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SPEAK OUT: Does Paula Deen Deserve Her Losses? Target, Home Depot Cut Ties

In addition to losing contracts with Food Network and Caesars, the Southern celebrity chef has been dropped by Target, Home Depot and more companies.

Several Facebook pages expressing support for Paula Deen have been created in light of the racial controversy. Screenshot of one of these pages.
Several Facebook pages expressing support for Paula Deen have been created in light of the racial controversy. Screenshot of one of these pages.
In the wake of the controversy involving Paula Deen, racial controversy and her tearful interview on NBC News' TODAY show, more companies are severing relationships with the Southern celebrity chef.

Retailers Target Corp., Home Depot Inc. and Walmart Stores, Inc., along with diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk, will be either dropping sponsorship of Deen or distancing themselves, according to the Associated Press.

Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, told AP that its stores and website will not be restocking Paula Deen-branded cookware and other items once they run out.

Home Depot took more immediate action by pulling all products off its website on Wednesday, according to Forbes. Diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk also told AP that it and Deen agreed to suspend its education activities, which Deen also confirmed via Twitter.

In addition, Caesars Entertainment is dropping Deen's name from four of its buffet restaurants, while pork producer Smithfield Foods is also removing Deen as a spokeswoman, AP reports. Food Network will not be renewing her contract.

Nevertheless, Deen's books on Amazon.com have seen huge jumps in sales, AP says, with several books out of stock, as of Thursday afternoon.

Plus, those who support Deen despite the controversy have taken to social media, creating Facebook pages and tweeting supportive messages, including one from Donald Trump: "Paula Deen made a big mistake in using a forbidden word but must be given some credit for admitting her mistake. She will be back!"

In another message, @williams_momma tweeted, "I support @Paula_Deen! We all deserve the chance to learn and grow into the person we want to be without our past stopping our future."

Some companies, including Landies Candies in Buffalo, NY, and Tasty Blends Foods of Frasiers Bottom, WVA, are even issuing statements saying they forgive Deen for using a racial slur and praise her response, according to USA TODAY.

A former manager at Deen's restaurants in Savannah, GA, sued Deen and her brother for sexual and racial harassment last week, CNN reports. Deen said in her deposition that she has used the N-word, creating a national furor.

During her 13-minute interview on the TODAY show, according to People.com, Deen said: "I've had wonderful support from Rev. [Jesse] Jackson, and I tell ya what: If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you are out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at me that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you … I is what I is, and I'm not changing."

Deen also told TODAY's Matt Lauer that she was not a racist and didn't know if people were offended by the N-word.

There are five Target stores in the Baltimore area, including those in Towson (1238 Putty Hill Ave.), and Pikesville (1737 Reisterstown Road).

Watch Deen's interview on the TODAY show or above.

TELL US: Which side are you on? Do you support Paula Deen or use her products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Lorna D. Rudnikas June 30, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Can someone please explain why some of these posts are marked as "inappropriate" and others as "delete".....?
Buck Harmon June 30, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I have had posts deleted that in no way violate Patch terms Lorna...the new Patch is not working out very well in my opinion....some kind of edit program being used that eliminates the use of Patch employee's...I don't like it at all.
Buck Harmon June 30, 2013 at 06:15 PM
One of my posts on this thread disappeared without explanation...?
Lorna D. Rudnikas June 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Hi Buck....my very first response to this particular thread disappeared with no explanation .. certainly no vulgarities, name calling of any sort whatsoever. Perhaps my reference to Ms. Deen taking a lesson from the IRS, NRA, White House way with words of denial pushed a wrong button.....but then I thought..nahhhh...probably just a slip up...Left me puzzled, honey child!
Sean Tully June 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I like the new Patch format (and comments section), but there are some bugs to worked out for sure.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 01, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I hope thought is given to pulling from the positives of the original Patch blog flavor and avoiding the unseemly discourse developments that pretty much severed the enjoyment of sharing thoughts/concerns/etc......Still can figure out why my posts have the word "delete" on each every one....
Margaret July 01, 2013 at 07:09 AM
All I meant when I said she should pay I mean be a responsible adult and tell the truth of what happened at her and her brother's restaurant.
John Rickell July 01, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Quentin Tarentino used the "N" word 113 in Django and Walmart & Target still sell his movie. It's always been a one way dumbocratic street.
Buck Harmon July 01, 2013 at 08:18 AM
The direction that Patch is headed would seem in keeping with the governments need to attempt control over what is being said. Bad Patch ! And the only reason that Sean likes it is because of the Sanchez~Tully scorecard post that I made...it was magically deleted... )
John Rickell July 01, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Myself and many of my friends have stopped watching the Food Network. And I am writing to all of their sponsors.
Chuck Burton July 01, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Lorna, you are never free to say what you mean if your words pass through the hands of someone else. they will be censored in some manner, or obliterated, as on this site. This comment probably included.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 01, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Wow Chuck....if this is the case, it certainly puts a wrench in the joy of expressing one's self. I always like to focus on improvement...certainly can see where censoring vulgarities, expressions of bullying/hate messages, etc. might clearly be needed at times...but this is a bit different... Of course, I could be off in left field, ooops right field, ooops middle field...don't want to leave any possibilities out.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 01, 2013 at 01:28 PM
And one more thing...what ever happened to the "reply" reference under each comment? All we have are negative references...Delete! or Inappropriate! I don't know honey child, feels so, so, so inappropriate.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 01, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Buck, I truly hope "control" to this extent is not the future...it would be too bad if the "editor" ends up being the writer and sole responder. Yikes!!!
Buck Harmon July 01, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Yes Lorna...We also lost the opportunity to respond to specific posts under the poster's name.... fewer opportunities to accurately communicate seem like censorship is creeping into the links....did the government purchase Patch from AOL or something sinister like that my dear sweet Lorna..?
Buck Harmon July 01, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Would be nice if the REAL Patch editor would give us an update on the down grade...
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 01, 2013 at 01:51 PM
mmmmm.......You don't think Huffington Post has gone off the deep end do you honey child? Or were they better able to CONTROL THEMSELVES before? Hope not....I have so enjoyed the Patch all the way back to the great work of Bruce Goldfarb!!
John L. July 01, 2013 at 01:58 PM
The way I see it If Walmart, Target and any other store sells CD's and DVD's that contain the "N" word -I think they should be considered 'racist' for promoting them. They ganged up on Paula & what is good for the goose it is good for them as well.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 01, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Agree...but why stop with the N word?...there are so many other racist words being used by many different races. So many in fact, if we want to refer to them we would have to speak in "letters!!"
Julie Bullock July 02, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Concerning Paula Deen. What about Gina Neely always using the term (Brown Sugar is the Best) shes referring to her color and not the actual sugar!!
Nancy July 02, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Yes she does! She is being sued by a Caucasian Woman who felt disrespected by the way she treated her African American workers. The racial slurs are currently not 20 years old.
bystander July 03, 2013 at 12:05 AM
What a shame. Patch has turned into a virtual rag, and I can't even use it to line my bird cage. Basically useless. The editors have become simple robots. Is Bryan Sears still withe Patch? I always respected him and his work.
Heather Osrien July 03, 2013 at 10:58 AM
My guess is most people have used racial slurs in their lives. Paula Dean just got "caught". However, if Americans of African descent still use the word freely and loudly enough for all to hear, it keeps the word circulating so don't expect it to go away. So if EVERYONE of every race stops using it maybe it will be gone in the next several generations like other words do. If not it will always be around.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 03, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Sorry Bystander...are you referring to the entire Patch effort as a virtual rag or responses to this particular article only?
Sean Tully July 04, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Buck, I do like the new Patch format and I didn't notice the scorecard was deleted. Lorna, I think the "delete" next to your posts is supposed to be for you to delete any post you make, not the Patch editor. But, unfortunately the "delete" function isn't working, at least no on my PC.
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 04, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Still strange ....certainly not something to lose sleep over...I thought for a while that perhaps I was not in "good standing!" :-)
Buck Harmon July 04, 2013 at 07:38 PM
You are in "understanding" Lorna...much better than "good standing"...happy holiday... And Sean, I do understand...happy holiday to you as well !
Lorna D. Rudnikas July 04, 2013 at 10:54 PM
And so am I the only person on this thread that is afforded the ability to "delete" what I have posted? This is really more "independent" control than I would ever have expected, mmmmm.... :-) All best wishes to you Buck for a wonderful Independence Holiday!!
bystander July 26, 2013 at 01:55 PM
@Lorna D. Rudnikus--I'm referring to Patch editors, not the commenting readers.
KMyers September 08, 2013 at 01:42 PM
....back to the original subject....This is definetly a one sided slam as I and others have heard different races make racial slurs and heads just turn the other way? Equality? Equality means equal, not one way to the right or left. Basic accountability for all. This one is way over the top just to protect themselves....I doubt Target and the others actually really care about what was said...marketing, marketing, marketing.

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