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How Could They Cram So Much Racism And Sexism Into Just One Lawsuit Against Paula Deen?

Would you like more butter on your hot garbage?It seems — it is possible — that diabeetus queen Paul Deen is perhaps and maybe not the nice lady she pretends to be on her television program, “Cooking Hot Garbage With Paula Deen.” Lisa Jackson is a woman who worked as a restaurant manager for Deen for so many years, turning around a failing business in such an accomplished manner that Deen’s brother Bubba (because of course) fondly called her his “little Jew girl” (for being so awesome at money). She was danged good at her job, is what we are saying! But Jackson finally had enough with the getting manhandled by Bubba, who was always morning-drunk-on-bourbon-from-a-Styrofoam-cup and having him show her so much porn constantly and always getting told by him about how she should give blowjobs, and getting paid a fraction of what male managers a rank below her were getting paid for far less work and responsibility, and trying without success to shield her black employees from constantly getting called “niggers” and “monkeys” and being told they couldn’t use the front door or the white bathroom or work in the front of the restaurant and SO MUCH MORE, and she complained FOR YEARS about all of it and nobody cared, and she finally quit and filed a lawsuit. All props to Lilly Ledbetter, but the Lilly Ledbetter Act that mandates equal pay for women should have probably been called the Paula Deen Act, if you could find a way to fit all her horrible racism into it too.

Here, have some Tuesday racism.

That was fun, right? There are like nine more examples of those, but we couldn’t fit them all in one screenshot.

As for the sexism — in addition to the porn and the sexual harrassment — Jackson got paid less than male managers below her general manager rank, plus they got vacation, bonuses, and retirement, which Jackson didn’t get because duh lady. When she asked for proper compensation, she was told Bubba would never countenance a skirt gettin’ paid like the big boys. And Paula Deen knew about all of it, and Bubba’s her brother, and her gross sons and sons’ friends worked there too and pulled the same shit, like with the calling of the African-American employees “monkeys” and other such hallmarks of a racially transcendent workplace that could in no way be sued for a hostile work environment or basic civil rights violations. Go ahead and read the lawsuit. It’s a corker! Paula Deen for president and stuff.

Jackson- Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint

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246 comments

    1. Man0nTheStreet

      ……..aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand this is why the Rest Of US hate Tex-Ass…..ceptin' Austin – luv U Austin!!

  1. mavenmaven

    If only Lisa Jackson had worn one of those Confederate Flag dresses all the time, she might have been better treated by Bubba and his klan.

  2. bnerd85

    Bubba? People name their children that. He was doomed to be a failure from day one. I'd bet my life savings he'll be wearing dentures and drinking moonshine on an episode of COPS any day now.

      1. tessiee

        I had a friend whose real first name (like on his birth cerfiticket) was Junior. Needless to say, he has since changed it.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      We spent a very nice long weekend there on a "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (which is to Savannah as Elvis is to Memphis) pilgrimage.

      Very much like Charleston. Nice town, good food, friendly people.

      1. tessiee

        Years ago, the former Mr. Tessie and I went to Charleston for a vacation. The tour guide was gushing about all the LOVELY ancestral houses with ballrooms and balconies and LOVELY heirloom gardens and blah blah blah — and while this was going on, an elderly, poorly dressed, disabled, African American man was slowly, painstakingly dragging himself across the street with his cane. I muttered under my breath, "Nobody else sees him, do they?", and the FMT shook his head No.

        After we got home, FMT described Charleston as "what happens when Republicans are allowed to run unchecked".

  3. Joshua Norton

    Now y'all jist leave Miz Deen alone. After all, ain't it enuf that she has to deal with havin' the "sugars" all day long? She's bound to get a little cranky every now and then.

    1. Biff

      I consider myself to be among the fortunate, in that I'd never even heard of her before the stoopid media made a big fucking deal about her coming down with diebeetus.

    1. MissTaken

      I thought I didn't have enough coffee this morning and misread that. Nope, it really says they had a vendor to trap wildlife.

    2. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      This needs to be more clear. Is the vendor getting rid of pests, or supplying the restaurant with meat? It's the south so I am not sure.

        1. tessiee

          When I lived in North Carolina, the police and the homeless shelters had an agreement that any deer killed by car would be checked by a vet for health reasons, and then donated to the homeless shelter for venison.

          In all the intervening years, I have not been able to figure out whether this is gross, awesome, or if it's somehow both.

          1. Lascauxcaveman

            I see roadkill deer along my road probably a couple of times a year, and am just *so* tempted. And it's not like these things are crushed and splattered, they never actually go under the car that hit them. They just look like Bambi taking a nap in the ditch. With the neck bent back the wrong way.

            I even have some really good knives at home, and a block and tackle hanging from the railing of my kids' tree house. I know it sounds gross, but y'know, fresh venison, man.

            Instead, I just call my semi-employed neighbor, Bob, who's done it a few times already.

          2. djneedlz

            Since you end up hanging the meat from a hook in your barn for a few days anyway, roadkill venison is no different from bullet-killed venison, except that you don't even have to field dress it and haul it to the parking lot. I swear someone needs to sell some deer-guard / hydraulic lift combo that both creates and retrieves decent roadkill in one fell swoop.

    3. WiscDad

      If you haven't been there, racoons in the south are about the size of a one year old Labrador and they're fucking EVERYWHERE.

    4. BornInATrailer

      See, I'm guessing this was a vendor who, entirely (maybe) unrelated to his business, traps as a hobby. And this trapping includes racoons.

      You flatlanders.

  4. MissTaken

    Uncle Bubba's restaurant sounds like the perfect place for our hero, the Confederate Flag Prom Queen to jump-start her career.

  5. actor212

    Now now, you folks are getting all het up over nothin'

    For example, telling a woman you want her to blow you is code for "Needs more butter." And calling a black man "porch monkey" is just code for "Needs more butter." Give them woman a break! She's sick!

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      I thought it was code for "You want the job, don't you?"
      Somebody needs to write a teabagger dictionary and phrasebook (even if Amazon.com does screw them on the ebook pricing.)

        1. Jus_Wonderin

          I am so confused now. A team member just asked me about a next task and I heard "Needs more butter".

          1. chicken_thief

            Well open wide. If the team member gets a confused look on his face, head for the diary aisle.

          2. Biel_ze_Bubba

            You're only in trouble when your advice on handling the task is "Needs more butter." It's only going to work about half the time.

          3. tessiee

            That is mathematically correct.
            "Needs more butter" is the answer to exactly half the questions that could possibly be asked in the known universe.
            The other half are, of course, answered by, "Needs more books".

  6. BaldarTFlagass

    "always morning-drunk-on-bourbon-from-a-Styrofoam-cup"

    Thank goodness that kind of thing never happens around here.

      1. Tundra Grifter

        My Uncle Throckmorton was over 80 and never needed glasses.

        He could still drink straight from the bottle.

        [Thank you! Henny Youngman!]

      1. chicken_thief

        I like my coffee very weak. About the same color as Jack Daniels. In fact, exactly the same color as Jack.

    1. prommie

      I've never enjoyed imbibing in the AM, it interferes with the sheer joy of a happy-hour martini or three. But I have known several people who all used the same camoflage, they would drink straight vodka on ice from McDonalds soda cups, in the morning.

  7. MissTaken

    Well of course Bubba had to call his staff 'coons', all the 'wetbacks' got the hell out and went home to Mexico.

    1. GOPCrusher

      Actually, from what I've heard from people that have gone to her restaurant, Paula Deen really isn't a racist. She treats all of her employees like shit.

  8. vodkamuppet

    So the deep-fried butter bacon-wrapped sausage cheese ball lady with diabetes comes from a family of racist redbeck white trash. I've been living under a rock for my entire life so I'm shocked by this news.

  9. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Going out on a limb here, just on a hunch … but I bet $10,000 the Deen clan klan is Republican.

    1. Texan_Bulldog

      I remember in 2008 she did have Michelle Obama on her show and she (somehow) managed not to call Michelle a coon. They must have liquored Bubba up enough so he'd be passed out during the taping.

  10. ttommyunger

    Trying hard to give a fuck about this gravy-slurping twat and the people dumb enough to associate themselves with her…..trying……. trying…….FAIL! On a brighter note: rediscovered one of my favs on Current TV mornings (DirecTV Ch 358): STEPHANIE MILLER! Evil hates to be laughed at.

      1. ttommyunger

        I think Bill is smart and his heart is in the right place, but something about his voice and delivery grates on me. I think I suspect him of being a pussyfart and I have a real problem with that kind. Prolly a character flaw on my part…..I have many.

          1. ttommyunger

            I don't talk much about my grandkids and have little tolerance for those who do; another of my flaws.

    1. proudgrampa

      I'm with you, Tommy – really difficult to care about this, though I feel kinda sorry for Lisa, who probably felt her employment choices were limited.

      1. ttommyunger

        Shit, I feel sorry for all of them, even Paula. She's cooked and eaten herself into a bad end. Money can only do so much for one's health.

        1. redarmyzombie

          As someone who's family has a predisposition towards diabetes, I do feel bad for her health situation, regardless of the choices she made.

          That said, racist trash is still racist trash.

  11. Texan_Bulldog

    Woo hoo…I guess we've run out of political stories to discuss & we're moving on to celebrities (or lame B-list personalities). Wonkette is becoming TMZ.

  12. CrunchyKnee

    I went to a Uncle Bubba's "restaurant" in Marietta, Joja once…nice homey place with pictures of George Wallace on the walls, and all the sweet (corn syrup laden) tea y'all could drink. The kind of place Texxana was probably conceived in.

    1. mayor_quimby

      I beg your pardon, sir, as a southern transplant who has come to love Sweet Tea, which is really the only kind worth making, I must defend its honor. Sweet Tea is never made correctly with corn syrup/sugar, but only with pure, lily white sugar – preferably Dixie Crystals.
      GOOD Day, Sir!

    1. MissTaken

      My cousin's husband's little brother is named Bubba. Fucking hell, my family is white trash.

      1. SorosBot

        And you're the weird one, what with your going to college, living in the city, not having a bunch of babies, and traveling around the world and everything.

  13. PeaceWithHonor

    Fox news sez: This lawsuit is the result of government overreach. We may not like the conduct but states should be allowed to decide. The free market will deal with racist businesses, as they will not be able to hire qualified employees.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Putting on my lawyer hat here, I have to wonder how all the racist crap is relevant to her gender discrimination suit. It paints an ugly picture (which is the whole point, of course), but a lot of this stuff might not make it into court.

      1. sullivanst

        The racial discrimination is a component of a hostile work environment.

        The pay discrimination she can sue for back pay due to the sexually discriminatory nature of it; the racial discrimination and sexual harassment she can sue for pay after she left because it amounts to constructive dismissal. Plus she can sue for damages.

          1. sullivanst

            Different state, of course.

            Jackson's case doesn't match up with that precedent too well. There was no perception that she was black, in the complaint they do indicate that her Sicilian father is tanned enough that Bubba's reaction to seeing a picture of him was "he looks like a nigger". The complaint also highlights she has half-African American nieces. Perhaps more significantly she was in a supervisory role over African-American employees, so the racism expressed in her presence – often also in her supervisees' presence – clearly affected her work environment in a direct and negative way, which was compounded by corporate management's knowing refusal to act to curtail the racism.

          2. Biel_ze_Bubba

            That's why it's a stretch. She claims injury due to the treatment of employees who are not in the same protected group … but the racism could be ruled irrelevant to her claim. Or not… which is what makes this interesting. (Try to imagine that they were balls-out racist pricks, but gave her the full "Southern Gentleman" treatment… would she still have a case due to the hostile environment? If not, why is it relevant here?)

          3. sullivanst

            Way I see it, she had a duty to shield them from that kind of behavior, which she pursued with at least ordinary diligence (I'd say extraordinary given her intervention in Bubba's more violent outbursts against the black employees), and the company's officers had a fiduciary duty to support her efforts to do so, which they failed to pursue with even slight diligence.

            But then, I'm not a Georgia juror, am I?

          4. Biel_ze_Bubba

            No question the racism made her job impossible, which is how it might be relevant. (And I think it would be, under the letter of the law.) I just don't know of any case where the plaintiff was not a member of the protected group. A white male supervisor bringing this action would be quite the test case.
            Not a Federal case (yet…), so a Georiga judge gets first dibs.

    1. phlox✔

      Here's your (sad) update…
      On 19 March 2011, Knut [Butterstick] unexpectedly died at the age of four. His death was caused by drowning after he collapsed into his enclosure's pool while suffering from encephalitis.

      ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?!

  14. BaldarTFlagass

    Didn't George Zimmerman's friend recently say that "coon" was a term of endearment? I don't see the problem. And how could Bubba possibly know that Lisa was of the Hebrew persuasion, with a last name like "Jackson"?

    1. mayor_quimby

      Zimmerman's friend was the first, only and ever bla(h)ck person to say that coon is a term of endearment among the darker amongst us.

  15. James Michael Curley

    Next up, Lisa P. Jackson (Director USEPA), slams Uncle Bubba's Oyster and Seafood House, Inc. for dumping so much grease and cooking oil the shrimp in the gulf have no eyes.

  16. Jus_Wonderin

    Honestly, I have always thought (until this Tuesday) that Paula would be the perfect actress to portray Ms. Piggy…in any proposed (hopefully never) posthumous retrospective of this gifted muppet.

    1. Biff

      She's just a pastels pallette of pancake makeup away from being a televangelical's wife, ya axe me…

    2. tessiee

      Nah.
      Kathleen Turner, and I say that absolutely without a shred of insult.
      She's got the curvy figure, the long blond hair, the extremely turned-up nose, and the fabulosity and sex appeal.

  17. chicken_thief

    Too bad Georgia doesn't have a "Stand Your Kitchen" law. It would be fun to watch Bubba walk back a monkey reference while staring down the barrel of a surveyor's .45.

  18. Redhead

    Holy crap. So the first part really wasn't exaggerated or sarcastic or anything. That's really what it says.

    Well, I'd boycott Paula Deen, but I never felt the desire to purchase anything cooked by (or follow a recipe by) that fake-nice lardass.

    1. sullivanst

      Seems the nephews are liking it just fine. They're eager members of the "Boys Club", according to the complaint.

  19. Dumbedup

    See, the problem with crackers is, even when you find a jolly, friendly one, scratch em' and there's a fuckin' klansman underneath. Every time.

  20. sullivanst

    Guess there really is just too much racism and sexism in the complaint to fit in one itty bitty Wonkette post without tl;dr'ing it.

    'Cuz our Editrix left out the part about Paula Y'all's ideal "true southern plantation-style wedding" for her brother… with service staff comprising "a bunch of little niggers wear[ing] long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties", preferably tap dancing. "But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that" (not because it's fucking racist as all hell, Paula?)

    Hey Paula, would you like this cake? The frosting's extra thick. Here, let me deep fry it for you. Yes, I'm sure it'll be fine with your condition.

  21. LiveToServeYa

    Proof that the South shall *not* rise again anytime soon. Except if it's Paula Deen's cooking, then it'll probably come up right quick.

  22. Tundra Grifter

    Nobody makes a white bread, butter and white sugar sandwich like Ole Paula. Or Bubba.

  23. DemonicRage

    This is what happens in America when you leave the 99% and join the 1% ruling class. People come out of the woodwork to make up stuff and file lawsuits against you. Bitch should have followed the Romney rule and shifted her assets to Caymen Island and Swiss numbered accounts, where it can't be touched by the riff raff.

  24. Mojopo

    I don't trust anyone who cooks with soup. Especially not my mother. They are sneaky and deceptive!

  25. Troglodeity

    Ah yes, Uncle Bubba's Seafood: 4.5 out of 5 dip cans in the latest Skoal Rebel Guide to Restaurants

    1. Man0nTheStreet

      "Uncle Bubba's has the biggest spittoons in the South – on *every* table!'

      -pg 45, 2012 edition

  26. Magister

    Savannah is one of my favorite places to visit, but this doesn't surprise me.

    ETA: Of course the story is about Paula Deen and her brother, but there's also a regional attitude at play and maybe as a result of this lawsuit, they'll evolve.

  27. tessiee

    When approached for comment, Ms. Deen was out of the office. Staffers stated that she was out shopping for a prom dress.

  28. Wile E. Quixote

    I just noticed that Paula Deen is the same shade of orange as Speaker of the House John Böhner. What are they, oompa-loompas? I demand to see their long-form birth certificates.

  29. mayor_quimby

    I am going on vacation to Savannah later this summer (I know, elitist) and I will pay $100 to Paula Deen's restaurant there if her and Bubba will call me a nigger to my face, on camera.
    I seriously will pay, it's hard to get old-fashioned home-cooked racism in the south these days, and this would make me internet famous for at least 90 days. And then Paula and I will laugh and laugh and laugh…. then I set her restaurant on fire and walk away in to the antebellum scented night, whistling Dixie.

  30. VespulaMaculata

    Well, here's a new cause for Palin: the lamestream media "lynching" of poor Paula Deen.

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