limeyfellow: The lesson here is if you are going to do something embarrassing, don't do it while your viewing figures on TV has collapsed and your product sales are a fraction of what they used to be, as it is a great way of voiding your contracts, without the other businesses getting in trouble and sued when they want rid of you.
EvilEgg: As an old southern gentleman, he probably knows a thing or two about being a reformed racist.
ecl: bborchar: I don't like her, but I seriously don't see what the uproar is about. My great-grandmother grew up in Kentucky, and the stuff Paula Deen said doesn't hold a candle to the things she said./like "If you date a black man, I will disown you and you will burn in hell" then went on to describe what hell was like//why yes, she was Southern Baptist, how did you ever guess?///she was 92 when she died, and we all felt that was about 50 years too lateBecause Paula isn't the *worst* she's not bad at all. Good logic.
FormlessOne: Anyone else forget that the trial isn't about "Paula Deen said the n-word", but "Paula Deen and her brother systematically violated employment laws, while abusing and assaulting their staff, all the while demonstrating a clear racial bias in both policy and action, over a lengthy period of time?"Focus on the fact that she mentioned that she said the n-word 30 years ago, and feel free to argue about that, but keep in mind that the stuff alleged in the complaint happened less than three ago. It's not ancient history, and, yes, we could forgive her for using the n-word 30 years ago. The complaint alleges that she used it 3 years ago - and that she condoned her brother's actions, at some of which she was present, when her brother would scream at African-American staff members, grab and shake them, threaten them, treat them like servants, tell off-color racially and sexually inappropriate jokes. Sometimes, she'd participate in those actions. The woman who filed the complaint isn't the only witness being called, as several other former employees are now involved, too, so it's not a "he said, she said" case, nor is it extortion - both of which have been alleged by her defense.Her partners aren't dropping her for saying the n-word 30 years ago. Her partners are dropping her because, in one of her restaurants, she condoned and participated in systematic violations of employment laws, while abusing and assaulting their staff, all the while demonstrating a clear racial bias in both policy and action, over a lengthy period of time.Simply put, she's damaged goods, and has yet to demonstrate any form of contrition other than her pseudo-apologies. The only 'change' she's apparently performed over the last three decadesis learning to keep her mouth less open.
FormlessOne: Simply put, she's damaged goods, and has yet to demonstrate any form of contrition other than her pseudo-apologies. The only 'change' she's apparently performed over the last three decadesis learning to keep her mouth less open.
bborchar: My great-grandmother grew up in Kentucky, and the stuff Paula Deen said doesn't hold a candle to the things she said.
Gulper Eel: Mad_Radhu: He also seems to be one of those Christians who actually seemed to have learned the right lessons from Jesus's teachings.Perhaps so - when he takes on apolitical projects like guinea-worm eradication and Habitat for Humanity he does tremendous work...but when he involves himself in foreign policy he's a mess. For a supposed human rights leader he sure does have an unerring instinct for gravitating to the nastiest dictator in the room.
Spanky McStupid: Paula Dean needs to stop grovelling - it's embarrassing.
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