Hollywood Mocks Paula Deen Over N-Word Controversy
It has been a whirlwind day for embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen – and Hollywood’s Twitter commentators have been feasting on the gory details.
It began with a canceled Today show appearance Friday, which was to come two days after it was revealed Deen admitted in a deposition to using the N-word in the past. After the canceled interview, Deen went on to issue a series of video apologies – the first of which she pulled from online. Finally, the Food Network announced it was not renewing Deen’s contract.
Online, the backlash to Deen's use of the N-word and the subsequent developments have been biting.
"I accept Paula Deen's apology. Also, looking forward to her new @FoodNetwork show, LUNCH MOB,” tweeted Patton Oswalt. “Paula Deen canceled on The Today Show, citing ‘exhaustion.’ She released a statement saying ‘she hopes she doesn't seem like a lazy N word,’” wrote Jason Biggs on Twitter.
On Wednesday, a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit against Deen and her brother, Bubba Heirs, revealed the 66-year-old chef admitted to having used racial slurs in the past. Deen, who along with her brother is being sued by a former employee, said she would not use those words today.
"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done," she said in one of her apology videos Friday. "I want to learn and grow from this. ... Inappropriate hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way. But I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."
Find Hollywood’s tweets about Deen below.
I accept Paula Deen's apology. Also, looking forward to her new @FoodNetwork show, LUNCH MOB.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 21, 2013
Paula Dean's apology seemed heartfelt but I question her decision to open with "After consulting with my Jew lawyers..."— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) June 21, 2013
Paula Deen butter churn her Wesson. #ThankYou— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 21, 2013
Paula Deen is a real buttereverything— Andy Levy (@andylevy) June 21, 2013
I missed the Paula Dean apology video. Please tell me one of the ingredients was butter.— Matt Mira (@MattMira) June 21, 2013
If the food network lets Paula Dean go, I'm sure there will be a place for her at Fox News! #TeamDl— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) June 21, 2013
Casting call. Paula Dean is looking for blk folk to work the kitchen. Nice uniforms and all you can eat.— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) June 19, 2013
Paula Dean's new recipe for the good life. Saute' Shrimp in creole sauce add buttermilk and raw lard stir gently while saying the N-word.— David Koechner (@DavidKoechner) June 20, 2013
We should open our hearts and forgive Paula Deen (unless she's a kike or a lesbo).— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) June 21, 2013
Sincerely, so happy Paula Deen got fired. She recklessly promotes unhealthy lifestyles & is also racist for good measure. Go away.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 21, 2013
Was Paula Deen's apology video edited like that because she kept saying the n-word?— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) June 21, 2013
Paula Deen canceled on The Today Show, citing "exhaustion." She released a statement saying "she hopes she doesn't seem like a lazy N word."— Jason Biggs (@JasonBiggs) June 21, 2013
Hey, Paula Deen. No. Sincerely, America.— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 21, 2013
Don't let Quentin Tarantino write it. RT @Paula_Deen: I will be releasing a video statement shortly.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) June 21, 2013
"Let's sizzle my nizzles!" -Paula Deen's new catch phrase— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) June 21, 2013