I remember when I read the lawsuit filed against Deen a year or so ago. I thought it was the most outlandish thing I'd ever read regarding workplace lawsuits. Surely a lady like Paula Deen would not condone her brother's actions in a restaurant that she co-owns. I figured that the lawsuit would eventually get dismissed and go away. It didn't. Read the initial filing here.
Last month, Paula gave her deposition and it was leaked, which has caused the fire storm in the news for the last week. Here's what I want to know: Who the hell are her lawyers and PR people? How did they allow this to happen? When they prepped her for the deposition, did they not know how she was going to answer?
It's no shock to me that Paula uses the N-word. I was a little surprised that she referred to her kitchen staff as monkeys and no one cussed her out. I'm not surprised that Paula is nostalgic for the good ol' days. I am surprised that she actually considered hosting a plantation themed wedding, as if that would be well received. The only thing truly shocking to me is that this case is proceeding and Paula has allowed it to go public. Where is Olivia Pope?
|Only Olivia Pope & Associates can fix this mess!|
Paula Deen is not the first public figure to be deemed a racist and she surely won't be the last. Her answers in her deposition give insight to her true character and it is very disappointing for many. She isn't helping herself on her "Sorry, Not Sorry" tour for 2013. It makes me wonder if she has hired people to protect her brand, and what the hell did they advise her to do.
Update: It has been reported that Deen has hired the real life Olivia Pope. Read the story here.
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