Paula Deen Fans Defend Her at Savannah Restaurant
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

paula deen smilingWhat a weekend for Paula Deen!

The now former Food Network personality’s biggest fans and supporters turned out in droves to her restaurants over the weekend, after her racial slur controversy dominated national news last week.

The New York Times reports fans — both African-Americans and whites — lined up outside of Deen’s restaurant in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday to discuss boycotting Food Network. The cable channel decided to end its relationship with the folksy southern cook on Friday.

“I get it, believe me,” said Nicole T. Green, a 36-year-old African-American, who told the Times she had made a detour from a vacation in New Orleans support Deen. “But what’s hard for people to understand is that she didn’t mean it as racist. It sounds bad, but that’s not what’s in her heart. She’s just from another time.”

The outpouring of support comes as the New York Times reposted a brow-raising video interview of Deen discussing race relations in the south. The interview was done in 2012.

“I have a young man in my life… and he’s as black as that board,” Deen said, pointing to ablack backdrop she and a New York Times reporter were seated in front of. Moments later, Deen summons the young man to the stage with her.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.