Paula Deen sure knows how to stir up trouble, doesn’t she? A recent lawsuit filed against Mrs. Ham-in-the-Face by the manager of her Savannah restaurant contains more than a few barely believable allegations, among them that she and her husband often used the n-word and that:
…white employees were free to use the customer bathroom at the front of the restaurant, but black employees had to use the facilities in the back.
A disgruntled employee stretching the truth? Possibly! But Deen landed herself and her brand in even more hot water today. While answering lawyers’ questions about her supposed desire to host an event catered by an all-black wait staff dressed in Antebellum-era outfits, she described a dreamy “plantation” wedding she wishes she’d planned herself:
The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie…That restaurant represented a certain era in America…I would say they were slaves…I remember saying I would love to have servers like that…but I would be afraid somebody would misinterpret.
Now how could anyone misinterpret that?
Deen’s rep claims that she’s never used racial epithets and that she will be vindicated in court, but the Internet already passed judgement; as of Wednesday afternoon #PaulasBestDishes was the top trending hashtag on Twitter, and it inspired its share of winning puns.
Rosa Pork, with a side order of Okra Winfrey. #PaulasBestDishes
— Teju Cole (@tejucole) June 19, 2013
The most unbelievable part of this story? Deen was not drunk during the interview.
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