We told you last week about Paula Deen getting in trouble for throwing slavery themed parties. Not satisfied with having her Black employees only look like slaves, she treated them as if they were slaves. According to a former cook named Sheldon Ervin, she regularly forced the African-American men in her employ to work long nights and weekend events for no money. I don’t mean a little money, I mean nothing. Well, maybe some booze:
“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink. It was insulting and unfair. I was like, ‘Pay me!’…I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it because half of the kitchen just needed their jobs. I was fired over it in the end because I’m not afraid to speak my mind.”
That’s right. She would make them dress in Uncle Ben’s uniform, set up tents, cook the food, and serve her fellow rich hillbilly guests and only pay them in Natty Light. One of the fucked up members of her Redneck clan was allowed to refer to a family cook as “my little monkey”. All of this has led to Paula’s show being cancelled and the loss of valuable sponsors, most recently sausage maker Smithfield Foods. You know you are in trouble when pork sausage makers think you are gross.
Not that Paula Deen is without her defenders. Like creepy vampire writer Anne Rice who is calling all the recent negative exposure on Paul Deen’s a ‘lynch mob mentality‘. Anne Rice got a thousand Facebook likes on that on the nose turn of a phrase. There are also reports that devoted fans are packing her restaurants to show their support. This is getting good.