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The Food Network has fired Paula Deen; Will HBO fire Bill Maher?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:45 am - June 23, 2013.
Filed under: Food,Liberal Hypocrisy,Mean-spirited leftists

Both used ugly epithets to describe other individuals.

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  1. What the media is doing to destroy Paula Deen’s life and livelihood is far more damaging than anything that resulted from her remarks, however inappropriate they were or might have been. It seems to me that the Northern media elites have been waiting for a chance to take down this Southerner who became too successful, and worse yet who became successful by celebrating things Southern. They failed with the diabetic-promoting-unhealthy-eating-while-pitching-diabetes-medication narrative, but I’m sure they’re pleased with having stereotyped her as a stereotypical Southern racist.

    Comment by Conservative Guy — June 23, 2013 @ 1:03 am - June 23, 2013

  2. Deen got fired for admitting she’s human. I believe Food Network is content to become the channel of arrogant, elitist assholes and rid themselves of any talent that remotely resembles the average person.

    Comment by TGC — June 23, 2013 @ 1:06 am - June 23, 2013

  3. Remember when Joe Biden said of Barack Obama, “”I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Or when Harry Reid commented on Obama being “light skinned” with “no Negro dialect”? Where was the media push to end their careers?

    Comment by Conservative Guy — June 23, 2013 @ 1:08 am - June 23, 2013

  4. When will actions mean more than words? Ugly word yes, she shouldn’t have used it 20 years ago or ever, but has she lived the life of a racist? Meanwhile we have a President who is great with pretty words, but his actions don’t back them up.

    Comment by Tava — June 23, 2013 @ 1:19 am - June 23, 2013

  5. Hey Al Sharpton can have a TV show, why can’t Deen?

    “White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/articles/outragedagainsharptonrecord.html

    Comment by crosspatch — June 23, 2013 @ 2:19 am - June 23, 2013

  6. Of course not. Bill Maher is one of our betters, you see. Like David Gregory, the beautiful people can do as they please. We have long since passed the threshold of a nation of laws and are now a nation of men.

    The Leftists aren’t going to like this new world they are creating nearly as much as they think they will …

    Comment by Acethepug — June 23, 2013 @ 6:48 am - June 23, 2013

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  8. If you want to know the real status of the races in America, here is another example.

    People of Color…when does any one of them ever apologize to Whites for anything offensive they say about us?

    And here it is even clearer. She has to grovel for using a word that they use all the time in speech and song. It is an exercise of dominance and privilege, to say the word in front of us that any of us will lose our jobs for using.

    Every time a White does this routine, she or he tightens up the moral order in which we are eternally guilty.

    We are the old and dying rich uncle Sam, unloved and resented by the greedy offspring, just waiting for us to pass on.

    Whites: The Most Foolish People On The Planet.

    Comment by EssEm — June 23, 2013 @ 9:38 am - June 23, 2013

  9. Her votes for Obama aside, she does have that folksy, fly-over-country image. If she looked thin and twenty years younger and exuded more of a NY/LA/SF/DC vibe, well, I don’t think using the n-word a long, long time ago would even come to light, but if it did, she would just have to apologize and that would be it.

    Even the most decent people I know have probably said and done things in the past that are embarrassing and/or socially taboo. If we apply this standard to anyone that is arbitrarily disliked by people in power over that person, that’s a scary, scary world. And it’s just not media companies, either. We can no longer trust our government to not apply different standards to people, which is even scarier. I can punish the Food Network by turning them off my TV, just as I can withhold support from any private business. I can’t, however, stop doing business with the government, so the corruption and lack of accountability we see in the government is much worse.

    Comment by Chad — June 23, 2013 @ 9:42 am - June 23, 2013

  10. It’s my understanding that her possible use of the word-that-shall-not-be-named twenty years ago was in relation to having a gun put to her head by one of these oppressed individuals during a bank robbery.

    Perhaps I shall purchase a Paula Deen cookbook.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — June 23, 2013 @ 11:37 am - June 23, 2013

  11. To Dan’s question: No. Using vile, misogynist language and insulting a helpless child is “edgy”, avant garde, and all that. It takes real genius to be a funny as Bill Maher.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — June 23, 2013 @ 11:40 am - June 23, 2013

  12. The premise is flawed. It’s a rotten apples to Crêpe Suzette comparison.

    Maher (the rotten apple) is hired to do a show and be “edgy”. That includes saying outrageous things, something for which he was known for before they ever hired him. Paula Dean, on the other hand, was hire to do a show on cooking. I don’t watch either show, and only know of Dean because or the diabetes “controversy” that happened last year. I suspect that she would have gotten a pass had it not been for the negative publicity she had already garnered.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — June 23, 2013 @ 12:58 pm - June 23, 2013

  13. The whole matter is strange. It seemas as though it´s her brother that is being sued, and for what has not been published, which begs the question how is Paula involved. Her brother has been an occasional visitor to the show, but is he an active participant behind the scenes. As for her use of the ¨N¨word. based on her testimony she used it back in the early 80´s when she was describing the robber who held a gun to hear head when she was a bank teller. According to her testimony, she used it in describing the assalt to her husband in the privacy of their home. Unless there are witnesses to testify that she used the word in the kitchen or the set in which the show was being taped, I have to ask why is she being punished for something said thirty some years ago, in the privacy of her home? Is there or is there not a statute of limitations on the use of slur words? If not then the PC Police need to get busy. They can start with calling out Norman Lear, his staff of writers who put into the mouth of Sherman Hemsley, as George Jefferson, words like ¨honkey¨, zebra¨(mulatto) , and ¨whitey.¨All of which are offensive to me.

    Then there is a Mr Betances, who for a fee of $212,000. gave sensitivty training (see my comment # 6 on the thread Lough Erne Declaration)
    to a government agency HHS or HUD, in which at the end he said the southwestern state belong to Mexico. The ¨gringo¨ is the illegal alien. I wonder how he would like to be referred to as ¨beaner,¨or ¨frito bandido.¨

    Comment by Roberto — June 23, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - June 23, 2013

  14. Funny how, when reporting what PD said in her deposition, the mainstream media left out one vital piece of information from the *plaintiff’s* deposition: that she never once heard Paula Deen use racist language or jokes in her presence. As usual, they report half the story, and allow the reader to fill in the other half depending on their own personal issues.

    What started as a garden-variety nuisance lawsuit brought by a disgruntled former employee yielded some smear material simply because Deen spoke the truth while under oath (take notes, Eric Holder).
    A few lines were taken out of dozens of pages by that bastion of journalistic integrity, _The National Enquirer_ and then others decided to jump on it. Deen’s only failing, in my opinion, is not having very good “representation” such as PR people and attorneys who could speak for her. Her tendency to speak from her heart without going through a “filter” obviously went up against the media machine who makes its living building people up just to tear them down. Had she been represented and advised by PR professionals, things would not have spiralled out of control as they did.

    The good news, however, is that I think Food Network cutting her loose might acutally be the best thing to happen. This is why they invented syndication, and look how Oprah and Martha did once they struck out on their own. FN needs her a lot more than she needs them at this point.

    Comment by jimmy — June 23, 2013 @ 3:49 pm - June 23, 2013

  15. As for her use of the ¨N¨word. based on her testimony she used it back in the early 80´s when she was describing the robber who held a gun to hear head when she was a bank teller. According to her testimony, she used it in describing the assalt to her husband in the privacy of their home.

    Wow. That is a lot of mitigating circumstances. This extent of firestorm (that she’s fired, even after apologizing) does appear to be unjust.

    Maher (the rotten apple) is hired to do a show and be “edgy”.

    Translation: When liberals do it, let’s rationalize it! /eyeroll

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 23, 2013 @ 4:01 pm - June 23, 2013

  16. She has to grovel for using a word that they use all the time in speech and song. It is an exercise of dominance and privilege, to say the word in front of us that any of us will lose our jobs for using.

    Good point.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 23, 2013 @ 4:06 pm - June 23, 2013

  17. Reading all of the above, I can’t help but remember a wonderful Ann Coulter quote I read a few months back:

    Liberals get a kick out of accusing their opponents of what they themselves are guilty of.

    To wit, most libtards are bigots. Don’t believe me? Go have two men kiss in front of an AME church, and get back to me afterwards.

    Checkmate.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 23, 2013 @ 7:12 pm - June 23, 2013

  18. According to Chad, Paula Dean voted for Obama, which makes her a de facto liberal. Of course Oprah will see the light and hire her and everyone will live happily ever after. As for Bill Maher ……………….. I just don’t want to admit that he even exits.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 23, 2013 @ 7:26 pm - June 23, 2013

  19. Had she been represented and advised by PR professionals, things would not have spiralled out of control as they did.

    The good news, however, is that I think Food Network cutting her loose might acutally be the best thing to happen. This is why they invented syndication, and look how Oprah and Martha did once they struck out on their own. FN needs her a lot more than she needs them at this point.

    Comment by jimmy — June 23, 2013 @ 3:49 pm – June 23, 2013

    If she doesn’t already have a PR expert experienced in damage control engaged, then I’d suggest she get one, stat.

    Admitted liberals I was in conversation with yesterday mentioned the multiple video apologies which were posted (as evidence her apology wasn’t ready for prime time, as it should have been), and the party at which she–depending on which source you believe–wanted the servers to be exclusively Black males or wanted Aunt Jemima-esque women who would be portraying slaves as servers. At this point, it doesn’t really matter if any of this (outside of the apology restarts) is true or not; perception is in danger of becoming reality.

    OTOH, this could indeed be the best thing for her, down the line. Personally, I thought she was overexposed in many areas: not only was she a regular on The Food Network, but every other network infotainment show cooking segment seemed to feature her, particularly around the holidays. I recall seeing a display in a Kohl’s I was in several years ago in which I thought “Lordy, she’ll slap her name on anything!”—that has only increased in the intervening time. It was representative of someone who had grown up without many things and therefore was so concerned about it happening again that she ended up just doing things for the monetary gain instead of truly building her “brand”.

    Heck, if Martha can go from securities fraud incarceration to getting sued by two department store chains, then Paula can certainly bounce back from an epithet not uttered lately. (Or she can start a new career as a rapper, where degrading words seem to be necessary for fame and fortune…)

    Comment by RSG — June 23, 2013 @ 7:50 pm - June 23, 2013

  20. Bill Maher is one of our betters, you see. Like David Gregory, the beautiful people can do as they please.

    *Vomit!* Surely you don’t think these two are beautiful? Or perhaps you do. Hey, different strokes.

    Comment by Ignatius — June 23, 2013 @ 8:05 pm - June 23, 2013

  21. offers Sonic a wand of detect scarcasm.

    :-)

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 24, 2013 @ 7:20 am - June 24, 2013

  22. Looking at Dan’s question from a different angle, the simple answer is no, because Bill Maher has a show on HBO, which is subscription. The Food Network on the other hand has to attract advertisers, and – rightly or wrongly – it’s easy to see their thinking in that light.

    It seems to be they tried to get ahead of a potential advertiser backlash (or probably thought they were anyway) and in doing so got caught up in an actual viewer/fan backlash.

    Comment by Neptune — June 24, 2013 @ 11:30 am - June 24, 2013

  23. Neptune…. That was the direction I was going in. Maher’s / HBO’s audience share will rise if he says more outrageous things. Dean’s, and the Food Network’s share will be negatively affected.

    So, yeah, he stays on, doing what he does. She gets fired.

    PS. Even though HBO is cable, audience still matters. The bigger the audience share is for HBO – or any other cable channel – the higher the price the cable distributors have to pay to carry that content.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — June 25, 2013 @ 6:39 pm - June 25, 2013

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