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Posted on 03/07/2012 11:46:31 AM PST by Redcat
Reporting from Atlanta A former employee of a restaurant co-owned by Paula Deen has filed a lawsuit against the matronly celebrity cook, accusing her of condoning an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism in her high-profile culinary empire. The suit also accuses Deen of casually referring to black people with a racial epithet.
The civil complaint, which was filed Monday in state court in Savannah, Ga., was brought by Lisa T. Jackson, a former manager at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, one of five restaurants in Deen's group. The Savannah-based oyster house is co-owned by Deen and her brother, Earl W. Bubba Hiers.
Much of the 33-page complaint details what it says was boorish and racist behavior by Hiers, including accusations that he physically intimidated employees, displayed pornography at work, acted toward Jackson in a sexually degrading manner including forcibly kissing her cheek and spitting on her and repeatedly using racial epithets.
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” Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks “
The day after my family joined me in Texas, we ate a a local Jims restaurant. The waitress came up to us and in her biggest smile said, “Can I get you some coffee, sugar?”
My wife almost had a stroke. “That’s discrimination, that’s not right, that is offensive.” (we are from the Northeast) I had to explain to her it is called southern hospitality and she should only worry when someone says to her, “well bless your heart.”
Well bless (his/her/your/their) heart.
The true southern insult.
Has the aggrieved received a phone call from the First Lady?
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Can I get you some coffee, sugar?
...how could anyone confuse that with discrimination?! I think it’s refreshing to hear a lady call me “sugar”. the NE mentality is destroying this country.
In the south, “Bless your heart” = “Up yours.” In a sweet way, y’know. I love the language of the south and am finally getting the hang of it after two years in TN.
Your wife really got ticked off by that? Really?
I’m not trying to cause a stir...just very curious. Is she a liberal?
I thought I was a “liberal” until my late twenties, but, even then, I don’t think that would have bugged me.
Oh, and btw, I held a deep seated conviction (due to brainwashing in public school/univ) that the South was backwards, racist and evil.
10 years ago I FINALLY got a chance to go to the SOUTH. I LOVED THE HOSPITALITY. Never saw anything like that before. If a nice lady called me or my husband or kids “Sugar”....made me feel special and cared for.
So...help a reformed Dem/lib out...what bugged your wife?
I never knew the “bless yer heart” thingy, until recently.
Oh, how I love it...used in the appropriate way against a dumb-arsed lefty.
It’s a southern way of POLITELY telling someone to go pound sand. It’s especially amusing when said by a old southern lady.
Yeah, it’s not like Paula Deen ever made any sexual remarks on her television show (including about her son’s private parts or her husband’s ‘sausage’).
She’s what I call a dirty bird. Haven’t you ever met someone like that?
This is an example of being hoisted on ones' petard.
I say “Bless your/his/her heart” all the time, and don’t mean it in a nasty way. Depends on the context of the conversation.
The "up yours way" will generally involve a smile and it's always in reply to something snobby in my experience.
This is SC, so your mileage may vary when crossing state lines... :)
Well, I’ve been saved by the grace of southern charm
I got a mouth like a sailor and yours is more like a Hallmark card
If you wanna pick a fight, well, I’m gonna have to say good night
I don’t have to be hateful, I can just say, “Bless your heart”
And even though I don’t belong with your high life friends
Doesn’t mean we don’t get together and try to make amends
It’s easier can’t you see? Let’s agree to just disagree
We don’t have to like each other but it’s sure fun to pretend
So let’s shake hands and reach across those party lines
You got your friend just like I got mine
We might think a little differently
But we got a lot in common you will see
We’re just like you, only prettier
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