As Paula Deen is rebounding from her racism scandal with a new network and business deals, son Jamie Deen recently sparked controversy of his own.
On june 13, Jamie posted a picture of himself smooching an older African-American woman, captioning the pic “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar”
The woman pictured, Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, has been at the center of accusations of racism surrounding the family. In 2013, The Columbus Dispatch reported:
“Deen used Jones for restaurant theater. At 11 a.m., when the doors opened at [her restaurant] Lady & Sons, she stood in front and rang an iron dinner bell.”
Jones was also tasked with making hotcakes in view of patrons, and according to the paper, “Deen wanted Jones to dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.”
While Deen denied the accusation, ex-employee Dora Charles said:
“Jellyroll didn’t want to hear that. She didn’t want to do that.”