Paula Deen’s Downfall Speaks to the Big Picture on Racism in the Restaurant Industry

paula-deen-apologySo, Paula Deen isn’t going to get her contract with Food Network renewed. Big freaking whoopty doo, I stopped watching her years ago when I realized that every episode was just a willfully ignorant, politically incorrect advertisement for butter. It was almost like the Food Network’s version of Sarah Palin as she happily mocked the culinary elite with copious amounts of unhealthy ingredients while her audience cheered on.

Even as she thumbed her nose at healthy food, she was very ill from years of poor eating habits. She had already inked a deal with a pharmaceutical company prior to her type 2 diabetes announcement and switch to a healthier focus with her dishes.

Racism, sexual harassment and everything else in the accusations against Paula Deen and her brother are the norm, not the exception in the restaurant industry. Off and on over the last almost two decades, I’ve spent my time doing everything from washing dishes, to waiting tables or even standing menacingly by a door in a club as a bouncer. In fact, I even worked for a few months as a waiter in the very restaurant that was later bought by Paula and her brother and turned into Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. This was right at the beginning of the Iraq War, and I remember one very overweight customer demanding “Freedom Fries” with his fried fish from underneath his “America, Love It Or Leave It” baseball cap.

If you’ve ever watched her shows that were taped looking out over a saltwater marsh with the sun setting in the distance, that was in the banquet room of what was once Snapper’s and then Snapper Jack’s, and then Uncle Bubba’s. In the distance, you could see Wilmington Island, the island we both called home.

The service industry is a rough, nasty place. Regardless if it is a lonely Waffle House at 3 am off the interstate in North Carolina or a 4 star restaurant visited by Washington insiders, it is an environment in which many of the rules of a normal society are either bent, or completely ignored.

I’ve watched cooks and waiters do shots prior to and throughout the shift, employees walk out in the middle of a dinner rush and even managers break down crying while smoking a joint in the back office. I’ve seen managers steal tips outright, sexually harass employees, and blatantly violate labor or safety laws.

Racism and bigotry? It’s common in that environment. It is an accepted part of both the South, and the industry. In my previous (and hopefully last) stint in the business, I watched a white manager repeatedly seat black patrons in the back of the restaurant, and I personally took constant drunken abuse from another manager for being Jewish — even to the point of being told that he’d like to shove me in the oven. This wasn’t an independently owned restaurant, this was a national seafood and steak chain based in Houston, Texas.

This isn’t an excuse for Paula Deen but I am stating that what she has admitted to, and has been accused of, is commonplace in her industry. Her mistake is that she got caught — the tragedy is that she is the norm, not the exception.

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  • T. G.

    Its not just the norm in the food service industry, its the norm in every industry. People make all kinds of racist and sexist comments when they are amongst their own. People are either okay with the comments or afraid of confrontation ans won’t say anything. I abhor that kind of ignorance so I choose to call people out on it. I’d like to think we are making slow but steady advances, after all mixed relationships are no longer shocking. Realistically, until we can get past our own prejudices and bigoted opinions- true acceptance will only be a dream.

    • disqus_PZEJ5l81Vy

      I have come to the conclusion as long as each of us is born “different” some kind of exclusion will exist. I believe its human nature to prefer and gravitate to “our own kind”. We have not evolved enough to recognize that “or own kind” is a living breathing being. These problems exist anywhere there is people. Integrity is what you do when no one is looking.

    • Gelliant Gutfright

      There’s nothing more socially uplifting than listening to a Nigga call a Nigga a Nigga.

  • klhayes

    It’s amazing what people say to others. The oven comment is especially heinous.

  • 808-202-919-757

    I think this is also abut location, location, location. I have worked a lot of gigs in both the South, and the North. . .the SOuth, hands down, has FAR more ignorant, racist people in not only the BOH, but FOH. I’m not saying you don’t run into it up north, but it is FAR more prevalent in the south. It’s sad that folks are still so damn ignorant, and that these “values” are being tough/passed on. Hate is NOT a family value. People need to grow up.

    • Doug Crum

      808-202-919-757 – obvious you are a yankee liberal

      • Matthew

        Yeah no shit you’re on AATTP page. PS Yankee liberal is synonymous with “has an education”.

        Oh sorry. Big word. Synonymous indicates that two words mean the same thing. I can say it slower if you need.

      • Doug Crum

        sorry perfect lib, must have hit a leg nerve

      • Joe Bob

        As a “Westerner” (California native), whose family is evenly divided between “Southerners” (Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina) and “Northerners” (Mass and New York), and as one who spent 25 years working in the restaurant/hotel/catering/hospitality industry, working all over the country, I must agree that ignorance and blatant racism IS INDEED much more prevalent in the South. Sorry, “y’all.”

      • MeepMeep

        I am from the south, am passionately liberal, and sort of take offense to this.

      • Tama Ann

        I have to stand with you MeepMeep. I was born and raised in the south and I have a college education, am liberal, and base my opinions of people based on how they behave. I have worked in retail and the northern bosses treated employees badly and every memo we got from the home office in Connecticut had misspelled words and poorly phrased sentences. There are bigots and illiterates in all areas of the country. They are not all in the south. When someone makes a statement about the south as if its people were a homogenous group of illiterate racists, he or she is being chauvinistic.

      • Coco

        As a fellow Southerner who has lived and worked in the north, I agree with you. One thing about this whole Paula Deen scandal that I’m disappointed in, is that it gives people one more reason to heap the racism criticism on the South.

  • Alaina

    Interesting. Although i have never experienced racism in all the years i have either and grown up in the business, maybe because I’m from Detroit not the south…but labeling the restaurant industry racist like this, because of her, i don’t think is fair to us.

  • Tina Hamilton

    I am not a big fan of hers but I am wondering if some of this is not being blown out of proportion. I do not like racists, my fiance and I have a friend/roommate who is African American…he has been my friend for 30 years, if someone was to call him any name I would give them heck….so that being said I am not giving her a pass, I am just saying that the media grabs certain quotes and runs with them…I have heard most of what she said and at least she was honest and did not lie as Mark Fuhrman did. Anyone who says they have never ever said the word in some context would most likely be lying. I think there is more to it. Or maybe she is just a racist, I don’t know, I don’t know her. Now it is open season on Paula Deen jokes, they are growing tiresome. They are taking her words and twisting them into much more than what I think some of them were meant to be~just saying…

    • Detroit Mike

      I’ve always felt that anyone who feels they need to state they have a friend of a different race when having these discussions, loses all credibility. Disclaimers are typically issued by those that actually have something to hide. Sociology 101.

      • sci-fi-wasabi

        I think you misread the context in which she was bringing up her friend.

      • Detroit Mike

        I’m not convinced I did, but I won’t say it isn’t possible.

      • _

        I took it as Tina saying that she would stand up for her friend if he was called a racial slur. She’s not bringing it up in the context of “I’ve been friends with a black guy for a long time so I’m clearly not a racist.” Just out of curiosity, why did you feel it was necessary to suggest that she’s uneducated?

      • Detroit Mike

        Tomato – Tomato don’t you think? At what point did I suggest she was uneducated? Are you suggesting that because I wrote “Sociology 101” that I was implying she was uneducated? That’s simply not the case, I was saying I learned that in Soiology 101.

      • Jennifer Griffin

        She was clearly bringing it up in the context of “I’m not a racist because I have a black friend…”

      • Leggyladyus

        I would have been less suspicious had she not entered the actual time period (known him for 30 years). I seemed like the amount of years was added to give weight to her credibility as a fair, unbiased person. Good call Jennifer and Detroit Mike.

      • Scatvar17

        When someone says ‘Just saying’ I find it extremely annoying . Why would one need to tell us they are saying something?? Maybe the reason the person you are speaking about, stated the race of friend because it possibly was pertinent to this subject? Just saying:.

      • Detroit Mike

        Maybe, and maybe when I wrote “just saying” I was trying to make light of the fact Tina wrote it at the end of her comment. Also, maybe by doing so I was hoping to perhaps put a little smile on her face so she wouldn’t take offense to my opinion/observation, and see it simply as what it was, rather than what it wasn’t.

      • jackjelvis

        Not really Sociology 101, but your opinion…. just saying.

      • Detroit Mike

        Sociology 101, I’m sure I still have my textbook, maybe I’ll dig it up and quote it for you.

      • jackjelvis

        If I may quote, “I’ve always felt”.= Your opinion. Also “typically” does not equal fact. Also, your longer post below might benefit from an actual reading of the article. People like you who think you are clever and insightful irritate me.

      • Detroit Mike

        just saying?

      • Sharon Kathan Christman

        just shut up elvis

      • jackjelvis

        …or at all

      • Detroit Mike

        zing!

      • An_alternative_opinion

        Psychology 101, if we are going to toss around our educated liberal creds

      • Tina Hamilton

        Say what you want…besides knowing him for 30 years I have been his caregiver after he had a major auto accident. It left him disabled…I am engaged to be married to a kind man who understands that I will not let my friend down as he has no living family, and I took this caregiver position 11 years ago…it has not been a bed of roses…regardless I have been a victim of racism because as a white woman with a black roommate I have heard it all…so first off you don’t know me and secondly I love this man, he is and has been my best friend for 30 years…I was just saying all that because I can’t stand a racist and I am not so sure Ms. Deen is one..Something to hide??/ LIKE WHAT??? The media takes these things and runs with them…now if she made people use different entrances well than she is a racist of a most horrific kind.,,journalism used to be a profession to be proud of, they risked more, sometimes life or limb now it is blown up witch hunts and gossip…they are running with this and nobody really knows what is going on! Regardless I don’t really care how “credible” I am to a stranger.

      • Detroit Mike

        It was an observation Tina. I didn’t say that was the case with everyone, just that it’s not an uncommon trait. I’m by no means judging what you are, so there’s definitely no need to defend yourself against me.

      • Tina Hamilton

        It was an observation which implied I had something to hide…really does not matter…I was not defending myself so much as I was clarifying what I actually meant. Sometimes words get lost in translation, so, no worries 🙂

      • An_alternative_opinion

        What you really need to defend is your belief that a woman who allows racist and sexist behavior in the workplace (even though it offends others) is somehow magically “innocent”. Putting up with it from people around you because “it’s just joking around” is exactly what racism in suburbia looks like. Rich white people “just makin a little ‘joke’… aw shucks, if Lil Wayne can say it, why can’t we?”

        When you condone that kind of behavior, you are every bit as much a part of the racism problem as the ones yelling “Nigger!” at school kids. Don’t kid yourself. Paula is not innocent.

    • Coco

      Tina, I was born and raised in the South and live in the South now. I don’t use “the word” now, nor have I ever. Ever. It is not part of my vocabulary and has never even slipped out by accident. I don’t hear the word in my head and hold back from using it, which is what I hear you saying that we’ve all done at some time.

      • Tina Hamilton

        I was talking about reading it, “To KIll a Mockingbird” the movie “DJango” etc etc….hearing it used at the OJ trial…I have never used it, it is a ignorant word said by ignorant people and basically the meaning of the word when it comes right down to it.

      • Detroit Mike

        Ok, well I call Bull$&@! On the above comment. It’s clear by your original comment what you meant, and this isn’t it.

      • Tina Hamilton

        When you read you are saying it, when you discuss a movie and are talking about the use of the word it is being said…not in the way of a racial slur or insult but as the conversation is about it and it is clearly the topic.

      • Coco

        Fair enough, as I’ve read plenty, even the book by that very name, though I’m still not sure I’ve ever actually said the word.

        Kudos on taking care of friend.

      • Tina Hamilton

        I believe you haven’t…thank you for the kudos! 🙂

      • Tina Hamilton

        I have never used it as a racial slur or insult…and probably when speaking of it in some context called it the N word as it truly does offend me…

    • Leggyladyus

      Here’s the deal. There are far too many people of ALL races in this American society who are totally self-UNaware people totally insulated in their bubbles of racial myth that they do not consider their perceptions and behavior to be racist at all. THAT NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED AND CHANGED BY ALL. America would not have the kinds of racial disparities evidenced in every aspect of
      American life without it being maintained through the everyday relations
      by white and Black folks who consciously and unconsciously believe in Black inferiority. These
      disparities and this system are sustained as the result of cumulative
      effects of the common acceptance and advance of Black inferiority and
      white privilege by everyday folk.
      You can’t teach what you don’t know and you can’t lead where
      you won’t go, and you can not begin to address a problem you refuse to
      see or in which you think your blindness is benefit.

  • chaotik_lord

    I’ve worked in many different industries. The restaurant industry is one of the cruelest and most crooked. Yes, it’s a societal issue, but trust me when I say that very little else has as much pervasive depravity as the restaurant industry.

  • ZF

    i’ve worked in the restaurant industry since i was 16, and i will say that when i am at work I’m racist against EVERYBODY. black white puerto rican asian brazilian british- every nationality and culture has stereotypes when it comes to dining out. Stereotypes don’t just come out of no where ya know, and it never ceases to amaze me how people just live up to the stereotypes of their race on a daily basis. I will say, its a lot worse in the south than it is in the north, but nonetheless pretty much the same work enviroment every where. Its the price you pay when you work in the restaurant biz. everyone is an ignorant A-hole.

  • Detroit Mike

    In my opinion, this article is kind of trite, and self-serving. I didn’t read much past, “So, Paula Deen isn’t going to get her contract with Food Network renewed. Big freaking whoopty doo, I stopped watching her years ago…” before coming to that opinion. I never watched her show, that doesn’t make an ounce of difference when it comes to the fact I’m glad that Food Network isn’t renewing her show. “Racism, sexual harassment and everything else in the accusations against Paula Deen and her brother are the norm, not the exception in the restaurant industry.” First, personal experience doesn’t qualify something as being “the norm”. Second, these things are prevelant in society as a whole, and it’s a damn shame in this day and age.

    I, like another commentor here, am from Detroit. While in the service and for several years afterward I lived in Savannah, GA. In fact, I’ve lived all over the country, and have worked in multiple industries, racism exists, everywhere.

    Finishing off with a disclaimer such as, “This isn’t an excuse for Paula Deen” and then making what I read to be a rather nonchalant acceptance that her personal views are commonplace, is just plain silly. You are excusing her, because, simply by stating it’s commonplace. Yes you said it’s a tragedy, that’s noted…there are racists on our televisions, the silver screen, and in our neighborhood. No one is making her an exception, but people are using this as an example to say that intolerance is unacceptable, and many of us don’t want it in our homes any longer.

    • Jennifer Griffin

      Very well said.

      • Detroit Mike

        thank you

  • Glenn Eric Johnson

    @tinahamilton:disqus you seem to be the only person on here who can think for themselves.

  • KK

    society is screwed people need to get their heads out of their asses and put away all the greed and hate. OHH Paula put her foot in her mouth big time she deserved to get fired booohooo for the Food Network

    • kk

      get over it people!!!

  • citizen

    Ill bet the seafood restaurant was landrys owned! The fertitas are scum of the earth.

  • Sean

    Basically the white race is racist against darker races because they feel superior due to their color. The difference here is that educated whites are aware of the consequences of being racist so they have learned to hide it whereas uneducated or uncultured whites like Deen feel that it’s their right to be racist she even admits it when she said she is old school from the South etc.

    • jackjelvis

      Pure crap.

    • DuanePaulson

      Sweeping generalization. .noitazilareneg ginpeewS

    • Sarah G.

      only people I feel superior to is assholes.

  • Melania Gulley

    Being born and raised in Texas this should not shock me but it does because she seemed so sweet but then I can honestly say Southern Hospitality is for the most part a lie. Its called good acting till the Yankee walks out the door.The Republicans may have worked to free the slaves but the partys switched sides long, long ago. I have seen some of the nicest, smartest black people who were born and raised in Texas treated kindly to their faces and talked down about once they walked out the door. Hypocrisy in the south knows no bounds. I am white so my experience comes from watching it happen to people I cared deeply for and trusted more than most of my relatives. It saddened me so much but even at a young age a realized it was wrong. My momma still uses the “N” word regularly even though she has a black friend who takes her places. Just just never uses it in front of her . I moved to Michigan last year. Rescued from an abusive marriage not by family but some Yankees I met on the internet. Family values in the south is also a joke.

  • JEANCA

    I take offense to the thought the majority of racist people live in the South. I grew up in the South, moved away 8 years ago to Providence, RI and was blatantly called a N Lover within 3 days of setting my feet on Northern soil. 33 years in the South, it never happened (at least not within earshot)

  • Christopher

    The best example of selective racism was parodied on Family Guy when Stewie wants to tell a joke to a group of white party goers…he walks around the world looking around to make sure no black folks are in ear shot, comes back to the same group of white folks, and is about to tell his joke when out of a nearby bush pops a black guy…joke ends with an uncomfortable compliment from Stewie to the Black guy…it happens all the time and please don’t pretend that it doesn’t…my non white friends tell me the same thing goes down in closed company just as much… I’m gay and we cut on straight folks for dessert…nobody’s perfect and it’s all in the context…I love me a good racial/sexist/lifestyle joke….they’re funny cuz it’s true…even if absurd.

  • JC

    Have you all Just Completly Lost your minds? I have been in the Resturant Industry for over 30 years, AND I Have NEVER witnessed, heard of, or any thing like you have described as the NORM. You Need to get your head out of your ……. and get a real life.if the N word ( as you prefer to call it) is so Disrespectful, hatetful,disgusting, politically incorrect. etc.. then why is it Prevailent in Rap Music, in everyday speak of the Black race. and when the Black race ueses the word White/Whittie/the man in a disrespectful way then where is your outrage on that language? Slavery was and is a thing of the Past, and if not for White people Slavery would Still exisit. You ALL need to get over the pains and disrespect of the Past and Live in the here and now.
    GET A LIFE AND GET OVER IT…..

    • Sarah G.

      hooray for you that you haven’t experienced it, that’s amazing. The N word is disrespectful when people use it as a negative slur or when people that haven’t had to live with the problems that it causes say it. What you are doing is called making false equivalencies, what you need to do is stop speaking from a point of privilege on what should be done for people that haven’t lived from a place of privilege. Slavery (of African-Americans) is something of the past, but it’s not like as soon as the Emancipation Proclamation was addressed everyone started on the same footing from scratch. White people may have stopped the slavery, but they started it in this country too. As soon as these pains and disrespects stop rearing their heads in everyday life, I’m sure people will get over it. (I have written this all from the point of view from a white woman, not someone that deals with this on a daily basis)

    • Coco

      JC, you must be in Connecticut or on Martha’s Vineyard or something. I cannot imagine you being in the service industry for so long and never being exposed to racism at work in 30 years. From the haughtiness of some restaurant owners to the managers to the kitchen to the waitstaff to the dishwashers and busboys, if there are people of any color or “other”ness, they are typically judged harshly or called names behind their back. I guess what we all want to know now, is where have you worked? One place for all those years, or have you been lucky enough to have dodged this stuff in several jobs?

      As for the word being used by black people being “okay” and not okay when others use it, I really cannot say what that is all about. I don’t understand the depths of what’s going on there and I’m sure it’s been the subject of many an intelligent conversation.

      What I do know is that you are off your rocker to say that slavery wouldn’t have ended in the U.S. if it weren’t for white people. Um, did you forget that it wouldn’t have started in this country in the first place if not for white people? Good grief, when white people arrived, they stole land from the natives and bought and sold fellow humans to work for them and wait on them for free.

      The reason we are discussing all of this is because the country is not yet healed from the pain of slavery having existed here in the first place, from the pain of Jim Crow laws and prejudice that persisted even after emancipation, and from the struggles we continue to have with racism. It’s not over. JC, this IS our life and we, as a country are not “over it.”

  • Darryl

    How long have we been on this planet? It’s sad that the most intelligent being on earth is still caught up in racism after this long. I thought we were suppose to evolve or something?

    • RD

      Evolution moves SO slowly, and people are SO stupid.

  • Coco

    When I was the newest waitress at a local restaurant recently, it was not uncommon for another waiter to ask all generous-like if I wanted the black folks that were about to be seated in his/her section. I always said yes and gave them the best service I could because I have a feeling that this sort of thing is not lost on these customers.

    The weird thing to me, is that the people who work in restaurants have no business looking down on anyone for being somehow different. The service industry is indeed overcome with a cornucopia of variety, from kinda’ ordinary folks just working for a living or some extra income to some truly sketchy characters. It’s a pretty seedy business.

    Every time I walk by a nice restaurant anymore, I think about what’s going on in the kitchen, in the walk-in cooler, in the manager’s office; the whole back-stage scene. If you’ve been in the industry, you know what I mean. What customers see on the floor is the glossy paint over a scene that is riddled with racism, drug-use, sometimes iffy cleanliness and cost-cutting food use, and an industry that too-often depends on worker mistreatment and abuse.

  • Sayway

    For this to be the “Forward Progressive” site I cannot believe how “backwards” some of the thinking is. (IMHO) I was born in the deep south in the 1960’s and faced with racism soon as I entered school. (The year schools were finally desegregated in the state of MS.) My mother explained to me back then that it was an ignorant way of thinking and not the norm. People to me are just people it does not matter which racial category society places you in. What saddens me is that this is 2013, we have a black president, and low and behold here we are still discussing race and whether or not it is okay for a 60 year woman to admit to using racial slurs, laughing at her husband’s racist jokes, and wanting to plan a southern plantation wedding. No she should not be given a pass but I am sure she has an audience for her type of backwards thinking. I am sure that Paula will land on her feet. But I hope that she learns something positive from this teachable moment. I probably will not be alive to see it but I hope that racism, sexism, ageism and all the other negative “isms” will one day be extinct.

    • huntingdon

      Miss Sayway, thank you for giving me the opportunity to say this one thing I have been dying to say since I was first introduced to your president on the news the very day after george bush II gave his last state of the union address and the press told us this current guy would be your next president.

      I am so tired of people making the comment “we’ve finally got a black president” I’m sure many of the people who have commented today or stopped long enough to read a comment or two would agree this guy is whiter than ted kennedy. Am I right?

  • Southern 0088

    So Paula Deen “mocked the culinary elite”? That’s what pissed me off about your diatribe. I’d really hate it if we dwellers of the midwest and south could not be “elite” enough to partake of the cuisine offered your classically “trained” chefs.

  • WilliamBaylor

    Not all southerners are racist. Most are however! They lack education in the Humanities, Civil Rights, Slavery, Equal Rights, Voting Rights, Human Rights, Civil War and even their own bible, we are all Gods children and even Jesus was not white!
    They suffer from the following:

    #1 Racism: Slaves owned by family in your history tree! And family upbringing.
    #2 Racism: ‘after years of clogging your brains with pure, saturated Dixie nostalgia.”

    I live in South Carolina and little kids five and six year old still call black people “nigger” every day! .It’s a very sad state!

  • Thomas

    I remember the day they told the cooks at the neighborhood chain restaurant that smoke breaks would not be allowed to be taken in their cars; only next to the dumpster as per the handbook. It was SUPPOSED to keep them from blatantly smoking weed at work. Instead, that night (a busy Friday), the broil guys were just passing a joint around the line and smoking it while preparing the food, exhaling into the hood vent. Classy.

  • Echo Moon

    this rant sounds like a serious case of sour grapes….” In the distance, you could see Wilmington Island, the island we both called home.” yeah i can smell sour grapes. paula dean made a career for herself and went somewhere. the author not so much. they were stuck working as an underling in the business where paula dean has been a leader.

    i really don’t care about paula dean. i don’t watch her show. i couldn’t begin to know any of her recipes. i do know that she has her own brand of cookware and i know that she has silver/grayish hair.

    the amount of mean spirited talk, horrible rotten comments and hatred directed towards her now???? reminds me greatly of school yard bullies. like a bunch of animals gathering and joining in on a kill. now that she’s “down” everyone is joining the mob.

  • Amanda De

    I disagree that Racism and Bigotry are an accepted part of the restaurant industry. I have worked in restaurants on and off my entire life. Now, I live in the North (upstate NY), so we see less racism on a regular basis than you find in the South anyway, but I wouldn’t consider it an accepted part of the industry as a whole. I have never once worked in a restaurant where management would have permitted anyone to be outwardly racist to customers without being fired.

    I think the truth is that you see it in every industry, and more or less depending on your location. Maybe in restaurants in the South it is very common, but I don’t think that’s the case for restaurants in general.

  • Andrea Barrett

    From what I understand she never said the N word on television. She admitted to using it before in her personal life…YEARS AGO…which obviously was a major mistake on her part….But what do you expect SHE IS from the south. I don’t see how that is grounds to fire her.

  • Common-Sense

    Manny, so you too have an opinion of a person you don’t like to start with. Again the point has been missed. I don’t care who you are writing about, the fact remains a “word” was spoken over 27 years ago. This came to light during a trail and this person told the truth. You see Manny, truth be told this is not a perfect world, we are not perfect people situations change. The food industry is not bad, people are. The same with any industry. So Manny stay on point and write the truth we have had enough of over the top, want our name out there, look at me crap from the media.

  • LiberalSkeptic

    1. having diabetes is not a moral failing. (Neither is having cancer even if you have smoked, neither is being addicted to drugs). You are not immoral, a bad person, stupid or otherwise to be shamed for developing illness. There is not just one factor that causes illness, in this case Type 2 diabetes. Your ignorance of disease pathology encourages victim-blaming. If you don’t understand something, don’t pronounce judgement.

    2. if all cooking shows were based on low-fat, low-carb recipes… how to bake chicken and steam vegetables, no one would watch. No one would make money. Foodies would despair. They love eye candy. And while it’s true, we should follow a diet lower in fat and sugar… (we all know that by now, I hope), you won’t die because you eat a piece of cake made with butter once in a while. Which you would have had to bake yourself, which makes it unlikely that many of us are cooking Paula Deen recipes for every meal in the first place. (I know we aren’t making Rachel Ray recipes every day because to mimic her ingredients would cost thee a small fortune and weekly trips to Italy).

    3. “When we turn taboo enforcement into implacable witch hunting, that is not thought, but sport.” – John McWhorter, literature prof. at Columbia Univ.

    4. Did Paula Deen’s restaurant actively racially discriminate based? The claims of Lisa Jackson are disturbing, and while I don’t doubt racial bigotry and discrimination abound in the service industry, as per your experience, Ms. Jackson will have her day in court. If her claims are true, then she deserves justice.