Paula Deen Denies Making African-American Employee Dress Up Like Aunt Jemima

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Paula Deen steadfastly denies a new report that she once made an African-American employee dress up like Aunt Jemima, claiming it's a total fabrication.

Deen and Dora

The woman behind the story, Dora Charles, ran Deen's kitchens for 22 years and helped open her famous Lady & Sons restaurant in Georgia.

Charles told the New York Times that Paula Deen using racial slurs - which Paula recently admitted doing, vaguely, in the past - was the least of it.

The celebrity chef wanted to dress up her employees as humiliating stereotypes, and tried to make her ring a dinner bell for restaurant customers.

This, Charles felt, was racially charged. "That's a symbol to me of what we used to do back in the day," she told the publication in a new interview.

Charles also claims Deen tried to make another black employee, Ineata Jones, dress up in an "old style Aunt Jemima outfit" while flipping pancakes.

For her part, Deen says this is bogus and claims she has proof of it:

On July 6, Jones signed a legal document saying she had never felt discriminated against and never heard Deen spout racial slurs during her employment.

Deen's camp, which is also fending off a racial discrimination lawsuit by Lisa Jackson, responded: "Dora's complaint is not about race but about money."

"It is about an employee that despite over 20 years of generosity feels that she still deserves yet even more financial support from Paula Deen."

Paula admits using the n-word in the past but insists she never directed the slur at employees, nor discriminated in any way against anyone.

Charles has not filed a lawsuit and says she has no plans to, but claims she wants to get her story out so everyone will "know the real Paula Deen."

At this point, there are some wildly conflicting accounts of who that is.

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Hmm, a theme restaurant, how novel... Paula, a novel idea. I like Paula. having said that: about the "costume" in question...hmmm Many early women settlers, prairie, western states, wherever, used to ring a dinner bell or hit the triangle or what ever noise to call people to meal time.( Kids rang it, men rang it..) Many or most of these women wore aprons and head wraps of some sort, fabric to wrap their head to keep the dirt, bugs and sun out, bonnets or rags. that was a time of long skirts and dresses. Most these women were white, guess the difference here is well, black and white...the same but, hay, different...guess the term "Aunt Jemima" is the insult, not the costume... just sayin'... ok, just wanted to play for a minute.. peace...

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Can't people leave her alone already?! Like there's nothing more newsworthy to report on??!

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lord, this black chick is ghetto with a capital G. she is lucky paula even allowed her to be employed. this beyotch is just looking for her 15 minutes of fame. can't wait for paula to sue her a@@ for slander.

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You know that she still gets wet dreams from wanting that plantation styled party...Paula is a hot ass backwooded country mess!

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@ Midwestern Chick

Wwwwwwwwhat? Where did you pull that out of!

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why would she have someone in the kitchen dressed up as aunt jemima how would the customers see her

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omg all the ones who have to dress as pirates are gonna scream racist

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Paula should have never apologized! Never ever say you are sorry! The crows will peck away.

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seriously, she FORCED someone -- did she have a gun to her head. jesus people. if i needed a character to put on a costume then i would ask a person who closely resembled to take the part. seriously.....here comes the nut jobs. they are gonna eat this up. distort the truth....there is no hope for america. this is reverse racism at its best here.

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Oh stop with this crap !

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WELL , WHOM ELSE DO YOU GET TO DRESS UP LIKE AUNT JEWMIMA --- A NORWEGIAN !!!!! THAT'S LIKE A WHITE WOMAN COMPLAININ" OHHHHH !! LORDIE !!!! SHE MADE ME DRESS UP LIKE BETTY CROCKER !!!!

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@ JOY++++--+BULLETIN++!!1

Joy, I'm coming for you........ :-* :-X

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