Celebrity chef Paula Deen's recent racist remarks have been the catalyst for an onslaught of internet commentary. The Food Network star, who has, over the years, been no stranger to controversy, is currently being sued by an employee, Lisa Jackson, for sexual and racial harassment. But Paula Deen's racist sentiments don't stop there. The Southern chef has also articulated her interest in hiring waiters resembling "black slaves" for a wedding. Now, in an effort to ridicule Deen's offensive remarks, outraged audiences have taken to Twitter.
Paula Deen, famous from the Food Network's Paula's Best Dishes, has come under fire for issuing racist remarks (which include the use of "N" word) and making anti-Semitic jokes. Deen, who is being sued for spouting racist slurs in front of her staff, reportedly admitted to making the inappropriate comments during her deposition on May 17, The National Inquirer reports. During questioning, Paula Deen allegedly acknowledged that she was inspired to hire black waiters dressed in stereotypical Civil War era garb for her brother's wedding. Getting the idea from a restaurant she had dined out with her husband, Deen explained: "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. The 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." According to Gawker, Paula Deen ultimately decided to nix the idea due to backlash from the media. "Well, what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around," the celebrated chef said. "Now, that would be a true Southern wedding, wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that."
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Paula Deen's racist rant, however, didn't just target African-Americans. For good measure, Deen got down on Jews as well. When questioned about her derogatory diatribe, as well as her use of the "N" word in alleged "jokes," Deen defended herself by extending her Southern hospitality to all minority groups. "Most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks," Deen explained. "Most jokes target - I don't know. I didn't make up the jokes....They usually target, though, a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck....I can't, myself, determine what offends another person." According to Paula Deen, then, her racist words were justified, since she didn't herself author the jokes.
Now, in a humorous twist, the public has turned Paula Deen's racist jokes back on the bigoted chef. Taking to twitter, social media users have created a new hashtag, #PaulasBestDishes, poking fun at the chef's eponymous cooking show. From "Lynchin' Lemonade" to "Back Of The Bus Biscuits," Twitter talents have given racist-themed names to Deen's classic dishes. But although most of the Tweets are black-centric, Jews, too, have become the subjects of Paula Deen-related social media shout-outs. "The Holocaust Never Happenadas," for instance, is one of many creative constructs blasting Deen's bigoted beliefs.