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    I live in Savannah and around here most locals either love her or hate her. N word aside, she has a long standing reputation for being rude to people in the service industry. And she has just as much of a long standing reputation of being friendly to her fans and doing many good things. I think people have many layers and can certainly be very charitable, have lots of friends, and still be an a$$ to people they think are beneath them. I'm not saying she's like that, I've never met her, but as many that have spoken up to defend her there are as many reciting stories of her bad attitude to service people.

    That being said, I don't think someone should be torn apart the way she has been for saying something many years ago. That word is given way more power then it deserves in my opinion. It's not a nice word, I don't say it, I know it's derogatory and wish it didn't exist, but it does and people use it in songs, movies, jokes, etc and it's only ever a problem it seems when white people say it, which I just don't think people can have the double standard that it's ok for black people to say but not white. And I know not all black people and not all white people say it or approve of it, I'm just saying it shouldn't be ok at all for anyone to use it.

    The rumor around here is that more to this story will be coming out but here in the south people love to gossip and speculate, lol. I would fire all her PR people and lawyers though because she clearly wasn't given a good speech to recite and she just comes off sounding more desperate and insincere with each video. She could have come off so much better if she just gave some thought to her words before she said them.

    And the accuser, Lisa Jackson, is being vilified by many here that if she felt harassed why did she stay in her job (as a manager so clearly she was promoted....) for ten years. This lawsuit has been ongoing for over a year now, it's just now in the news because Paula admitted under oath to saying the N word at some point in her life. And the lawsuit is mainly about her brother and his actions but because she is a partner in his business she is named in the suit as well.
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    Just to clear up a couple of things.

    She used the word as recently as 2010, not in her distant past. She lied about this to Matt Lauer.

    No one is banning her from her livelyhood. No knee jerk, self rightous, reaction going on here. Her sponcors dropped her and he employer did not renew her contract. They didn't want her to represent them, their choice. That is not banning. She did this to herself, no one did anything to her. She has restaurants, books and a healthy bank account.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and they are also free to express that in any style they choose.

    She will be fine; she has fans.
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    She also has a lot of employees, I hope they will be okay. Unemployment is the pits.
    I think she was told to lie to Matt, telling the truth did her no good- did it. I am not on her side, and sort of see both sides. I hope from now on, they tackle rappers for using that word, and perhaps boycott their songs or something
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    I do not agree with the notion that when people don't like what a media personality has said, and go after advertisers, that they are not going after that person's livelihood. If you are on TV, radio, or another ad supported medium, your livelihood depends on those advertisers. Without them, you do not have a job. So whether a person is saying "Food Network, cancel Paula Deen's show" or "Food Network advertisers, if I see your commercials on Paula Deen's show I won't buy your product" the mission is the same. Somehow we've gotten to a point where punishing unlikable things by going after people is considered freedom of expression. I don't see it that way. I see it as vindictive, and I think it's a shame that the behavior seems to be gaining more steam.

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    Wal-Mart is the latest to drop Deen. The saga continues . . . .

    Paula Deen -- Dropped by Walmart | TMZ.com
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    Maybe the smartest thing she could do right now is to keep her big mouth shut.
    It seems every time she goes on TV or makes a public statement about this, she manages to make matters worse. Not to mention every word she says now will be analyzed & researched & embellished.

    She's not going to be able to undo what's been done. Nor will her explanations make matters better.

    The smartest thing she can do is try to go on about business as best as possible & lay low & keep her mouth shut. Sooner or later this will blow over to some extent. People's opinions of her won't change back. The damage has been done. Right now she's only keeping it alive & feeding the frenzy.
    But the media will move onto the next scandal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcookerTV View Post
    I do not agree with the notion that when people don't like what a media personality has said, and go after advertisers, that they are not going after that person's livelihood. If you are on TV, radio, or another ad supported medium, your livelihood depends on those advertisers. Without them, you do not have a job. So whether a person is saying "Food Network, cancel Paula Deen's show" or "Food Network advertisers, if I see your commercials on Paula Deen's show I won't buy your product" the mission is the same. Somehow we've gotten to a point where punishing unlikable things by going after people is considered freedom of expression. I don't see it that way. I see it as vindictive, and I think it's a shame that the behavior seems to be gaining more steam.
    The sponcors who dropped her were not the commercials shown on her TV show. They have personal contracts with her. Ceasars Casinos, Walmart and Smithfield ham, so far.

    When you work in the media what you do or say can hurt or help you. You and you alone are responsible whether you soar or fail. Your public image is your bread and butter and best take care of it or suffer the concequences. Many have ruined their own careers by behaving badly. Some bounce back, others don't.
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    I totally agree that when you are in teh media waht you do or say can hurt or help you. Also agree that we're each responsible for those things on our own. I don't have a problem with personal responsibilty. I have a problem with the way that as a society we have evolved to this zero tolerance place where there doesn't seem to be much compassion or grace extended to people who make mistakes or do foolish things. The people who are blasting her, and who are insisting they know what kind of person she is because of a few news reports, have made mistakes themselves. I don't think we should hold public figures to standards that we can't live up to ourselves. The sponsors have dropped her because of the intolerance - they know it's too risky to be associated with a person in the compassionless age we live in. If we were more forgiving of the bumpy roads that people find themselves on sometimes, they would not make such knee jerk moves out of fear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Scarlet View Post
    Maybe the smartest thing she could do right now is to keep her big mouth shut.
    It seems every time she goes on TV or makes a public statement about this, she manages to make matters worse. Not to mention every word she says now will be analyzed & researched & embellished.

    She's not going to be able to undo what's been done. Nor will her explanations make matters better.

    The smartest thing she can do is try to go on about business as best as possible & lay low & keep her mouth shut. Sooner or later this will blow over to some extent. People's opinions of her won't change back. The damage has been done. Right now she's only keeping it alive & feeding the frenzy.
    But the media will move onto the next scandal.
    Really, the smartest thing she could do is join the effort to find the man who fathered Michael Jackson's kids. That will move her to the back burner very fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoepie View Post
    Really, the smartest thing she could do is join the effort to find the father of Michael Jackson's kids.
    His children had a father.
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