were allegedly paid less than men in lower positions than they were in the restaurant. The lawsuit might of course be exaggerated or embellished for effect, but it paints a very bleak picture of the working conditions there.

We may soon see if these complaints are limited to just one disgruntled employee or if it’s true that it was really this bad. The lawyer for Lisa Jackson told Radar that they have an “enormous amount of evidence of misconduct.” He admitted that he doesn’t have “an army of witnesses,” but added that “they’re there and in due time… We do have employees who have left the Paula Deen family of business and will be testifying. But many out of fear will not come forward until we subpoena them to come forward.” As for how much Paula knows about her brother’s behavior, the lawyer claims that she’s aware of it and hasn’t put her foot down. He words the racist allegations vaguely, though. “Much of the conduct comes from Bubba, but Paula has knowledge of it and she knows the workplace is full of sexual harassment and she knows the racial discrimination that’s filed in the lawsuit. And by doing nothing about it, she enables him to continue the behavior.” He also adds that Paula’s company finally hired an HR person in 2011 for their organization, which has over 500 employees.

Paula has reportedly dropped two dress sizes since going on a healthier diet to control her diabetes. She came under fire last month for delaying the announcement of her diabetes for three years, during which time she continued to cook and endorse unhealthy food.

Paula is shown in the purple below in October, and in black in more recent photos from February 26. She appears to have something stuck on the side of her face. The man with her is her husband, Michael Groover. Also, bonus pic of chef Robert Irvine’s abs. Credit: WENN.com

 

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  1. Mary says:

    Hey y’all, it’s not cool to use the n-word. And if this is true, I find it hard to believe that she had no knowledge of it. I’m sure that she had little to do with the daily operations, but you think something like that would be kept a secret from her? I’m on the fence as to believe this or not. How could it not come out before. Anyway, bye y’all.

  2. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I had a boss tell me that he “liked my Irish side, it was just the tainted spic blood he disliked.” I guess that’s why he paid me less than the white male employee. That, or the fact that he didn’t “like women in the business.”

    Anyway, these kinds of behavior are to be expected from a man that calls himself “Bubba.” 😒

  3. flan says:

    If it’s all true it is beyond despicable. The manager should have refused to work there sooner though. How can you work when you are requiered to treat people like that?

    And that man’s name is Bubba? Gotta be a joke, right?

  4. Meecey says:

    Hey ya’ll it’s really not cool to have the staff with divivided bathrooms! Wth is this 1950′s? Come on Paula put down the doughnut hamburger and oversee your restaurant!!

  5. Snowflake says:

    I find it hard to believe the stories about the bathrooms. If it’s true, why wouldn’t any of the African-American employees have filed suit, instead of the Caucasian manager? that sounds fishy to me. the other parts, I can buy.

    • Aiobhan says:

      I guess you don’t know that much about the Jim crow era south and the fact that some of thought processes about the segregation of blacks and whites still exist today. If you don’t have a steady source of income and barely a college education you will work or do anything for money. Even out up with overt racism to put food on the table. Some of the racist practices from fifty years ago are illegal like lynching and not serving black people. But some of the mindsets of the older generation have not changed one bit, Bubba is obviously the perfect example- if this story is true.

      • Julie says:

        This story doesn’t surprise me at all. I worked in a busy restaurant in AZ in the 90s and we had a separate bathroom for the Mexicans. The few black guys we had working there used it as well. I haven’t been in the restaurant industry for a long time, but in my experience (80s &90s) restaurants were racist and sexist environments.

    • Jill says:

      There was an article in the news just a couple of years ago about some white doctor down South who kept separate waiting rooms for white patients and black patients. Old habits can die very hard.

    • Jen says:

      I used the restroom there, and a black waitress was in there, too. I call BS on that.

  6. Jaye says:

    My question is, if the allegations are true, why would any black person allow themselves to be subjected to this kind of treatment? Especially in THIS day and age. Maybe the workers were/are poor,ignorant and without many options, but not so much that they would allow themselves to be treated in an inhumane manner.

    • Jackie says:

      are you actually turning this around and blaming the victims of racism??? shocking.

      • Jaye says:

        I don’t think that’s what I was suggesting. As a black person, I just don’t understand why anyone would allow themselves to be subjected to treatment like that. I CERTAINLY wasn’t blaming victims of racism for racism perpetrated against them. Personally, I’d shovel scat before I let ANYONE treat me like scat.

    • kim says:

      I don’t know where you’re from, but I’m actually from Georgia and I’m black. Down here they look for any excuse to fire you, if you’re black. A lot of the time you have to take it, because the towns are small and once you’re blacklisted that’s it, even in atlanta. You’re done, and the Klan still runs this place. Don’t be fooled just because they traded the white hoods for a suit and tie.
      A great number of white people like to claim there isn’t racism anymore, please tell that to my friend who was almost taken in the middle of the night by the Klan in the fall of 2008.

      • Leticia says:

        The Klan still runs Georgia??

      • Jill says:

        @Leticia: Them good ole boys area still around, mainly out in the countryside, as Kim says.

      • Fifthpocket says:

        That’s just heinous. Civil rights still need a lot of work and we really need to constantly strive to promote equality. It’s ridiculous that you or anyone else is still facing that level of discrimination. I’m ashamed for people with such a poor, narrow attitude and disrespectful actions.

      • Lindy says:

        More like the Klan still runs Indiana and Michigan and Ohio…

        Look, I’m from Savannah and I cannot stand Deen and her tourist-trap restaurants and crap-tastic cooking.

        And I’m also not shocked to find out that two people of their generation are racists, if these allegations are true (and they may well be–I have met Deen twice and didn’t care for her).

        But for anyone who thinks racism exists only in the South, or that people with the nickname Bubba (something that many kids grow up calling their brothers) must be morons, or that the Klan still openly “runs” things in Atlanta, well, that’s just ignorance.

        Hate and racism is alive and well, all over the US. I never witnessed more racism than I did when I was living in Indiana for almost a decade. It was overt and smug and utterly without apology. Totally disgusted me.

        The Southern Poverty Law Center is a wonderful organization that tracks racist and hate speech all over the US, and has some good resources for following Klan activity around the country.

        I’m not at all trying to make excuses for Deen and her brother–if this suit goes through and they are found guilty of these practices I hope they get the book thrown at them! I just think it’s unhelpful to make these huge generalizations.

        Also, if you visit Savannah, please don’t patronize their restaurants. And don’t watch their TV shows. That is a great way of hitting them where it hurts.

      • mel says:

        I use to live in Charleston, SC and I can attest racism is still very much an issue. I’m not surprised at these accusations nor do I think on any level its ok. I think its difficult for other areas of the country to grasp how difficult it can be for blacks down South. I’m white and I have lived up North and in the deep South and it was such a culture shock to move to SC from Minnesota and witness the levels of racism. But to be fair…it happens on both sides – so its not ok..thats not what I’m saying – but the South has a long road ahead of itself in getting pass the past.

      • Miranda says:

        I live in Arkansas, and there are a few smaller towns near me where racism is alive and well. I have heard stories of local police harrassing a black woman repeatedly. It is still happening folks. And it is disgusting.

      • Jaye says:

        A majority of my family lives and works in the greater Atlanta area and this hasn’t been their experience. I’m not saying that it doesn’t or hasn’t happened to you or folks you know. I’m just saying that my relatively large family hasn’t shared that experience.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      People tolerate mistreatment for a number of reasons. I’m college educated and suffered through a two
      year internship being called a spic and being told that my Ivy League education was the result of affirmative action (rather than hard work). I was also ordered to scrub the restroom floors on my hands and knees (which was not part of my job description) because “it’s a woman’s job, and spics are good at cleaning.”

      I didn’t stay because I was poor or ignorant. I wanted my boss to know that he couldn’t break me down with racial epithets and demeaning work. I also knew filing a lawsuit would get me ostracized in the industry. So, I did my job, finished my internship and went on to find an excellent employer who is kind and sensitive. I don’t regret putting up with that abuse for two years because I feel that I make for a better boss (and a more sensitive person) because of the abuse I suffered.

      • I Choose Me says:

        So, so sorry you had to go through that and I’m filled with admiration that instead of being bitter you came out the better person for it.

        I put up with sexual harrassment from my boss at my first job for four years because I was determined not to leave until I’d learned all I could and had a better job lined up. So I can relate a little bit. *Internet hugs*

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @I Choose Me, Thank you so much. That really means a lot! It’s unfortunate that anyone has to put up with harassment of any form; but, being bitter about it would have meant victory for him, and I refused to let him win. I’m glad you don’t have to put up with that anymore. One moment is too long, but four years sounds almost unbearable! *internet hugs* right back ☺

      • Tiffany says:

        Wow, that is horrible! Yikes! Sadly, bosses continue to do this kind of thing because they don’t get called out on it. I know employees need to look after themselves first, but it is just a shame that they get to avoid the consequences for their actions.

      • boo says:

        My brother who is now a doctor, refused to go to medical schools in the U.S. where the only way he could get in would be because of affirmative action. Instead he went to Spain and went to medical school there, this was a long time ago, but he didn’t want people telling him that the only reason he was a doctor was because of affirmative action. I have a lot of respect for him for that. Who knew.

      • Jaye says:

        I’m very sorry to hear about your experience. Hearing or reading about stories like yours and others makes me angry and I’m not so naive to think that racism in the workplace(or anywhere,for that matter) doesn’t still exist, but such blatant discrimination…it makes me sick.

      • Asli says:

        That this happened to you makes me incredibly sad and at the same time I want to punch this scum bag employer of yours in the face. That you were young (it was an internship, right?) and mature enough to actually take the high road is very telling. I respect the hell out of that. Some people should just be sent off to a deserted island and never be heard from again.

      • Apple says:

        I’m sorry you had to go through that, that’s awful. But I dont understand why you felt the need to prove that you couldn’t be broken down. I just hope you know that u don’t *need* to prove yourself to anyone, especially to some racist demeaning jerk. You remind me of my sister.

    • Julie says:

      You’re not a republican by any chance, are you Jaye?

      • The Bobster says:

        There’s no doubt what you are, is there?

        I can’t believe the brainwashed idiots here believe all the Hollyweird lies about the South. I’ve never met a Klansman in my whole life, yet you think they control everything there? Unbelievable.

      • kit says:

        @ The Bobster
        The only place I’ve ever seen KKK bumper stickers (I kid you not) and KKK pamphlets are in South Carolina when I was on holiday with my family a couple of years ago – in the Spartanburg area to be exact.
        What was really scary was that no one seemed shocked or surprised, which says to me it’s not uncommon – otherwise there would be some kind of reaction to it.

      • Jaye says:

        No, Julie dear…I am a card carrying democrat. I guess I should have qualified my original statement by saying that I am black and had I worked in an environment like that, I don’t believe I could put up with it. AND I would take my chances w/a lawsuit because NO ONE should have to.

      • Jill says:

        @Kit: Ouch. My dad was born and raised in Spartanburg and some of his family still lives there.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @Boo, much respect to your brother as well. I chose caucasian as my race on my college application because I’m Latina and Irish, but my employer ASSUMED that affirmative action had to be the reason why I was accepted. After my experience working for the jerk, I more strongly identified as Latina because I knew that’s how others saw me. It really helped me get in touch with the part of my culture that I didn’t bother to learn as much about in my youth.

        @Asli, thank you. I was 18 at the time and often thought about punching the guy! I wish I were as brave as you think, most days I’d come home from work and cry. I’m not sure if it was maturity or fear that prevented me from telling him to “stick it where the sun don’t shine,” but I refrained from doing so and I NEVER let him see me cry. Eventually, I learned to smile through the pain and stopped letting him get to me. It really did make me stronger and hardened me to unwarranted personal criticism.

        @tiffany @Jaye, There are times I wish I had filed a suit but I was just starting out in the business and this man was well respected in the community. I couldn’t believe such a vile, hateful man could fake sincerity and be so well liked. Very few people knew about the racist piece of garbage he was. However, once my new employer heard where I had come from he made it clear how surprised he was that I had made it two years. Apparently, they had interned together and he knew what a piece of garbage the man was. I think I had his respect right away when I didn’t bad mouth the guy. I suspect a suit wouldn’t have gotten me much respect in the industry. It’s typically a “good ole’ boy’s club,” and (up until recently) very few women have been welcome (let alone women of an ethnicity other than white, in a “white” funeral home).

    • GIrlyGirl says:

      Geez, you really are blind aren’t you

      • Jaye says:

        Blind to what, exactly?

        I wish people would take a beat and CONSIDER a different point of view before reacting to it. If you are reacting to what I said as a representative of the black community, know that I. AM. BLACK. The fighter in me, the person in me that doesn’t believe or WANT other people to be treated this way, doesn’t understand why people accept treatment like this. I guess I get that people may feel caught between a rock and a hard place, but we have a RIGHT to work in an atmosphere that is not hostile and we DON’T have to tolerate inhumane treatment. We just don’t. No matter your situation.

  7. Jackie says:

    would i be surprised that this woman and her family members are racists? not at all.

  8. LadyBird83 says:

    I’ve NEVER worked in a restaurant where the staff didn’t sexually harass each other a little bit. In fact one of them was known for being “a breeding ground.” At least 10 marriage and hundreds of relationships have gone down their. In fact I met my husband there, I was his boss. I am not condoning it, I’m just saying it happens and as far a nasty language being used, well that’s kitchen boys for you. That movie “Waiting” was pretty spot on.

    • DesertRose says:

      Right? People who have never worked in the food service industry don’t understand the intense, momentary stress that happens through out the day. Because of this, everybody gets a pass to let their dirty/naughty sense of humor show. I’ve worked in restaurants for 13 years, hostessing all the way to managing, and never once have I felt ‘harassed’. Well, maybe by the one guy who I thought was icky and wished wouldn’t tell me dirty jokes, but you can’t pick and choose. As far as the N-word, I’ve heard it fly out of all different colors of people, and it was always forgiven. The only time I got to hate the naughtiness was when I started managing and then I had to be the cop and couldn’t participate at all :(

      • kit says:

        As the mother of beautiful mixed race children, I am telling you loud and clear that the N-word is NEVER EVER ok or acceptable in any way!!!!!!!! It’s NOT a term of endearment, it’s derogatory and hate filled name calling.
        Right, rant finished. Proceed…

  9. NO SH¡T says:

    I wouldn’t put it past her because just like a lot people on tv she can portray an image onscreen but be totally different off.

  10. Asli says:

    Here’s to this lying POS’s career being over.

  11. Lisa says:

    To sum up this story, I will paraphrase the divine MK…

    “And today, we discovered that water is truly wet”…

    People TRULY slay me thinking that horrific racism and foul SYSTEMATIC racists behavior in this country is only memories that are referenced in the pages of a Mark Twain novel…

    Which is of course…why it is still alive and kicking…

  12. Jill says:

    If any of this is true, you can kiss Paula and her show goodbye. And good riddance.

  13. aenflex says:

    Anyone surprised by this? I mean not be stereotypical, but look/listen to her!?!?! She’s country as they come. And old enough not to be embarassed/outraged by that word. Fick her!

  14. msshuffleupagus says:

    I got sick reading that.If any of this is even slightly true I hope they take every dime from Paula and Bubba.

  15. @ Lindy

    Amen. I’ve seen more racism in the North than I ever have in the South. (I currently live in Mississippi.) I’ve lived all over the country. The worst racism I saw was aimed at the Native Americans when I lived in North Dakota. It was shameful. Coming in second was the racism in California from Mexicans towards whites and blacks.

    And it’s not fair to say Bubba is a hick name as it’s MORE GENERALLY a term of endearment to a brother or a friend you think of as a brother. Bubba and Sissy are quite common.

    Btw…where are the comments aimed at the Black-American community for their liberal use of the “N” word? Again, NO ONE should use it regardless of what color you are.

    • Jill says:

      Are you truly so clueless that you cannot understand the difference between blacks using the n-word toward each other and whites using it toward blacks?

      Put it this way: Your mother or sister might be a bitch, but you wouldn’t let anyone outside your family call her one.

      • Jaye says:

        Sorry…I wholeheartedly disagree with you here. The N-word should not be used as a derogatory term OR a term of endearment. I wish someone I love WOULD call me a bitch OR the N-word. We(african americans) have GOT to stop it with THAT double standard. If other races can’t use that awful word, NO ONE should.

      • Jill says:

        @Jaye: I think you misunderstood me. I didn’t say it was acceptable. It’s as unacceptable as using “bitch” as a term of endearment. (BTW I told my son if I ever heard him saying bitch as a term of endearment I’d slap him upside the head.) The N-word is unacceptable, period. But you have to admit there is an enormous chasm between blacks calling each other by the N-word and a white person saying it to a black person.

      • Jaye says:

        I hear you, Jill. I just find the word to be repugnant no matter who says it. I wish black folk had never decided to ‘repurpose’ it. I feel like it sends an incredibly mixed message to blacks and non-blacks alike.

    • Newmrs says:

      I agree with Igors, the n word was created from hate, there is no way to reverse its meaning. Stop using it period.

  16. Gene Parmesan says:

    if its true i hope they take her ass to the cleaners!!

  17. KittyCal says:

    I worked at a very well known family restaurant in Galveston, TX and I can tell you this unfortunate non-sense seems par the course for these types of places. I, a rather small skinny white girl, was subjected to sexual harassment on a daily basis. I was the gift shop girl and thus wore skirts often which male servers often tried to pull up like it was some kind of game. Customers would drunkenly grab at me or try to corner me. Every complaint I made to HR and even the owner about was “taken seriously and would be looked into”. And then nothing happened. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when the executive chef pinned me against a wall and I literally had to shove him off of me. I am so glad I don’t work there any more…

    • SLM says:

      Not that I condone this behavior in ANY way – it’s abhorrent – but I think KittyCal’s experience in food service is unfortunately common. I remember going to work as a server (way back in the nineties) and I had been pretty sheltered. It was like a daily slap in the face. I didn’t know people actually talked like that.

      I never worked in fine dining, but if you know anyone who has, or read anything memoir-ish written by chef, you can’t deny the fact that sexism and sexual harrassment seem to have free reign in the restaurant business. I see some people commenting here – well, why don’t servers fight it? Because servers are typically people who need to make money – and if all restaurants are equally bad at insisting on decent, humane behavior (and I’m sure there are a number of exceptions to the rule), then you just suck it up and go with it. Who hires a lawyer to fight sexism at a job you need to pay the rent or school bills or for food? Just saying, that’s why it continues.

      Again – not defending it, any of it. It should definitely be eradicated, in all forms. But my experience is that sexual harrassment-type comments are more common than not in food service.

    • Jill says:

      I hope you knee’d him in the cojones while you were pushing him off you.

  18. sup says:

    wow, just when i thought she couldn’t get more disgusting…

  19. badrockandroll says:

    I was just thinking about paula yesterday, when KK announced her donation – remember, when the $h!t hit the fan with PD, she promised to donate an unspecified percentage of unspecified earnings to an unspecified charity. not holding my breathe, but I am glad that the spotlight remains on this woman, so close to IRS time! How’s the donation Paula!
    And Celebitchy, not to nitpick with the body of your article, but PD came under my (cross)fire because the timeing of her announcement of diabetes coincided with the timeing of her announcement that she would shill for a company that sells a miracle drug for Type ll diabetes, while all the while making money from promoting a decidedly unhealthy lifestyle. Thanks!

  20. Nev says:

    hmmmmmm.

    Oprah and Gayle just spent a few days with her and did an interview for the OWN network.

    It seemed ok but I did think it was weird that she greeted them in the morning with nothing but had her own coffee and never offered anything .(I found that weird and strange for a beloved television cook.)

  21. Onyx XV says:

    I moved to Savannah from New England ten years ago and was immediately shocked at the segregation that still continues here. It appeared to me that a majority of black people had the majority of menial jobs, and that was not what I was used to seeing. It does not surprise me at all to hear that at Uncle Bubba’s they make the black employees use a separate entrance and separate bathroom. It would also not surprise me to find out that is a widespread practice in Savannah restaurants. It probably is. Despite being illegal, Jim Crow is alive and well here. I’ve even been affected by the racist attitude here – I was fired from a job for dating a black coworker, although of course they used another reason. There is an “old guard” here that wants to keep things as they were. The good news is, eventually they will all die off. It’s just taking forever!

  22. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    Lawd the things minorities have to endure to keep a pay check and stay off of welfare so no one accuses them of being lazy ignorant slobs who can’t do better.

    Meanwhile, I find it funny that people get all shocked that this shit is still going on. I love everybody but I honestly have not met one white person, including my white family members that hasn’t had a racist or at the very least prejudiced thought in their body. Entitlement is born and bread in Anglo culture whether you are aware or not. It doesn’t make me angry anymore, it just is what it is.

    If you ever thought, “why can’t they just…?” or “I don’t understand why they…” then you’ve done some of the same things as many others. Paula and Bubbadumb are just a product of their old school environment. They grew up at at a time where they didn’t have to hide shit. I appreciate people who don’t hide who they are more than those who try to cover it up and they probably hate having to play nice too.

    ETA because I submitted before I could edit.

  23. Jaxx says:

    Is she really wearing pig tails?

  24. sup says:

    and why is she wearing those horrid contact lenses still? does she enjoy looking like the spawn of satan?

  25. Moi says:

    Nice ponytail pic! NOT! Doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  26. Cerulean says:

    Looks like Ellie May Clampett is going down. If this is true, she deserves it.

  27. chloew says:

    i’ve seen her show a few times and she can get racey, sexually. I do’nt like that it’s gross – she’s worse than the neeleys

  28. BerMan says:

    I always felt there was something not quite right about Paula. To me in her earlier shows, she was too salacious with her guests, audience and at times with her sons. There was a undertone of sexual references and innuendos. So all these stories about her and family..I’m not surprise.

  29. LAK says:

    i don’t know who this woman is, but she looks like the Fairy godmother from the Shrek films, don’t you think?

  30. GIrlyGirl says:

    Get a clue American TV execs and stop putting idiot crackers on tv

  31. lexirei says:

    Bit of a sidenote: Avoid her restaurant because the food is awful! Go to Ms. Wilkes for a much better experience (for those who want to visit Savannah one day).

  32. Hm says:

    So disappointed in Paula Deen! I bought her whole act :(

  33. FeverDream says:

    I f—ing hate Paula Dean and her nasty a– food.

  34. Meanchick says:

    Okay, Affirmative Action has helped WHITE WOMEN more than anyone else. (women are considered minorities) Whenever I hear the AA argument, I get heated because the people who use it clearly don’t understand it or who gets the greatest benefits from it. Also, I’m black and I hate the N word whether it ends with a or er. It’s a disgusting word, period and anyone who still needs to keep that word in their vocabulary only shows us how evil and stupid they really are.

  35. Anon says:

    If one hasn’t read the Rollingstone article about the pork polluters that Paula has pushed ham for years, one should. Good article about Paula. http://foodnetworkmusings.blogspot.com/2012/02/paula-keeps-coming-up.html

    No wonder Paula is hanging out with Oprah and Gail King and looks so aged compared to the day she fessed up about her diabetes. Says a lot about Oprah and Gail, too. $$$$/Brands mean everything above all other to these greedy broads.

  36. Lee M says:

    Interesting to read all of your comments. I am a white disabled woman who has experienced hateful comments from black folks on city buses. Surprised? Don’t be. There are nasty people in every race, just as there are decent wonderful people in every race. I suspect that some of the allegations against Bubba are true & that Paula let him get away with it. I like her show, but an employer has to follow federal guidelines that protect employees from discrimination. Looks like that didn’t happen here.

  37. Daphne says:

    I am disappointed to hear about this lawsuit. I always thought that it was so inspiring how she built her business at 42 after a difficult life. Apparently she is not at all what she seems. The conditions described in the lawsuit are horrible. I was shocked. This country(the US) still has a long way to go in some aspects.

  38. Rux says:

    This is career homicide. I am never watching her and her son’s shows. I am white lived in the south and I find this repugnant. I wish it were not true but I have a hard gut feeling from my years in the south that this is completely true. So truly sad.