Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding

Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding
Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding

Television personality and celebrity chef, Paula Deen, has admitted to planning a slave themed wedding complete with an entire wait staff of black men and women.

Deen was being deposed as part of a $1.2 million lawsuit brought forward by former employee and manager of her Savannah, Georgia restaurant.  Lisa Jackson was the manager of a restaurant run by Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers.

The lawsuit alleges that Deen used the politically incorrect N-word at the restaurant and that Hiers sexually harassed Jackson.

Deen’s response to the question regarding the racial slur, “Yes, of course.  It’s just what they are – they’re jokes… most jokes about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks… I can’t determine what offends another person.”  (

According to Jackson, Deen wanted her African-American employees to act as like slaves for a Civil War/slave themed wedding she was planning.  However, Deen gives further details explaining that she actually got the idea from another restaurant where “That restaurant represented a certain era in America… after the Civil War, before the Civil War… It was not only black men, it was black women… I would say they were slaves.”  (

Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding
Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding

Deen went on to say that she felt the entire thing was “really impressive” and that the “entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tow.” (

Hiers admitted that he has referred to President Obama using the racial slur.

Deen’s representatives have not responded.

While Deen’s comments may appear to be offensive to some, it is possible that taken out of context they are misunderstood.  When explained, it makes sense that a Civil War themed wedding would include wait staff that resembles slaves.

When dining out at Mexican, Chinese, or Thai style restaurants, servers are typically from the same country as food they serve.  It would seem unusual to order General’s Tso’s Chicken from a guy named Barry with a Mexican accent.  Thinking that does not make me racist, it means I have a realistic view of the way our country likes to feel like a melting pot, but most people have a tendency to stay with people like them.

People tell jokes about everything from being blonde to sexually explicit jokes, religious jokes to racially charged jokes; some people find them offensive while others can let them roll off their shoulders or join in.

Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding
Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding

This is another of those occasions where it is difficult to tell if somebody was being far too sensitive or if Paula Deen planning a slavery themed wedding was going a bit too far.

By Dawn Cranfield

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14 Responses to "Paula Deen Plans Slave Theme Wedding"

  1. Whatisnrmlnyway   July 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    And the fact that Lisa Jackson was so scarred by this behavior that she was willing to ignore and hide it for a million bucks doesn’t throw a red flag up to you? That “fat cat” worked her a$$ off to get where she is. It wasn’t handed to her and she sure as hell didn’t make up false allegations and sue somebody to take their hard earned money. Seriously…just because it’s stated in the allegations in court papers doesn’t make it true. Multiple employees and even Jackson’s own girlfriend say the charges aren’t true. And by the way Yman, just because Paula Deen is successful through her hard work, that doesn’t make her a fat cat. She worked for all she has. Sounds like someone is just a hater.

  2. Minamu   June 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Interesting to see article that says it makes sense for blacks resembling slaves to be at a Civil War themed wedding. Hey, don’t confed. lovers swear that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery? Ooops. Putting that aside, does that mean it’s ok to do racist things as long as there’s a historical theme involved? Wow, by that standard, just about anything goes.

    Also sick of hearing people stupidly question why it’s okay for “them” to use the word to each other but not for anyone else to use it toward “them”? I think if you are over 5 years old you can tell the difference between using a word as a racist slur to insult someone and using it as a saying between two people of the same background. Context is everything, people.

  3. Sheryl Butler   June 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    It is interesting to read some of the remarks. If ypu are Black, White, or other cannot see the hyprocrisy and ignorance in what Ms. Deen has done, something is wrong with you. This woman has insulted her employees. If you know anything about employment laws, she has broken the law. Yes, everyone could walk out of her place of business…but if Dr. King and other just walked out, where would we be now. If Paula Deen was holding a wedding with Hitler as the guess and Jewish slaves serving, do you think she would be on the TV. Or have white indentured servants from the colonies. Being ignorant and mean-spirited is not how you deal with anyone. Why does the ‘joke’ always have to be at someone else’s expense?

  4. Elizabeth   June 26, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Have we lost sight of the fact that Lisa Jackson attempted to black-mail this family out of the 1.2 million dollars before filing a lawsuit? She should be prosecuted. Paula Deen is being persecuted for telling the truth and until the truth is weeded out of the law-suit, we should with-hold judgement. I recently sat through Jango with African-American’s surrounding me shouting kill “whitey.” And before we toss in the slavery card, I am a descendant of native American slaves.

  5. Alicia   June 24, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I am a black 27 year old female and I have responded about this situation to other black people. Although I would love to write a book about this nonsense, I’ll make it short. SOME black people sit on the edge of their chairs waiting for whites people to say something wrong.Most of the time it is the same black people who are letting their own heritage down. First the wedding theme is not at all a big deal! We praised Jango and I was a comedy with slaves. And the ones claim they didnt approve surely has that one song degrating black women. To take up a notch how about the black people that use chink,snow bunny, red neck or better yet NIGGA when defining someones race. To some this up… STFU IT GETS WORSE THEN THIS RIGHT IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. FIX THAT FIRT!

    • Dan   June 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      It’s important for there to be public outcry. Those folks who don’t inherently know that this behavior is unacceptable can only be swayed by peer pressure and fear of being ostracized.

  6. jen   June 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

    My daughter is getting married in August and having a buffet/parrot head theme.Just had a thought,maybe we could hire Paula and some other fat white women to wear white bathing suits and circle around in the pool with fins strapped to their backs.I like it!!!!

    • Gunnerb52   June 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      First that has got to be the dumbest theme… Buffet/parrot head? What in the world is that and who could have thought of that as a theme. LSD flashbacks? Second what does fat white women have to do with buffet/parrot heads? You are taking 2 things that don’t go and putting them together to be stupid. Sure the civil war themed wedding should not have included just black staff but it fits for the theme. Third the people that worked it are adults, if they didn’t agree with it all they had to do was say no and not work. It is their choice.

  7. Basil   June 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I feel that the wedding would have been seen as a part of history, but I guess blacks have no history. What would have happened if all of the wait staff were white people in Black-face like in the early minstrel shows, would there be lawsuits there too?
    This Political Correctness crap has got to stop. N word, M word, F word, etc,etc, When’s it going to stop? Call a spade a spade, first ammendment Freedom of speech.

    • Kreeta   June 28, 2013 at 8:35 am

      It’s history, it’s history, cried a thousand white people, who will then turn around and pretend it’s not history when asked for compensation from a family THEIR family owned.

      • Gunnerb52   June 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        That’s right it’s history. No one alive today even knew a slave or slave owner. If you want to get ask for compensation for everything in history we can put it on your tab that you owe for something else. If you go far enough back every race has screwed over someone. So there should be no compensation for anyone in my opinion for things in history for people who are not alive still. Should people in America ask for compensation from the British? How about blacks asking for compensation from black is Africa? After all their fellow black man sold them into slavery originally. Before they were selling them into slavery they were killing/raping and making slaves of each other before white people showed up. Oh but that’s different… right?

  8. Akunna   June 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    “When dining out at Mexican, Chinese, or Thai style restaurants, servers are typically from the same country as food they serve. It would seem unusual to order General’s Tso’s Chicken from a guy named Barry with a Mexican accent. Thinking that does not make me racist, it means I have a realistic view of the way our country likes to feel like a melting pot, but most people have a tendency to stay with people like them.”

    This statement does not justify hiring a black waitstaff with the purpose of creating a Civil War themed wedding. Black waitstaff acting as slaves (for the purpose of entertainment, not education) is insensitive. If anyone’s idea of being open to a melting pot is being near black people while they are employed to imitate slaves, their thinking is entirely racist.

    • dawn7   June 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Thank you for your comments.

      However, African-Americans have a choice, like everybody else, to take the job working in a Civil War themed restaurant or not. Just as Caucasians have a choice whether or not to eat there.

      It is interesting how people of color can be so offended when they are faced with the “N-Word” whenever somebody of another race uses it, but whenever a comedian of their same race uses it, the audience is filled with laughing African-Americans. Same with the term “redneck”; there are always guffawing whites; but nobody ever gets sued over it.

      We cannot sanitize our language to the point that everybody is happy and will never be offended, it would be impossible. Somebody will always complain.

      This is an important discussion, so thank you for your input.


  9. Yman836   June 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    For those whom feel this is not news worthy, your ignorance out shines your sense-of-reasoning. This is about something even more sinister. If just 1% of the allagations filed in court by Lisa Jackson (a white female) are true, the use of the N word by this fat-rat (Paula Dean) is just the tip of the iceberg. Ms. Jackson and the other employees (both whites and blacks) suffered hideous and repulsive treatment. Read the court filing on the web at:

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