Target: The Food Network
Goal: Fire The Food Network’s host for using racist slurs and deceiving her audience
Food Network host Paula Deen recently admitted to using racist slurs and dreaming of a wedding where African American waiters acted as slaves. She also admitted to using the N-word during a deposition, but expressed a rather nonchalant attitude about it. The Food Network is a very popular channel nationwide and its association with Paula Deen is unacceptable.
Paula Deen is an American cook, cooking show host on the Food Network, restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality. She is known for Southern style cooking that has been criticized as unhealthy. During a recent deposition in a lawsuit filed against Paula and her brother, Deen was asked whether she ever used the N-word, to which she replied, indifferently: “Yes, of course.” She also depicted how she would have liked to plan a dream wedding for her brother, describing it as a Southern plantation affair where African American waiters would wear long sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow-ties, and serve guests slave-style.
All this comes after a previous confession in which Deen stated she had been suffering from diabetes for 3 years before announcing it to the public. The backlash started when it was found out that Paula was a spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company producing insulin. She was also criticized for promoting fatty and sugar-laden cooking on her show that is a major contributor to diabetes.
The Food Network has an audience of roughly 90 million households and it is time they stop promoting a lying racist host. Sign the petition below to urge The Food Network to fire Paula Deen, because she is unfit for a cooking show and is also racially insensitive. Her image should not be promoted on TV anymore.
Dear Food Network,
One of the hosts on your channel, Paula Deen, recently admitted to using the N-word and expressing a wish for organizing a wedding that included African American servers acting as slaves. This comes on top of previous controversy about her hiding her diabetes from the public until she became a spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company selling insulin. Her illness has been linked to her own cooking that she promotes on her show on your channel.
I urge you to stop promoting Paula’s empire and cancel all her shows on the Food Network. She is not a good fit for a food channel and is also racially insensitive.
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