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Paula Deen embroiled in scandal June 26, 2013

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Celebrity chef Paula Deen’s mini empire is in trouble as a deposition in a lawsuit filed against her and her business partners was made public. Deen and her brother are being sued by a former manager of one of their restaurants who is accusing them of harassing her with racial slurs and sexually inappropriate comments. When being deposed by the manager’s lawyers, Deen confessed that she had used the N-word multiple times throughout her life, although it had “been a very long time.” Deen’s contract with the Food Network was promptly terminated on the very day that she issued a public apology for her behavior. Deen told America in recorded mea culpa, “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.” She added, ““I was wrong, yes, I’ve worked hard, and I have made mistakes, but that is no excuse and I offer my sincere apology to those that I have hurt, and I hope that you forgive me because this comes from the deepest part of my heart.”

Deen’s troubles only got worse in the week following her confession. Both Smithfield (America’s leading pork company) and QVC ended their relationships with Deen, and several other companies – including Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Target, Sears, KMart, Random House, and Caesars Entertainment – announced that they monitoring the situation closely.

For more on Deen’s scandal, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  What did Paula Deen confess in her deposition? Why did that cause so many of her business partners to jump ship?

2.  Is Paula Deen being treated unfairly by the news media and her business partners? Why, or why not?

3.  Was Deen’s apology enough to repair her image?



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