Black Twitter might be done with Paula Deen, but what about her television platform?
On Wednesday, Food Network issued a statement in response to her reported racial comments that were included in court documents, revealing her use of the N-word and racially charged jokes.
“Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion,” read the statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”
L.A. Times food writer Rene Lynch ventured to look past the cookie-cutter response to shine a light on the underlying tone of the statement. She wrote:
“On the face of it, the statement is pretty straightforward. But subtext is everything. A source close to the network said network brass were attempting to gain a firsthand look at the evidence instead of just relying on media reports.
Depending upon what that evidence looks like, and the unfolding reaction to it, the network could be in a position to cut ties with Deen. She is one of the network’s most popular figures, and heads her own lucrative celebuchef empire that includes spices, cookie mixes, pots and pans, kitchenwear, cruiseline appearances and even a new line of flavored butters.”
While admitting to using racial slurs during the discrimination lawsuit, Deen insisted that she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
She is currently being sued by a former Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House manager who says she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment, riddled with innuendo and racial slurs.