Paula Deen will finally see justice for the extortion scam that happened to her. (She also saw that not everybody had forsaken her, she is still receiving a lot of love from her fans.) The man who wanted $250,000 from Paula Deen has been arrested. Thomas George Paculis, 62, of Newfield, N.Y., wanted this amount of money from Paula because he said he had “true and damning statements.” If she wouldn’t pay up he would release the “evidence” to the media.
Paula Deen has been in the news lately because of the N-word usage. During her deposition, where she was asked about whether she had uttered the offense word or not, she said: “Yes, of course.” adding “it’s been a very long time.” This deposition took place because a former manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers. Jackson says she was sexually harassed and worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and innuendo.
The blackmailer took this opportunity to write to Paula Deen’s lawyer, Greg Hodges : “I am about to go public with statements refuting your clients statements about using the ‘N’ word in her business practices at Lady and Son’s… The statements are true and damning enough that the case for Jackson will be won on it’s merit alone…”
Hopefully her blackmailer will see his day in court and receive a punishment that is fitting for the crime.That would finally give Paula Deen some justice. Paula has been vilified these last few weeks and she actually was fired from her TV job. However not everybody agrees with that. Most fans still believe in Paula and she is receiving a lot of love from her fans. (They also hope that she doesn’t give up her cooking. Because that’s ultimately what it should all be about, Paula Deen and her cooking.)
One of her fans said: “Intolerance has many forms. I like Paula despite her flaws. We are all flawed in some way. But, the woman was about cooking, not politics and her show featured guests of all races – all sharing their love for food. After her firing the Food Network (who did the firing) was swamped with letters of support for her fans from across the country. It didn’t matter. And despite her many apologies it still didn’t matter. Yes, racism is alive and well in our society but so is intolerance. What happened to Paula Dean should be a clarion call to all of us. A nation of by and for the People has been changed by the Media to one where intolerance thrives and redemption is impossible.”
Another Paula Deen fan wanted to add sexism to the mix. She said: “The Corporate Media likes to fancy itself as a group of “King-makers”, there is no room for “Queens” just Divas and when the occasion arises it’s “off with their heads” for the Divas (Paula Dean and Martha Stewart) and pardons for the “Kings” and Bad Boys…such as Vick and Baldwin. It’s simple: racism isn’t dead and neither is sexism (or a number of other “isms” such as ageism).” Do you agree with these statements? There seems to be a lot of truth in it. It seems like our whole society is flawed and nobody is really owning up to that fact, just pretending we are less flawed than our neighbour. However today Paula Deen finally received some justice, hopefully the blackmailer will get his day in court and therefore more justice for Paula and her fans who haven’t given up on her. She is still receiving a lot of love from them.
By Georgina Pijttersen