Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Southern Grace and Charm Be Damned . . . .

Oh dear!  What will we tell the children??:

Last month, Food Network chef Paula Deen gave a videotaped deposition as part of a discrimination suit she’s facing in which she discussed her desire to have a “very southern style wedding” for her brother modeled after a restaurant where the “whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men” clad in white jackets and black bow ties, according to a transcript of the deposition filed in federal court in Georgia. Deen also admitted to having used the N word and discussed the ways the word could be “not said in a mean way.”


But wait dear reader!  It gets much, much better:

As evidence that Deen “holds such racist views herself,” the complaint details an incident that occurred when Jackson was in charge of “food and serving arrangements” at Hier’s wedding in 2007. The complaint includes a comment Deen allegedly made when asked by Jackson what type of uniforms the servers should wear at the wedding.
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little niggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” the lawsuit claims Deen said. “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.
Billips also asked Deen whether she thought “jokes” containing the N word would be hurtful. Deen said she was unsure.
“That’s kind of hard. Most — most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks. Most jokes target — I don’t know. I didn’t make up the jokes, I don’t know,” said Deen. “They usually target, though, a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don’t know — I just don’t know what to say. I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.”

The Gadfly was not familiar with this Paula Deen "celebrity" person until a year or so ago when a "news" story came out recounting how this, apparently very popular television "chef," who's high calorie, southern recipes are renowned for containing heart-attack inducing amounts of fat, salt and sugar, had been, astonishingly, diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Setting that inanity aside though, and back to the story at hand, what kind of person is incapable of determining, of their own cognitive thinking abilities, whether or not certain words might "offend another person" - particularly words that exist exclusively to commit such offense?

So basically Queen ButterDeen, being of sound mind and sound manner presumably, cannot fathom in the most elementary form, the prospect that words like "nigger," "spic," "jew boy," "fag," "wetback," "zipperhead," etc. -- might offend the people whom those words were unmistakably meant to demean and insult?  If that truly is her argument, it makes The Gadfly wonder then whether or not Ms. ButterDeen would be much too bewildered and unenlightened to take offense should The Gadfly find cause to call her an ignorant, "redneck" "cracker" "cunt?"

Just asking a simple question folks.


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