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.”
Jones has said she only has positive things to say about her employment with Deen, but others find fault in the family’s nickname for the beloved cook.
With ties to black jazz artist “Jelly Roll” Morton and African America slang for female genitalia, “Jelly Roll” has come under fire from Deen critics.
“Wow, did Paula Deen really call one of her workers JellyRoll?” LaVerne Mack (@shaigirl11) wrote on Twitter. “I find that more offensive than the N-word.”
Tyler Richardson (@Ty1erRichardson) wrote, “Paula Deen employeed a woman named Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones. She has some sense of humor.”
The questionable tweet happens to come as Jamie’s Food Network show, Home For Dinner with Jamie Deen, has not been renewed for a third season.