It’s hard to imagine that an old, rich white lady from Georgia would be horrifically racist, except and Georgia and South Carolina is where Neo Nazis go to feel inferior, but Paula Deen and her broher, Bubba Hiers (it was either that or Cooter), are currently being sued by a former employee and general manager, Lisa Jackson, of their jointly-owned restaurant Uncle Bubba’s. Apparently a few of the perks of working there is hearing Paula say nigger all day and watching Bubba jack off to porn. Radar Online reports:
Among the stunning allegations in the lawsuit: “In the presence of Ms. Jackson and Uncle Bubba’s restaurant manager and a vendor, Bubba Hiers stated they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n***er-rig it.” The lawsuit also claims that Deen herself used the N word in front of employees. According to the court documents, Jackson states that she was appointed by Deen to handle the catering and staff for Bubba’s wedding in 2007, and she asked Deen what the servers should wear: “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” Jackson alleges Deen told her. “Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”
Bubba loves the ladies, y’all. Naked ladies.
The documents state that Jackson became the General Manager of Bubba’s Oyster and Seafood House in Savannah, Georgia, which is co-owned by Deen and Bubba, after the previous GM, who was male, was fired for having sexual relations with the servers. Deen allegedly said in a meeting in which Jackson was present, “If you think I have worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p**y, you better think again, and now I’m going to do something I have never done I am going to put a woman in a man’s job.” Jackson was given six months to turn the restaurant from a failure into a success and she did so, by doubling the profits of the restaurant, but she alleges she was sexually harassed by Deen’s brother, who, amongst other accusations, routinely viewed pornography on a computer in a small office he shared with Jackson. “Bubba Hiers is a frequent customer of pornography web sites and would download and view such sites at work. In the small office he shared with Jackson, it was impossible for her to avoid the pornography,” the lawsuit states. Hiers also asked Jackson to “bring pictures of herself when she was young for him to view,” and that he would like to replace the staff with “Hooters girls,” the lawsuit alleges.
As a brown man born and living in the south (specifically, Raleigh, N.C.), let me tell you that the racism here has been aged to perfection. Everyone is racist, but it’s done with a friendly smile and overall jovial demeanor. I’ve been eagerly followed around a department store by a store manager because he “wanted to make sure I was taken of”. So he asked me if I need help finding anything five times in fifteen minutes. I’ve been pulled over and immediately asked if I needed an interpreter, and when I handed him my ID and answered in French then asked him if he needed one, I was offered an apology for inconvenience and was told I was pulled over because I “fit a description”. That description of course being “not white”. But what’s the most sad part about this whole story is the fact that Paula Deen probably said and meant those things in the most loving way possible and actually thought it would be a good idea except that fact that black people have rights now. Bummer. Also, it would kinda be funny at this point if a black guy named Diabetes killed her.