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Paula Deen’s Turnaround

The beleaguered celebrity chef makes her first public appearance in three months — to a standing ovation!

by
Chris Queen

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September 17, 2013 - 9:00 am
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Paula Deen

To say that Paula Deen has had a rough year understates the difficulties she has endured this spring and early summer. I’ve reported extensively on the controversy surrounding her. On May 17, the celebrity chef testified in a deposition for a lawsuit against her that she used the N-word some time in the past. As a result, Food Network refused to renew her contract, and sponsor after sponsor dropped her. Despite the hatred coming her way from many corners, her fans throughout the South rallied around her.

These days, it looks as though things are starting to turn around for her. A new publisher has picked up her upcoming cookbook, and she has begun to pop up here and there. Last month, she appeared on MasterChef (in an episode produced long before the deposition), judging the contestants in a Southern cooking challenge.

Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported on Deen’s appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show — her first public appearance since June.

Paula Deen fought back tears Saturday as she was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation from a crowd of about 1,500 during her appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at Reliant Center.

It was Deen’s first public appearance since late June, when news broke that she had used a racial slur.

“These are tears of joy, y’all,” Deen told the audience. “I’ve said all along that the one place I’d want to make my first step back out is Texas. Y’all’s hearts are as big as your state.”

Deen presented two cooking demonstrations and appeared with her two son, who are cooking stars in their own right.

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Racism is alive and well in the USA, within the black community.
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Good for her; enough with the PC Gestapo.
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She was lynched, pure and simple. Whatever these racist vigilantes had in mind, this was completely inappropriate. There clearly had to be another hidden agenda here. She did not deserve this, any more than Martha Stewart deserved to go to jail. The elite had something against her, and now that she is off the air, it's not an issue. What a crappy bunch of elites.
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Paula Deen? I think not. She was with a crowd that supports her. There are many many more who don't support her and her horrible behavior. You can choose to forgive her but not to forget. She has a lot of work to do with the people she hurt and she really needs to search her own soul for truth.
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Just have to note that Paula looks great with the extra weight off, and it looks like her older son has shed a few pounds too. Go, Lady & Sons!!
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I have not watched Food Network since they dropped her!
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Racism is alive and well in the USA, within the black community.
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I don't want to go swimming in the crazy end of the pool, but the "punishment" was so out of proportion to the crime it screams that there was more going on here than meets the eye. Losing your livelihood for having used a formerly common, if disreputable word thirty years ago? And that fact only coming up in a deposition for a lawsuit?
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"Losing your livelihood for having used a formerly common, if disreputable word thirty years ago? And that fact only coming up in a deposition for a lawsuit?"

Welcome to Obamaville, otherwise known as the USA.
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Actually TMZ led the lynching of Paula on-line. They have two hobbyhorses currently -- gay marriage and use of "racist" language. If anyone has ever -- even in a dream state -- say anything that TMZ can report on frequently in all caps and exclamation points, then they will. Personally, I think Harvey Levin has a lot to answer for and I wish someone big, important and rich would stand up to him.
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Good for her; enough with the PC Gestapo.
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Exactly Karloff. How many blacks use that word every day. Shove that racism crap right back in their face!
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When Jay Zee uses the word ni**er repeatedly, he gets invited to the White House. Repeatedly.

Ni**er is a BLACKS ONLY word. Neo-segregation is so IN with the demokkkrat crowd.
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WAKE UP, WHITE PEOPLE!
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Good for her. Even though her support of Obama sets my teeth on edge, Ms. Deen got a raw deal.
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remember Obama was supported by Ophara and she was Raced on in Swisserland by White check girl who probably could not spell racism & Travon could of been Obamas son
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