All the butter in the world might not be able to help Food Network star Paula Deen get past this unsavory matter. Paula Deen the Butter Queen is being accused of racism after she admitted to using racial slurs during a court deposition last month, the National Enquirer wrote on Wednesday.
The 66-year-old celebrity chef is best known for her excessive use of butter and Southern approach to her home cooking, but today people are more focused on the hateful words that came out of Deen’s mouth instead of how to make the perfect gelatin-pudding pie.
After saying she probably used the N-word when she was held up at gunpoint in the '80s, she apparently added: "Things have changed since the '60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do."
But it doesn’t seem like the racist label burned across the Southern bell’s forehead will be fading anytime soon. Twitter has been trending #PaulasBestDishes throughout Wednesday, proving the stigma will probably have long-lasting effects.
But is Deen actually racist? Plenty of people think so, regardless of the chef saying she doesn’t hold any prejudices in her deposition. She spoke about herself and her brother when she said, “Bubby and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is,” the New York Daily News quoted her as saying. “It’s what’s in your heart and in your head that matters to us.”
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Here’s what Twitter users had to add:
The real reason Paula Deen's in the news is not because she's racist, but because she broke the unwritten rules about how to be racist now.
— Teju Cole (@tejucole) June 19, 2013
So...now that Paula Deen's outed herself as an unrepentant racist, can we make fun of her for that instead of for having a terrible disease?
— Lindy West (@thelindywest) June 19, 2013
I am shocked that Paula Deen is such a racist. #SaidNoOne
— Michael Buckley (@buckhollywood) June 19, 2013
So, it looks like Paula Deen is super racist. Huh. I coulda called that one I guess. #butter
— Roxy Orcutt (@Halloween_Honey) June 20, 2013
Paula Deen a racist, huh? Never trust a Heaux who use too much butter... Mhmmm
— .monica. ツ (@acmeofbliss) June 20, 2013
On a whole nother note, are people really surprised that Paula Deen is racist? Come on people please, wake up.....*shakes fist at you*
— afrofuturistic gold (@sohumstudios) June 20, 2013