June 25, 2013 06:02 AM by Lisa Princ
Recently, we learned that Paula Deen was fired from Food Network, and rumors have been buzzing that she may be losing other deals as well. Despite the controversy surrounding the Who Do You Think You Are alum, Deen has been bombarded with an outpouring of support from her fans, and she wants them to know that she does appreciate it.
The Paula Deen drama is far from over. We learned recently that after admitting to using racial slurs (in the past), Paula Deen was fired from Food Network, and rumors started that she would also be losing her deal with QVC. Now, things just seem to be getting worse for Deen, who has just been dropped as the spokesperson for Smithfield, a company in which Deen had an endorsement deal for their hams.
“Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen,” Smithfield said in a statement, adding: “It is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned.”
Despite all the controversy surrounding her, fans of Paula Deen seem to be rallying in support of the cook. Many have left hate messages for Food Network, while others are flat out refusing to ever tune into the network again, and many have been leaving loving messages for Deen and her family. Paula left a message on Twitter yesterday for all the loyal folks out there, posting: “I want to send love and thanks for the kind words you have all shared with me and my family, and the support you’ve shown me this past week.”
Honestly, we think this entire situation has been blown out of proportion. I mean, how many of us can actually say that we’ve never used a racial or offensive slur at one point or another in our lives?
What do you think about Paula Deen using racial slurs? Do you think Food Network was too hard on her by firing her? We know you have an opinion and we want to hear it. Sound off in the comments section below!
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