Paula Deen News: Sons Persistently Defend Celebrity Chef

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By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
June 25, 2013|11:44 am

Paula Deen is still in hot water for admitting to using racial slurs in various past context, but her sons have sprung to her defense this week.

While many are accusing the Southern food expert of being racist, her sons Bobby and Jamie staunchly denied the allegations.

"Neither one of our parents ever taught us to be bigoted toward any other person for any reason," said Bobby Deen speaking to CNN's "New Day" host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.

"Our mother is one of the most compassionate, good-hearted, empathetic people that you'd ever meet," he added. "These accusations are very hurtful for her, and it's very sad."

The controversy began when 66-year-old Deen revealed having used the "N-word" long ago during a lawsuit deposition. Former employee Lisa Jackson filed the lawsuit and which alleges discrimination and racism at two of Deen's restaurants.

Bobby Deen went on to say that the latest headlines about his mother and the lawsuit against her are contributing to "character assassination."

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"I'm disgusted by the entire thing, because it began as extortion and it has become character assassination," Bobby Deen said, according to CNN.

Jamie Deen noted all the people involved with their family's restaurant business.

"[It's] ridiculous, completely absurd to think there is an environment of racism in our business, and it's really disrespectful to the people that we work with," he said on CNN. "We have strong, educated men and women of character that have been with us for five, 10, 15, 20 years. To think they would allow themselves to be in this position is simply baloney. It's ridiculous."

Meanwhile, Paula Deen's lawyer has also rejected the lawsuit's claims of racism.

"Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable," said Bill Franklin, according to a statement. "She is looking forward to her day in court."

The celebrity chef also released an apology "to those that I have hurt" in an online video last week where she insisted that she and her family do not tolerate prejudice. Watch the video here

As a result of the controversy, Deen has been dropped from the Food Network as well as from sponsors Smithfield Foods. There are also questions about whether other businesses such as QVC, Sears and Walmart will end their collaborations with the chef.

Native to Savannah, Georgia, Paula Deen and her family own Lady & Sons and Uncle Bubba's Oyster House eateries in the city.

 

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