Paula Deen is a Not-So-Accidental Racist… And Other News

Paula Deen

Celebrity cook/butter lover Paula Deen doesn’t use the n-word… anymore.

And she’s not a racist – she just really wants a dream wedding where “little n*ggers” wear white suits and tap dance around while serving the guests. A former employee is suing Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers, alleging that Bubba sexually harassed her and both sibling threw n-words around like they were bars of butter going into her high calorie recipes. In a deposition related to a trial, Paula Deen admitted that she has used the word before – but it was a long time ago. When asked if she ever used it in a joke she replied:

“Yes, of course. It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”

And when asked about her dream wedding quote, Paula Deen admits that she got the idea from a restaurant she had been to:

“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women…I would say they were slaves.”

See – not an ounce of racism there – just good old fashioned Southern fun. Huffington Post

AbusedBad news for women: a third of them have been abused. The first major study of violence against women reveals that one third of women globally are affected by domestic or sexual violence by a partner. The World Health Organization report is based on studies from 1983 – 2010 from 81 countries. Violence is especially high in Sub-Saharan Central Africa where two-thirds of women have been victimized. Other places to steer clear of include the Middle East (obvs) and Southeast Asia. Another interesting fact: 40 percent of women killed worldwide were murdered by their partner. Keep one eye open tonight ladies. NBC News

Brazil Gone WildTurkey who? There’s a fresh wave of violence in Brazil as police and protesters clash at anti-government rallies throughout the country. In Rio more than 300,000 people are out and about protesting increased transportation fares, government corruption, general hatred for polticians, and general hatred of public transport. Police are responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as the crowds marched around city hall.  In the north-eastern city of Salvador, protesters were dispersed with tear gas ahead of an international football match and in Brasilia, the capital, demonstrators started a small fire at the entrance to the foreign ministry and were driven back by police using rubber bullets and tear gas. More clashes occurred in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and pretty much everywhere. How bad has the protesting gotten? So bad that President Dilma Rousseff announced she was cancelling a visit abroad. BBC News

Palestinian PMWell that was fast… The new Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah quit after only two weeks on the job. Was it the long hours? The bad pay? Or an “infringement on his authority”? Hint: it was the last one. It’s unclear whether President Mahmoud Abbas will accept the resignation, but the sources said Abbas most likely wouldn’t and would instead find a way to resolve the conflict. So Hamdallah quits over a disagreement about his authority and then gets told he’s not the one with the authority to make that call? He’s going to be one disgruntled Prime Minister. LA Times

French AccentCar crashes can give you French accents – true story. Eight years ago an Australian woman was in a serious car crash that left her with a broken back and jaw. When she recovered, she realized she had developed a French accent. Leanne Rowe is now unable to speak with her original Aussie accent and is apparently so ashsamed of it she has become a “recluse.” “I am not French,” Rowe told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday. “It makes me so angry because I am Australian.” And Rowe isn’t crazy (well, she‘s kind of crazy for being a recluse but that’s beside the point) – apparently foreign accent syndrome is an extremely rare condition in which brain injuries change a person’s speech patterns, giving them a different accent. CNN

Beckham StampedeDavid Beckham can cause quite a stir but this time he’s caused a stampede. At least seven people were injured in a stampede in China, which happened when the football star David Beckham arrived at Shanghai Tongji University. A thousand fans rushed towards him, pushing through a police barricade, but apparently seven of them didn’t quite make it. The soccer star was there to meet members of the university team as part of a seven-day promotional tour for China’s top football league. The event, however, was cancelled in light of the stampede. BBC News

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